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 Ride (RF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameRecaro Performance Ride
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date500473405  /  May 15, 2013
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height5lb - 40lb / up to 22.5"
Evaluation of Labels 5 stars
Labels do not explain the use of LATCH.
Evaluation of Instructions 4 stars
The manual was not attached to the restraint and was found loose in the packaging.  The instruction manual storage may be difficult to find.
Securing the Child 4 stars
The harness clip is not labeled with placement instructions.  The LATCH belt must be rerouted to convert the restraint to this mode of use from forward-facing mode. When disassembled for cleaning, mandatory parts of the restraint may become detached and could be misplaced.
Installation Features 1 stars
A printed/molded line is present on the restraint that must be leveled to the ground.  There are not three levels of built-in recline available.  LATCH attachments have buttons to depress for removal.  When either the vehicle belt or LATCH belt is routed through the rear-facing belt path, it may interfere with the crotch strap.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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