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 MyRide 65 with Safety Surround (FF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameGraco MyRide 65 with Safety Surround (FF)
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date1783100  /  Sep 6, 2011
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height20lb - 65lb / up to 50"
Evaluation of Labels 3 stars
Additional sizing information is not illustrated and given in text only on the labels. Labels do not explain the use of LATCH. Labels do not illustrate how to remove and prepare LATCH attachments for use. 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 2 stars
The manual cannot be accessed while the car seat is installed in this mode. Additional sizing information is given in text only in the manual. Some methods of installation (specifically, installation with a lap-only belt) are not labeled in the manual. 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 user may need to read the text in order to route the seatbelt correctly. The LATCH attachments and tether 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 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 growth. The LATCH belt must be rerouted to convert the car seat to this mode of use from another mode. The harness must be taken out and rethreaded when cleaning the car seat. When disassembled for cleaning, mandatory parts of the car seat become detached and could be misplaced.
Installation Features 5 stars
The car seat is equipped with hook-style LATCH attachments which may require twisting to remove from the vehicle.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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