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 Elite (RF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameDorel Alpha Omega Elite (RF)
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date22149-PAL  /  Apr 3, 2009
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height5lb - 35lb / 19" - 36"
Evaluation of Labels 3 stars
Harness slots are not labeled to indicate which may be used in the rear-facing mode and which may be used in the forward-facing mode. There is no picture of a child in the child restraint.
Evaluation of Instructions 5 stars
Securing the Child 3 stars
The restraint was not set for the smallest possible occupant. The harness is difficult to adjust for child's growth. Multiple actions are required to convert the seat to the rear-facing mode; these must be followed in the manual. 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 3 stars

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