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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Graco HeadWise 70 (RF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameGraco HeadWise 70
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date1861489JJ  /  Dec 4, 2012
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height4lb - 40lb / top of head 1" from red handle
Evaluation of Labels 5 stars
Labels do not explain the use of LATCH.
Evaluation of Instructions 3 stars
The manual was not attached to the restraint and was found loose in the packaging.  The manual storage location may not be obvious to a new user.  The lap-belt-only method of installing this CRS is not labeled in the manual.   The LATCH attachments arrive
Securing the Child 5 stars
While disassembling for cleaning, mandatory pieces may become loose and could be misplaced, and the harness must be rethreaded to reassemble.
Installation Features 3 stars
Interference is possible between the crotch buckle and the seat belt when routing for installation.  There are less than three levels of built-in recline available for this mode of use.  LATCH attachments have buttons to depress for removal.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 4 stars

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