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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Baby Trend Protect Sport (RF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameBaby Trend Protect Sport
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateCV88498  /  May 31, 2016
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height5lb - 40lb / head up to 1" from top of seat
Evaluation of Labels 5 stars
Evaluation of Instructions 4 stars
The instruction manual storage location may be difficult to find. The warning that the safest place for children is the rear seat is contained in a bulleted list and is not illustrated. The section describing vehicle seat belt types is incomplete and may be missing important information.
Securing the Child 5 stars
There are no illustrations on the label showing how to convert the car seat to rear-facing mode from forward-facing. The flexible LATCH belt must be rerouted in order to convert the seat to rear-facing mode.
Installation Features 1 stars
It may be uncomfortable for those with larger hands 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. There are less than three levels of recline available for this mode of use. LATCH attachments have buttons to depress for removal.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 4 stars

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