Recaro ProSport Car Seat Review and Giveaway

Recaro LogoMost who know me know that I am a huge advocate for car seat safety. I’m not afraid to tell you that your seat is installed incorrectly or your child is in a car seat not suited for his or her age, weight, or height. I’m almost positive I’ve pissed off more than one person by correcting them but my intentions are not to insult or put down, they are to inform.

When I had my first son I did a lot of research on car seat brands, types, safety and installation. Car wrecks terrify me and I wanted to be sure that if, God forbid, we ever were in a wreck that I had done everything in my power to ensure that my child was as safe as possible. With that said, I am going to try to stay on track here and not veer off too much into car seat installation or the fact that many people do not take the time to make sure their kids are properly restrained in a car seat because that’s not what this post is about. Rather, it’s about an amazing car seat by Recaro that I recently had the opportunity to test.ProSport Car Seat

Recaro is an industry-leading company with over 100 years experience in designing and creating seats for luxury vehicles and race cars. More recently, they’ve taken their knowledge and experience and put it into creating exceptional child safety seats.

From their ProSeries line, Recaro’s ProSport is a combination harness-to-booster car seat with unsurpassed quality. It’s built heavy, sturdy and durable. One thing I’ve noticed with other car seats is they’re lightweight and almost have a flimsy feel to them. Lightweight is great for infant seats that have to be repeatedly lugged around but a toddler or booster seat that won’t often be uninstalled, in my opnion, should have some weight to it. I don’t know any other way to describe it except to say, it just feels safer to me. From the moment I took the ProSport out of the box I knew it was going to be a great car seat.

Built for children 20 to 120 pounds, aside from an infant carrier, the ProSport will be the only car seat you have to buy. It has a 90 pound 5-point harness capacity which is the highest on the market today. Once that limit has been reached the ProSport can then be converted to a high-back booster seat. At 120 pounds, it also has the highest weight capacity available when used as a belt-positioning booster seat. And the height range is from 27 to 59 inches! In addition, the ProSport features a “quick flip” recline system that allows you to adjust the seat to your vehicle’s specifications. My absolute favorite feature of this unbelievable car seat is the “quick lift” head restraint. Never again will I have to adjust, undo, and re-thread harness shoulder straps thanks to this system. In order to raise shoulder straps you simply lift a lever built into the back of the seat. Conveniently, this also raises the side impact head restraint. It’s genius I tell you! ProSport Car Seat

ProSport Crash safety:

A stable base and reinforced sides wings allow the child to be protected in the five affected areas in a side impact collision – the head, face, neck, torso, and pelvis. When the ProSPORT is used in harness mode, the five point harness system allows the child to be restrained safely for minimum movement in the event of a collision. As the child grows, this two-in-one seat can be converted into a high back booster seat to continue to safely protect the child. The harness of the ProSPORT can be removed and the seat can be adjusted to grow with your child. A universal top tether system and a built-in premium push button LATCH system also allow the seat to stay fixed to the vehicle for minimum movement. High-quality EPS and PUR foam also contribute to safe and comfortable seat.

I recently finally purchased a new vehicle that has the LATCH system in it so I really appreciate the premium push-button LATCH buckles that the ProSport features. It also has a universal top tether strap as well as a storage system for the LATCH buckles. With my old car seat and and vehicle I always questioned whether the seat was really it there tight enough. Now that I have the ProSport there’s no doubt in my mind. Our seat does not move at all.

Check out some of the ProSport’s impeccable safety features…

• Side Impact Protection
RECARO’s Side Impact Protection is designed to distinctly protect 5 vulnerable areas of a child in a side impact collision – their head, neck, face, torso and pelvis.
• 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.
• EasyAdjust 5-point Harness
The harness adjusts with the head restraint. No re-threading is necessary to properly position the harness shoulder straps to your child.
• ErgoShell Structure
The ProSPORT’s ergonomic shell is designed to offer child occupants the comfort qualities RECARO seats are known throughout the world for.
• SoftTouch Seat Cushion

Ample soft cushioning in the seat of the ProSPORT ensures a comfortable ride.
• EPS Foam
Expanded Polystyrene “EPS” foam absorbs crash force energy through the ProSPORT for added protection.

 

As far as I’m concerned, the ProSport has only one drawback and that is that it cannot be in a rear-facing position. Though not yet mandated, it is highly recommended that a child be rear-faced until at least two years of age. If you have a child under two, check out Recaro’s convertible ProRide car seat. I hear its pretty great too!

