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 (FF)

 

 

Manufacturer  /  Model NameRecaro Performance Racer
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date500734385  /  Feb 2, 2016
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height20lb - 65lb / up to 49"
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 tether is not labeled in the illustrations depicting acceptable modes of installation. The labels do not explain how to use LATCH.
Evaluation of Instructions 5 stars
The manual cannot be accessed while the car seat is installed in this mode and the child is in the car seat. The warning that the safest place for children is the rear seat is contained in a bulleted list, is not illustrated, and is not separated from other warnings.
Securing the Child 3 stars
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 5 stars
The belt positioning feature is simple to use, but the caregiver may need to consult the owner's manual for more information. LATCH attachments have buttons to depress for removal.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 4 stars

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