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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Maxi-Cosi Magellan (RF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameMaxi-Cosi Magellan
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateCC197-EMJ  /  Jun 12, 2018
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height5lb - 40lb / up to 40"
Evaluation of Labels 3 stars
The belt routing path is not completely labeled. The labels do not explain how to use LATCH in detail.
Evaluation of Instructions 3 stars
The instruction manual was not attached to the seat when it was removed from its packaging. The instruction manual storage location may be difficult to find. No complete illustration of a child in the CRS is shown next to height/weight information. The warning to avoid placing a rear-facing child seat in front of an active frontal air bag is located amongst other warnings.
Securing the Child 4 stars
When converting to this mode of use, there are multiple steps that the user will need to refer to in the user manual. There are no illustrations given on the car seat to show conversion to this mode from another mode of use. When cleaning the seat, loose parts may be generated.
Installation Features 2 stars
The user may need to move padding out of the way to route the seat belt or LATCH belt through the belt path. Interference is possible between the vehicle seat belt or LATCH belt and the harness. The belt positioning feature or lockoff is simple to use, but the user must refer to the owner's manual for complete instructions. LATCH attachments have buttons to depress for removal. The storage locations for the LATCH belt are not obvious and may be overlooked.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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