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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Graco Snugride 35 (RF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameGraco Snugride 35
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date1790732  /  Dec 10, 2012
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height5lb - 35lb / up to 32"
Evaluation of Labels 1 stars
No supplemental sizing information is given on the labels.  Pictograms for carrier-only installations are not labeled.  Belt routing path is not labeled.  Labels do not explain the use of LATCH.
Evaluation of Instructions 4 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 manual.  The LATCH attachments arrive stored, and the owner's manual does not describe how to remove them from storage prior to 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 must be rethreaded to adjust height for the child's growth as well as for reassembly after cleaning.  Additionally, the harness clip may need to be removed from the harness straps to remove the padding for cleaning and may be misplaced or misinstalled.
Installation Features 4 stars
The seat belt lockoff is simple to use, but the user must refer to the manual for complete instructions.  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. There is no labeling to indicate which position the carrier handle should be in while the vehicle is in motion.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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