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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Diono Santa Fe (B)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameDiono Santa Fe
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date15000  /  Jun 1, 2012
Harness TypeNo Back
Weight  /  Height30lb - 120lb / 38" - 63"
Evaluation of Labels 3 stars
The belt routing path is not labeled.  The warning on the label does not explicitly state that a lap-only belt may not be used.
Evaluation of Instructions 4 stars
The manual cannot be accessed while the restraint is installed in this mode. No full picture exists of a properly restrained child in the restraint in the owner's manual.  No additional sizing information is given in the owner's manual.  The warning that the safest place for children is the rear seat is contained in a bulleted list and is not separated from other warnings. The warning against using the lap belt only is not given in the belt routing section of the manual.
Securing the Child 5 stars
Installation Features
Overall Ease of Use Rating 4 stars

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