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Recaro Pro-Ride
 
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$209.99 - $259.99
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Summary: One of multiple convertibles offered by Recaro
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Community icon11 people have reviewed this model.
Type: Greater than 40 lb. harness capacity car seats
About - Recaro Pro-Ride

The Recaro Pro-Ride is part of the car seat test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, convertible car seat models like the Pro-Ride are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Crash protection:
A rating of the potential for each seat to limit injury and movement of a child in a crash based on simulated frontal crash tests using child sized dummies.

Ease of use:
Our judgment of how easy each seat is to use including the clarity of labels and instructions, adjustments of clips and buckles, the transition of the seat from rear facing to forward facing and installation features such as LATCH connections and top tethers.

Rear facing fit-to-vehicle:
A rating of how easy it is to securely and correctly install each seat using both the vehicle belts and LATCH in a variety of vehicles in a rear-facing orientation and how well they fit each vehicle once installed.
About This Brand

A German company more commonly associated with automobile seats than child seats, Recaro’s reputation is well known in original equipment automobile and motorsport seat technology but extends to a full line of child restraints and aircraft seats as well. Recaro offers a range of child restraints from convertibles to boosters in the U.S.

Features & Specs - Recaro Pro-Ride
info Rear facing weight range (lbs.) 5-35
info Forward facing weight range (lbs.) 20-65
info Height range (in.) Less than 50
info Seat weight (lbs.) 21
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User Reviews - Recaro Pro-Ride
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5.0
It is a very good seat
7/15/2014
Pros
Comfortable
Easy to Adjust
Easy to install
Safe
Stylish
Cons
Best Uses
Preemies
Toddlers
Comment:
IT is very good Seat because my child
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Fantastic Car Seat
4/24/2014
Pros
Comfortable
Easy to Adjust
Easy to Clean
Easy to install
Safe
Sturdy
Stylish
Cons
Heavy
Best Uses
Toddlers
Comment:
First, for those that don't know, Recaro is known for their high-end seats used in race cars, luxury aircrafts, etc. And I haven't been disappointed at all in both the safety and comfort aspects of their ProRide child seat, not to mention its style. <br /><br />When our son first moved from the infant carrier to a convertible seat, we bought a basic seat from a large warehouse. That was a mistake. Our son was never very comforatable in it and it was a real pain to use and transfer between cars. We finally had enough and wanted something better. So we opted for the Recaro ProRide. What a difference! After about a year, we were in a car accident that ended up totalling our car, and thankfully he was completely unharmed, safe in his seat. Even though there was no visible damage to the seat, it is required to get a new one. Insurance would reimburse us for any new seat we wanted. But there was no question we would get the ProRide again. Even relatives and neighbors (adults and kids) who all have Britax seats comment how much they like our Recaro.<br /><br />Also wanted to mention that we've traveled internationally with this seat. We confirmed that the ProRide is an acceptable size to fit on a standard airline seat, if you go that route. But we ended up deciding to check it as baggage and use a C.A.R.E.S. restraint instead. No problems or damage resulted from checking it. The Latch clips have places to lock into in the rear when not in use and the straps have a pouch to tuck into so there are no dangling parts. Nice little details that they added.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
3.0
I do not recommend
4/22/2014
Pros
Comfortable
Safe
Sturdy
Stylish
Cons
Bulky
Difficult To Adjust
Difficult to Set Up
Hard to Install
Heavy
Best Uses
Toddlers
Comment:
We had issues with this car seat from the very beginning. Our main problems with the ProRide were how big it was rear facing, it was difficult to get a good install and it was hard to clean. <br /><br />Rear facing, this car seat is huge: I bought it for my second child when he outgrew his infant seat after hearing great reviews from friends. In the rear facing position, we had to push the front seats way forward to get it installed. This made the people in the front seat pretty uncomfortable. My oldest was already forward facing, so I ended up swapping their car seats so that I could install it forward facing. Rear facing was important to me, so if this was my only child, I would have returned the car seat right away. The child does sit up really high in the seat which my older toddler loved. <br /><br />Hard to get a good fit: My biggest problem with the ProRide is how hard it is to get a good fit in the car. We used it in a Nissan Rogue, Honda Accord and now a Honda Odyssey and I always had trouble getting a snug fit. I consider myself pretty good at installing carseats as we have now owned the Britax Boulevard 70 CS, the Chicco Nextfit, and the Chicco Keyfit. I move them between our cars often, so I am usually good at getting them installed properly. The ProRide was very difficult for me to install. I had trouble getting it tight where it wouldn't move. The instructions recommend using a towel or a pool noodle to get the right fit and even with that, we didn't feel comfortable with the way it was installed. <br /><br />Fabric Cleaning: It does say to hand wash only, but sometimes a full wash cycle was needed. It held up fine in the wash and I always air dried it, but getting the top piece off and on was unbelievably hard. It has some foam around the child's head that was just so snug, it was nearly impossible to get back on. <br /><br />Overall, I liked this carseat once I had it installed. My daughter was comfortable, it was easy to put her in and out, it felt safe and even looked nice. I owned this carseat for a full year and we just purchased a new Honda Odyssey and I couldn't get comfortable with the fit. My son was moving with every turn. So, I sold the ProRide and bought a Chicco Nextfit. No regrets.<br /><br />My biggest recommendation when buying a car seat is to install it in your car before you make a decision. I have no problem installing our Britax Boulevard and our Chicco Nextfit in any of our cars and would highly recommend them.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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