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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Cosco Easy Elite (FF)

 

 

Manufacturer  /  Model NameCosco Easy Elite
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateCC187-DSI  /  Apr 20, 2016
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height22lb - 50lb / 29" - 45"
Evaluation of Labels 5 stars
Evaluation of Instructions 5 stars
The manual cannot be accessed while the car seat is installed in this mode and the child is in the car seat. The warning that the safest place for children is the rear seat is contained in text and is not separated from other warnings. The section describing vehicle seat belt types is incomplete and may be missing important information.
Securing the Child 4 stars
The harness must be reinstalled into the restraint to convert to this mode of use from booster mode. The LATCH belt must be rerouted to convert the car seat to this mode of use from another mode. The harness must be taken out and rethreaded when cleaning the restraint.
Installation Features 3 stars
Interference is possible between the tether strap and the seat belt when routing for installation. The car 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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