Best of all, my son loves his new car seat. He is seated in a more upright position now which allows him to see things out the windows that he couldn’t see before (which makes him feel more like a “big boy”). It is also much more comfortable than our previous seat as well as cooler. Our last car seat really was a great one but it had a velour type fabric in it that made it incredibly hot. Being from the South, we stay hot enough.

I really can’t tell you enough how much I absolutely love this car seat. I am thrilled I had the opportunity to test it out and tell you guys about it. If you’re in the market for a new toddler seat, go buy the ProSport…now! Take my word for it, you won’t be disappointed. I also consulted with a car seat safety technician about the ProSport and she highly recommended it as well.The ProSport harness-to-booster car seat retails for $279.99 (but can be found online for cheaper) and it is worth every penny.

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About Nicole

Nicole is the founder and creator of One Little Mister. She is a 27 year old photographer, blogger and mother to two amazing little boys. Her interests include photography, creative art, technology, social media, blogging, and finding great products and deals!

Comments

  1. tubbytelly says:

    The no-rethread harness is the best invention every. That way you know it is always secured no matter the setting on your child.

    • As a resident of Nevada I like the breatheable mesh materials for those hot summer days. As a dad I love the aesthethics of this car seat. Great review !

      I’m hoping to pick up one of these soon.

  2. Maria Klein says:

    It looks so sturdy, I love that it converts to a booster

  3. I like that it sits high danaahudson at gmail dot com

  4. I love that it has such a high weight limit!

  5. Kristen Jeffery says:

    I like the harness and that it sits higher. cliffsgirl2001 at yahoo dot com Kristen Jeffery

  6. My daughter is at the point where she is getting ready to transition out of her infant carrier. This car seat sounds great. So many needs that it fits with making sure my princess is safe!

  7. i like the side impact protection.. that is always important in an accident

  8. As the mother of an off the charts big kid, I too love the high weight limit

  9. Tamara Sz says:

    I love that the child can be harnessed to 90 lbs

  10. My favorite feature is the EasyAdjust 5-point Harness!! Very safe!

  11. amy pugmire says:

    i like the Side Impact Protection
    RECARO’s Side Impact Protection is designed to distinctly protect 5 vulnerable areas of a child in a side impact collision – their head, neck, face, torso and pelvis.

  12. Sonya Morris says:

    My favorite feature is the easy adjust 5 point harness.
    Thank you!!

  13. i like that it supports up to 22 lbs
    tcogbill at live dot com

  14. Liz Robinson says:

    I like the easy adjust 5 point harness and all of the safety features.

  15. Side impact protection and EPS foam

  16. I
    love how easy it looks to adjust.

  17. I like the “SoftTouch Seat Cushion:Ample soft cushioning in the seat of the ProSPORT ensures a comfortable ride.”

  18. Love all of the side impact protection

  19. Bonnye Sensenig says:

    It has the Highest Harness Capacity Available – 90 pounds is great!

  20. My favorite feature is the “EPS” foam that absorbs crash force energy.

  21. My fave features are the 5 point harness and weight limit.

  22. Jennie Swencki says:

    I like the head wings that provide a barrier between flying objects.

  23. Jessica W says:

    My favorite feature is the easy adjust harness. I dislike having to take apart my entire seat to adjust the straps. This would make life so much easier.

    Jessica W.

    wiesefamily at hotmail dot com

  24. Sherry S. says:

    I like that it has the Highest Weight Limit Available.

  25. Stefanie H. says:

    I like that it has color-coded belt guides! Would be so helpful!

  26. the EPS foam (for safety)

  27. I like the side impact protection

  28. I like the 5 point harness and the weight limit.
    tnxns09 at gmail dot com

  29. I love that this seat goes up to 120 pounds!!!

  30. Jessi Greenmamajama says:

    I like the Soft Touch cushion because we take long car rides sometimes and I would like my baby to be as comfy as possible!
    lovemyhnk@yahoo.com

  31. I love this seat, getting to the stage where I can use a forward only seat. I love the covers, and the nice deep head wings so awesome for sleeping.

  32. Brandon Shepherd says:

    I think one of the things that really opened my eyes about car seats is something that a lot of people do not know, expiration dates! For those that have old seats this is a great seat to replace your old one with that will grow with you!

  33. Recaro, my husband insists that we get these for our twin boys when they are ready to convert to front facing car seats. He says Recaro racing seats are the best so their baby carseats must be too. Great review, thanks for the valuable info!

