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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Safety 1st Summit (FF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameSafety 1st Summit
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date22566-AON  /  Aug 16, 2012
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height22lb - 40lb / 34" - 43"
Evaluation of Labels 1 stars
There is no complete illustration of a child in the restraint 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 belt path is only labeled on one side. Labels do not illustrate how to remove and prepare LATCH attachments for use. The labels do not remind the caregiver to tighten LATCH. The caregiver must read text on the label to properly use the tether. Labels were peeling when the rated restraint was removed from the box.
Evaluation of Instructions 1 stars
The manual was not attached to the restraint and was found loose in the packaging. The manual cannot be accessed while the restraint is installed in this mode. The instruction manual storage may be difficult to find.  No full picture 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. No additional sizing information is given in the owner's manual. The tether is not labeled in the illustrations depicting acceptable modes of installation. The warning that the safest place for children is the rear seat is contained in a bulleted list and is not separated from other warnings. The user may need to read the text in order to route the seatbelt correctly. The user may need to read text in order to use the tether properly.
Securing the Child 4 stars
The harness height may be difficult to adjust for child's growth.  The harness may need to be completely reinstalled into the restraint to convert to this mode of use from another mode.  When disassembled for cleaning, mandatory parts of the restraint may become detached and could be misplaced.
Installation Features 4 stars
The restraint is equipped with hook-style LATCH attachments which may require twisting to remove from the vehicle.  No dedicated storage area exists for the LATCH attachments and/or the tether.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 2 stars

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