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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Alpha Sport Vantage (FF)

 

 

Manufacturer  /  Model NameAlpha Sport Vantage (FF)
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date22-547-CHA  /  Nov 9, 2007
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height22lb - 40lb / 34" - 43"
Evaluation of Labels 1 stars
No picture of child properly restrained in seat. Tether is not labeled in illustrations. No indication of correct harness slot height is given. Belt path is labeled on one side only. Labels do not explain the use of LATCH.
Evaluation of Instructions 3 stars
Instruction manual was loose in the box when the restraint was removed. Instruction manual storage is difficult to find and/or use. Additional sizing information is given in text only. Warning that the safest place is the rear seat is buried in a bulleted list. Tether use is not labeled in every configuration in which it may be used in the overview of all available methods.
Securing the Child 3 stars
The harness clip is not labeled with placement instructions. Harness must be rethread to adjust. Multiple actions are required to convert the seat to this mode of use; the caregiver must read the instructions. Loose parts are generated when disassembling for cleaning.
Installation Features 4 stars
Lower attachments require twisting to remove from the vehicle. No storage system exists for LATCH/tether.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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