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 Alpha Omega Elite (FF)

 

Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite (FF)

 

Manufacturer  /  Model NameSafety 1st Alpha Omega Elite (FF)
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date22195-SVS  /  Dec 28, 2008
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height22lb - 50lb / 34" - 45"
Evaluation of Labels 4 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. No illustration is given on the labels to show the caregiver how to prepare LATCH attachments for use.
Evaluation of Instructions 3 stars
In the instructions, the tether is shown but not labeled with each mode of installation. In the manual, there are no instructions describing how to remove LATCH attachments from storage. The instruction manual storage is difficult to find and/or use whi
Securing the Child 3 stars
The harness clip is not labeled with placement instructions. The harness height may be difficult to adjust. Multiple actions are required to convert the seat to this mode of use; the caregiver must read the instructions. When disassembled for cleaning,
Installation Features 2 stars
Interference is possible between a seat component and the seat belt/LATCH belt. The restraint is equipped with hook-like LATCH attachments which may require twisting to remove from the vehicle. No storage area exists for the LATCH attachments and/or the
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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