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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Dorel Alpha Omega All in One (RF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameDorel Alpha Omega All in One (RF)
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date22469-BSE  /  May 15, 2009
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height5lb - 35lb / 19" - 36"
Evaluation of Labels 2 stars
There is not a picture of a child properly restrained in the CRS on the labeling. No additional sizing information is given. No additional harness slot height adjustment information is given. Labels do not explain the use of LATCH.
Evaluation of Instructions 3 stars
The manual was attached to the restraint in a hard-to-find location when the restraint was removed from its packaging. The manual storage is difficult to find and use. In the manual, there is no illustration of the child in the restraint. Additional sizing information is given in text only in the manual. The restraint is not pictured in a rear vehicle seat in the manual. The frontal airbag warning is contained in a bulleted list and is not separated from other warnings.
Securing the Child 4 stars
The harness must be rethread when reassembling after cleaning. Multiple actions are required to convert the seat to the rear-facing mode; these must be followed in the manual. 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 1 stars
It may be uncomfortable for larger hands to route the seat belt or LATCH belt through the belt path. Interference is possible between a seat component and the belt routing system. A printed/molded line is present on the restraint that must be leveled to the ground. The restraint is equipped with hook-style LATCH attachments which may require twisting to remove from the lower anchors in the vehicle. There is no dedicated storage area for the LATCH attachments.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 2 stars

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