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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Britax Frontier 85 (FF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameBritax Frontier 85 (FF)
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateE9LC2E7  /  Mar 3, 2010
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height25lb - 85lb / 30" - 57"
Evaluation of Labels 4 stars
The labels do not remind the caregiver to tighten the LATCH belt. Labels do not show how to remove the tether. No instructions are given on the labels for the use of the tether.
Evaluation of Instructions 5 stars
The instruction manual storage may be difficult to find and/or use while the car seat is installed. The user must read text to route the LATCH belt properly. In the manual, there is no close-up view of LATCH attachment orientation.
Securing the Child 4 stars
The harness must be removed to disassemble the seat for cleaning. The harness must be rethreaded back into the car seat when switching from booster mode to harnessed mode.
Installation Features 5 stars
The car seat is equipped with push-button LATCH connectors. The storage location for the tether may be overlooked.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 4 stars

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