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 e3 (FF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameEvenflo Symphony 65 e3
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date34611106  /  Dec 14, 2011
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. Some methods of installation are not labeled in the manual. The section describing vehicle seat belt types is incomplete and may be missing important information.  The LATCH attachments and tether arrive stored, and the owner's manual does not describe how to remove them from storage prior to first use.
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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