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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Cosco Scenera 40RF (FF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameCosco Scenera 40RF (FF)
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateCC040-AVN  /  Nov 30, 2010
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height22lb - 40lb / 34" - 43"
Evaluation of Labels 4 stars
No indication of correct harness height is given on the labels. Labeling does not show how to prepare lower attachments for use.
Evaluation of Instructions 3 stars
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 LATCH attachments and tether arrive stored, and the owner's manual does not describe how to remove them from storage prior to first use.
Securing the Child 3 stars
There is a head hugger or body pillow blocking the harness slots in the shell from being easily visible. The harness must be rethreaded to adjust height for the child's growth. The harness may need to be completely reinstalled into the car seat to convert to this mode of use from another mode. The LATCH belt must be rerouted to convert the car seat to this mode of use from another mode. The harness must be taken out and rethreaded when cleaning the car seat.
Installation Features 4 stars
The car seat is equipped with hook-style LATCH attachments which may require twisting to remove from the vehicle. The LATCH attachment and/or tether storage area is not clearly labeled.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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