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 with Safety Surround (FF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameGraco Nautilus 65 with Safety Surround
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date1878678  /  Mar 27, 2015
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height22lb - 65lb / 27" - 49"
Evaluation of Labels 1 stars
No supplemental sizing information is given on the labels. 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 not sufficiently labeled. The labels do not explain how to use LATCH or the tether hook.
Evaluation of Instructions 5 stars
The instruction manual storage may be difficult to find, and it cannot be accessed when a child is seated in the seat. Supplemental sizing information is given in text only (not illustrated) in the manual.
Securing the Child 2 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 to adjust height for the child's growth as well as for reassembly after cleaning. When disassembling for cleaning, loose parts may be generated.
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 the tether strap is not obvious and may be overlooked.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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