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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Recaro Como G2 (RF)

 

 

Manufacturer  /  Model NameRecaro Como G2 (RF)
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date331.02.MM1K  /  May 26, 2009
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height5lb - 35lb / up to 50"
Evaluation of Labels 1 stars
There is not a picture of a child properly restrained in the CRS on the labeling. Labels do not illustrate how to prepare LATCH attachments for use. On the labels, the illustrations that depict the methods of installing the seat are not labeled. There is a label depicting where the harness straps should be placed, but the harness slots themselves are not each labeled for forward-facing or rear-facing use. Belt path labeling may be overlooked.
Evaluation of Instructions 4 stars
The frontal airbag warning is buried within text and is not prominently displayed separate from other warnings. In the manual, the section which details vehicle seat belt types does not provide complete information. The user must read text to route seatbelts correctly. The manual does not remind the user to tighten the LATCH belt. In the manual, the illustration depicting a properly restrained child is not directly next to the height and weight information.
Securing the Child 2 stars
The restraint was not set for the smallest possible occupant. The harness clip is not labeled to indicate its correct placement. The harness must be rethread for child's growth. Multiple actions are required to convert the seat to the rear-facing mode; these must be followed in the manual.
Installation Features 1 stars
It may be uncomfortable for larger hands to route the seat belt or LATCH belt through the belt path. Interference is possible between a seat component and the belt routing system. A printed/molded line is present on the restraint that must be leveled to the ground. There are not three levels of built-in recline available. Push-button-style connectors are used as LATCH attachments. The LATCH storage area is not labeled. A locking clip may still be required, even though the restraint has a built-in lockoff. This locking clip must be ordered separately.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 1 stars

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