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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Graco Argos 80 Elite (FF)

 

 

Manufacturer  /  Model NameGraco Argos 80 Elite
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date1926998  /  Mar 20, 2015
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height20lb - 80lb / 27" - 52"
Evaluation of Labels 1 stars
Supplemental sizing information is given in text only on the labels (not illustrated). The tether is not labeled in the illustrations depicting acceptable modes of installation. No indication of correct harness height is given on the labels. The belt routing path is not clearly labeled. The labels do not explain how to use LATCH or the tether strap.
Evaluation of Instructions 4 stars
The manual cannot be accessed while the car seat is installed in this mode and the child is in the car seat. Supplemental sizing information is given in text in the manual (not illustrated). The tether is not labeled in the illustrations depicting acceptable modes of installation. The manual doesn't show how to remove LATCH and/or the tether from storage.
Securing the Child 5 stars
Conversion to this mode from another mode requires multiple actions; caregiver must read instruction manual. The harness must be taken out and rethreaded when cleaning the seat.
Installation Features 4 stars
The caregiver may need to refer to the manual to use the belt-positioning feature or lock-off. The car seat is equipped with hook-style LATCH attachments which may require twisting to remove from the lower anchors in the vehicle. The storage location for the LATCH belt and/or tether strap is not obvious and may be overlooked.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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