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As my daughter gets older, I have found it difficult to find the kind of car seat that I want. She is 6 years old and tall for her age, and I want to keep her in carseat that has a 5-point harness and backed booster as long as possible. We do a lot of traveling, and I want a car seat that has a lot of safety features, so I was excited to try the RECARO Performance SPORT Car Seat.
We tried the RECARO Performance SPORT in “Rose”, and there are 9 great colors to choose from. My girls definitely approve of the pink color!
My 6-year old is is able to use this RECARO car seat in Harness Mode OR Booster Seat Mode (she is 48″ tall and weighs 53 lbs). We are using the 5-point harness mode until she outgrows it.
My 3.5 year old weighs 33 lbs and is 40″ tall, and also comfortably fits in this car seat. It is so easy to adjust the seat, because when you raise or lower the headrest height, it automatically adjusts the seatbelt height at the shoulder (no re-threading necessary).
The RECARO Performance SPORT car seat will last you a long time – from 20-120lbs or 27-59″ tall!
Right out of the box, I noticed how well this car seat is designed, even when it is out of the car. There is a convenient handle on top, and there are no straps or anything else that is dragging or loose. This is great for when you are traveling with the car seat (such as on an airplane), moving the car seat between cars, storage and so on. The LATCH clips tuck into their own pockets. The instruction manual tucks right into a pocket on the side of the car seat, so no more lost manuals, and no more manuals shoved somewhere around the car seat. The manual is right there anytime you need, with glossy pages and bright color photos.
Installation is a breeze. First I had my daughter sit in the car seat (outside of the car), to determine the best height for the headrest. To adjust, you lift a lever on the back of the car seat, raise or lower the headrest to the height you need, and release the lever so that the car seat clicks into place.
Once you have the height adjusted, place the car seat in your vehicle. Since we are using the 5-point harness, we simply clicked the LATCH belts into place (one on each side of the seat), pulled it tight, and then attached one of the straps with a clip to the back of the actual minivan seat. This car seat is for forward-facing only.
There are so many great features of the RECARO Performance SPORT! Among them are:
One of my favorite features of this car seat is the side impact protection. This car seat doesn’t just have protection on the sides of your child’s head, but also along the body.
RECARO’s Side Impact Protection is designed to distinctly protect 5 vulnerable areas of a child in a side impact collision – their head, neck, face, torso and pelvis. RECARO is the pioneer of child seat side impact technology, going beyond any side impact requirements as tested with the ADAC European standard.
The RECARO has an EasyGuide Belt Guide, which insures that the seat is used correctly. We do not use the seat belt option yet, but this makes the car seat that much more user-friendly and safe when the time comes to switch out of the harness system.
Whether in Harness or Booster mode each belt guide is color coded so you can easily identify the proper belt path and positioning of either the LATCH strap or vehicle seat belt.
The EasyAdjust 5-Point Harness means that I can quickly adjust the height of the seat, which automatically adjusts the height of the shoulder straps. I do not have to worry about re-threading the straps or repositioning things every time I switch between children or when they grow.
Harness and head restraint are adjusted together so no re-threading is necessary to properly position the harness shoulder straps to the child.
The ErgoShell Structure and SoftTouch Seat Cushion is a must. We spend a lot of time in the car, and it really makes a difference to have a comfortable car seat. We have had seats with minimal cushioning, and my 6 year old immediately commented on how comfy her new seat was! Even the shoulder straps are nicely padded at the top – with an added bonus that they do not slide around. It really is a relief to not have to fuss with strap covers that slide and shift. As a parent, you can relate to appreciating anything that helps make car rides go more smoothly.
Memory foam cushion in the seat of the Performance SPORT ensures a comfortable ride. The ProSPORT’s shell is designed to offer child occupants the comfort qualities RECARO seats are known throughout the world for.
My husband and I were excited about the Safety Stripe System before I did, as we have both had our frustrations with tangled car seat straps over the years. These bright stripes on the outer edge of the straps are a great visual to insure that there are no twisted straps. I feel that I am frequently in a rush, trying to get the kids from place to place. They are old enough to get their own seatbelts on, but we often have to help them because the straps tend to get tangled. The stripes help both parents and kids, because I ask my 6 year old to get her harness on, and she is able to do it on her own with no problem in the Recaro.
This one-of-a-kind racing-inspired white stripe, clearly visible on the outside edge of the 5-point harness, alerts parents to improper harness alignment.
RECARO has the smallest of details covered. Even the LATCH hooks are labeled so that you can’t inadvertently install them incorrectly. There are instructions including an “UP” printed clearly on it.
OVERALL: I am thoroughly satisfied with the RECARO Performance SPORT. It has so many user-friendly features, and makes safety a priority. I love all the side-impact protection, and all the other safety features down to the safety stripes, which gives parents (especially busy ones like me!) one less thing to have to worry about. Both my girls love this seat, with lots of comfy padding, and since it is so comfortable, it makes long road trips easier.
This car seat is Made in the USA and has won numerous rewards – even more reasons to go check it out!
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RECARO Performance SPORT Car Seat (ARV $259.99)
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