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 SecureKid 300 (FF)

 

 

Manufacturer  /  Model NameEvenflo SecureKid 300 (FF)
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date30811263  /  Dec 19, 2011
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height20lb - 65lb / up to 50"
Evaluation of Labels 3 stars
The tether is not labeled in the illustrations depicting acceptable modes of installation. Labels do not explain the use of LATCH. The labels do not remind the caregiver to tighten LATCH. No instructions are given on the labels for the use of the tether.
Evaluation of Instructions 3 stars
The manual was not attached to the restraint and was found loose in the packaging. The tether is not labeled in the illustrations depicting acceptable modes of installation. The section describing vehicle seat belt types is incomplete and may be missing important information. The user may need to read text in order to route the LATCH belt properly. The user may need to read text in order to use the tether properly.
Securing the Child 3 stars
The harness must be rethreaded to adjust height for the child's growth. Multiple actions are required to convert the seat to this mode of use; these must be followed in the manual. The harness must be taken out and rethreaded when cleaning the restraint.
Installation Features 3 stars
The padding must be moved to route the seat belt or LATCH belt through the belt path. 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 3 stars

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