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 Pavilion 70 G3 (FF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameBritax Pavilion 70 G3
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateE9BK32D  /  Nov 1, 2012
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height20lb - 70lb / up to 49"
Evaluation of Labels 1 stars
There is not a picture of a child properly restrained in the CRS on the labeling.  The tether is not labeled in the illustrations depicting acceptable modes of installation.  The labels do not remind the caregiver to tighten LATCH.  No instructions are given on the labels for the use of the tether. Individual harness slots are not labeled for mode of use.
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.  Additional sizing information is given in text only in the manual.  The tether is not labeled in the illustrations depicting acceptable modes of installation.
Securing the Child 3 stars
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.  When disassembled for cleaning, mandatory parts of the restraint may 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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