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 (FF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameBritax Highway 65
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateE9LL74H  /  Jul 1, 2012
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height20lb - 65lb / up to 48"
Evaluation of Labels 1 stars
There is not a complete picture of a child properly restrained in the CRS on the labeling.  No additional sizing information is given on the labels.  The tether is not labeled in the illustrations depicting acceptable modes of installation.  No indication of correct harness height is given on the labels. The labels do not remind the caregiver to tighten LATCH. No instructions are given on the labels for the use of the tether.
Evaluation of Instructions 3 stars
The instruction manual storage may be difficult to find.  No full illustration exists of a properly restrained child in the restraint in the owner's manual.  The tether is not labeled in the illustrations depicting acceptable modes of installation.
Securing the Child 3 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 must 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. 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 padding must be moved to route the seat belt or LATCH belt through the belt path.  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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