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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  Manufacturer  /  Model Name Model Number  /  Manufacture Date Harness Type Weight  /  Height Evaluation
of Labels
Evaluation of
Instructions
Securing
the Child
Installation
Features
Overall Ease
of Use Rating
Baby Trend TrendZ EuroSport (B) Baby Trend TrendZ EuroSport (B) FB55012  /  Sep 28, 2011 High Back/No Back 30lb - 100lb / 42" - 57" 5 stars 2 stars 3 stars 1 stars 3 stars
Baby Trend TrendZ EuroSport (FF) Baby Trend TrendZ EuroSport (FF) FB55012  /  Sep 28, 2011 5-pt 22lb - 50lb / 29" - 48" 1 stars 4 stars 1 stars 5 stars 2 stars
Baby Trend TrendZ FastBack (B) Baby Trend TrendZ FastBack (B) FB60070  /  Sep 4, 2011 High Back/No Back 30lb - 120lb / 38" - 57" 2 stars 5 stars 1 stars 3 stars 2 stars
Baby Trend TrendZ FastBack (FF) Baby Trend TrendZ FastBack (FF) FB60070  /  Sep 4, 2011 5-pt 22lb - 70lb / 28.5" - 52" 4 stars 5 stars 3 stars 3 stars 4 stars
Britax Frontier 85 (B) Britax Frontier 85 (B) E9LC2E7  /  Mar 3, 2010 High Back 40lb - 120lb / 42" - 65" 3 stars 3 stars 1 stars 5 stars 3 stars
Britax Frontier 85 (FF) Britax Frontier 85 (FF) E9LC2E7  /  Mar 3, 2010 5-pt 25lb - 85lb / 30" - 57" 4 stars 5 stars 4 stars 5 stars 4 stars
Britax Frontier 85 SICT (B) Britax Frontier 85 SICT (B) E9LE31A  /  Jan 1, 2012 High Back 40lb - 120lb / 42" - 65" 4 stars 5 stars 1 stars 3 stars 3 stars
Britax Frontier 85 SICT (FF) Britax Frontier 85 SICT (FF) E9LE31A  /  Jan 1, 2012 5-pt 25lb - 85lb / 30" to 57" 1 stars 5 stars 4 stars 5 stars 4 stars
Britax Frontier 90 (B) Britax Frontier 90 (B) E9LH34L  /  Apr 1, 2013 Highback 40lb - 120lb / 45" - 62" 5 stars 5 stars 1 stars 3 stars 4 stars
Britax Frontier 90 (FF) Britax Frontier 90 (FF) E9LH34L  /  Apr 1, 2013 5-pt 25lb - 90lb / 30" - 58" 5 stars 5 stars 4 stars 5 stars 5 stars
Britax Pinnacle 90 (B) Britax Pinnacle 90 (B) E9LL94Q  /  May 1, 2013 Highback 40lb - 120lb / 45" - 62" 5 stars 5 stars 1 stars 3 stars 4 stars
Britax Pinnacle 90 (FF) Britax Pinnacle 90 (FF) E9LL94Q  /  May 1, 2013 5-pt 25lb - 90lb / 30" - 58" 5 stars 5 stars 4 stars 5 stars 5 stars
Britax Pioneer 70 (B) Britax Pioneer 70 (B) E9LH43G  /  Jun 1, 2013 Highback 40lb - 110lb / 45" - 59" 5 stars 5 stars 1 stars 3 stars 4 stars
Britax Pioneer 70 (FF) Britax Pioneer 70 (FF) E9LH43G  /  Jun 1, 2013 5-pt 25lb - 70lb / 30" - 54" 5 stars 5 stars 4 stars 5 stars 5 stars
Eddie Bauer Deluxe Highback Booster (B) Eddie Bauer Deluxe Highback Booster (B) 22800-CHL  /  May 1, 2009 High Back 40lb - 100lb / 43" - 52" 4 stars 4 stars 1 stars 5 stars 3 stars
Eddie Bauer Deluxe Highback Booster (FF) Eddie Bauer Deluxe Highback Booster (FF) 22800-CHL  /  May 1, 2009 5-pt 22lb - 40lb / 34" - 43" 1 stars 4 stars 3 stars 4 stars 3 stars
Evenflo Chase (B) Evenflo Chase (B) 3291863  /  Mar 23, 2009 High Back 30lb - 100lb / up to 54" 3 stars 3 stars 2 stars 5 stars 3 stars
