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 (B)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameSafety 1st Essential Air
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateBC026-AUU  /  May 19, 2011
Harness TypeHigh Back
Weight  /  Height40lb - 100lb / 43" - 57"
Evaluation of Labels 4 stars
All portions of the belt routing path is not labeled.
Evaluation of Instructions 4 stars
The manual cannot be accessed while the restraint is installed in this mode. 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. Illustration of the child in the child re
Securing the Child 2 stars
The harness may need to be completely removed from the restraint to convert to this mode of use from another mode.
Installation Features 5 stars
Overall Ease of Use Rating 4 stars

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