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 Start



Manufacturer  /  Model NameRecaro Start
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date500117975  /  Aug 24, 2007
Harness TypeHigh Back
Weight  /  Height30lb - 80lb / up to 59"
Evaluation of Labels 1 stars
Height/weight information is not located directly next to illustration of child seated properly in the restraint. Restraint is not pictured in a vehicle seat. Does not explicitly warn against using a lap-only belt.
Evaluation of Instructions 2 stars
There is no full picture of a properly restrained child. Warning that the rear seat is the safest place is buried in a bulleted list. Heights/weights in the manual and on the labels do not match. Manual storage cannot be accessed when the CRS is installed in this mode of use. Does not explicitly warn against using a lap-only belt.
Securing the Child 5 stars
Installation Features 4 stars
Shoulder belt positioning device requires the use of two hands, but the action is simple.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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