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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Safety 1st Advance 70 Air Plus (RF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameSafety 1st Advance 70 Air Plus
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateCC048-VST  /  Oct 16, 2013
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height5lb - 40lb / 19" - 40"
Evaluation of Labels 5 stars
There is no picture of a child in the child restraint next to sizing information on the labels.
Evaluation of Instructions 5 stars
The manual storage location may not be obvious, and it cannot be accessed in this mode of use. No full picture exists of a properly restrained child next to sizing information in the owner's manual.
Securing the Child 4 stars
The restraint was not set for the smallest possible occupant when it was removed from the packaging. Conversion to this mode of use is simple, but multiple actions are required. The LATCH belt must be rerouted to convert the restraint to this mode of use from another mode. While disassembling for cleaning, mandatory pieces may become loose and could be misplaced.
Installation Features 2 stars
Interference is possible between an internal seat component and the seat belt when routing for installation. A printed/molded line is present on the restraint that must be leveled to the ground. 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 4 stars

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