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 Chase (FF)

 

 

Manufacturer  /  Model NameEvenflo Chase
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date30611730  /  Feb 27, 2017
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height22lb - 40lb / 28" - 50"
Evaluation of Labels 1 stars
Supplemental sizing information is given in text only on the labels (not illustrated). The tether is not labeled in the illustrations depicting acceptable modes of installation. No indication of correct harness height relative to the child is given on the labels. The belt routing path is sufficiently labeled on only one side. The labels do not explain how to use LATCH or the tether strap.
Evaluation of Instructions 3 stars
The instruction manual was not attached to the car seat when it was removed from the packaging. The instruction manual storage location may be difficult to find. There is no overview showing the different methods of installation for this mode. Instructions for determining seat belt types are present but are incomplete.
Securing the Child 2 stars
The car seat was not fully assembled when it was removed from its packaging. Hand tools are required to assemble the seat. A headhugger 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. When converting to forward-facing mode, the harness must be reinstalled.
Installation Features 3 stars
Interference is possible between the seat belt or LATCH belt and the internal harness system. 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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