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 Racer (RF)

 

 

Manufacturer  /  Model NameRecaro Performance Racer
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date500734385  /  Feb 2, 2016
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height5lb - 40lb / head 1" from top of seat
Evaluation of Labels 3 stars
There is not a picture of a child properly restrained in the CRS directly next to sizing information on the labeling. The labels do not explain how to use LATCH. Some 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 up for the smallest occupant when it was removed from the packaging. The harness clip is not labeled to indicate its correct placement. The LATCH belt must be rerouted to convert the car seat to this mode of use from another mode. The harness must be taken out and rethreaded when cleaning the restraint, and loose parts may be generated during the process.
Installation Features 1 stars
It may be uncomfortable for larger hands to route the seat belt or LATCH belt through the belt path. The padding may need to be moved to route the seat belt or LATCH belt through the belt path. Interference is possible between the crotch buckle 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 less 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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