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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Harmony Baby Armor

 

 

Manufacturer  /  Model NameHarmony Baby Armor
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date0304001RDN  /  Apr 30, 2009
Harness TypeHigh Back/No Back
Weight  /  Height30lb - 110lb / 34" - 57"
Evaluation of Labels 3 stars
Additional sizing information is not illustrated and is given in text form only on the labels. No overview of methods of installation is provided on the labels. The 'no lap belt only' warning is not illustrated on the label.
Evaluation of Instructions 4 stars
There is a storage location for the manual, but it is located on the highback portion of the seat. The warning that the rear seat is the safest place for children is located among unrelated warnings in a bulleted list. The warning against using the lap belt only is not given in the belt routing section of the manual.
Securing the Child 1 stars
The restraint did not arrive assembled. No illustration is given on the labeling to demonstrate how to convert the booster from high-back mode to low-back mode. While disassembling for cleaning, mandatory pieces may become loose and could be misplaced.
Installation Features 1 stars
The shoulder belt positioning device requires the use of two hands, but the action is simple. The shoulder belt may slide out of the shoulder belt positioning device. The shoulder belt positioning device does not allow the belt to move freely and can create slack in the belt, causing an improper fit.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 2 stars

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