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 (FF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameMaxi-Cosi Magellan
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateCC197-EMJ  /  Jun 12, 2018
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height22lb - 65lb / 29" - 49"
Evaluation of Labels 3 stars
The belt routing path is not completely labeled. The labels do not explain how to use LATCH and the tether strap in detail.
Evaluation of Instructions 4 stars
The instruction manual storage location may be difficult to find and cannot be accessed while the child is seated in the seat. No complete illustration of a child in the CRS is shown next to height/weight information. The warning that the rear seat is the safest place in a vehicle for children is located amongst other warnings
Securing the Child 4 stars
There are no illustrations given on the car seat to show conversion to this mode from another mode of use. When converting to this mode from other modes of use, the LATCH belt must be rerouted. When cleaning the seat, loose parts may be generated.
Installation Features 4 stars
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 and/or tether strap are not obvious and may be overlooked.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 4 stars

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