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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Baby Trend Hybrid LX 3-in-1 (FF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameBaby Trend Hybrid LX 3-in-1
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateFB48143  /  Jun 29, 2015
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height22lb - 50lb / 29" - 48"
Evaluation of Labels 1 stars
No supplemental sizing information is given on the labels. The tether is not labeled in all of the illustrations depicting acceptable modes of installation. The belt path labeling may be confusing to a consumer. 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. The instruction manual storage location may be difficult to find. Supplemental sizing information is given in text only (not illustrated). The section describing vehicle seat belt types is incomplete and may be missing important information. The user may need to read text to route the LATCH belt properly. The owner's manual does not show how to prepare the LATCH belt and tether strap for use.
Securing the Child 2 stars
The seat was not fully assembled when it was removed from its packaging. A head hugger or body pillow blocks the harness slots from being visible. The harness must be rethreaded to adjust height for the child's growth as well as for reassembly after cleaning. The harness must be reinstalled into the restraint to convert to this mode of use from booster mode.
Installation Features 3 stars
It may be uncomfortable for those with larger hands to route the seat belt or LATCH belt through the belt path. 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 2 stars

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