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Recaro ProSeries child safety seats – Click above for high-res image gallery

Typically, when we think of Recaro, heavily bolstered sport seats for high-performance vehicles come to mind. However, Recaro has also been offering child safety seats for several years and has just launched a new line of ProSeries models. The new line includes three different seats starting with the convertible ProRide, which can be used in either rear or forward face mode for newborns and small infants.

As the kids grow, the ProSport and ProBooster seats are available for children up to 120 pounds. The seats all feature energy absorbing foam and adjustable head restraints so that the little ones get optimal protection. Of course, just as with the Recaros for grown-ups you'll pay a premium for these suckers compared to other brands, but we suppose that's just the price you pay for style and safety. See all the details in the press release after the break.



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RECARO Launches ProSERIES Child Safety Seats to Provide Maximum Comfort and Safety for Children

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – August 5, 2010 – RECARO, the international leader in automobile, racecar and child safety seat technology and a leading innovator in side impact protection, is introducing the ProSERIES line of car seats to protect your most precious passengers. The ProSERIES is the latest addition to the popular car seat manufacturer's line of child seats based on RECARO's race-track proven mobile seating technology.

The new ProSERIES line includes the ProRIDE, the ProSPORT and the ProBOOSTER seats each specifically designed to deliver comfort and safety as your child grows. Each seat is now available through retailers nationwide.

"RECARO's new ProSERIES seats are designed to not only deliver maximum protection, but the ultimate in comfort for the entire time a child is required to be in a car seat," said Jonathan Sieber, director of Sales & Marketing for RECARO North America. "We have already received a significant amount of positive feedback from parents that appreciate not only the ProSERIES' safety design, but its great looks and overall ease-of-use. RECARO was also able to achieve a 90-pound harness weight capacity on the ProSPORT which is the highest available in its class."

"Every year, thousands of children are tragically injured or killed in motor vehicle crashes. In fact, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children age 3 and older in the United States. Securing your children properly in age and size appropriate child safety seats – in the back seat of your vehicle, is the most effective thing you can do to protect them in the event of a crash" according to NHTSA (the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). That is why the ProSERIES was designed as a series of seats that help protect your child as they grow.

Combined, the ProSERIES line can accommodate children from as low as 5 pounds all the way to 120 pounds. The new ProRIDE convertible seat allows parents to use the seat when their children need to face the rear and then turn it to face forward as their little one grows. The seat is designed for children from 5-70 pounds and 50 inches in height or less. The RECARO ProSPORT is a combination harness to booster car seat appropriate for children weighing between 20 and a "Best in Class" 90 pounds when used in harness mode and 30 to 120 pounds when used in booster mode. A child must also be less than 59 inches tall to use the ProSPORT. The RECARO ProBOOSTER is for children from 30 to 120 pounds and from 37 to 61 inches in height. This innovative seat has 11 head restraint positions.

Assembled in the U.S.A., the ProSERIES is a high-quality child restraint system that provides parents and children the luxury and safety they need for any trip. Parents will appreciate that each of the seats in the ProSERIES incorporates RECARO's innovative Side Impact Protection system designed to specifically protect each of the 5 vulnerable areas of a child in a side impact collision - head, neck, face, torso and pelvis.

RECARO developed and optimized side impact protection for racecar seats in the 1990's then adapted their technology for child car seats setting a new standard for premium child safety seats. EPS energy absorbing foam and RECARO's proprietary structural design combine to provide seating safety, style and comfort once reserved only for the most prestigious automobile and racing seats in the world.



"Every RECARO seat is designed with a blend of our auto racing safety and ergonomic comfort knowledge. Our designers and engineers are parents who can take the next generation production car technology and incorporate it in today's child car seats. Parents expect the best in safety and design and we believe RECARO is uniquely positioned to deliver both," said Sieber.



Each RECARO ProSERIES seat encompasses the extreme features of energy absorbing crash technology and soft wear-resistant padding . The seats are evaluated in the company's seating competency centers in both the U.S. and Europe and through independent agencies including the globally respected ADAC. RECARO recently celebrated its 100th anniversary and was named one of the "Brands of the Century" in 2009.

"RECARO has taken from more than 100 years of automotive experience to engineer the ProSERIES seats," said Sieber.

