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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Safety 1st Continuum (RF)

 

 

Manufacturer  /  Model NameSafety 1st Continuum
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateCC137-CVP  /  Feb 2, 2016
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height5lb - 40lb / 19" - 40"
Evaluation of Labels 2 stars
No supplemental sizing information is given on the labels. No indication of correct harness height is given on the labels. The belt routing path is only labeled on one side. The labels do not explain how to use LATCH.
Evaluation of Instructions 5 stars
The instruction manual storage location may be difficult to find.
Securing the Child 3 stars
The seat was not set up for the smallest occupant when it was removed from the packaging. The harness must be rethreaded to adjust height for the child's growth as well as for reassembly after cleaning. The LATCH belt must be rerouted to convert the car seat to this mode of use from another mode. Illustrations are not provided on the labels to assist with conversion to this mode from another mode.
Installation Features 1 stars
The padding may need to be moved to route the seat belt or LATCH belt through the belt path. Interference is possible between the crotch buckle and the seat belt when routing for installation. A printed/molded line is present on the restraint that must be leveled to the ground. 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 is not obvious and may be overlooked.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 2 stars

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