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 (FF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameSafety 1st Advance 70 Air Plus
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateCC048-VST  /  Oct 16, 2013
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height22lb - 70lb / 34" - 52"
Evaluation of Labels 5 stars
Evaluation of Instructions 3 stars
The manual storage location may not be obvious. No full picture exists of a properly restrained child next to sizing information in the owner's manual. Supplemental sizing information is not given in the manual. The tether is not labeled in the illustrations depicting acceptable modes of installation. The user may need to read text to use the tether.
Securing the Child 4 stars
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 3 stars
Interference is possible between an internal seat component and the seat belt when routing for installation. 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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