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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Chicco NextFit (RF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameChicco NextFit
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date06 079319 430 070  /  Mar 12, 2013
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height5lb - 40lb / up to 50"
Evaluation of Labels 3 stars
No additional sizing information is given on the labels.  Labels which show how to prepare and use LATCH are not complete, so the user may need to consult the manual.
Evaluation of Instructions 5 stars
No supplemental sizing information is given in the manual.
Securing the Child 5 stars
There are no illustrations on the labels to describe how to convert this restraint to this mode of use.  To disassemble for cleaning, there is no harness rethreading required and no loose parts are generated, but the physical act of removal/reattachment is difficult, and the manual instructions for these steps are unclear.
Installation Features 2 stars
The user must move padding to route the vehicle belt in this mode.  Interference is possible between a seat component and the belt routing system.  The belt lockoff is simple to use, but the user must refer to the manual for complete instructions.  LATCH attachments have buttons to depress for removal.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 4 stars

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