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 Air

 

 

Manufacturer  /  Model NameSafety 1st onBoard 35 Air
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date22395-AJH  /  Dec 25, 2009
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height4lb - 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 show how to remove LATCH attachments from storage.
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 directly next to sizing information. In the manual, additional sizing information is present but is not located with the main sizing information.
Securing the Child 3 stars
The restraint was not set for the smallest possible occupant. 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.
Installation Features 4 stars
Belt-positioning features, such as lock-offs, may be confusing or tedious to use. Push-button-style connectors are used as LATCH attachments. There is no labeling to indicate which position the carrier handle should be in while the vehicle is in motion. The storage system for the lower anchors may be overlooked.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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