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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Orbit Baby Toddler Car Seat G3 (FF)

 

 

Manufacturer  /  Model NameOrbit Baby Toddler Car Seat G3
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateORB837000  /  Feb 25, 2014
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height25lb - 65lb / ears below top of head wings
Evaluation of Labels 3 stars
The tether is not labeled in the illustrations depicting acceptable modes of installation. Labels do not explain the use of LATCH attachments. Labels do not illustrate how to remove and prepare the tether for use.
Evaluation of Instructions 3 stars
The manual cannot be accessed while the child is seated. No full picture exists of a properly restrained child next to sizing information in the owner's manual. The tether is not labeled in the illustrations depicting acceptable modes of installation. The warning stating that the rear seat is the safest place for installation is located among other warnings and is not illustrated.
Securing the Child 3 stars
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 height for the child's growth. There are no illustrations on the child restraint showing 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 another mode.
Installation Features 4 stars
The user may have to move the padding to properly route the seat belt. LATCH attachments have buttons to depress for removal.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 4 stars

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