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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Graco Snugride 35 with Small Child Insert (RF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameGraco Snugride 35 with Small Child Insert
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date1806993  /  Sep 8, 2011
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height4lb - 35lb / up to 32"
Evaluation of Labels 1 stars
No additional sizing information is given on the labels. No additional harness slot height adjustment information is given on the labels. The belt routing path is not labeled. Labels do not explain the use of LATCH.
Evaluation of Instructions 4 stars
The manual cannot be accessed while the restraint is installed in this mode. The manual storage may be difficult to find. No additional sizing information is given in the owner's manual.  The LATCH attachments 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
Harness slots in the pad and in the shell are misaligned or small.  There is a head hugger or body pillow blocking the harness slots in the shell from being easily visible.  The harness must be rethreaded to adjust height for the child's growth.  When adjusting the harness height, mandatory pieces to the CRS must be removed and could be misplaced. The harness must be taken out and rethreaded when cleaning the restraint. When disassembled for cleaning, mandatory parts of the restraint become detached and could be misplaced.
Installation Features 4 stars
The restraint's belt-positioning features are simple to use, but the caregiver may need to read the owner's manual for more instruction.The restraint is equipped with hook-style LATCH attachments which may require twisting to remove from the lower anchors in the vehicle. The LATCH storage area is not clearly labeled. There is no labeling to indicate which position the carrier handle should be in while the vehicle is in motion.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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