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 SureRide (RF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameEvenflo SureRide
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date37111429  /  Jan 7, 2014
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height5lb - 40lb / 19" - 40"
Evaluation of Labels 2 stars
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 label is only contrasting on one side.  Labels do not explain the use of LATCH.
Evaluation of Instructions 3 stars
The instruction manual storage may be difficult to find. Overall illustration pictograms are not labeled for each method of installation. The section describing vehicle seat belt types is incomplete and may be missing important information. The user may need to read text in order to route the LATCH belt properly. The owner's manual does not describe how to remove the LATCH attachments from storage.
Securing the Child 2 stars
The restraint was not set for the smallest possible occupant when it was removed from the packaging. Harness slots in the pad and in the shell are misaligned or small. There is a head hugger or body pillow blocking the harness slots in the shell from being easily visible. The harness must be rethreaded to adjust harness height as the child grows, and mandatory pieces may become loose and could be misplaced during this operation. 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. While disassembling for cleaning, mandatory pieces may become loose and could be misplaced, and the harness must be rethreaded to reassemble.
Installation Features 1 stars
The padding must be moved to route the seat belt or LATCH belt through the belt path. Interference is possible between the crotch buckle and the seat belt when routing for installation. A printed/molded line is present on the restraint that must be leveled to the ground. There are not three levels of built-in recline available. The restraint is equipped with hook-style LATCH attachments which may require twisting to remove from the lower anchors in the vehicle.  The LATCH storage area is not clearly labeled.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 2 stars

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