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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Safety 1st Sport Fit (RF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameSafety 1st Sport Fit
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateCC163-DJV  /  Mar 9, 2016
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height5lb - 40lb / 19" - 40"
Evaluation of Labels 5 stars
There is not a picture of a child properly restrained in the CRS directly next to sizing information on the labeling.
Evaluation of Instructions 3 stars
The owner's manual was not attached to the seat when it was removed from its packaging. The instruction manual storage location may be difficult to find. No full picture exists of a properly restrained child next to sizing information in the owner's manual. Some methods of installation (specifically, installation with a lap-only belt) are not labeled in the manual.
Securing the Child 2 stars
The seat was not set up for the smallest occupant when it was removed from the packaging. The LATCH belt must be rerouted to convert the car seat to this mode of use from another mode. The harness must be taken out and rethreaded when cleaning the seat and adjusting the seat for the child's growth, 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. 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 restraint that must be leveled to the ground. There are less than three levels of recline available for this mode of use. 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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