recaro convertible car seat

recaro convertible car seat

Recaro Convertible Car Seat

What Can You Do? If your child is currently riding rear-facing in a Recaro Performance RIDE, we have no concerns regarding the seat’s performance in that orientation based on our test results. The issues described here affect only the forward-facing orientation. If your child is riding forward-facing but is still below the 40-pound allowable weight limit and 22.5-inch seated height (from posterior to top of head) limit for rear-facing, then returning your child to a rear-facing orientation is safest until you can replace the seat. We realize this may be difficult for children who might have already become used to a forward-facing orientation, but it’s still a safer alternative. We would recommend that parents and caregivers shopping for a new convertible seat consider models that performed better in our stringent tests over the Recaro Performance RIDE. Simply put, no other convertible model of the 25 we put through our new crash performance test, introduced in the spring of 2014, showed the propensity for the degree of structural failure as this seat. See our current Ratings for convertible seats for guidance. Note that the current published convertible seat Ratings reflect crash performance Ratings based on the test protocol we applied to these seats up until last year and do not yet reflect performance in our new test. However, as noted above, because no other convertible seat we’re in the process of rating in the new, more stringent test exhibited the same degree of structural compromise as the Recaro Performance RIDE, we think it a safer option to choose a different seat. If you are using the seat forward-facing for a child who exceeds the rear-facing limits, then we would recommend you replace the seat as soon as possible but continue to use the seat as instructed until you do so. Even with our concerns, any child car seat provides a significantly higher level of safety over none at all. To contact Recaro customer service, call 888-973-2276 or write to info-usa@recaro-cs.com.
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Recaro Convertible Car Seat

If your child is currently riding rear-facing in a Recaro Performance RIDE, we have no concerns regarding the seat’s performance in that orientation based on our test results. The issues described here affect only the forward-facing orientation. If your child is riding forward-facing but is still below the 40-pound allowable weight limit and 22.5-inch seated height (from posterior to top of head) limit for rear-facing, then returning your child to a rear-facing orientation is safest until you can replace the seat. We realize this may be difficult for children who might have already become used to a forward-facing orientation, but it’s still a safer alternative. We would recommend that parents and caregivers shopping for a new convertible seat consider models that performed better in our stringent tests over the Recaro Performance RIDE. Simply put, no other convertible model of the 25 we put through our new crash performance test, introduced in the spring of 2014, showed the propensity for the degree of structural failure as this seat. See our current Ratings for convertible seats for guidance. Note that the current published convertible seat Ratings reflect crash performance Ratings based on the test protocol we applied to these seats up until last year and do not yet reflect performance in our new test. However, as noted above, because no other convertible seat we’re in the process of rating in the new, more stringent test exhibited the same degree of structural compromise as the Recaro Performance RIDE, we think it a safer option to choose a different seat. If you are using the seat forward-facing for a child who exceeds the rear-facing limits, then we would recommend you replace the seat as soon as possible but continue to use the seat as instructed until you do so. Even with our concerns, any child car seat provides a significantly higher level of safety over none at all. To contact Recaro customer service, call 888-973-2276 or write to info-usa@recaro-cs.com.
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Recaro Convertible Car Seat

Was This the Only Seat That Had a Problem? Of the 25 convertible child seat models tested in this latest group, five, including the Recaro Performance RIDE, exhibited some structural issues when tested with either the 52-pound, 6-year-old test dummy or its weighted (62 pounds) counterpart. What separates the Recaro Performance RIDE from those other models is that the harness structure failure for the Recaro seat occurs with the smaller 3-year-old dummy. Performance for this condition causes us to have a higher level of concern for this seat. At 35 pounds, the 3-year-old dummy represents only 54 percent of the seat’s 65-pound rated capacity. In addition, a 3-year-old child is also at the optimal age to be using this seat in a forward-facing orientation. Only the Recaro Performance RIDE exhibited this level of structural failure with the 3-year-old dummy. Though structural issues with the larger dummies are also a concern, they represent less risk in terms of exposure as more kids at the higher weights allowed by this seat are likely to already have transitioned to a booster seat.
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Recaro Convertible Car Seat

