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 Roadster XL (RF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameRecaro Roadster XL
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date500806460  /  Sep 21, 2016
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height5lb - 40lb / up to 1" from top of head rest
Evaluation of Labels 4 stars
The labels do not explain how to use LATCH. Labels were peeling when the seat was removed from its packaging.
Evaluation of Instructions 5 stars
Securing the Child 3 stars
The seat was not set for the smallest occupant when removed from the packaging. The harness clip is not labeled to indicate where it should be placed relative to the child's body. The LATCH belt must be rerouted to convert the restraint to this mode of use from another mode. When disassembling for cleaning, loose parts may be generated.
Installation Features 1 stars
The padding may need to be moved to route the seat belt or LATCH belt through the belt path. Interference is possible between the harness and the seat belt when routing for installation. A printed/molded line is present on the restraint that must be leveled to the ground. There are fewer than three levels of recline available for this mode of use. LATCH attachments have buttons to depress for removal.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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