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 Sonus (RF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameEvenflo Sonus
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date34712060  /  Feb 1, 2017
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height5lb - 40lb / 19" - 40"
Evaluation of Labels 2 stars
There is not a full picture of a child properly restrained in the child seat directly next to sizing information on the labeling. 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 routing path is sufficiently labeled on only one side. The labels do not explain how to use LATCH.
Evaluation of Instructions 3 stars
The instruction manual was not attached to the car seat when it was removed from the packaging. The instruction manual storage may be difficult to find and use. Instructions for determining seat belt types are present but are incomplete. The manual doesn't show how to remove LATCH attachments from storage.
Securing the Child 2 stars
The seat was not set for the smallest occupant when removed from the packaging. The harness must be rethreaded to adjust height for the child's growth as well as for reassembly after cleaning. The LATCH belt must be rerouted to convert the restraint to this mode of use from another mode, and there are no illustrations on the car seat depicting this step.
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 seat belt or LATCH belt and the crotch buckle. A printed/molded line is present on the restraint that must be leveled to the ground. There are fewer 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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