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 SureFit (RF)

 

 

Manufacturer  /  Model NameEddie Bauer SureFit
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateIC212-DJE  /  Apr 29, 2016
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height4lb - 35lb / up to 32"
Evaluation of Labels 3 stars
There is not a full picture of a child properly restrained in the CRS directly next to sizing information on the labeling. The labels do not explain how to use LATCH.
Evaluation of Instructions 4 stars
The manual cannot be accessed while the car seat is installed in this mode and the child is in the car seat. The owner's manual may fall out of the storage location on the carrier and there is no storage location in the base. No full picture exists of a properly restrained child next to sizing information in the owner's manual. The section describing vehicle seat belt types is incomplete and may be missing important information.
Securing the Child 3 stars
The seat was not set up for the smallest occupant when it was removed from the packaging. A head hugger or body pillow blocks the harness slots from being visible. The harness must be rethreaded to adjust height for the child's growth as well as for reassembly after cleaning.
Installation Features 5 stars
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 4 stars

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