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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Harmony Defender 360 (FF)

 

 

Manufacturer  /  Model NameHarmony Defender 360 (FF)
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date03 02 002 MRS  /  Dec 15, 2012
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height22lb - 65lb / 27" - 57"
Evaluation of Labels 1 stars
On the labels, the sizing information is not accompanied by a full illustration of the child in the restraint. The tether is not labeled in the illustrations depicting acceptable modes of installation. The belt routing path is not labeled. Labels do not explain the use of LATCH. No instructions are given on the labels for the use of the tether. Labels were damaged when the rated restraint was removed from the box.
Evaluation of Instructions 4 stars
The manual cannot be accessed while the restraint is installed in this mode, and the storage location may not be obvious to a new user. Supplemental sizing information is given in text only in the manual. The tether is not labeled in the illustrations depicting acceptable modes of installation. 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. 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
The restraint did not arrive fully assembled. Restraint assembly requires tools. It may be difficult to initally find the harness height adjustment handle. There are no illustrations on the labels to describe how to convert this restraint to this mode of use, so the user may need to consult the manual. The harness must be reinstalled into the restraint to convert to this mode of use from another mode. Hand tools must be used to reassemble after cleaning, and mandatory parts of the restraint may become detached and could be misplaced during this process.
Installation Features 4 stars
The restraint is equipped with hook-style LATCH attachments which may require twisting to remove from the vehicle. The LATCH attachment storage area is not clearly labeled.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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