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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Sunshine Kids Radian 80 (FF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameSunshine Kids Radian 80 (FF)
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateUS18500  /  Apr 1, 2009
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height22lb - 80lb / up to 53"
Evaluation of Labels 1 stars
On the labels, the tether is shown but not labeled with each mode of installation. There is not a picture of a child properly restrained in the CRS on the labeling. No additional sizing information is given on the label. No indication of correct harness height is given. Labels do not explain the use of LATCH. No instructions are given on the labels for the use of the tether.
Evaluation of Instructions 1 stars
In the instructions, the tether is shown but not labeled with each mode of installation. The instruction manual is stored on a string. Additional sizing information is given in text only in the owner's manual. The warning that the safest place for children is the rear seat is located among other unrelated warnings in a bulleted list. The warning that indicates that the rear seat is the safest place for children is not illustrated in the owner's manual. The section describing vehicle seat belt types is incomplete and may be missing important information. The user must read text to route seatbelt properly. The user must read text to route the LATCH belt properly. Heights/weights in the manual and on the labels do not match.
Securing the Child 3 stars
The padding and the shell may be misaligned, causing difficulty in threading the shoulder portions of the harness. The harness must be rethread to adjust height for the child's growth. No illustration is given on the labels to depict conversion to the forward-facing mode from any other mode. Multiple actions are required to convert the seat to this mode of use; the caregiver must read the instructions. The harness must be taken out and rethreaded to disassemble the seat for cleaning. When disassembled for cleaning, mandatory parts of the restraint become detached and could be misplaced.
Installation Features 5 stars
The child restraint is equipped with push-button LATCH connectors.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 2 stars

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