  34. Heather DAvis says:

    I love the push button latch system!!

  35. Camille Blankenship says:

    My favorite part about the proSport is how easy it is to adjust to an ever growing child! I recommend this seat to all of my friends. My husband was rather dissappointed our daughter got a sports car seat before him!

  36. It’s all about the 59 inches!

  37. I love that the same company that makes sure our NASCAR drivers are safe in crazy crashes, uses that same technology to protect my baby girl! I feel very secure in their products and their research!

  38. I love the headrest- with the great side wings and no rethread harness.

  39. Melissa Neubauer says:

    I love my Recaro ProRide, so I would love the ProSport for the next step. Such a great seat!

  40. I love everything about this seat! I recommend it to everyone I know. The features I tout are the no re-thread harness and that it is such a flexible seat…high weight and height limits!

  41. Shawna Casey says:

    My favorite thing about the ProSport is that not only is it really safe but it keeps baby’s comfort in mind also. THey spend so much time in their car seat I am glad it is safe and a comfy ride!

  42. Mark Valentino says:

    I’m a big fan of Recaro products. best looking one on the market!

  43. Kourtney Campbell says:

    I love how versatile the ProSPORT is. You’re able to use it from 20 all the way to 120 pounds!

  44. Miranda Grate says:

    I LOVE the deep headwings! I’m a Recaro fan and they a;ways have awesome head protection in their seats!!!

  45. I love the side impact protection.

  46. I currently have my LO in a Recaro ProRide, rear-facing and I absolutely LOVE it!!! From birth on he would SCREAM anytime he was in the car, and when we switched to his Recaro the screaming stopped. The safety features are top notch and the material is so cozy. It is perfect for summer or winter. I was torn between the ProRide and ProSport, I decided I would buy the ProRide first because I wanted to keep LO RF until atleast 2, and by then #2 would move in to the ProRide and my older will move into the ProSport. The most important thing about a carseat is safety. I would spend twice as much for a safe carseat for my children and with Recaro you really dont have to. You get safety, appeal and peace of mind all in a reasonable price. My favorite thing is knowing my child is as safe as possible.

  47. Melissa Ingersoll says:

    We have the Proride too and we love it, no other car seat compares to Recaro. I like that you are a huge car seat advocate too, I also have pissed off alot of people correcting them about their car seat.

  48. Teara Coulombe says:

    I love how comfortable this seat is for my son… We definitely plan on getting another when our new baby grows out of the infant one we already have! Its the best seat on the market!!!!

  49. The EPS foam that absorbs part of the impact.

  50. Karri Hutchings says:

    I love Recaro. But I’m not sure how to pick my favorite thing about this seat as it has so much to offer. I love all the safety features and the convenience of it becoming a high back booster. We keep thinking about purchasing one but haven’t bit the bullet! Maybe I’ll get lucky and win one!

  51. Ashlee Gauthier says:

    I would love to get one of these for my daughter, ever since I was pregnant my fiance said we HAVE TO have the recaro carseat. She’s outgrowing her infant one and we’re low on fund, so would be awesome to win one of these babies! ^_^

  52. My favorite is the side impact protection :)

  53. Stacey Hatem says:

    My favorite feature if the harness adjustment without re-threading.

  54. I appreciate the high weight limit because I have big kids!

  55. Nicole Kugler says:

    It has all the safety features I want and the duarbalilty and ratings that I need from a car seat. After this review I feel satidfied that I would be happy with this carseat. I am huge on car seat safety and appreciate that you are too! It is such a headache trying to figure out which car seat is better than another so I am glad you’ve provided this information. It really helps me to know I’m making a good choice.
    Can’t wait to get one!

  56. I am the same way about letting someone know their child is not strapped in the car seat correctly.

  57. I love Recaro carseats. I have the Recaro Vivo booster seat for my oldest child, and am soon going to be moving my 2 year old into a bigger seat as well. I too wish that Recaro had a infant carrier seat… but, until then, I will use what I can! Love Recaro Seats!

  58. i have been wanting one of these carseats for so long! thanks!!

  59. I like the booster option the ProSport has. Our ProRide obviously does not have this and I know that the seat belt in my back seat doesn’t fit me right. It is seriously made for a 6ft tall man! I’d really like to have the booster option for my son.

  60. Carolyn A. says:

    I like that it’s LATCHable in booster mode!

  61. Sabrina Radke says:

    5 point harness and side impact protection!

  62. stephanie muth (@st3phanini) says:

    I’m a fan of the side impact protection.

