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 Snugride 32



Manufacturer  /  Model NameGraco Snugride 32
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date1749642  /  Apr 13, 2009
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height5lb - 32lb / up to 32"
Evaluation of Labels 1 stars
An incomplete overview of methods used to install the seat is given on the labeling. No additional sizing information is given. No additional harness slot height adjustment information is given. The belt routing path is not labeled. Labels do not illustrate how to prepare LATCH attachments for use. Labels do not remind the user to tighten LATCH.
Evaluation of Instructions 5 stars
The manual storage is difficult to find and use. Additional sizing information is not provided in the manual. In the manual, the section which details vehicle seat belt types does not provide complete information.
Securing the Child 4 stars
There is a head hugger or body pillow blocking the harness slots from being easily visible. 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. When disassembling for cleaning, mandatory pieces to the restraint must be removed and could be misplaced.
Installation Features 4 stars
The user may need to refer to the instruction manual for guidance regarding how to use the belt-positioning feature correctly. 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. There is no labeling to indicate which position the carrier handle should be in while the vehicle is in motion.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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