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 (FF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameGraco HeadWise 70
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date1861489JJ  /  Dec 4, 2012
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height20lb - 70lb / up to 52"
Evaluation of Labels 3 stars
Supplemental sizing information is not illustrated and given in text only on the labels.  Labels do not explain the use of LATCH.    No instructions are given on the labels for the use of the tether.
Evaluation of Instructions 3 stars
The manual cannot be accessed while the restraint is installed in this mode, and the storage location may not be obvious to a new user.  Supplemental sizing information is given in text only in the manual.  The lap-belt-only method of installing this CRS is not labeled in the manual. The warning that the safest place for children is the rear seat is not illustrated. 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 harness and the seat belt when routing for installation if the harness is not pulled tight prior to belt routing.  LATCH attachments have buttons to depress for removal.  The LATCH storage area is not clearly labeled for this mode.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 4 stars

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