Of the 25 convertible child seat models tested in this latest group, five, including the Recaro Performance RIDE, exhibited some structural issues when tested with either the 52-pound, 6-year-old test dummy or its weighted (62 pounds) counterpart. What separates the Recaro Performance RIDE from those other models is that the harness structure failure for the Recaro seat occurs with the smaller 3-year-old dummy. Performance for this condition causes us to have a higher level of concern for this seat. At 35 pounds, the 3-year-old dummy represents only 54 percent of the seat’s 65-pound rated capacity. In addition, a 3-year-old child is also at the optimal age to be using this seat in a forward-facing orientation. Only the Recaro Performance RIDE exhibited this level of structural failure with the 3-year-old dummy. Though structural issues with the larger dummies are also a concern, they represent less risk in terms of exposure as more kids at the higher weights allowed by this seat are likely to already have transitioned to a booster seat.
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Recaro Convertible Car Seat

Best known for engineering seats for race cars and the automotive aftermarket, Recaro also manufactures high-end child seats for passenger cars. In Consumer Reports’ latest tests of convertible child seats, the performance of one model from Recaro raised safety concerns. In some forward-facing tests, the harness of the Recaro Performance RIDE loosened—a result that gives us concern for the seat’s ability to best protect its small passengers in actual frontal crashes that have similar or more severe conditions than our test. We recommend that owners currently using the seat in the forward-facing position consider replacing it with a seat that could provide a greater margin of safety. As we have no reservations about use of the seat in its rear-facing orientation, a safe interim solution may also be to return your child to a rear-facing orientation, if the child is still below the 40-pound weight limit and 22.5-inch seated height (from posterior to top of head) limit for the rear-facing position. Here’s what you need to know—and what to do. We notified the company and its response is below. We also notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government agency with oversight over car seats.
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Recaro Convertible Car Seat

Best known for engineering seats for race cars and the automotive aftermarket, Recaro also manufactures high-end child seats for passenger cars. In Consumer Reports’ latest tests of convertible child seats, the performance of one model from Recaro raised safety concerns. In some forward-facing tests, the harness of the Recaro Performance RIDE loosened—a result that gives us concern for the seat’s ability to best protect its small passengers in actual frontal crashes that have similar or more severe conditions than our test.
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Recaro Convertible Car Seat

What Is the Concern? In our simulated crash performance tests, the harness support hardware at the rear of the seat shell in the child’s shoulder area on the Recaro Performance RIDE convertible seat broke. This allowed the harness to pull through the seatback and loosen as the child-sized dummy moved forward. This problem occurred in three of four tests using the 35-pound, 3-year-old dummy. In all three cases, the seat was installed on the test sled by lower LATCH anchors and top tether, not a three-point seat belt. The seat did not exhibit any signs of structural degradation when installed in the rear-facing orientation. Tests run with the larger 52-pound, 6-year-old dummy installed with the three-point seat belt and tether showed similar harness support breakage and harness pull-through.
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Recaro Convertible Car Seat

In our simulated crash performance tests, the harness support hardware at the rear of the seat shell in the child’s shoulder area on the Recaro Performance RIDE convertible seat broke. This allowed the harness to pull through the seatback and loosen as the child-sized dummy moved forward. This problem occurred in three of four tests using the 35-pound, 3-year-old dummy. In all three cases, the seat was installed on the test sled by lower LATCH anchors and top tether, not a three-point seat belt. The seat did not exhibit any signs of structural degradation when installed in the rear-facing orientation. Tests run with the larger 52-pound, 6-year-old dummy installed with the three-point seat belt and tether showed similar harness support breakage and harness pull-through.

Published on Apr 19, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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