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Which Car Seats Can Be Used With Inflatable Seat Belts?

Graco TurboBooster installed with Ford's inflatable seat belt.

CARS.COM — Inflatable rear seat belts, which were first introduced by Ford for the 2011 model year, have been approved for use by six car-seat manufacturers, but only for some of their child-safety seats.

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These inflatable seat belts, which are found in the rear outboard seats only, have a small airbag within the shoulder strap that inflates in a crash. The airbag better distributes crash forces across the torso, reducing head, neck and chest injuries for rear-seat passengers compared to regular seat belts, according to Ford. These seat belts are available on a number of vehicles, including the Ford Fusion, Fusion Energi and Fusion Hybrid; Edge; Explorer; F-150 SuperCrew; Flex; Lincoln MKT; MKX; MKZ; and MKZ Hybrid. They're also available on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

Ford says the inflatable seat belts are compatible with car seats, but it recommends checking with the car-seat manufacturer before using them to install a car seat. Safe Kids Worldwide, a child-safety organization, recently updated its list of car-seat manufacturers that do and don't permit use of these seat belts.

Ford's inflatable seat belt

Car Seats Approved for Inflatable Seat Belt Use

Britax: Advocate, Boulevard, Marathon and Roundabout convertibles; Pinnacle ClickTight, Frontier ClickTight and Pioneer combination seats; and Parkway SGL and Parkway SG high-back booster seats

BubbleBum: BubbleBum inflatable booster seat, but the booster's shoulder belt positioning clip shouldn't be used

Clek: Oobr, Olli and Ozzi booster seats

Diono: Olympia, Pacifica, Rainier, Radian rXT, Radian r120 and Radian r100 convertible seats, and Cambria, Hip, Monterey and Solana booster seats, which are currently being sold, may be used with Ford's inflatable seat belts. Older Diono Radian convertible and Monterey booster seats may be used with Ford's inflatable belts, too.

Doona: Infant seat may be used with Ford's inflatable belts

Evenflo: When in booster mode, Platinum SafeMax All-in-One, ProComfort Symphony DLX All-in-One, Platinum Symphony DLX All-in-One, Platinum Evolve 3-in-1, Symphony LX, Symphony DLX, Advanced Transitions 3-in-1 combination seats; Advanced Chase LX, Advanced Big Kid LX, ProComfort Amp LX, Platinum SecureKid DLX, Big Kid LX, Big Kid DLX, RightFit, Big Kid Elite, Big Kid Sport, Big Kid Advanced, Amp, Amp Performance, Amp LX, Maestro, SecureKid LX, SecureKid DLX, Chase LX, Chase Select booster seats

Graco: TurboBooster, TurboBooster LX, TurboBooster Elite and Affix booster seats; and when used as a booster, the Nautilus, Argos and Smart Seat, which are 3-in-1 car seats

Peg Perego: Viaggio HBB 120 booster seat

Car Seats May Be Installed With Inflatable Seat Belt

Chicco: All car seats may be installed with an inflatable seat belt, but the car seat's lockoffs, a part of the car seat that holds the seat belt in place, may not be used with inflatable seat belts.

Car Seats Not Approved for Inflatable Seat Belt Use

Angel Guard: AngelRide Infant Car Bed

Baby Trend: All car seats

Britax: B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite infant seats, Marathon ClickTight, Boulevard ClickTight and Advocate ClickTight convertible car seats

Clek: Foonf and Fllo convertible car seats

Combi: All car seats

Cosco: All car seats

Cybex: All car seats

Evenflo: All infant, convertible and combination car seats

Goodbaby: Asana 35 AP infant seat

Graco: All infant, convertible and combination seats when using five-point harness

Harmony: All car seats

Hauck: ProSafe 35 and iGuard35 infant seats

Kiddy: All car seats

Nuna: Pipa infant seat

Maxi-Cosi: All car seats

Mifold: Mifold booster seat

Orbit Baby: All car seats

Peg Perego: All infant and convertible seats

Recaro: All car seats

Safety 1st: All car seats

Summer Infant: Prodigy infant seat

UPPABaby: Mesa infant seat

Urbini: Petal infant seat

Before you go installing any of the above car seats, however, be sure to check out the video below on common mistakes to avoid.

Editor's note: This story was updated on Nov. 8, 2016, to reflect Diono's new inflatable seat-belt use policy and on Jan. 31, 2017, to reflect that the Doona car seat is approved for use with Ford’s inflatable seat belt.

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