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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Cosco Light 'n' Comfy (RF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameCosco Light 'n' Comfy
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateIC169-CDD  /  Jan 16, 2014
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height4lb - 22lb / up to 29"
Evaluation of Labels 3 stars
There is no complete illustration of a properly restrained child next to the sizing information on the labels. Labels do not illustrate how to remove and prepare LATCH attachments for use.
Evaluation of Instructions 5 stars
The manual storage location cannot be accessed in this mode of use. 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.
Securing the Child 1 stars
The restraint was not set for the smallest possible occupant when it was removed from the packaging. The restraint uses a puzzle buckle that does not have an intermediate method of holding the two buckle tongues together.  The harness tightening system may not be accessible when the car seat is installed in the vehicle, and it may require two hands to operate. 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.
Installation Features 3 stars
The carrier may appear to be securely installed to the base when it is not. There are less than three levels of built-in recline available. A printed line is present on the restraint that must be leveled to the ground. 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 3 stars

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