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 Scenera Next (RF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameCosco Scenera Next
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateCC123-CVA  /  Dec 22, 2014
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height5lb - 40lb / 19" - 40"
Evaluation of Labels 2 stars
There is not a picture of a child properly restrained in the CRS directly next to sizing information on the labeling. No supplemental sizing information is given on the labels. 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 instruction manual storage location may be difficult to find. In the manual, the iIllustration of a properly-restrained child in the car seat is not directly next to the acceptable size ranges.
Securing the Child 2 stars
The car seat did not arrive set for the smallest possible occupant. Harness slots in the pad and in the shell are misaligned or small. The harness must be rethreaded to adjust harness height as the child grows. The harness must be taken out and rethreaded when cleaning the car seat. There is no illustration on the car seat to depict how to convert the seat to this mode of use.
Installation Features 1 stars
The padding may need to be moved to route the seat belt or LATCH belt through the belt path. Interference is possible between a seat component and the belt path. A printed/molded line is present on the car seat that must be leveled to the ground. There are fewer than three levels of built-in recline available. The car seat is equipped with hook-style LATCH attachments which may require twisting to remove from the vehicle.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 2 stars

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