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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Baby Trend EZ Flex Loc 32 (RF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameBaby Trend EZ Flex Loc 32
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateCS47777  /  Sep 1, 2014
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height5lb - 32lb / up to 32"
Evaluation of Labels 2 stars
No supplemental sizing information is given on the labels. The carrier-only belt path is not labeled. Labels do not show how to prepare LATCH attachments for use.
Evaluation of Instructions 5 stars
The instruction manual cannot be accessed while the seat is installed and the child is in the seat. Caregivers may find the manual storage system difficult to use. Supplemental sizing information is not given in the manual.
Securing the Child 4 stars
The restraint uses a puzzle buckle that does not have an intermediate method of holding the two buckle tongues together. The harness must be rethreaded when reassembling after cleaning. When disassembling for cleaning, mandatory pieces to the restraint must be removed and could be misplaced.
Installation Features 4 stars
Push-button-style connectors are used as LATCH attachments. The LATCH attachment 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 4 stars

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