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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Cosco Highback 2-in-1 (FF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameCosco Highback 2-in-1
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateBC112-DRT  /  May 2, 2016
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height22lb - 40lb / 34" - 43"
Evaluation of Labels 1 stars
No supplemental sizing information is given on the labels. No indication of correct harness height is given on the labels. The belt routing path is not completely labeled. The labels do not explain how to use LATCH. The labels were already peeling when the restraint was removed from its packaging.
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. The instruction manual storage location may be difficult to find.
Securing the Child 3 stars
There are fewer than three harness slot positions for use in this mode. 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, and there are no illustrations on the labeling to help with this step.
Installation Features 4 stars
The car seat is equipped with hook-style LATCH attachments which may require twisting to remove from the lower anchors in the vehicle. There is no dedicated storage location for the LATCH belt and/or tether strap when not in use.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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