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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Evenflo Transitions (FF)

 

 

Manufacturer  /  Model NameEvenflo Transitions
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date34421029  /  Aug 23, 2016
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height22lb - 65lb / 28" - 50"
Evaluation of Labels 1 stars
Supplemental sizing information is given in text only on the labels (not illustrated). No indication of correct harness height is given on the labels. The belt routing path is not completely labeled. Labeling does not show how to prepare LATCH attachments and tether strap for use.
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 and use. Some methods of installation are not specifically labeled in the manual (lap-belt only vs. lap/shoulder belt). The section describing vehicle seat belt types is incomplete and may be missing important information.
Securing the Child 2 stars
The seat was not set up for the smallest occupant when it was removed from the packaging. The headrest blocks the harness slots from being visible. The harness slots are small. The harness must be rethreaded to adjust height for the child's growth as well as for reassembly after cleaning. The harness must be rerouted in 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. Replacing the harness requires multiple steps which should be followed in the owner's manual.
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. The storage location for the LATCH belt and/or tether strap is not obvious and may be overlooked.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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