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 (FF)

 

 

Manufacturer  /  Model NameSafety 1st Sport Fit
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateCC163-DJV  /  Mar 9, 2016
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height22lb - 65lb / 29" - 49"
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 4 stars
The manual cannot be accessed while the car seat is installed in this mode and the child is in the car seat. 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 3 stars
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. The LATCH belt must be rerouted to convert the car seat to this mode of use from another mode.
Installation Features 4 stars
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 and/or tether strap is not obvious and may be overlooked.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 4 stars

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