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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Safety 1st Summit 65 (FF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameSafety 1st Summit 65
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateBC097-BJB  /  Sep 20, 2017
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height22lb - 65lb / 34" - 49"
Evaluation of Labels 2 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 belt path is not completely labeled. The labels do not explain how to use LATCH.
Evaluation of Instructions 3 stars
The instruction manual was not attached to the seat when it was removed from its packaging. The instruction manual storage location may be difficult to find and use, and it cannot be accessed when the child is seated in the car seat. No complete illustration of a child in the CRS is shown next to height/weight information.
Securing the Child 2 stars
The seat was not set for the smallest occupant when removed from the packaging. Harness slots are misaligned or small, which can make rethreading the harness challenging. The harness must be rethreaded to adjust height for the child's growth as well as for reassembly after cleaning. Loose parts may be generated when disassembling for cleaning. If converting this seat to forward-facing harnessed mode from booster mode, the harness must be completely 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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