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When we have our first baby, we research car seats extensively in an effort to choose the best. Let’s admit it, though—once the child gets old enough for a booster seat, who's really got the time to check out 10 different brands and ratings? We’ve got you covered. Trust me when I say that you can trust Britax, whose products undergo the most rigorous testing in the industry at five Britax testing facilities worldwide (I’ve seen their crash simulations in person). Their 2013 Parkway SGL ($112), for children 38-63 inches tall and between 40-120 lbs., has true side-impact protection, and the base is designed to significantly lower your child’s center of gravity, reducing forward movement of the car seat in a crash. Its light weight and lower LATCH connection also make it easy to transport (great for carpools or switching between Mom’s and Dad’s cars). According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the lives of more than 8,300 children younger than 5 have been saved by using child restraints properly. Find clear videos to help with all Britax car seat installations at britaxusa.com/support/user-guides, and go to nymetroparents.com/carseatfor a guide to local car seat inspection sites.