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 (FF)

 

 

Manufacturer  /  Model NameSafety 1st Continuum
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateCC137-CVP  /  Feb 2, 2016
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height22lb - 50lb / 29" - 45"
Evaluation of Labels 1 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, nor how to remove the tether strap from storage.
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 supplemental sizing information beyond the minimum/maximum heights/weights is given in the owner's manual.
Securing the Child 5 stars
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 3 stars
It may be uncomfortable for those with larger hands to route the seat belt or LATCH belt through the belt path. 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 3 stars

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