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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Evenflo Maestro Sport (FF)

 

 

Manufacturer  /  Model NameEvenflo Maestro Sport
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date34912258  /  Aug 1, 2018
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height22lb - 50lb / 28" - 50"
Evaluation of Labels 1 stars
Supplemental sizing information is given in text only (not illustrated). There is not a full picture of a child properly restrained in the child seat directly next to sizing information on the labeling. The belt path is only labeled on one side of the car seat. The labels do not explain how to use LATCH or the top tether in detail. The labels were already peeling when the seat was removed from its packaging.
Evaluation of Instructions 3 stars
The instruction manual was not attached to the car seat when the car seat was removed from its packaging. The instruction manual storage location may be difficult to find. The tether is not labeled in the illustrations depicting acceptable modes of installation. Instructions for determining seat belt types are present but are incomplete.
Securing the Child 3 stars
A screwdriver is needed to assemble the seat prior to use. A head or body pillow blocks one or more harness slots. The harness must be rethreaded to adjust for the child's growth as well as for reassembly after cleaning. When converting to forward-facing mode, there are multiple steps to follow but the actions themselves are simple. There are no illustrations given on the car seat to show conversion to this mode from another mode of use.
Installation Features 3 stars
Interference is possible between the seatbelt or LATCH belt and the harness. 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 2 stars

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