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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Evenflo SafeMax 3-in-1 (FF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameEvenflo SafeMax 3-in-1
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date38711816  /  May 16, 2016
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height22lb - 65lb / 28" - 50"
Evaluation of Labels 1 stars
The full picture of a child properly restrained in the child seat is not directly next to sizing information on the labeling. Supplemental sizing information is given in text only on the labels (not illustrated). The indication of correct harness height relative to the child is given in text only (not illustrated) on the labels. The belt path is only labeled on one side of the child seat. The labels do not explain how to use LATCH attachments or the tether.
Evaluation of Instructions 3 stars
The instruction manual storage location cannot be accessed while the child is in the car seat. The tether is not labeled in the illustrations depicting acceptable modes of installation. The section describing vehicle seat belt types is incomplete and may be missing important information.The manual doesn't show how to remove LATCH attachments from storage.
Securing the Child 4 stars
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. When disassembling for cleaning, loose parts may be generated and could be misplaced.
Installation Features 2 stars
It may be uncomfortable for larger hands to route the seat belt or LATCH belt through the belt path. Interference is possible between a seat component and the seat belt when routing for installation. LATCH attachments have buttons to depress for removal. 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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