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 Essential Air (FF)

 

 

Manufacturer  /  Model NameSafety 1st Essential Air (FF)
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateBC026-AUU  /  May 19, 2011
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height22lb - 65lb / 34" - 52"
Evaluation of Labels 5 stars
Labels do not illustrate how to remove and prepare LATCH attachments for use.
Evaluation of Instructions 3 stars
The manual cannot be accessed while the restraint is installed in this mode. No full picture exists of a properly restrained child in the restraint in the owner's manual. The restraint model names in the manual and on the seat do not match. Heights and/or weights in the manual and on the seat do not match.
Securing the Child 3 stars
The restraint did not arrive prepared for the smallest occupant. The harness may need to be completely reinstalled into the restraint to convert to this mode of use from another mode. When disassembled for cleaning, mandatory parts of the restraint become detached and could be misplaced.
Installation Features 5 stars
LATCH attachments have buttons to depress for removal. The LATCH attachment and/or tether storage area is not clearly labeled.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 4 stars

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