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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Britax Chaperone



Manufacturer  /  Model NameBritax Chaperone
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateE9L69P3  /  Apr 11, 2009
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height4lb - 30lb / up to 32"
Evaluation of Labels 2 stars
There is not a picture of a child properly restrained in the CRS on the labeling. Additional sizing information is not illustrated and is given in text only. No additional harness slot height adjustment information is given. Additional harness slot height adjustment guidance is in text only. LATCH illustrations are unclear. Labels do not remind the user to tighten LATCH.
Evaluation of Instructions 4 stars
The manual was attached to the restraint in a hard-to-find location when the restraint was removed from its packaging. The manual does not have a dedicated storage compartment or it hangs on a string. In the manual, there is no illustration of the child in the restraint.
Securing the Child 4 stars
The restraint was not set for the smallest possible occupant. The harness must be rethread when reassembling after cleaning. The harness must be rethread when reassembling after cleaning. When disassembling for cleaning, mandatory pieces to the restraint must be removed and could be misplaced.
Installation Features 5 stars
Push-button-style connectors are used as LATCH attachments.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 4 stars

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