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 Embrace



Manufacturer  /  Model NameEvenflo Embrace
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date3311719  /  Apr 6, 2009
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height5lb - 22lb / 19" - 29"
Evaluation of Labels 1 stars
The belt path is not clearly labeled on the carrier. No additional sizing information is given on the labels. Additional harness slot height adjustment guidance is in text only on the labels. Labels do not illustrate how to prepare LATCH attachments for use. Labels do not remind the user to tighten LATCH. Labels were already peeling when the restraint was removed from the box.
Evaluation of Instructions 2 stars
The manual must be stored under the padding, but it cannot be physically attached to the seat. The manual was not attached to the restraint and was found loose in the packaging when the restraint was initially removed. Additional sizing information is given in text only in the manual. In the manual, the section which details vehicle seat belt types does not provide complete information. The LATCH attachments arrive stored, and the owner's manual does not describe how to remove them from storage prior to first use.
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 must be rethread for child's growth. When adjusting the harness height, mandatory pieces to the CRS must be removed and could be misplaced. The harness must be rethread when reassembling after cleaning. The harness must be rethread when reassembling after cleaning.
Installation Features 5 stars
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.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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