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 (B)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameBaby Trend Hybrid Plus
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateFB48B21A  /  Apr 4, 2018
Harness TypeHighback/No Back
Weight  /  Height30lb - 100lb / 38" - 57"
Evaluation of Labels 4 stars
No supplemental sizing information is given on the labels for highback mode.
Evaluation of Instructions 2 stars
The instruction manual storage location may be difficult to find and use. Supplemental sizing information is given in text only (not illustrated) in the manual. The indication that the safest place in the vehicle for children is the rear seat is buried within a bulleted list. Heights and weights in the manual and on the labels do not match exactly.
Securing the Child 3 stars
When converting this seat to booster mode, the harness must be removed and could be misplaced. There are no illustrations on the seat depicting the conversion between forward-facing and booster modes.
Installation Features 1 stars
Th euse of the shoulder belt guide requires multiple steps which should be followed in the manual. The shoulder belt guide may allow unintentional slack to occur in the seat belt.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 2 stars

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