Child Safety Seat Ease of Use Ratings

 

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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 Snugride Classic Connect

 

 

Manufacturer  /  Model NameGraco Snugride Classic Connect
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date1852300  /  Nov 26, 2012
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height5lb - 22lb / up to 29"
Evaluation of Labels 2 stars
No additional sizing information is given on the labels. The belt routing path is not labeled. Labels do not illustrate how to remove and prepare LATCH attachments for use. Labels do not remind the user to tighten LATCH.
Evaluation of Instructions 4 stars
The manual cannot be accessed while the restraint is installed in this mode. The manual storage may be difficult to find. The manual could fall out of the carrier while in use outside of the vehicle, and there is no manual storage on the CRS base. No additional sizing information is given in the owner's manual. 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 3 stars
The harness clip is not labeled to indicate its correct placement. There are less than three harness adjustment heights present for use in this mode. There is a head hugger or body pillow blocking the harness slots in the shell from being easily visible. The harness height may be difficult to adjust for child's growth. The harness must be rethreaded to adjust height for the child's growth. The harness must be taken out and rethreaded when cleaning the restraint. When disassembled for cleaning, mandatory parts of the restraint may become detached and could be misplaced.
Installation Features 4 stars
The restraint 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. There is no labeling to indicate which position the carrier handle should be in while the vehicle is in motion.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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