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 Discovery 5

 

 

Manufacturer  /  Model NameEvenflo Discovery 5
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date3022854  /  Apr 21, 2009
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height5lb - 22lb / 19" - 29"
Evaluation of Labels 1 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. The belt routing path labeling is not contrasting and may be difficult to read. Labels do not explain the use of LATCH. Labels were already peeling when the restraint was removed from the box.
Evaluation of Instructions 3 stars
The manual storage is difficult to find and use. The manual could fall out of the carrier while in use outside of the vehicle, and there is no manual storage on the CRS base. The frontal airbag warning is contained in a bulleted list and is not separated from other warnings. In the manual, the section which details vehicle seat belt types does not provide complete information. Heights and/or weights in the manual and on the seat do not match.
Securing the Child 4 stars
The harness clip is not labeled to indicate its correct placement. Harness slots in the pad and in the shell are misaligned or small. The harness is difficult to adjust for child's growth. The harness must be rethread for child's growth. The harness must be rethread when reassembling after cleaning. The harness must be rethread when reassembling after cleaning.
Installation Features 2 stars
The carrier may be difficult to release from the base. The caregiver may need to tilt the carrier to remove it from the base. There are not three levels of built-in recline available. A printed/molded line is present on the restraint that must be leveled to the ground. The restraint is equipped with hook-style LATCH attachments which may require twisting to remove from the lower anchors in the vehicle. The LATCH storage area is not labeled. There is no labeling to indicate which position the carrier handle should be in while the vehicle is in motion.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 2 stars

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