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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Britax B-Safe (RF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameBritax B-Safe
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateE9LE5B  /  Jun 1, 2011
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height4lb - 30lb / up to 32"
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.  Belt routing path labeling is found on the base but not on the carrier for carrier-only installation. Labels do not explain the use of LATCH.
Evaluation of Instructions 5 stars
The section describing vehicle seat belt types is incomplete and may be missing important information.
Securing the Child 4 stars
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 5 stars
A printed/molded line is present on the restraint that must be leveled to the ground.  LATCH attachments have buttons to depress for removal.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 4 stars

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