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 Contender 65 (RF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameGraco Contender 65
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date1893287  /  Nov 18, 2013
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height5lb - 40lb / up to 1" below red handle while seated
Evaluation of Labels 3 stars
Restraint is not depicted in a rear vehicle seat in the label illustrations.  Labels do not explain the use of LATCH attachments.
Evaluation of Instructions 4 stars
The manual storage location may not be obvious.  Overall illustration pictograms are not labeled for each method of installation.  The owner's manual does not show how to remove the LATCH attachments from storage.
Securing the Child 5 stars
The actions to convert this restraint to this mode of use are simple, but the user might need more guidance from the owner's manual.  The harness must be taken out and rethreaded when cleaning the restraint, and loose parts may be generated during the process.
Installation Features 2 stars
Interference is possible between the crotch buckle and the seat belt when routing for installation.  There are fewer than three levels of built-in recline available.  LATCH attachments require twisting to remove from the vehicle anchors.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 4 stars

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