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 (B)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameGraco Nautilus 80 Elite
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date1954840  /  Jan 5, 2016
Harness TypeHighback/No Back
Weight  /  Height30lb - 120lb / 38" - 57"
Evaluation of Labels 1 stars
No supplemental sizing information is given on the labels. 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.
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. No supplemental sizing information beyond the minimum/maximum heights/weights is given in the owner's manual.
Securing the Child 1 stars
The harness must be removed to convert the seat to booster mode and may be misplaced. There are no illustrations on the labeling which show how to remove the harness. There are no illustrations on the labeling which show how to convert the car seat from highback to no back mode. When disassembling for cleaning, loose parts may be generated.
Installation Features 5 stars
Overall Ease of Use Rating 2 stars

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