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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Orbit Baby Toddler Car Seat (RF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameOrbit Baby Toddler Car Seat (RF)
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateORB807000  /  Aug 17, 2010
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height15lb - 35lb / head 1" below top of car seat
Evaluation of Labels 4 stars
Labels do not illustrate how to remove and prepare LATCH attachments for use. Labels do not remind the user to tighten LATCH. Labels were peeling when the rated car seat was removed from the box.
Evaluation of Instructions 4 stars
No additional sizing information is given in the owner's manual. The section describing vehicle seat belt types is incomplete and may be missing important information. Some information in written instructions and on labels does not match.
Securing the Child 2 stars
The car seat did not arrive fully assembled. There are less than three harness adjustment heights present for use in this mode. There is a head hugger or body pillow blocking the harness slots in the shell from being easily visible. The harness height may be difficult to adjust for child's growth. 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 3 stars
The padding must be moved to route the seat belt or LATCH belt through the belt path. There are not three levels of built-in recline available. LATCH attachments have buttons to depress for removal. The belt positioning feature is easy to use, but the caregiver should refer to the owner's manual.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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