  63. LOVE RECARO. Have the seats in my own personal car and now for my babies. Needing one for my now 2 month old who is soo big we need to get a convertible already!!

  64. Rachael Stevenson says:

    I LOVE “EVERYTHING” about this seat they are fantastic!

  65. Lbrouse1 (at) gmail (dt) com
    I really like the pronounced head wings that not only help to protect heads, but also baby’s face. Their side impact protection looks amazing.

  66. Melissa H. says:

    I love that the weight capacity is 120 lbs!

  67. I love that it has the highest weight limit available

  68. Debbie Welchert says:

    I like the side Impact Protection feature the most. This feature helps protect the head, neck, face, torso and pelvis in case of a side impact collision.

  69. Amy Dillard says:

    I like all the premium features that are included!

  70. My favorite feature is the 120 pounds weight capacity!

  71. I love that it can be converted into a booster so that you can use it for a very long time! I also like the adjustable headrest so it can change as the child grows.

  72. I like that it has Eps foam for extra protection.

  73. I like the side impact features and the 5 point safety harness

  74. I love the 5 point harness and weight range

  75. Amanda Alvarado says:

    I love the Side Impact Protection!

  76. I love that this can be used up to 120lbs.

  77. Sarah Blauser says:

    When moving our (now 2 year old) from an infant seat, to his first forward facing car seat…we skimped due to price. I can’t tell you how many times we have regretted doing that! Now he is almost 3 and ready for a booster type seat with a harness. I LOVE that RECARO seats will ensure that our son will be in a harness for a long time! His old car seat you ask? The one we skimped on due to price? Well, our 11 month old son is almost ready to be moved to a forward facing car seat. He will NOT be going into the cheap one. We plan on buying both boys new carseats. If it has to be their Christmas present…so be it. I want my boys to be in the best possible car seat available. I’m thiking the RECARO will last until they are in Junior High!! LOL (actually… maybe I’m not kidding?? )

  78. I like the 5 point easy adjust harness

  79. Christina Brundick says:

    I like the Easyguide belt guides

  80. side impact protection and the 5 point harness!

  81. converts to a booster

  82. Love the ProSport, would love to have one for my 3 year old that just outgrew his rear facing seat. I love that the ProSport has such generous top harness slots for extended harnessing!

  83. love that is has an easy to adjust 5-pt harness

  84. christine mitchell says:

    love the ergo shell !!!

    christine mitchell

  85. Nikki Perry says:

    love that it converts to a booster….more bang for your buck!

  86. i like the high weight limit!

    kainalu55@aol.com

  87. Amanda Boerst says:

    My favorite features are the side impact protection and EPS foam plus it looks so comfy!

  88. Side Impact Protection is my favorite feature!

  89. This seat has enough cushion so my son will be very comfortable and safe.

  90. Side Impact Protection

  91. Nikole H. says:

    I love that it is ‘Built for children 20 to 120 pounds’ — awesome! ngiraldi at gmail dot com

  92. Misty VanEpps says:

    My favorite feature is the EPS Foam


    Expanded Polystyrene “EPS” foam absorbs crash force energy through the ProSPORT for added protection

    mommy2skie@yahoo.com

  93. I like the soft seat cushion!

  94. i like the EPS foam for added protection!

  95. Megan McGowan Parsons says:

    Love the side impact and that it converts into a booster seat!

  96. Robin Blankenship says:

    ErgoShell Structure

  97. This car seat is awesome! It looks great and has many safety features others don’t.

  98. Christina C says:

    I like that it exceeds the US standards for safety testing.

  99. Brittany Boardley Renaldi says:

    ESP Foam

  100. EVERYTHING!! LOL NIce thing too though is a nice soft cushion! My son likes to ride in comfort! LOL

  101. I like that it converts into a booster for longer use!

  102. Love the side impact protection

  103. Side impact protection seems to be the most important new element in car seats! Glad Recaro is making it a priority.

  104. Tiffany Kinney says:

    I like the side impact feature.

  105. Amanda Leach says:

    I like the fact that the company did their “homework” when it came to making sure the seat was comfortable and safe at the same time.

  106. The side-impact protection is most important to me!
    Marysa {at} marysa {dot} com

  107. taylor marves says:

    I like the structure and that the buckles are easy to adjust!
    taylormarves at gmail dot com

  108. i like that it has the highest harness capacity available
    pkeintz@gmail.com

  109. OMG the push button latch system is totally my favorite!

  110. I love everything, but specifically the 5 point harness

  111. Natalie Drobel says:

    We need this carseat so bad!!! I love that it has eps foam, and the colors are great too!

