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 (B)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameCosco Easy Elite
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateCC187-DSI  /  Apr 20, 2016
Harness TypeHighback
Weight  /  Height40lb - 80lb / 43" - 52"
Evaluation of Labels 4 stars
The belt routing path is not completely labeled.
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.
Securing the Child 2 stars
Conversion to this mode from another mode requires multiple actions; caregiver must read instruction manual. There are no illustrations on the car seat showing how to convert this seat to this mode of use. The harness must be removed from the seat to convert to booster mode; it may be misplaced.
Installation Features 4 stars
The shoulder belt may slip out of the shoulder belt positioning device.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 4 stars

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