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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Diono RadianR120 (B)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameDiono RadianR120
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date16700  /  Sep 1, 2011
Harness TypeHigh Back
Weight  /  Height50lb - 120lb / up to 57"
Evaluation of Labels 1 stars
No additional sizing information is given on the labels.  The belt routing path is not labeled.  There is no warning against using a lap belt only on the label.
Evaluation of Instructions 1 stars
The instruction manual storage may be difficult to find.  Additional sizing information is given in text only in the manual.  The warning that the safest place for children is the rear seat is contained in a bulleted list and is not separated from other warnings. The warning against using a lap belt only is not illustrated in the manual. Heights and/or weights in the manual and on the seat do not match.
Securing the Child 1 stars
There are no pictures on the labels to describe how to convert this restraint to this mode of use.  Multiple actions are required to convert the seat to this mode of use; these must be followed in the manual.  The harness may need to be completely removed from the restraint to convert to this mode of use from another mode. The LATCH belt must be rerouted to convert the restraint to this mode of use from another mode. While disassembling for cleaning, mandatory pieces may become loose and could be misplaced.
Installation Features 5 stars
Overall Ease of Use Rating 2 stars

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