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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Baby Trend Hybrid Plus (FF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameBaby Trend Hybrid Plus
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateFB48B21A  /  Apr 4, 2018
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height22lb - 50lb / 29" - 48"
Evaluation of Labels 4 stars
The labels do not explain how to prepare the LATCH attachments for use, nor do they instruct the user how to use the tether.
Evaluation of Instructions 3 stars
The manual storage location may not be obvious. In the section summarizing acceptable methods of installation, there are not final illustrations showing the seat fully installed. The indication that the safest place in the vehicle for children is the rear seat is buried within a bulleted list. Instructions for determining seat belt types are present but are incomplete. There are no instructions detailing how to remove the LATCH attachments and/or tether hook from storage.
Securing the Child 2 stars
The car seat was not fully assembled when it was removed from its packaging. 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 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 locations for the LATCH belt and/or tether strap are not obvious and may be overlooked.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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