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 (FF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameBaby Trend Protect Sport
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateCV88498  /  May 31, 2016
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height23lb - 65lb / up to 50"
Evaluation of Labels 5 stars
Evaluation of Instructions 2 stars
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. The warning that the safest place for children is the rear seat is contained in a bulleted list and is not separate from unrelated warnings. The section describing vehicle seat belt types is incomplete and may be missing important information. The manual doesn't show how to remove LATCH and/or the tether from storage.
Securing the Child 4 stars
There are fewer than three harness slot positions for use in forward-facing mode. There are no illustrations on the label showing how to convert the car seat to forward-facing mode from rear-facing. The flexible LATCH belt must be rerouted in order to convert the seat to forward-facing mode.
Installation Features 4 stars
It may be uncomfortable for larger hands to route the seat belt or LATCH belt through the belt path. LATCH attachments have buttons to depress for removal.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 4 stars

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