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 ComfortSport (RF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameGraco ComfortSport
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date1813040  /  Apr 24, 2013
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height5lb - 30lb / head 1" below top of restraint
Evaluation of Labels 5 stars
Labels do not explain the use of LATCH attachments.
Evaluation of Instructions 5 stars
The manual storage location may not be obvious. The owner's manual does not show how to remove the LATCH attachments from storage.
Securing the Child 3 stars
There are less than three harness adjustment heights present for use in this mode. Harness slots in the pad and in the shell are misaligned or small. The harness must be rethreaded to adjust height for the child's growth, and while doing so, mandatory pieces to the CRS must be removed and could be misplaced. The LATCH belt must be rerouted to convert the restraint to this mode of use from another mode. The harness must be taken out and rethreaded when cleaning the restraint, and loose parts may be generated during the process.
Installation Features 1 stars
Interference is possible between a seat component and the belt routing system.  There are less than 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 3 stars

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