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 Momentum (RF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameEvenflo Momentum
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date38511727  /  Apr 25, 2016
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height5lb - 40lb / 19" - 37"
Evaluation of Labels 2 stars
Supplemental sizing information is given in text only on the labels (not illustrated). There is not a full picture of a child properly restrained in the CRS directly next to sizing information on the labeling. No indication of correct harness height relative to the child is given on the labels. The belt path is labeled only 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 and use. Instructions for determining vehicle seat belt type are present but are incomplete. The manual doesn't show how to remove LATCH and/or the tether from storage.
Securing the Child 4 stars
The LATCH belt must be rerouted to convert the restraint to this mode of use from another mode. When disassembling for cleaning, loose parts may be generated.
Installation Features 1 stars
It may be uncomfortable for larger hands 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. LATCH attachments have buttons to depress for removal. The storage location for the LATCH belt is not obvious and may be overlooked.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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