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 Atlas 65 (FF)

 

 

Manufacturer  /  Model NameGraco Atlas 65
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date1946242  /  Oct 22, 2015
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height22lb - 65lb / 27" - 49"
Evaluation of Labels 2 stars
There is not a picture of a child properly restrained in the CRS directly next to sizing information on the labeling. No supplemental sizing information is given on the labels. No indication of correct harness height is given on the labels. The labels do not explain how to use LATCH or the tether.
Evaluation of Instructions 4 stars
The manual cannot be accessed while the car seat is installed in this mode and the child is in the car seat.The instruction manual storage location may be difficult to find. No full picture exists of a properly restrained child next to sizing information in the owner's manual. No supplemental sizing information beyond the minimum/maximum heights/weights is given in the owner's manual. The section describing vehicle seat belt types is incomplete and may be missing important information.
Securing the Child 4 stars
The seat was not fully assembled when it was removed from its packaging. Conversion to this mode from another mode requires multiple actions, but the actions are simple.
Installation Features 4 stars
The seat is equipped with hook-style LATCH attachments which may require twisting to remove from the lower anchors in the vehicle. The storage location for the LATCH belt and/or tether strap is not obvious and may be overlooked.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 4 stars

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