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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Graco Cargo (FF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameGraco Cargo (FF)
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date1753334  /  Mar 19, 2009
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height20lb - 40lb / 27" - 43"
Evaluation of Labels 1 stars
On the labels, the tether is shown but not labeled with each mode of installation.Additional sizing information is not shown in an illustration and is given in text form only. No indication of correct harness height is given. The labels do not remind the caregiver to tighten the LATCH belt. No instructions are given on the labels for the use of the tether.
Evaluation of Instructions 3 stars
In the instructions, the tether is shown but not labeled with each mode of installation. The instruction manual storage is difficult to find and/or use while the child restraint is installed. 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 user must read text to route the LATCH belt properly.
Securing the Child 2 stars
The restraint was not set up for the youngest occupant when it was removed from its packaging. The harness clip is not labeled with placement instructions. 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. When disassembled for cleaning, mandatory parts of the restraint become detached and could be misplaced.
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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