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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The First Years True Fit I-Alert (FF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameThe First Years True Fit I-Alert
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateC685-BKKH  /  Jan 15, 2013
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height23lb - 65lb / up to 50"
Evaluation of Labels 5 stars
Evaluation of Instructions 5 stars
The instruction manual storage may be difficult to find.  The warning that reminds parents to put their children in the rear seat is small and could possibly be overlooked.
Securing the Child 5 stars
There are no pictures on the labels to describe how to convert this restraint to this mode of use.  The LATCH belt must be rerouted to convert the restraint to this mode of use from rear-facing mode.
Installation Features 4 stars
The padding must be moved to route the seat belt or LATCH belt through the belt path.  LATCH attachments have buttons to depress for removal.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 5 stars

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