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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Safety 1st onBoard



Manufacturer  /  Model NameSafety 1st onBoard
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date22-078 DMS  /  Jan 12, 2009
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height4lb - 35lb / up to 32"
Evaluation of Labels 1 stars
There is not a picture of a child properly restrained in the CRS on the labeling. Additional sizing information is not illustrated and is given in text only. No additional harness slot height adjustment information is given. The belt routing path is not labeled. Labels do not remind the user to tighten LATCH.
Evaluation of Instructions 5 stars
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. Additional sizing information is not provided in the manual.
Securing the Child 2 stars
The restraint was not set for the smallest possible occupant. The harness clip is not labeled to indicate its correct placement. There is a head hugger or body pillow blocking the harness slots from being easily visible. The harness must be rethread for child's growth. The harness must be rethread when reassembling after cleaning. 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 5 stars
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 labeling to indicate which position the carrier handle should be in while the vehicle is in motion.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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