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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Snugli Infant Car Seat (RF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameSnugli Infant Car Seat
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date30711365  /  Jun 9, 2012
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height4lb - 35lb / up to 30"
Evaluation of Labels 3 stars
The belt routing path labeling is not contrasting and may be difficult to read. 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. The section describing vehicle seat belt types is incomplete and may be missing important information.  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 route the LATCH belt properly. 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
There is a head hugger or body pillow blocking the harness slots in the shell from being easily visible.  The harness height may be difficult to adjust for child's growth.  The harness must be rethreaded to adjust height for the child's growth.  The harness must be taken out and rethreaded when cleaning the restraint. When disassembled for cleaning, mandatory parts of the restraint may become detached and could be misplaced.
Installation Features 5 stars
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.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 4 stars

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