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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Evenflo Symphony 65 LX (FF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameEvenflo Symphony 65 LX
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date34511264  /  Jan 10, 2012
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height20lb - 65lb / up to 50"
Evaluation of Labels 4 stars
Labels do not explain the use of LATCH.  The caregiver must read text on the label to properly use the tether.
Evaluation of Instructions 3 stars
The manual cannot be accessed while the restraint is installed in this mode. Additional sizing information is given in text only in the manual.  Some methods of installation are not specifically labeled in the manual (lap-belt only vs. lap/shoulder belt).
Securing the Child 4 stars
The LATCH belt must be rerouted to convert the restraint 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 2 stars
The padding must be moved to route the seat belt or LATCH belt through the belt path.  Interference is possible between a seat component and the belt routing system. 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 3 stars

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