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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Eddie Bauer XRS 65 (RF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameEddie Bauer XRS 65 (RF)
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateCC070-BBF  /  Mar 23, 2012
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height5lb - 40lb / 19" - 40"
Evaluation of Labels 3 stars
There is no picture of a child in the car seat on the labels. No additional harness slot height adjustment information is given on the labels.
Evaluation of Instructions 3 stars
The manual was not attached to the car seat and was found loose in the packaging. The manual storage may be difficult to find. No full picture exists of a properly restrained child in the car seat in the owner's manual.
Securing the Child 2 stars
The car seat was not set for the smallest possible occupant. 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. Multiple actions are required to convert the seat to this mode of use, but the operations are simple. 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 1 stars
It may be uncomfortable for larger hands to route the seat belt or LATCH belt through the belt path. Interference is possible between a seat component and the belt path. A printed/molded line is present on the car seat that must be leveled to the ground. There are not three levels of built-in recline available. The car seat is equipped with hook-style LATCH attachments which may require twisting to remove from the lower anchors in the vehicle. The LATCH storage area is not clearly labeled.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 2 stars

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