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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Cybex Aton (RF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameCybex Aton
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date12-4000015  /  Feb 1, 2011
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height4lb - 32lb / up to 30"
Evaluation of Labels 4 stars
Additional sizing information is not illustrated and is given in text only on the labels. All portions of the belt routing path are not labeled.
Evaluation of Instructions 4 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 may be difficult to find.
Securing the Child 2 stars
The restraint was not set for the smallest possible occupant. 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
Though there is an angle feedback device present on the base, there is not one on the carrier.  LATCH attachments have buttons to depress for removal.  The LATCH storage area is not clearly labeled.  There is no labeling to indicate which position the carrier handle should be in while traveling in the vehicle.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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