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 Able 65 (FF)

 

 

Manufacturer  /  Model NameSafety 1st Able 65 (FF)
Model Number  /  Manufacture DateCC082-BFH  /  Jul 12, 2013
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height22lb - 65lb / 34" - 52"
Evaluation of Labels 4 stars
There is no picture of a child in the car seat next to sizing information on the labels. Labels do not illustrate how to remove and prepare LATCH attachments for use.
Evaluation of Instructions 3 stars
The manual storage may be difficult to find. The manual cannot be accessed while the car seat is installed in this mode. In the instructions, the tether is shown but not labeled with each mode of installation.
Securing the Child 4 stars
There are no illustrations on the car seat showing how to convert this car seat to this mode of use. The LATCH belt must be rerouted to convert the car seat to this mode of use from another mode. The harness must be taken out and rethreaded when cleaning the car seat, and loose parts may be generated during the process.
Installation Features 2 stars
It may be uncomfortable for larger hands to route the seat belt or LATCH belt through the belt path. The car seat is equipped with hook-style LATCH attachments which may require twisting to remove from the lower anchors in the vehicle. There is no dedicated area in which to store LATCH attachments.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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