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 Roundabout 50 (FF)

 

 

Manufacturer  /  Model NameBritax Roundabout 50 (FF)
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateE9LA6Q7  /  May 29, 2009
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height20lb - 50lb / up to 51"
Evaluation of Labels 1 stars
On the labels, the tether is shown but not labeled with each mode of installation. There is not a picture of a child properly restrained in the CRS on the labeling. No additional sizing information is given on the label. No indication of correct harness height is given. Labels do not explain the use of LATCH. No instructions are given on the labels for the use of the tether.
Evaluation of Instructions 5 stars
In the instructions, the tether is shown but not labeled with each mode of installation. The instruction manual is stored on a string.
Securing the Child 2 stars
The harness clip is not labeled with placement instructions. The harness must be rethread to adjust height for the child's growth. Multiple actions are required to convert the seat to this mode of use; the caregiver must read the instructions. The harness must be taken out and rethreaded to disassemble the seat for cleaning. When disassembled for cleaning, mandatory parts of the restraint become detached and could be misplaced.
Installation Features 5 stars
The child restraint is equipped with push-button LATCH connectors. The LATCH attachment and/or tether storage area is not clearly labeled.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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