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 ReadyRide (RF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameGraco ReadyRide
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date1857539  /  Jun 17, 2013
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height4lb - 40lb / head 1" below top of seat
Evaluation of Labels 5 stars
Labels do not explain the use of LATCH attachments.
Evaluation of Instructions 3 stars
The manual was not attached to the seat when the seat was removed from its packaging; it was found in a bag with other accessories. The instruction manual is difficult to find and/or use while the child restraint is installed. The owner's manual does not describe how to remove the LATCH attachments from storage prior to first use.
Securing the Child 2 stars
The restraint was not set for the smallest possible occupant when it was removed from the packaging. There are less than three harness adjustment heights present for use in this mode. 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. 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
It may be uncomfortable for larger hands to route the seat belt or LATCH belt through the belt path. 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.  Labeling exists for the LATCH attachment storage area, but it may not be clear to the average user.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 2 stars

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