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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Mia Moda Certo (RF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameMia Moda Certo
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date497
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height4lb - 22lb / up to 29"
Evaluation of Labels 1 stars
There is no full, detailed picture of a child in the child restraint on the labels. No additional sizing information is given. No additional harness slot height adjustment information is given on the labels. Labels do not illustrate how to remove and prepare LATCH attachments for use. On the base, only one side of the belt path is labeled. On the carrier, no belt path labeling is given.
Evaluation of Instructions 5 stars
The manual storage may be difficult to find. Additional sizing information is given in text only in the manual.  Illustration of the child in the child restraint is not located directly next to the sizing information.
Securing the Child 3 stars
The harness clip is not labeled to indicate its correct placement.  There is a head hugger or body pillow blocking the harness slots in the shell from being easily visible.  The harness must be rethreaded to adjust height for the child's growth.  The harness must be taken out and rethreaded when cleaning the restraint.
Installation Features 4 stars
The restraint is equipped with hook-style LATCH attachments which may require twisting to remove from the lower anchors in the vehicle.  There is no labeling to indicate which position the carrier handle should be in while the vehicle is in motion.  The belt positioning feature is simple to use, but the caregiver should refer to the owner's manual.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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