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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Eddie Bauer Deluxe Highback 65 (FF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameEddie Bauer Deluxe Highback 65
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateBC098-CCB  /  Jun 3, 2014
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height22lb - 65lb / 34" - 49"
Evaluation of Labels 2 stars
There is no complete illustration of a properly restrained child next to the sizing information on the labels. No supplemental sizing information is given on the labels. Guidance for selecting the correct harness slot is not given. The belt routing path is not completely labeled. Labels do not explain the use of LATCH attachments.
Evaluation of Instructions 2 stars
When the seat was removed from its packaging, the manual was found loose in the packaging. The manual storage cannot be accessed while the restraint is installed in this mode, and the storage location may not be obvious. No full picture exists of a properly restrained child next to sizing information in the owner's manual. Supplemental sizing information is not given in the manual. Methods of installation for this mode of use are not depicted and labeled in full. The warning stating that the rear seat is the safest place for installation is located among other warnings.
Securing the Child 3 stars
There is a head hugger or body pillow blocking the harness slots in the shell from being easily visible. The harness must be rethreaded to adjust height for the child's growth as well as for reassembly after cleaning. While disassembling for cleaning or adjusting the harness height, mandatory pieces may become loose and could be misplaced. There are no illustrations on the child restraint showing how to convert this restraint to this mode of use. The harness must be reinstalled into the restraint to convert to this mode of use from booster mode.
Installation Features 3 stars
Interference is possible between the seat belt and harness when routing for installation. The restraint is equipped with hook-style LATCH attachments which may require twisting to remove from the lower anchors in the vehicle. The LATCH/tether storage areas are not clearly labeled.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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