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 Solana (B)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameDiono Solana
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date320000  /  Aug 25, 2014
Harness TypeNo Back
Weight  /  Height40lb - 120lb / 38" - 63"
Evaluation of Labels 2 stars
Supplemental sizing information is given in text only (not illustrated). 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 3 stars
The manual storage location may not be obvious, and some may find it difficult to use. The manual was attached to the seat in a hard-to-find place when the seat was removed from its packaging. 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.
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 3 stars

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