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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Evenflo Platinum Evolve (FF)

 

 

Manufacturer  /  Model NameEvenflo Platinum Evolve
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date34411700  /  Feb 27, 2015
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height22lb - 65lb / 28" - 50"
Evaluation of Labels 1 stars
Supplemental sizing information is given in text only on the labels (not illustrated). No indication of harness slot heights for this mode is given on the labels. The belt routing path is not labeled. Labels do not explain how to use LATCH or the tether.
Evaluation of Instructions 5 stars
The instruction manual storage location may be difficult to find. The manual cannot be accessed while the car seat is installed in this mode and the child is in the car seat. The section describing vehicle seat belt types is incomplete and may be missing important information.
Securing the Child 3 stars
The car seat did not arrive set for the smallest possible occupant. Harness slots in the pad and in the shell are misaligned or small. The harness must be rethreaded to adjust harness height as the child grows. There is no illustration on the car seat to depict how to convert the seat to this mode of use, and the user may need to read the manual to follow the required steps.
Installation Features 4 stars
The car seat is equipped with hook-style LATCH attachments which may require twisting to remove from the vehicle. The LATCH and/or tether storage area is not clearly labeled.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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