Side wings impact protection KeepSafe lap belt guide Sash Guide sash belt guide Foldable Carry handle
2 year warranty on seat moulding, harness and fittings,
Fabric covers, and padding are covered by a 12 month warranty;
CREP safety rating
Ease of use rating
Pros and cons
+ Lap and sash guides for proper seat belt placement + Very light, portable + Very low price
– Low upper marker – Warranty shorter than expected life of seat
The Hipod Rio Booster Seat is a bargain priced booster seat that is actually surprisingly practical. While it eschews more sophisticated safety features, it still scored 3.8 stars on the CREP safety protection rating. And even though it doesn’t have arm rests or cup holders like its more expensive cousins, it does have a useful lap guide (KeepSafe) and sash guide (Sash Guide) which helps maintain the correct placement of the seat belt over your child. Plus, it is foldable, and has a carry handle.
The downside is that the upper marker is quite low at 48.5cm, so your child might outgrow the seat too early. There is then a risk that they will still not be able to properly fit a normal car seat, which needs the child’s legs to hang over the end of the car seat cushion. But for only $69, this is not a bad option, particularly if it’s only a ‘sometimes’ second seat or for the grandparents.
Who this is for:
Parents or grandparents looking for a very affordable booster seat, perhaps as a second / occasional use seat.