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 ProSport (FF)



Manufacturer  /  Model NameRecaro ProSport (FF)
Model Number  /  Manufacture Date500267445  /  Jun 18, 2010
Harness Type5-pt
Weight  /  Height20lb - 90lb / 27" - 50"
Evaluation of Labels 1 stars
There is not a picture of a child properly restrained in the CRS directly next to sizing information on the labeling. The car seat is not shown in a rear vehicle seat. Additional harness height adjustment instructions are given in text only. The belt path is not labeled. Labels do not explain the use of LATCH. No instructions are given on the labels for the use of the tether. The tether is not labeled in the illustrations showing modes of use.
Evaluation of Instructions 3 stars
The instruction manual was attached to the car seat but was difficult to find when the car seat was removed from its packaging. No full picture exists of a properly restrained child in the car seat directly next to sizing information in the owner's manual. No additional sizing information is given in the owner's manual. The warning that the safest place for children is the rear seat is located among other unrelated warnings in a bulleted list. The tether is not labeled in the illustrations showing modes of use.
Securing the Child 3 stars
The harness clip is not labeled with placement instructions. The harness must be rethreaded to adjust height for the child's growth. Multiple actions are required to convert the seat to this mode of use; the caregiver must read the instructions. The harness must be taken out and rethreaded to disassemble the seat for cleaning. When disassembled for cleaning, mandatory parts of the car seat become detached and could be misplaced.
Installation Features 4 stars
The car seat is equipped with push-button LATCH connectors. No storage area exists for the LATCH attachments and/or the tether.
Overall Ease of Use Rating 3 stars

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