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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Recaro Young Sport (FF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameRecaro Young Sport (FF)
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date50000131364  /  Nov 14, 2007
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height20lb - 40lb / 27" - 40"
Evaluation of Labels 1 stars
No picture of child properly restrained in seat. Tether is not labeled in illustrations. Additional harness slot height adjustment instructions are given in text only. No illustration is given to show caregiver how to prepare LATCH. Labels do not remind caregiver to tighten LATCH belt. No instructions are given for the use of the tether.
Evaluation of Instructions 1 stars
Instruction manual was hard to find when the seat was removed from the box. Instruction manual storage is difficult to find and/or use. No full picture exists of a properly restrained child in the child restraint. Additional sizing information is given in text only. All methods of installation are not labeled. Warning that the safest place is the rear seat is buried in a bulleted list. Some information in the manual describing how to determine vehicle seat belt type is not included in the manual.
Securing the Child 3 stars
The harness clip is not labeled with placement instructions. Multiple actions are required to convert the seat to this mode of use; the caregiver must read the instructions. The harness must be taken out and rethread to disassemble the seat for cleaning.
Installation Features 4 stars
Lower attachments disconnect via push-button connectors. No storage system exists for tether.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 2 stars

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