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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Maxi-Cosi Mico



Manufacturer  /  Model NameMaxi-Cosi Mico
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date22371-FSB  /  Apr 1, 2009
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height5lb - 22lb / 19" - 29"
Evaluation of Labels 5 stars
Labels do not illustrate how to prepare LATCH attachments for use. LATCH illustrations are unclear.
Evaluation of Instructions 3 stars
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. In the manual, there is no illustration of the child in the restraint. Additional sizing information is not provided in the manual. The LATCH attachments arrive stored, and the owner's manual does not describe how to remove them from storage prior to first use.
Securing the Child 4 stars
There is a head hugger or body pillow blocking the harness slots from being easily visible. The harness must be rethread for child's growth. When disassembling for cleaning, mandatory pieces to the restraint must be removed and could be misplaced.
Installation Features 3 stars
It may be possible for the caregiver to mistakenly think that the seat is secured to the base. The carrier may appear to be securely installed to the base when it is not. There is no angle feedback device available. Push-button-style connectors are used as LATCH attachments. 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 4 stars

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