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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Sunshine Kids Radian 80 (RF)

 

 

Manufacturer  /  Model NameSunshine Kids Radian 80 (RF)
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateUS18500  /  Apr 1, 2009
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height5lb - 35lb / up to 53"
Evaluation of Labels 2 stars
There is not a picture of a child properly restrained in the CRS on the labeling. No additional sizing information is given. No additional harness slot height adjustment information is given. Labels do not explain the use of LATCH.
Evaluation of Instructions 4 stars
The manual does not have a dedicated storage compartment or it hangs on a string. In the manual, the section which details vehicle seat belt types does not provide complete information. The user must read text to prepare and route LATCH belt correctly.
Securing the Child 2 stars
The restraint did not arrive fully assembled. The restraint was not set for the smallest possible occupant. There is a head hugger or body pillow blocking the harness slots from being easily visible. The harness must be rethread for child's growth. The harness must be rethread when reassembling after cleaning. Multiple actions are required to convert the seat to the rear-facing mode; these must be followed in the manual. The harness must be rethread when reassembling after cleaning. When disassembling for cleaning, mandatory pieces to the restraint must be removed and could be misplaced.
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 a seat component and the belt routing system. No angle feedback device is present. There are not three levels of built-in recline available. Push-button-style connectors are used as LATCH attachments.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 2 stars

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