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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The First Years Contigo (RF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameThe First Years Contigo
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateI480-BKKH  /  Jan 15, 2013
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height5lb - 35lb / up to 32"
Evaluation of Labels 5 stars
Evaluation of Instructions 5 stars
The manual storage location may be hidden by the sun shade, but it is otherwise obvious.
Securing the Child 5 stars
Installation Features 5 stars
The 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.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 5 stars

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