June 2, 2005

NHTSA releases “ease of use” ratings for child safety seats

Washington, D.C. – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that child safety seats are easier to use, according to an “Ease-of-Use” ratings report released yesterday. The NHTSA rated 92 seats from 14 different manufacturers for 2005.

Clearer labels and instructions accounted for most of the improvements. Improved ratings were also scored for ease of installation, and whether the seats came preassembled or had to be assembled after purchase.

The NHTSA began rating child restraint systems and booster seats in 2003, using a system of A, B or C to denote how easy it is to use the seats. A copy of the ratings can be found at www.nhtsa.dot.gov/CPS/CSSRating/Index.cfm.

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