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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Safety 1st Complete Air (RF)

 

 

Manufacturer  /  Model NameSafety 1st Complete Air (RF)
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date22430-MCK  /  Jul 13, 2009
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height5lb - 40lb / 19" - 40"
Evaluation of Labels 2 stars
Labels do not illustrate how to prepare LATCH attachments for use.
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 user must read text to prepare and route LATCH belt correctly. The LATCH attachments arrive stored, and the owner's manual does not describe how to remove them from storage prior to first use.
Securing the Child 3 stars
The restraint was not set for the smallest possible occupant. Multiple actions are required to convert the seat to the rear-facing mode; these must be followed in the manual. When disassembling for cleaning, mandatory pieces to the restraint must be removed and could be misplaced.
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.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 2 stars

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