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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Graco ClassicRide 50 (RF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameGraco ClassicRide 50
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date1812930  /  Dec 8, 2011
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height4lb - 40lb / head 1" below top of restraint
Evaluation of Labels 5 stars
Labels do not illustrate how to remove and prepare LATCH attachments for use. Labels do not remind the user to tighten LATCH.
Evaluation of Instructions 5 stars
The LATCH attachments arrive stored, and the owner's manual does not describe how to remove them from storage prior to first use.
Securing the Child 3 stars
There are less than three harness adjustment heights present for use in this mode.  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. When adjusting the harness height, mandatory pieces to the CRS must be removed and could be misplaced. The LATCH belt must be rerouted to convert the restraint to this mode of use from another mode. The harness must be taken out and rethreaded when cleaning the restraint.
Installation Features 1 stars
Interference is possible between a seat component and the belt routing system.  There are not three levels of built-in recline available.  The restraint is equipped with hook-style LATCH attachments which may require twisting to remove from the lower anchors in the vehicle. The LATCH storage area is not clearly labeled.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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