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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Cosco Highback (B)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameCosco Highback
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date22253-BJP  /  Apr 25, 2013
Harness TypeHighback
Weight  /  Height40lb - 80lb / 43" - 52"
Evaluation of Labels 3 stars
Supplemental sizing information is not illustrated and given in text only on the labels. The belt routing path is not completely labeled.
Evaluation of Instructions 4 stars
The manual storage location cannot be accessed in this mode of use. No full picture exists of a properly restrained child next to sizing information in the owner's manual. Supplemental sizing information is given in text only in the manual. The warning stating that the rear seat is the safest place for installation is not illustrated clearly and is located among other warnings.
Securing the Child 2 stars
The harness must be removed from the restraint to convert to this mode of use from another mode and may be misplaced.
Installation Features 3 stars
The shoulder belt positioning device may not allow the belt to move freely and can create slack in the belt.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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