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 B570 Pathway



Manufacturer  /  Model NameThe First Years B570 Pathway
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateB570-BLB  /  May 1, 2010
Harness TypeHigh Back
Weight  /  Height30lb - 100lb / 38" - 57"
Evaluation of Labels 5 stars
Evaluation of Instructions 4 stars
The instruction manual is difficult to find and/or use while the car seat is installed. Additional sizing information is given in text form in the manual and is independent of the accompanying illustration. The warning that the rear seat is the safest place for children is located among unrelated warnings in a bulleted list.
Securing the Child 5 stars
Installation Features 4 stars
The shoulder belt positioning device requires the use of two hands, but the action of positioning is simple.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 5 stars

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