Child Safety Seat Ease of Use Ratings


Are All Seats Safe?
All car seats rated by NHTSA meet Federal Safety Standards & strict crash performance standards. While all rated seats are safe, they do differ in their ease of use in four basic catagories:


Evaluation of Instructions

Vehicle Installation Features

Evaluation of Labels

Securing the Child


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Combi Shuttle



Manufacturer  /  Model NameCombi Shuttle
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date808710  /  Oct 18, 2008
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Heightup to 22lb / up to 29"
Evaluation of Labels 3 stars
No additional sizing information is given. Labels do not remind the user to tighten LATCH.
Evaluation of Instructions 2 stars
In the manual, illustrations that show LATCH attachment orientation are not clear. The manual was attached to the restraint in a hard-to-find location when the restraint was removed from its packaging. The manual storage is difficult to find and use. Additional sizing information is not provided in the manual. The restraint is not pictured in a rear vehicle seat in the manual. In the manual, the section which details vehicle seat belt types does not provide complete information. The user must read text to prepare and route LATCH belt correctly.
Securing the Child 3 stars
The harness clip is not labeled to indicate its correct placement. The restraint uses a puzzle buckle that does not have an intermediate method of holding the two buckle tongues together. The harness is difficult to adjust for child's growth. The harness must be rethread when reassembling after cleaning. The harness must be rethread when reassembling after cleaning. When disassembling for cleaning, mandatory pieces to the restraint must be removed and could be misplaced.
Installation Features 2 stars
The carrier may be difficult to release from the base. Belt-positioning features, such as lock-offs, may be confusing or tedious to use. A printed/molded line is present on the restraint that must be leveled to the ground. The restraint is equipped with hook-style LATCH attachments which may require twisting to remove from the lower anchors in the vehicle. The LATCH storage area is not labeled. There is no labeling to indicate which position the carrier handle should be in while the vehicle is in motion.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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