I hate this car seat. It's heavy, which means once it's in the car I don't take it out until I postively have to, and that is usually when it has to be cleaned. Cleaning this car seat is an all day event!
To remove the seat cover, you have to remove 8 screws, undo some plastic clips (which feel fragile) take off the straps, undo all the clips and then you can wash it. Don't dry it in the dryer! Putting it back on redoing all the sscrews, clips, rethreading the straps-- takes about 30 minutes. Don't turn the car seat over if the seat cover is not on, the stryrafoam pieces fall and out and break-- making the car seat unuseable. I speak from experience. Evenflo did send me out replacements, at a cost. Luckily I had a back-up!
The seat padding is thin, we are still using the hip roll so the baby isn't sitting on plastic; the one place that gets used the most, the seat, has the least amount of padding!
The clips are easy, so easy that the baby can do and undo them herself! To tighten the strap, you have to turn a handle, which is in a bad spot, it's hard to turn and the straps don't always tighten with it, I double check it constantly.
This car seat is the 2nd spare now and it was bought to be the primary; it is safe but can be a real pain to get the straps tightened correctly and the child being able to undo the clips is a hazard.
There are better car seats on the market for less amount of money and that are easier to clean.