Evenflo Chase (FF) Evenflo Chase (FF) 3291863  /  Mar 23, 2009 5-pt 20lb - 40lb / 29" - 43" 1 stars 3 stars 3 stars 3 stars 2 stars
Evenflo Generations 65 (B) Evenflo Generations 65 (B) 3761981  /  Sep 11, 2009 High Back 30lb - 100lb / 37" - 57" 4 stars 4 stars 1 stars 5 stars 4 stars
Evenflo Generations 65 (FF) Evenflo Generations 65 (FF) 3761981  /  Sep 11, 2009 5-pt 20lb - 65lb / 29" - 50" 1 stars 3 stars 2 stars 4 stars 3 stars
Evenflo Maestro (B) Evenflo Maestro (B) 31011059  /  Jan 29, 2010 High Back 40lb - 100lb / 44" - 57" 4 stars 5 stars 1 stars 5 stars 4 stars
Evenflo Maestro (FF) Evenflo Maestro (FF) 31011059  /  Jan 29, 2010 5-pt 20lb - 50lb / 29" - 50" 3 stars 5 stars 3 stars 5 stars 4 stars
Evenflo SecureKid 300 (B) Evenflo SecureKid 300 (B) 30811263  /  Dec 19, 2011 High Back 40lb - 100lb / 43" - 57" 5 stars 5 stars 2 stars 1 stars 4 stars
Evenflo SecureKid 300 (FF) Evenflo SecureKid 300 (FF) 30811263  /  Dec 19, 2011 5-pt 20lb - 65lb / up to 50" 3 stars 3 stars 3 stars 3 stars 3 stars
Evenflo SecureKid e3 (B) Evenflo SecureKid e3 (B) 30811304  /  Jan 11, 2012 High Back 40lb - 100lb / 43" - 57" 5 stars 5 stars 2 stars 1 stars 4 stars
Evenflo SecureKid e3 (FF) Evenflo SecureKid e3 (FF) 30811304  /  Jan 11, 2012 5-pt 20lb - 65lb / up to 50" 3 stars 3 stars 3 stars 3 stars 3 stars
Graco Argos 70 (B) Graco Argos 70 (B) 1805717  /  Aug 23, 2011 High Back/No Back 30lb - 120lb / 38" - 57" 3 stars 5 stars 1 stars 5 stars 4 stars
Graco Argos 70 (FF) Graco Argos 70 (FF) 1805717  /  Aug 23, 2011 5-pt 20lb - 70lb / 27" - 52" 1 stars 5 stars 4 stars 4 stars 3 stars
Graco Argos 70 Elite (B) Graco Argos 70 Elite (B) 1813081  /  Dec 27, 2011 Highback/No Back 30lb - 120lb / 38" - 57" 2 stars 4 stars 1 stars 5 stars 3 stars
Graco Argos 70 Elite (FF) Graco Argos 70 Elite (FF) 1813081  /  Dec 27, 2011 5-pt 20lb - 70lb / 27" - 52" 1 stars 5 stars 3 stars 3 stars 3 stars
Graco Cargo (B) Graco Cargo (B) 1753334  /  Mar 19, 2009 High Back 30lb -100lb / 35" - 54" 4 stars 4 stars 1 stars 5 stars 4 stars
Graco Cargo (FF) Graco Cargo (FF) 1753334  /  Mar 19, 2009 5-pt 20lb - 40lb / 27" - 43" 1 stars 3 stars 2 stars 4 stars 3 stars
Graco Nautilus (B) Graco Nautilus (B) 8J00MTX  /  Apr 8, 2013 Highback/No Back 30lb - 100lb / 38" - 57" 2 stars 4 stars 1 stars 5 stars 3 stars
Graco Nautilus (FF) Graco Nautilus (FF) 8J00MTX  /  Apr 8, 2013 5-pt 20lb - 65lb / 27" - 52" 1 stars 5 stars 2 stars 4 stars 3 stars
Graco Nautilus Elite (B) Graco Nautilus Elite (B) 1866265  /  Apr 1, 2013 Highback/No Back 30lb - 100lb / 38" - 57" 2 stars 4 stars 1 stars 5 stars 3 stars
Graco Nautilus Elite (FF) Graco Nautilus Elite (FF) 1866265  /  Apr 1, 2013 5-pt 20lb - 65lb / 27" - 52" 1 stars 5 stars 2 stars 3 stars 3 stars
Harmony Defender 360 (B) Harmony Defender 360 (B) 03 02 002 MRS  /  Dec 15, 2012 Highback/No Back 30lb - 110lb / 34" - 57" 4 stars 4 stars 1 stars 4 stars 3 stars