RECARO ProSERIES Features



o RECARO's Side Impact Protection. Designed to protect each of the five vulnerable areas of a child in a side impact crash including their head, neck, face, torso and pelvis.

o Best in Class Harness Weight. At 90 pounds the ProSPORT has the highest weight capacity available for a 5-Point harness seat.

o (EPS) Energy Absorbing Foam. Expanded Polystyrene "EPS" foam absorbs crash force energy through each seat for added protection.

o QuickLift: Head Restraint. Convenient lift lever allows easy positioning of the ProSPORT head restraint to properly fit your child.

o CoolMesh Air Ventilation. This unique material allows for air to pass through key areas in each seat improving ventilation and air flow.

o EasyAdjust: 5-Point Harness. RECARO's harness adjusts with the head restraint. No re-threading is necessary to properly position the harness shoulder straps to a child, perfect for every day use.

o QuickPull: Front Adjust Harness. Convenient frontally located harness adjuster for no hassle harness adjustment.

o EasyGuide: Belt Guides. 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.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      We have had our Recaro for a few years and love it!

      When traveling with our Daughter (We take that seat with us) last year we were stopped in the Long Beach airport security line. The seat didn't fit in the detector so they had to wand it. The first guys says "Hey cool car seat dude", next thing I know, there are 8 young men or ricers as they are sometimes called huddled around this thing. You would have thought it was a 2000 Honda Civic all riced out they were looking at. They thought the car seat was the coolest thing ever.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Actually Recaro doesn't make the seats. They're rebranded and redecorated...
        • 4 Years Ago
        From what? Link please.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually it seems this was true 2 yrs ago when I bought my seat and was comparing it with a Recaro... maybe it's changed as I can't find what was obvious at the time. Anyway the brand I have is Romer and at the time it was identical (but cheaper) to a Recaro... the plastic base and belt lock were the only giveaways.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Got the last gen one from Woot for $99. It's great.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have the booster and the infant seat and they are great in my truck. My wife has Britrax in her car and you can tell the difference in engineering between the two. These seats are are not some generic Graco branded with "Recaro." Their motto says it all, "Don't get cute, get Recaro"
      • 4 Years Ago
      I looked at Recaro, but despite being stylish and having plenty of chachet, they didn't actually look that well made. In the end plumped for a BeSafe Izi, which is a bit more pricey but does seem to be built to last to the end of time.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is the coolest thing I have seen all day. Too bad it's only 9 am.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And I just bought an ugly Britax that doesn't match the sti's interior. Should've waited.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Rather than rave for a product that helps making the idea of kids cool - I prefer to refrain from having the sports car robbing offspring so many of us end up with .

      PS - Honey if you are reading this I'm only kidding! I can't wait to start our family...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just had two midnight color ProRides arrive on my doorstep yesterday! These are better built than the Britax seats- ought to be the finest and safest convertables available. Witness the reason to have kids...

      http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4134/4866405431_dc8e66ed44_z.jpg
        • 4 Years Ago
        HaHa hello there my fellow S8 enthusiast !!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Love seeing their cute little faces with the G-forces peeling back their tiny cheeks as Dad unleashes all 430-hp at one time and shows them the experience of ground shaking exhaust rumble. Of course we don't ever tell Mom about the joyrides and of course all reasonable safety measures are taken to insure that they learn the correct way to handle acceleration and speed. Don't want them learning bad habits on the street! :-)
        • 4 Years Ago
        No kids yet... but when/if I do.. these seats are going into my car... as yet to be retuned back to full power AMG C63.... I plan on using all 500hp to get that grin out of the kids :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Pah. Mom comes along on our joyrides. Not that we have 430 hp between us in our household, but there you go. Straight lines are boring.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What about pets?
      • 4 Years Ago
      "seats are available for children up to 120 pounds"

      One hundred and twenty pounds!? What child weighs 120 lbs and still needs a booster seat? I would imagine (hope) by the time a kid hits 120 lbs they are at least in 6th grade.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Silly Pickle:

        My wife was in a head-on collision, and Geico didn't *demand* that she replace the seat. It's only an advisory. The advice was this: look very closely for signs of stress in the plastic. It changes color, usually from black to white, when it's been stressed. If there's the faintest hint of stressed plastic, you should replace it, but it's your call.

        You're right about kids these days. When they're sucking on a Big Gulp and waddling at four years old, it's bad.

        When I was at school, there was one fat kid. My wife knew two. My cubemate knew three. Nowadays, the line of kids crossing the road to school is fully one third fat kids. And here's the other thing: my fat schoolmate wasn't morbidly obese -- he was just a little pudgy. A little overweight; not a heart attack waiting to happen.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, many adult women weigh less than 120 lbs. Why would they still need a booster seat at that size?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Geico aint gov't run insurance program then either. I guess they (our insurer) think they have money to throw around (it's "mine" after all) and rather than using common sense (go figure) they just blanket throw out everything, regardless of what you hit. My kids are out of them, so I guess it won't be an issue, for many ears yet (grandkids?) - I'd just hate to have a premium seat like this and be told to toss it becuase I hit a cat. I doubt they'd pay for it.

        Anywho...nice seats if you can afford them.
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