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 65 DLX (FF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameGraco Nautilus 65 DLX
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date1954773  /  Nov 24, 2016
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height22lb - 65lb / 27" - 49"
Evaluation of Labels 3 stars
The full picture of a child properly restrained in the child seat is not directly next to sizing information on the labeling. The labels do not explain how to use LATCH or the tether hook.
Evaluation of Instructions 5 stars
The instruction manual cannot be accessed when a child is seated in the seat and the storage location may be difficult to find. No full picture exists of a properly restrained child next to sizing information in the instruction manual.
Securing the Child 3 stars
The car seat was not fully assembled when it was removed from its packaging. Replacing the harness after using the seat in booster mode requires multiple steps which should be followed in the owner's manual. The harness must be rethreaded for reassembly after cleaning.
Installation Features 5 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 the tether strap is not obvious and may be overlooked.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 4 stars

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