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 Performance Booster (B)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameRecaro Performance Booster
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date500571452  /  May 8, 2014
Harness TypeHighback
Weight  /  Height30lb - 120lb / 37" - 61"
Evaluation of Labels 1 stars
Supplemental sizing information is not illustrated and given in text only on the labels. The complete illustration of a properly restrained child is not directly next to the sizing information on the labels. The belt routing path is not completely labeled. There is not an explicit warning against using a lap belt only on the labels.
Evaluation of Instructions 3 stars
The instruction manual was attached to the seat but was in a difficult-to-find location when the seat was removed from its packaging. No full picture exists of a properly restrained child next to sizing information in the owner's manual. The warning stating that the rear seat is the safest place for installation is located among other warnings. The warning against using a lap-only belt to secure the child is not located in the belt routing section.
Securing the Child 3 stars
While disassembling for cleaning, mandatory pieces may become loose and could be misplaced.
Installation Features 5 stars
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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