  112. theresa n says:

    My favorite is the EasyAdjust 5-point Harness.

  113. kathleen siegle says:

    I like the side impact protection and how easy everything is to adjust with the baby’s growth

  114. I ordered the prosport but returned it before using only because we decided we wanted a higher weight limit. It looks the like the proride offers just that. My favorite feature is that I also found that it looks and feels like better quality than so many other seats!

  115. jennifer beer says:

    would love to win this! in the market for a new carseat for my son!!

  116. The harness holds up to 90lbs the highest on the market!

  117. Jessica Emery says:

    There really is not much not to love about the carseat from what I have been reading and I guess what I like the most is the saftely ratings. We have Nautilus carseats for our older 2 and we are needing another seat for our 9 month old who weighs almost 23 pounds. It is hard to find her a seat that fits her right and not just that we love the Nascar look of the seat as my husband is a big Nascar fan but at this time we can not afford to spend this much on a seat as we do have 3 children under the age of 4. I would love to add this seat to our car and know that our baby is not only riding in style but also safely

  118. I really like the side impact feature the best but the whole car seat looks amazing!

  119. Heather M says:

    That it’s from 20-120 pounds.

  120. The EPS foam. that’s a great feature

  121. I like the side impact protection.

  122. I like the side impact protection.

  123. Jennifer H says:

    Side impact safety feature

  124. ronda peyton says:

    I love that it has such a high weight limit!
    rondasieg at yahoo dot com

  125. I love that it has side Impact Protection is designed to distinctly protect 5 vulnerable areas of a child in a side impact collision – their head, neck, face, torso and pelvis.

  126. I love all the safety features and that they also make racing seats, so they know safety!
    andrea.kruse at gmail dot com

  127. I like the no rethread

  128. The EasyGuide belt guide! That gets so confusing as your little one grows. It’d be nice if ALL car seats had this!

  129. I like the side impact protection.

    klshrrs(at)gmail(dot)com

  130. 11/10 Tweet

    http://twitter.com/#!/supercutebenz/status/134641324296118272

    wiesefamily at hotmail dot com

  131. i love the side impact protection! and the breathable mesh for those hot southern summers!

  132. Rachel Runyan says:

    My favorite feature of the ProSport is the EasyAdjust 5-point Harness.

  133. Rachel Shelton says:

    Side impack protection

  134. danielle fouts says:

    side impact – it never hurts to be safe and keep that little brain safe!

  135. I love that it fits older kids

  136. Favorite feature is the side impact protection

  137. My favorite feature is the side impact protection.

  138. Daiva Baum says:

    Side Impact Protection

  139. Chelsea Tanner says:

    I love the heavy weight limit.

  140. I love that it has Side Impact Protection

  141. The best feature would be the easy 5 point harness adjustment. After doing extensive research online about car seats I can easily say that Recaro has one of the best car seats available out there. Very well built.

  142. I love that it goes up to 120lbs!

  143. katklaw777 says:

    I like that it has • EasyAdjust 5-point Harness…with 2 kids using the seat, it is a must to adjust for the safety of each.
    Great giveaway, thanks!

  144. I like the easy adjust 5 – point harness

  145. The harness adjusts with the head restraint

  146. I ike that your car seat safety technician recommended it
    pedidentalasst at yahoo dot com

  147. I like the safety features and the soft cushion seats.

  148. I like the storage pockets.

  149. 11/18 Tweet

    http://twitter.com/#!/supercutebenz/status/137705207663566848

    wiesefamily at hotmail dot com

  150. I like that it’s up to 22lbs.

  151. Jessica E Ledford says:

    I love that it can be used up to 90 lbs! That’s so rare to find!

  152. I like that it has a premium push button LATCH system

  153. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    I like that it has side impact protection…very nice seat!

  154. My fave feature of the ProSPORT is its ergonomic shell

  155. Kimmie Barnes says:

    I like the EasyAdjust 5-point Harness

    Kimmie Barnes
    shawnandkim@suddenlink.net
    jakeremom–twitter and GFC

  156. I like the EasyAdjust 5-point Harness

  157. Cynthia Brooks says:

    Love the race-car design 5 pt harness! A cool safe carseat——Yeah baby!

  158. LOVE. Nuff said!

  159. Sarah Osborne says:

    I like that it has side impact protection!

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