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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Sunshine Kids Santa Fe



Manufacturer  /  Model NameSunshine Kids Santa Fe
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date15000  /  Nov 1, 2010
Harness TypeNo Back
Weight  /  Height30lb - 120lb / 38" - 63"
Evaluation of Labels 1 stars
Additional sizing information is not illustrated and given in text only on the labels. The belt routing path is not labeled. The warning on the label does not explicitly state that a lap-only belt may not be used. The labels were already peeling when the car seat was removed from its packaging.
Evaluation of Instructions 1 stars
The manual was attached to the car seat in a hard-to-find location when the car seat was removed from its packaging. The manual cannot be accessed while the car seat is installed in this mode. No full picture exists of a properly restrained child in the car seat in the owner's manual. The user may need to read the text in order to route the seatbelt correctly. Model numbers do not match in the written instructions and on labeling.
Securing the Child 3 stars
While disassembling for cleaning, mandatory pieces may become loose and could be misplaced.
Installation Features n/a
Overall Ease of Use Rating 1 stars

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