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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Safety 1st Apex 65 (B)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameSafety 1st Apex 65 (B)
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date22537-GMA  /  May 29, 2009
Harness TypeHigh Back
Weight  /  Height40lb - 100lb / 43" - 57"
Evaluation of Labels 3 stars
Additional sizing information is not illustrated and is given in text form only on the labels. The belt path is not labeled.
Evaluation of Instructions 4 stars
The instruction manual is difficult to find and/or use while the child restraint is installed. There is no full picture of a properly-restrained child in the instruction manual. The warning that the rear seat is the safest place for children is located among unrelated warnings in a bulleted list.
Securing the Child 1 stars
To convert this child restraint to this mode of use from any other mode of use, the user must perform complicated steps. While disassembling for cleaning, mandatory pieces may become loose and could be misplaced.
Installation Features 4 stars
The shoulder belt may slide out of the shoulder belt positioning device.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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