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 Generations 65 (FF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameEvenflo Generations 65 (FF)
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date3761981  /  Sep 11, 2009
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height20lb - 65lb / 29" - 50"
Evaluation of Labels 1 stars
No additional sizing information is given on the label. No indication of correct harness height is given. Labels do not explain the use of LATCH. No instructions are given on the labels for the use of the tether. The tether is not labeled in the illustrations showing modes of use.
Evaluation of Instructions 3 stars
Additional sizing information is given in text only in the owner's manual. The warning that the safest place for children is the rear seat is located among other unrelated warnings in a bulleted list. The section describing vehicle seat belt types is incomplete and may be missing important information. The user must read text to route the LATCH belt properly. The tether is not labeled in the illustrations showing modes of use. The owner's manual cannot be accessed when the restraint is installed in this mode.
Securing the Child 2 stars
The restraint did not arrive prepared for the smallest occupant. The harness must be rethreaded to adjust height for the child's growth. The harness must be taken out and rethreaded to disassemble the seat for cleaning. When disassembled for cleaning, mandatory parts of the restraint become detached and could be misplaced. The harness must be replaced to convert to the forward-facing mode from booster mode.
Installation Features 4 stars
The restraint is equipped with hook-like LATCH attachments which may require twisting to remove from the vehicle. The LATCH attachment and/or tether storage area is not clearly labeled.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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