Rated 1 out of 5 by RWang underwhelmed in every respect.
I unfortunately had the same experience as the other single-star reviewer for a REAR-FACING configuration.The car seat would not sit in its "properly" installed configuration. I use "properly" in quotations because I made certain that the seat level line was level to the ground. Unfortunately I opted to NOT use a tightly rolled towel/pool noodle to prop the seat into the "as designed" safe-rear-facing position. So did I install the seat per the instructions? No. Do I trust a jerry-rigged, rolled up towel/pool noodle with my child's safety? No.
I made a quick video of the configuration and the ease as which the seat could be flipped up and over.
Furthermore, I have always been a fan of the Recaro brand and know that it is a company that I have come to respect. However, to describe it gently, the quality of the car seat was underwhelming at best.
I ended up returning it.
February 19, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dr Teddi Racing Chiropractor Approved!
When I found out I was pregnant with our first child a year ago I immediately started looking for car seats. I am a Chiropractor and also a Baja 1000 desert racer so I knew I wanted the safest and best car seat available for my future child. I soon discovered that RECARO made child car seats and instantly knew that is the seat I wanted! My little boy is now 5 months old and I cannot say enough good things about his RECARO Performance Ride seat! Even the customer service was amazing when I called to register the seat and request the free infant insert. The seat is stylish, he enjoys sitting in it, it was easy to install, easy for me to adjust and most importantly you can just look at it and know it's safe! His head is well protected by the side cushions and the seat is sturdy without being bulky; it fits perfectly in my CTSV-Wagon and matches my RECARO seats perfectly! I love it and both my husband and I would never trust our sons’ safety in any other brand!
October 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by lordjustyn Worth EVERY Penny
My son and I were stopped for construction traffic when we were rear-ended by a vehicle going approximately 50 mph. Because of this car seat, my 20 month old walked away without a scratch, bump, or bruise. THANK YOU RECARO!
April 4, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by mommytoaprincess I love this carseat
This carseat is perfect for me, my child, and my car! However I do see how it may not be perfect for everyone the seat does sit very high however I don't mind it and it's a perfect fit in my car. (I drive a 2012 dodge charger) For rear facing I highly recommend using the latch system to get a tight fit it will be hard to install with the seat belt rear facing because there is no lock off built into the seat. This is a very well made seat and it's perfect for me however I do see how people may have issues in smaller cars or trying to get a good install in the center without latch. I love the great side impact protection as it was tested to european safety standards and I really feel my daughter is very safe in this seat. The harness is also super easy to adjust.
bottom line: I love love love this car seat but you just have to have the right car to actually get it installed correctly! My mom has a lower end basic car seat and I honestly see a huge difference and always look forward to putting my daughter back into her recaro (it's just so much better and easier to adjust the harness and what not)
July 26, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by RandiLynn For Daddy's little race car driver only Recaro.
Daddy is an avid car enthusiast so of course the only seat good enough for his baby girl was the Recaro Performance Ride. As a mother i felt very comfortable putting my child in this seat. rear facing up to 40 pounds is a huge plus because we plan on using it to its max. The performance ride is the way to go, we joke about her car seat being softer with the memory phone then our own bed! This seat is also very easy to clean. The removable inserts are so nice you can take it out and clean it with out having to do anything with the straps. When you do have to take apart and clean the other fabrics or shoulder pads the HERO system really put me at ease knowing i had it put back together correctly. The whole family loves this car seat and plus it looks amazing! Recaro's history in the car industry is outstanding if their seats are in top of the line cars and race cars they know safety.
October 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ABWAGNER AMAZING Customer Service
We have had the performance ride for our daughter for about a year and we love it! However, recently a piece broke and I contacted customer service. They were quick to respond and extremely helpful. Since we couldn't fix the broken piece, they are sending us a new car seat.
January 20, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by MelanieAldridge Easy to Install and Super Cool - Literally!
My husband always installs the car seats, but it was my job to install this one. Sure I had read the manual, but I was still a little lost when it came to wear to run the LATCH belts. RECARO knew my pain and the pain of a lot of parents, so they put nice labels everywhere that was important. There was no guessing what areas were used for rear-facing or forward-facing. After a little trial and error, I had this car seat installed and ready to go. The second thing I loved was the breathable design that won't leave my daughter too hot in the back seat while rear-facing. I don't want her sticking to her seat in her own sweat because the fabric was too hot. The temperature balanced fabrics, breathable mesh, and cup holder are all assets for hot weather. I think we'll survive this year's six hour drive to the beach in the middle of summer thanks to RECARO!
March 13, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Twinmom14 WE LOVE OUR RECARO'S
We bought our Recaro's for our twins about 6 months ago and our twins love being put in them, they don't get as hot as they did in other seats. I feel safe knowing they are in these seats. Unlike most other seats Recaro has very little problems with recalls. Highly recommend this product!
November 23, 2015