Product Type: Recaro child car seats
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Recaro Young Sport
Recaro Young Sport
Member Name: lexipoo
Recaro Young Sport
Advantages: Looks good!
Disadvantages: Safety rating isn't as high as I would have hoped, and doesn't fit as securely as other seats.
Looks wise, i would give the seat 5 stars. I think it's gorgeous! Its really grown up and sporty looking, and comes in a range of really funky colours with different fabric options to suit. The fabric I picked was the air mesh (in grey and yellow). It wasn't as soft to touch as the bellini or the microfibre, but i thought it might be a little cooler in the summer and a little more hard wearing, which it was as it still looks brand new now 4years on! Another plus side is that the covers are easy to remove and machine washable, so no problems keeping it nice and clean.
Fitting the car seat in the car was a little tricky to be honest; you have to thread the seat belt through the back of the seat and put it through the clips. Sounds simple, and other people have mocked me slightly for having difficulty with it...BUT the issue that I had wasn't actually getting the seat in, but getting the seat fitted tightly enough to be safe. I had to get in front of the it and really push it with my knee whilst pulling the car's seat belt as tight as i could through the clips to secure it well, whereas I know a lot of other seats have their own tension mechanisms to tighten the cars seat belt and secure it better at the pull of a lever (eg maxi cosi, britax etc). Once I'd done all that the seat fitted ok. There was still a bit of movement and didn't seem as sturdy as my other seat, but I wasn't going to complain as it was adequate for general everyday use and short journeys. I've always made sure I use my other seat for long journeys.
Another downside I found was the recline feature. The mechanism itself is really basic, you have to turn a knob to tilt the seat back or bring back upright again. Much easier and less time consuming to have a lever or handle to pull and set the recline position like most other seats! The level of recline wasn't great either, so I wouldn't really recommend for younger children that tend to sleep a lot in the car, as I found my daughters head would often hang forward when she slept in it, which looks so uncomfortable. Ok for when the children are older though, as they wont be likely to sleep as much!
Obviously, you never know how good a car seat is until, heaven forbid, you have an accident and find out whether you're child has been well protected or not. Thankfully I haven't had any incidents so haven't had to find out that way. I have since checked on Which.com and looked at the safety ratings of various seats...this one has actually come out with only a 3* rating. This is classed as adequate, and it does state in the official report that the crash protection could be better.
My daughter has now moved up to into the high backed booster seats. Although the Recaro Young Sport does convert into one by taking off the integrated harnesses and using the adult seat belt, I have actually chosen to buy new car seats and purchased a couple with a higher safety rating to put my mind at ease.
Summary: May look nice, but wouldn't recommend due to safety rating.
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