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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Safety 1st Essential Air (B)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameSafety 1st Essential Air
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateBC026-AUU  /  May 19, 2011
Harness TypeHigh Back
Weight  /  Height40lb - 100lb / 43" - 57"
Evaluation of Labels 4 stars
All portions of the belt routing path is not labeled.
Evaluation of Instructions 4 stars
The manual cannot be accessed while the restraint is installed in this mode. The restraint model names in the manual and on the seat do not match. Heights and/or weights in the manual and on the seat do not match. Illustration of the child in the child restraint is not located directly next to the sizing information.
Securing the Child 2 stars
The harness may need to be completely removed from the restraint to convert to this mode of use from another mode.
Installation Features 5 stars
Overall Ease of Use Rating 4 stars

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