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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Diono Monterey (B)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameDiono Monterey
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date15000  /  Oct 1, 2011
Harness TypeHigh Back/No Back
Weight  /  Height30lb - 120lb / 38" - 63"
Evaluation of Labels 1 stars
There is not a picture of a child properly restrained in the CRS on the labeling.  The belt routing path is not labeled.  There is no warning against using a lap belt only on the label.
Evaluation of Instructions 4 stars
The manual cannot be accessed while the restraint is installed in this mode. The warning that the safest place for children is the rear seat is contained in a bulleted list and is not separated from other warnings. The warning that indicates that the rear seat is the safest place for children is not illustrated clearly in the owner's manual. An complete picture of a child properly restrained in the CRS is not located directly next to sizing information.
Securing the Child 2 stars
The restraint did not arrive assembled.  Multiple actions are required to convert the seat to this mode of use, but the operations are simple.
Installation Features 4 stars
The shoulder belt positioning device requires the use of two hands, but the action of positioning is simple.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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