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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Evenflo Symphony 65 LX (RF)

 

Evenflo Symphony 65 LX (RF)

 

Manufacturer  /  Model NameEvenflo Symphony 65 LX (RF)
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date34511264  /  Jan 10, 2012
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height5lb - 40lb / 19" - head 1" below top of restraint
Evaluation of Labels 4 stars
Labels do not illustrate how to remove and prepare LATCH attachments for use. Labels do not remind the user to tighten LATCH. Labels were peeling when the rated restraint was removed from the box.
Evaluation of Instructions 5 stars
The section describing vehicle seat belt types is incomplete and may be missing important information. 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 4 stars
Multiple actions are required to convert the seat to this mode of use; these must be followed in the manual. When disassembled for cleaning, mandatory parts of the restraint become detached and could be misplaced.
Installation Features 1 stars
Interference is possible between a seat component and the belt routing system. A printed/molded line is present on the restraint that must be leveled to the ground. There are not three levels of built-in recline available. LATCH attachments have button
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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