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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Graco Infant Safe Seat

 

 

Manufacturer  /  Model NameGraco Infant Safe Seat
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date8A06INC  /  Nov 2, 2007
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height5lb - 30lb / up to 32"
Evaluation of Labels 1 stars
No additional sizing information given to achieve a proper fit. No additional harness slot height adjustment information. Belt routing path is not labeled. Labels do not sufficiently explain use of LATCH.
Evaluation of Instructions 4 stars
Manual storage is difficult to find and use. Additional sizing information is not provided. Airbag warning is buried in a bulleted list.
Securing the Child 4 stars
There is a head hugger or body pillow blocking the harness slots from being visible. The harness must be rethread for child's growth. Harness must be rethread when reassembling after cleaning.
Installation Features 4 stars
Twisting is required to remove the LATCH attachments from the lower anchors in the vehicle. No label to denote LATCH storage. There is no labeling to indicate which position the carrier handle should be in for vehicle transportation. The belt lock-off or positioning device is simple to use, but the user must refer to the manual for complete instructions.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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