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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Evenflo Tribute (RF)

 

 

Manufacturer  /  Model NameEvenflo Tribute
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date38111010  /  May 28, 2015
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height5lb - 40lb / 19" - 37"
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. There is non-contrasting text molded into the shell labeling each harness slot which may be hard to read, and there is no indication of where to place the harness height relative to the child's shoulders. The belt routing path is only labeled on one side. The labels do not explain how to use LATCH.
Evaluation of Instructions 4 stars
The instruction manual storage location may be difficult to find. The section describing vehicle seat belt types is incomplete and may be missing important information. The manual does not illustrate how to remove the LATCH straps from storage.
Securing the Child 2 stars
The seat was not set up for the smallest occupant when it was removed from the packaging. A head hugger or body pillow blocks the harness slots from being visible. The harness must be rethreaded to adjust height for the child's growth as well as for reassembly after cleaning. Loose mandatory parts may result from disassembly of the cover for cleaning. The LATCH belt must be rerouted to convert the car seat to this mode of use from another mode.
Installation Features 1 stars
It may be uncomfortable for larger hands to route the seat belt or LATCH belt through the belt path. The padding may need to be moved to route the seat belt or LATCH belt through the belt path. Interference is possible between the crotch buckle and the seat belt when routing for installation. A printed/molded line is present on the car seat that must be leveled to the ground.There are less 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 lower anchors in the vehicle. The storage location for the LATCH belt is not obvious and may be overlooked.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 2 stars

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