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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Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 (RF)

 

 

Manufacturer  /  Model NameSafety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateCC169-DDL  /  Dec 22, 2016
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height5lb - 40lb / 19" - 40"
Evaluation of Labels 2 stars
No supplemental sizing information is given on the labels. No indication of correct harness height relative to the child is given on the labels. The belt path is labeled only on one side. The labels do not explain how to use LATCH.
Evaluation of Instructions 5 stars
The instruction manual storage location may be difficult to find.
Securing the Child 3 stars
The seat was not set up for the smallest occupant when it was removed from the packaging. The harness slots are small or misaligned. The harness must be rethreaded to adjust height for the child's growth. The LATCH belt must be rerouted to convert the restraint to this mode of use from another mode. Replacing the harness after using the seat in booster mode requires multiple steps which should be followed in the owner's manual.
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. 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 2 stars

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