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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Harmony Defender 360 (FF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameHarmony Defender 360
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 no
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 d
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
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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