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 Advocate CS (FF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameBritax Advocate CS (FF)
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateE9L73N7  /  May 13, 2009
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height20lb - 65lb / up to 49"
Evaluation of Labels 1 stars
On the labels, the tether is shown but not labeled with each mode of installation. There is not a picture of a child properly restrained in the CRS on the labeling. No additional sizing information is given on the label. Additional sizing information is not shown in an illustration and is given in text form only. No indication of correct harness height is given. Labels do not explain the use of LATCH. No instructions are given on the labels for the use of the tether.
Evaluation of Instructions 3 stars
In the instructions, the tether is shown but not labeled with each mode of installation. The instruction manual is stored on a string. No full picture exists of a properly restrained child in the child restraint in the owner's manual. The user must read text to route the LATCH belt properly.
Securing the Child 4 stars
The harness clip is not labeled with placement instructions. The harness must be taken out and rethreaded to disassemble the seat for cleaning. When disassembled for cleaning, mandatory parts of the restraint become detached and could be misplaced.
Installation Features 4 stars
The user may need to refer to the owner's manual to properly use the restraint's belt-positioning feature, though it is simple to use. The child restraint is equipped with push-button LATCH connectors. The LATCH attachment and/or tether storage area is not clearly labeled.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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