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 (B)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameGraco Argos 80 Elite
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date1926998  /  Mar 20, 2015
Harness TypeHighback/No Back
Weight  /  Height30lb - 120lb / 38" - 57"
Evaluation of Labels 2 stars
Supplemental sizing information is given in text only on the labels (not illustrated). The belt routing path is not completely labeled. The warning on the label does not explicitly state that a lap-only belt may not be used, and it is not illustrated.
Evaluation of Instructions 5 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).
Securing the Child 1 stars
Conversion to this mode from another mode requires multiple actions; caregiver must read instruction manual. There are no illustrations on the car seat showing how to convert this seat to this mode of use.
Installation Features 4 stars
The shoulder belt positioning device requires the use of two hands, but the action of positioning is simple.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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