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 (FF)

 

 

Manufacturer  /  Model NameGraco ComfortSport
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date1813040  /  Apr 24, 2013
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height20lb - 40lb / up to 40"
Evaluation of Labels 3 stars
Additional sizing information is not illustrated and given in text only on the labels. Labels do not explain the use of LATCH attachments or tether.
Evaluation of Instructions 3 stars
The manual storage cannot be accessed while the restraint is installed in this mode, and the location may not be obvious. Additional sizing information is given in text only in the manual. The warning that the safest place for children is the rear seat is contained in a bulleted list and is not separated from other warnings. The owner's manual does not describe how to remove the LATCH attachments and tether from storage prior to first use.
Securing the Child 2 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 4 stars
The restraint is equipped with hook-style LATCH attachments which may require twisting to remove from the vehicle.  The LATCH attachment and/or tether storage area is not clearly labeled.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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