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 Maestro (FF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameEvenflo Maestro (FF)
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date31011059  /  Jan 29, 2010
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height20lb - 50lb / 29" - 50"
Evaluation of Labels 3 stars
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 5 stars
The section describing vehicle seat belt types is incomplete and may be missing important information. The manual does not differentiate between lap and lap-shoulder belt in the installation section.
Securing the Child 3 stars
A head hugger or body pillow covers the harness slots. The harness must be rethreaded to adjust height for the child's growth. Multiple actions are required to convert the seat to this mode of use; the caregiver must read the instructions. The harness must be taken out and rethreaded to disassemble the seat for cleaning.
Installation Features 5 stars
The car seat is equipped with push-button LATCH connectors. The storage systems for LATCH and the tether hook may be overlooked.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 4 stars

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