To begin with, the price is not always a true reflection of the safety offered by the seat. It must always carry a certification sticker to ensure that it conforms to the regulations and has passed all the relevant testing and so would be a good choice, before looking at the price. However there are many booster seats which are much cheaper than child seats and although approved, do not offer the same level of safety. This is owing to the fact that they have no back or headrest, reducing their effectiveness in a lateral impact.
With the idea of recommending the best models and to help in the selection of a CRS, there are various independent studies to compare and evaluate the different models and classify them according to the level of safety they offer. If we decide to buy a seat classified as unsatisfactory it doesn’t necessarily mean that our child isn’t adequately protected, the seat will carry a certification guaranteeing a minimum protection. However at the MAPFRE FOUNDATION we recommend that you forget these comparison studies and choose the safest one.
You may find that two models that appear identical or very similar do not share the same characteristics. Sometimes they hide design modifications that can influence safety but are details difficult to detect from the exterior. On the other hand there are models with a different name or brand that function exactly the same. To differentiate correctly, there are independent comparisons that list equivalent seats to avoid confusion.