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Its been a while since I have posted but I wanted to get some input from other fanatics :).

Background: I drive a B5 Varient and the wife a Yukon XL. Our children are 5 and 3. The 5yo rides in a Britax booster (parkway, http://www.elitecarseats.com/Britax-Parkway.pro) and the 3yo rides in an older cosco & other brand 5pt carseat.

My wife sent me this video on YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azgBhZfcqaQ , talking about a child being ejected from the car due to seat belt failure in the event of a roll over. This video was 'effin hard for me to watch I will tell you. As I was watching the video seeing the pictures, hearing the music and reading the words, I put the face of my 5yo in this childs place; I was ready to start bawiling with the though of loosing my kid.

Not wanting to be kneejerk I went and did some searching, I found many webpages for lawyers and seatbelt lawsuits. I was unable to find concrete evidence on just how common this is though. Well now Just did some more research and found: http://www.citizen.org/documents/Microsoft Word - Appendix on Roof Crush.pdf
which references the Blick study: See 'Blick, et al, “Theoretical and Experimental Analysis of Inertial Release of Seat Belt Buckles,”
AAAM (1996).' This is not available on the web that I could see but may be available in a library somewhere.

SO: This makes me wonder about the safety of my child in my "Total Side Impact Protection" car seat even more now.

Please what are you thoughts?

I can tell you one thing though It is going to be very hard to put my son in his booster seat when I pick him up from school tonight.
 

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Our son rides most often in my car (2003 W8), in a seat that had a 5 point harness, but is also a booster once the harness is removed (too tall for the shoulder straps to fit properly). The seat itself is a) in the center position; and, b) still attached to the LATCH and CSTAP (rear headrest still there too).
My wife's Murano has a more conventional hi-back booster (no securing straps other than seatbelt itself). Yes, it did make me nervous and still does.
It too is in the center position, but as you have two children you cannot do that.
Worrying is part and parcel to being a good parent - think of the morons who don't even put there kids in restraints.
My next car (be it Passat or Audi) WILL HAVE rear side airbags.
 
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