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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Britax Roundabout G4 (FF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameBritax Roundabout G4
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateE9LR41A  /  Jun 1, 2014
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height20lb - 55lb / up to 46"
Evaluation of Labels 3 stars
The tether is not labeled in the illustrations depicting acceptable modes of installation. Harness slots are not labeled for each mode. Labels do not illustrate how to prepare LATCH for use.
Evaluation of Instructions 3 stars
The manual storage location may not be obvious, and some may find it difficult to use. No full picture exists of a properly restrained child next to sizing information in the owner's manual. The tether is not labeled in the illustrations depicting acceptable modes of installation. The warning stating that the rear seat is the safest place for installation is located among other warnings.
Securing the Child 3 stars
Harness slots in the pad and in the shell are misaligned or small. The harness must be rethreaded to adjust height for the child's growth as well as for reassembly after cleaning. Conversion to this mode of use is simple, but multiple actions are required. There are no illustrations on the child restraint showing how to convert this restraint to this mode of use. While disassembling for cleaning, mandatory pieces may become loose and could be misplaced.
Installation Features 3 stars
The user has to move the padding to properly route the seat belt. LATCH attachments have buttons to depress for removal. The restraint's belt-positioning features are simple to use, but the user may have to refer to the owner's manual. The tether storage area is not clearly labeled.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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