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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Combi Zeus 360 (FF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameCombi Zeus 360 (FF)
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date8836  /  Jun 1, 2009
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height20lb - 40lb / up to 40"
Evaluation of Labels 3 stars
No additional sizing information is given on the label. Labels do not explain the use of LATCH. No instructions are given on the labels for the use of the tether.
Evaluation of Instructions 4 stars
The instruction manual storage may be difficult to find and/or use while the child restraint is installed. No additional sizing information is given in the owner's manual. The warning that the safest place for children is the rear seat is located among other unrelated warnings in a bulleted list.
Securing the Child 2 stars
The harness clip is not labeled with placement instructions. The restraint uses a 'puzzle buckle' that does not come with an intermediate method of holding the shoulder portions of the buckle tongues together. A head hugger or body pillow covers the harness slots. The harness must be rethreaded to adjust height for the child's growth. The harness must be taken out and rethreaded to disassemble the seat for cleaning.
Installation Features 4 stars
The restraint is equipped with hook-like LATCH attachments which may require twisting to remove from the vehicle. The belt positioning feature is simple to use, but the user may need to consult the owner's manual.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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