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 Highway 65 (RF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameBritax Highway 65
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateE9LL74H  /  Jul 1, 2012
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height5lb - 40lb / up to 48"
Evaluation of Labels 3 stars
Individual harness slots are not labeled for mode of use. Labels do not remind the user to tighten LATCH.
Evaluation of Instructions 5 stars
The manual storage may be difficult to find. No full illustration exists of a properly restrained child in the restraint in the owner's manual.
Securing the Child 4 stars
Harness slots in the pad and in the shell are misaligned or small.  The harness must be rethreaded to adjust height for the child's growth.  When adjusting the harness height, mandatory pieces to the CRS may be removed and could be misplaced.  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, but the operations are simple. When disassembled for cleaning, mandatory parts of the restraint, such as the harness, become detached and could be misplaced.
Installation Features 1 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.  A printed/molded line is present on the restraint that must be leveled to the ground.  There are not three levels of built-in recline available. LATCH attachments have buttons to depress for removal. The restraint's belt-positioning features are simple to use, but the caregiver may need to refer to the manual for more information.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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