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Car Seat Ease-of-Use Ratings

Child safety seat ease-of-use ratings

NHTSA provides parents and caregivers car seat ease-of-use ratings that allow you to evaluate how easy certain car seat features are before you buy a seat.

Are All Car Seats Safe?

All car seats rated by NHTSA meet Federal Safety Standards and strict crash performance standards. While all rated seats are safe, they do differ in their ease of use in four basic categories:

  1. Evaluation of Instructions: Examines the content and clarity of the instructions manual for the child restraint.
  2. Vehicle Installation Features: Examines the ease of using features that pertain to installing the child restraint in a vehicle.
  3. Evaluation of Labels: Examines the content and clarity of the labeling attached to the child restraint.
  4. Securing the Child: Examines the ease of using features that pertain to securing a child correctly in the restraint.

NHTSA Ratings for Ease of Use

NHTSA uses the following rating system to help consumers evaluate the four basic categories above:

  • 5 Stars = Excellent features on this child restraint for this category.
  • 4 Stars = Above-average features on this child restraint for this category.
  • 3 Stars = Average features on this child restraint for this category.
  • 2 Stars = Below-average features on this child restraint for this category.
  • 1 Star = Poor features on this child restraint for this category.
  • N/A = Does not contain any features that require a rating.

Search Ease-of-Use Ratings by Type of Car Seat

View the full list of car seat ease-of-use ratings or search for a specific type of car seat's ease-of-use ratings below (RF = Rear-facing; FF = Forward-facing; B = Booster):

Car Bed Forward-Facing Only Convertible Booster Seat
Infant All-in-One Combination

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