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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The First Years B540

 

The First Years B540

 

Manufacturer  /  Model NameThe First Years B540
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateB540-BAR  /  Aug 27, 2008
Harness TypeHigh Back
Weight  /  Height30lb - 100lb / 38" - 57"
Evaluation of Labels 4 stars
On the labeling, the height and weight requirements are not directly next to an illustration of a child in the CRS. The 'no lap belt only' warning is not illustrated on the label.
Evaluation of Instructions 5 stars
The instruction manual is difficult to find and/or use while the child restraint is installed. Additional sizing information is given in text form in the manual. The warning that the rear seat is the safest place for children is located among unrelated
Securing the Child 5 stars
Installation Features 5 stars
Overall Ease of Use Rating 5 stars

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