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 (FF)

 

 

Manufacturer  /  Model NameOrbit Baby Toddler Car Seat (FF)
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateORB807000  /  Aug 17, 2010
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height20lb - 50lb / up to 49"
Evaluation of Labels 3 stars
The tether is not labeled in the illustrations depicting acceptable modes of installation. Labels do not illustrate how to remove and prepare LATCH attachments for use. The labels do not remind the caregiver to tighten LATCH. The caregiver must read text on the label to properly use the tether. No instructions are given on the labels for the use of the tether.
Evaluation of Instructions 2 stars
The manual cannot be accessed while the restraint is installed in this mode. The warning that the rear seat is the safest place for children is located within text and is not prominently displayed separate from other warnings. 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 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 restraint to convert to this mode of use from another mode. The LATCH belt must be rerouted to convert the restraint to this mode of use from another mode. The harness must be taken out and rethreaded when cleaning the restraint.
Installation Features 5 stars
LATCH attachments have buttons to depress for removal. The belt positioning feature is simple to use, but the caregiver should refer to the owner's manual.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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