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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Baby Trend Flex-Loc with Fixed Back (RF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameBaby Trend Flex-Loc with Fixed Back
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateCS41443  /  Sep 25, 2012
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height5lb - 30lb / up to 30"
Evaluation of Labels 3 stars
No supplemental sizing information is given on the labels. The belt routing path is not labeled.
Evaluation of Instructions 5 stars
The manual could fall out of the carrier while in use outside of the vehicle, and there is no manual storage on the CRS base. No supplemental sizing information is given in the owner's manual.
Securing the Child 3 stars
The harness clip is not labeled to indicate its correct placement.  The restraint uses a puzzle buckle that does not have an intermediate method of holding the two buckle tongues together.  The harness must be rethreaded to adjust harness height as the child grows. When disassembled for cleaning, mandatory parts of the restraint become detached and could be misplaced, and the harness must be unthreaded.
Installation Features 5 stars
LATCH attachments have buttons to depress for removal.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 4 stars

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