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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Cosco Apt 50 (RF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameCosco Apt 50
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateCC147-DFM  /  Jan 29, 2015
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height5lb - 40lb / 19" - 40"
Evaluation of Labels 2 stars
There is no complete illustration of a child in the child restraint on the labels. No additional sizing information is given. No indication of correct harness height is given on the labels. Labels do not explain how to use LATCH.
Evaluation of Instructions 5 stars
The manual storage may be difficult to find. The illustration of a properly-restrained child is not directly next to sizing information in the owner's manual. Supplemental sizing information is not provided in the manual.
Securing the Child 3 stars
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. 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.
Installation Features 1 stars
Interference is possible between a seat component and the belt routing system. A printed/molded line is present on the restraint that must be leveled to the ground. There are not 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. The LATCH storage area is not clearly labeled.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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