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 Frontier 85 SICT (FF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameBritax Frontier 85 SICT
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateE9LE31A  /  Jan 1, 2012
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height25lb - 85lb / 30" to 57"
Evaluation of Labels 1 stars
There is not a picture of a child properly restrained in the CRS on the labeling.  The tether is not labeled in the illustrations depicting acceptable modes of installation.  The labels do not remind the caregiver to tighten LATCH.  No instructions are given on the labels for the use of the tether. Labels were peeling when the rated restraint was removed from the box.
Evaluation of Instructions 5 stars
No full picture exists of a properly restrained child in the restraint in the owner's manual.
Securing the Child 4 stars
The harness may need to be completely reinstalled into the restraint to convert to this mode of use from another mode.  When disassembled for cleaning, mandatory parts of the restraint become detached and could be misplaced.
Installation Features 5 stars
LATCH attachments have buttons to depress for removal.  The LATCH attachment and/or tether storage area is not clearly labeled.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 4 stars

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