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 Evolve (FF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameEvenflo Evolve
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date34411900  /  Mar 23, 2016
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 correct harness height is given on the labels. The belt routing path is only clearly labeled on one side. The labels do not explain how to use LATCH or the tether strap.
Evaluation of Instructions 3 stars
The owner's manual was not attached to the seat when it was removed from its packaging. The manual cannot be accessed while the car seat is installed in this mode and the child is in the car seat. The instruction manual storage location may be difficult to find. 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.  Some methods of installation (specifically, installation with a lap-only belt) are not labeled in the manual.
Securing the Child 2 stars
The seat was not set up for the smallest occupant when it was removed from the packaging. A head hugger or body pillow blocks the harness slots from being visible. Harness slots may be misaligned or small, which could cause confusion when adjusting the harness height. The harness must be taken out and rethreaded when cleaning the restraint, and loose parts may be generated during the process. The harness must be rethreaded to adjust height for the child's growth. There are no illustrations on the car seat showing how to convert this seat 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 5 stars
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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