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Car seat reviews

Consumer Reports is the only place to find unbiased, independent car seat reviews. Do you need an infant car seat or an all-in-one car seat? And what is a convertible car seat anyway? Or maybe you are at the booster-seat stage.

Our experts at the Consumer Reports National Testing and Research Center have evaluated more than 120 current models at our on-site testing labs. Our reviews will provide you with Ratings for car seats (including boosters), where you will find the exact numerical score our experts have assigned to each of the four review criteria: crash protection, ease of use, rear-facing fit to vehicle, and forward-facing fit to vehicle. We include such major brands as Britax, Chicco, Graco, Evenflo, Safety 1st, Peg Perego, and many others. We also include a product selector, where you can input brand, category, and price to narrow down the right model for your needs.

After reading the car seat reviews, you can compare models, review our list of the features and specifications, read user reviews, and submit your own review. If you prefer visual information, you can watch our video buying guide.

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Also look at our car seat buying guide, which shows you which features are important and gives you the pros and cons of each model.

Read the car seat reviews below and compare the Ratings of each model before you shop.

Car seat reviews

Recaro Pro-Ride

Type: Convertible car seats
Summary: One of multiple convertibles offered by Recaro
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Safety 1st Guide 65

Type: Convertible car seats
Summary: One of multiple convertible seats offered by Safety 1st, a brand of Dorel Juvenile Group
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Evenflo SecureKid LX (300)

Type: Toddler booster seats
Summary: The SecureKid LX, formerly named SecureKid 300, is one of many toddler booster seats offered by Evenflo. Other models include the Maestro, Chase Select, and SecureKid DLX.
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Graco SnugRide (Classic Connect)

Type: Infant car seats
Summary: One of multiple models in the SnugRide line of infant seats offered by Graco
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Safety 1st onBoard35

Type: Infant car seats
Summary: One of the infant models offered by Safety 1st (see Designer 22, Onboard 35 and Comfy Carry Elite Plus), a division of the Dorel Juvenile Group. In February 2011, some models of Maxi Cosi Mico and Safety 1st Onboard infant seats, as well as other car seat types and models manufactured between May 1, 2008 and April 30, 2009, were recalled by Dorel Juvenile Group and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, due to a potential for the harness adjustment strap to loosen during use. Learn more in Dorel and NHTSA recall notices. One of the infant models (see Designer 22 and Onboard 35 Air) offered under the Safety 1st name.
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What's behind our car seat Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 122 models in car seats to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    Overall score is based on crash protection, ease of use, and fit to vehicle, using LATCH and lap/shoulder belts.
  • Crash protection
    A rating of the potential for each seat to limit injury and movement of a child in a crash based on simulated frontal crash tests using child sized dummies.
  • Ease of use
    Our judgment of how easy each seat is to use including the clarity of labels and instructions, adjustments of clips and buckles, the transition of the seat from rear facing to forward facing and installation features such as LATCH connections and top tethers.
  • Rear facing fit-to-vehicle
    A rating of how easy it is to securely and correctly install each seat using both the vehicle belts and LATCH in a variety of vehicles in a rear-facing orientation and how well they fit each vehicle once installed.
  • Forward facing fit-to-vehicle
    A rating of how easy it is to securely and correctly install each seat using both the vehicle belts and LATCH in a variety of vehicles in a forward-facing orientation and how well they fit each vehicle once installed.

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