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 (FF)

 

 

Manufacturer  /  Model NameEvenflo Tribute
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date38111010  /  May 28, 2015
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height22lb - 40lb / 28" - 40"
Evaluation of Labels 1 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 or the tether.
Evaluation of Instructions 2 stars
Supplemental sizing information is given in text in the manual (not illustrated). The instruction manual storage location may be difficult to find. In the instructions, the tether is shown but not labeled with each method of installation.The warning that the safest place for children is the rear seat is contained in a bulleted list and is not separated from other warnings.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 3 stars
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 3 stars
Interference is possible between the harness and the seat belt when routing for installation. The 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 and/or tether strap is not obvious and may be overlooked.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 2 stars

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