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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Cosco Finale DX 2-in-1 (FF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameCosco Finale DX 2-in-1
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateBC121-EJI  /  Aug 24, 2017
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height30lb - 65lb / 32" - 49"
Evaluation of Labels 3 stars
There is not a full picture of a child properly restrained in the child seat directly next to sizing information on the labeling. No supplemental sizing information is given on the labels. No indication of correct harness height relative to the child is given on the labels. The labels do not explain how to use LATCH.
Evaluation of Instructions 5 stars
The instruction manual storage location may be difficult to find, and it cannot be accessed while the child is seated in the seat.
Securing the Child 4 stars
The harness must be rethreaded to adjust height for the child's growth as well as for reassembly after cleaning. Replacing the harness after using the seat in booster mode requires multiple steps which should be followed in the owner's manual.
Installation Features 3 stars
Interference is possible between the vehicle seat belt or LATCH belt and the crotch buckle. 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 4 stars

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