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 Nautilus 80 Elite (FF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameGraco Nautilus 80 Elite
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date1954840  /  Jan 5, 2016
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height22lb - 80lb / 27" - 52"
Evaluation of Labels 3 stars
There is not a picture of a child properly restrained in the CRS directly next to sizing information on the labeling. The labels do not explain how to use either the LATCH belt or the tether strap.
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. No full picture exists of a properly restrained child next to sizing information in the owner's manual.
Securing the Child 4 stars
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 task. The harness must be rethreaded when reassembling after cleaning, and loose pieces could be generated during the process.
Installation Features 4 stars
The belt positioning feature/lock-off on the car seat is simple to use, but the consumer may need to refer to the owner's manual for use instructions. 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 4 stars

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