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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Baby Trend TrendZ EuroSport (FF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameBaby Trend TrendZ EuroSport
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateFB55012  /  Sep 28, 2011
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height22lb - 50lb / 29" - 48"
Evaluation of Labels 1 stars
No additional sizing information is given on the labels.  The child restraint is not depicted in a rear vehicle seat in the label illustrations.  Additional harness height adjustment guidance is in text only on the labels.  LATCH illustrations are unclear on the labels. Labels were peeling when the rated restraint was removed from the box.
Evaluation of Instructions 4 stars
The instruction manual storage may be difficult to use.  The user may need to read text in order to route the LATCH belt properly.  The user may need to read text in order to use the tether properly.
Securing the Child 1 stars
The restraint did not arrive fully assembled.  The harness clip is not labeled with placement instructions.  The restraint uses a 'puzzle buckle' that does not have an intermediate method of holding the shoulder portions of the buckle tongues together.  The harness must be rethreaded to adjust height for the child's growth. The harness may need to be completely reinstalled into the restraint to convert to this mode of use from another mode. The harness must be taken out and rethreaded when cleaning the restraint.
Installation Features 5 stars
The restraint is equipped with hook-style LATCH attachments which may require twisting to remove from the vehicle.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 2 stars

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