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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Eddie Bauer Deluxe 3-in-1 (RF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameEddie Bauer Deluxe 3-in-1
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateCC108-GTY  /  Mar 23, 2016
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height5lb - 40lb / 19" - 40"
Evaluation of Labels 5 stars
There is not a full picture of a child properly restrained in the CRS directly next to sizing information on the labeling.
Evaluation of Instructions 5 stars
The instruction manual storage location may be difficult to find. No full picture exists of a properly restrained child next to sizing information in the owner's manual.
Securing the Child 4 stars
The harness must be rethreaded to adjust height for the child's growth as well as for reassembly after cleaning. When disassembling for cleaning, loose parts may be generated and could be misplaced. In addition, the user may need to use a screwdriver to remove the harness guides. The harness must be reinstalled into the restraint to convert to this mode of use from booster mode, and there are no illustrations on the labeling to help with this step. The LATCH belt must be rerouted to convert the restraint to this mode of use from another mode.
Installation Features 1 stars
It may be uncomfortable for 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. The user must move padding to route the vehicle belt in this mode.A printed/molded line is present on the restraint that must be leveled to the ground. 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 is not obvious and may be overlooked.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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