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


« Back to Ease-of-Use Ratings


Graco Connext (B)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameGraco Connext
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date1853339  /  Dec 6, 2012
Harness TypeNo Back
Weight  /  Height40lb - 100lb / 40" - 57"
Evaluation of Labels 3 stars
Supplemental sizing information is not illustrated and given in text only on the labels.  Seat belt path labeling exists but is not obvious.  The warning against using a lap belt only is not illustrated on the labels.
Evaluation of Instructions 5 stars
The manual cannot be accessed while the restraint is installed in this mode, and the storage location may not be obvious to a new user.  Supplemental sizing information is not clearly illustrated in the manual; the top of the child's head must be below the top of the vehicle seat back.
Securing the Child 3 stars
While disassembling for cleaning, mandatory pieces may become loose and could be misplaced.
Installation Features 4 stars
The shoulder belt positioning device requires the use of two hands, but the action of positioning is simple.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 4 stars

« Back to Ease-of-Use Ratings