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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Graco ClassicRide 50 (RF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameGraco ClassicRide 50
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date1812930  /  Dec 8, 2011
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height4lb - 40lb / head 1" below top of seat
Evaluation of Labels 5 stars
Labels do not illustrate how to remove and prepare LATCH attachments for use. Labels do not remind the user to tighten LATCH.
Evaluation of Instructions 5 stars
The LATCH attachments 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 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 must be rethreaded to adjust height for the child's g
Installation Features 1 stars
Interference is possible between a seat component and the belt routing system.  There are not three levels of built-in recline available.  The restraint is equipped with hook-style LATCH attachments which may require twisting to remove from the lower anch
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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