Harmony Defender 360 (FF) Harmony Defender 360 (FF) 03 02 002 MRS  /  Dec 15, 2012 5-pt 22lb - 65lb / 27" - 57" 1 stars 4 stars 3 stars 4 stars 3 stars
Kiddy WorldPlus (B) Kiddy WorldPlus (B) 51100WP079  /  Jan 18, 2012 High Back 40lb - 110lb / 40" - 57" 4 stars 2 stars 2 stars 5 stars 3 stars
Kiddy WorldPlus (FF) Kiddy WorldPlus (FF) 51100WP079  /  Jan 18, 2012 Lap Shield 22lb - 40lb / up to 43" 4 stars 2 stars 3 stars 5 stars 3 stars
KidsEmbrace Dale Jr. (B) KidsEmbrace Dale Jr. (B) 65500DEJ  /  Oct 4, 2010 High Back 30lb - 100lb / 38" - 57" 5 stars 5 stars 1 stars 4 stars 4 stars
KidsEmbrace Dale Jr. (FF) KidsEmbrace Dale Jr. (FF) 65500DEJ  /  Oct 4, 2010 5-pt 22lb - 65lb / 29" - 52" 5 stars 5 stars 2 stars 5 stars 4 stars
Recaro ProSport (B) Recaro ProSport (B) 500267445  /  Jun 18, 2010 High Back 30lb - 120lb / 37" - 59" 1 stars 3 stars 1 stars 4 stars 1 stars
Recaro ProSport (FF) Recaro ProSport (FF) 500267445  /  Jun 18, 2010 5-pt 20lb - 90lb / 27" - 50" 1 stars 3 stars 3 stars 4 stars 3 stars
Safety 1st Apex 65 (B) Safety 1st Apex 65 (B) 22537-GMA  /  May 29, 2009 High Back 40lb - 100lb / 43" - 57" 3 stars 4 stars 1 stars 4 stars 3 stars
Safety 1st Apex 65 (FF) Safety 1st Apex 65 (FF) 22537-GMA  /  May 29, 2009 5-pt 22lb - 65lb / 34" - 52" 1 stars 2 stars 2 stars 2 stars 2 stars
Safety 1st Essential Air (B) Safety 1st Essential Air (B) BC026-AUU  /  May 19, 2011 High Back 40lb - 100lb / 43" - 57" 4 stars 4 stars 2 stars 5 stars 4 stars
Safety 1st Essential Air (FF) Safety 1st Essential Air (FF) BC026-AUU  /  May 19, 2011 5-pt 22lb - 65lb / 34" - 52" 5 stars 3 stars 3 stars 5 stars 4 stars
Safety 1st Go Hybrid Booster (B) Safety 1st Go Hybrid Booster (B) 22256-AHD  /  Sep 25, 2009 High Back 40lb - 100lb / 43" - 57" 4 stars 5 stars 1 stars n/a 4 stars
Safety 1st Go Hybrid Booster (FF) Safety 1st Go Hybrid Booster (FF) 22256-AHD  /  Sep 25, 2009 5-pt 22lb - 65lb / 34" - 52" 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars 5 stars 4 stars
Safety 1st Rumi Air (B) Safety 1st Rumi Air (B) BC026-ATV  /  Apr 4, 2011 High Back 40lb - 100lb / 43" - 57" 4 stars 4 stars 2 stars 5 stars 4 stars
Safety 1st Rumi Air (FF) Safety 1st Rumi Air (FF) BC026-ATV  /  Apr 4, 2011 5-pt 22lb - 65lb / 34" - 52" 5 stars 3 stars 3 stars 5 stars 4 stars
Safety 1st Summit (B) Safety 1st Summit (B) 22566-AON  /  Aug 16, 2012 Highback 40lb - 100lb / 43" - 52" 3 stars 3 stars 1 stars 5 stars 3 stars
Safety 1st Summit (FF) Safety 1st Summit (FF) 22566-AON  /  Aug 16, 2012 5-pt 22lb - 40lb / 34" - 43" 1 stars 1 stars 4 stars 4 stars 2 stars
Safety 1st Vantage (B) Safety 1st Vantage (B) 22564-ARQ  /  Nov 12, 2012 Highback 40lb - 100lb / 43" - 52" 3 stars 3 stars 1 stars 5 stars 3 stars
Safety 1st Vantage (FF) Safety 1st Vantage (FF) 22564-ARQ  /  Nov 12, 2012 5-pt 22lb - 40lb / 34" - 43" 1 stars 3 stars 2 stars 4 stars 2 stars

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