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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Graco HeadWise 70 (RF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameGraco HeadWise 70
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date1861489JJ  /  Dec 4, 2012
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height4lb - 40lb / top of head 1" from red handle
Evaluation of Labels 5 stars
Labels do not explain the use of LATCH.
Evaluation of Instructions 3 stars
The manual was not attached to the restraint and was found loose in the packaging.  The manual storage location may not be obvious to a new user.  The lap-belt-only method of installing this CRS is not labeled in the manual.   The LATCH attachments arrive stored, and the owner's manual does not describe how to remove them from storage prior to use.
Securing the Child 5 stars
While disassembling for cleaning, mandatory pieces may become loose and could be misplaced, and the harness must be rethreaded to reassemble.
Installation Features 3 stars
Interference is possible between the crotch buckle and the seat belt when routing for installation.  There are less than three levels of built-in recline available for this mode of use.  LATCH attachments have buttons to depress for removal.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 4 stars

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