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 35

 

 

Manufacturer  /  Model NameSafety 1st onBoard 35
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date22375-ALY  /  Nov 30, 2009
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height5lb - 35lb / up to 32"
Evaluation of Labels 2 stars
There is not a picture of a child properly restrained in the CRS on the labeling. The belt routing path labeling is not contrasting and may be difficult to read. 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 full illustration of the child in the restraint directly next to sizing information. Additional sizing information is not provided in the manual.
Securing the Child 4 stars
There is a head hugger or body pillow blocking the harness slots from being easily visible. The harness must be rethreaded for child's growth. The harness must be rethreaded when reassembling after cleaning. When disassembling for cleaning, mandatory pieces to the restraint must be removed and could be misplaced.
Installation Features 3 stars
There are not three levels of built-in recline available. 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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