Child Safety Seats
Performance SPORT / ProSPORT Instruction Manual
Forward-facing Combination Child Restraint System
Approved in accordance with Federal Motor Vehicle
Safety Standard 213.
Tested in accordance to ISO/TC 22/SC 12/WG 1 N538
side impact protection requirements.
When using as a child restraint system with integrated
harness system: Suitable for use in vehicles with a
2-point (lap), 3-point (lap and shoulder) seat belts and
LATCH anchorages. Only use with children who weigh
between 20 and 90 pounds (9.1 and 40.8 kg), whose
height is between 27 and 50 inches (69 and 127 cm),
and who are over 12 months old.
When using as a high back belt-positioning booster
child restraint system: Suitable for use in vehicles with
a lap and shoulder (3-point) seat belt system. Only use
with children who weigh between 30 and 120 pounds
(13.6 and 54.4 kg) and whose height is between 37
and 59 inches (94 and 150 cm).
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Please read instructions prior to
installation. Store this manual in
the pocket on the trim cover.
Contents
Section 1:
Section 2:
Section 3:
Section 4:
Section 5:
Section 6:
Section 7:
Section 8:
Safety Warnings...............................................p. 4-5
General Information............................................ p. 6
Register your New Child Restraint...................... p. 7
Certification......................................................... p. 8
Use in an Aircraft................................................. p. 8
Learning about Your Vehicle..........................p. 9-13
Getting to Know Your Child Restraint...........p. 14-18
Adjusting the Harness System to
Fit Your Child in the Harness Mode..............p. 19-21
Section 9: Positioning Your Child
in the Harness Mode....................................p. 22-23
Section 10: Adjusting the Buckle to
Fit Your Child in the Harness Mode..............p. 24-25
Section 11: Installing the Child Restraint
in Your Vehicle in the Harness Mode...........p. 26-32
Section 12: Converting Between Usage Mode...............p. 33-41
Section 13: Positioning Your Child
in the Booster Mode.....................................p. 42-45
Section 14: Belt Routing and Positioning
Around Your Child in the Booster Mode.......p. 46-48
Section 15: Special Needs Supports.................................... p. 49
Section 16: Care and Maintenance...................................... p. 57
Section 17: Trim Cover Removal / Installation................p. 58-63
Section 18: Trouble Shooting............................................... p. 64
Section 19: Warranty............................................................ p. 65
Section 20: Replacement Parts............................................ p. 66
Section 21: Additional Contact Information.......................... p. 66
Section 22: Glossary.......................................................p. 67-68
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Dear Parents,
Welcome to the RECARO family of high quality child safety
products and thank you for purchasing your new RECARO
child restraint system.
RECARO has over 100 years experience in the design
and manufacture of premium automotive products. To
assure all products RECARO manufactures are worthy
of the name, we’ve subjected them to a comprehensive
development program complying with American FMVSS
213 safety standards. RECARO is also ISO 9001 certified,
which helps assure the most comprehensive product
development system available.
Although each RECARO child restraint system is equipped
with state-of-the-art safety features such as Side Impact
Protection (SIP), it is NOT a guarantee that this child
restraint will prevent injury or death. However, if you stress
careful driving and proper use of your child restraint, it can
lower the risk of injury or death.
Therefore, please make sure to carefully review all
information in this instruction manual to properly restrain
your child. Also, before using your new child restraint for the
first time, please review all components carefully to make
sure nothing has been damaged during shipping. Failure to
follow these instructions and the labels on the seat can result
in serious injury or even death.
The RECARO child restraint you have purchased is a high
quality product. Its different settings and its stable ergonomic
design ensures that the RECARO child restraint is a safe
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and comfortable place for your child to sit when traveling in your
car. However, before you use it, you need to adjust it to your
child’s size and then install it carefully so that the child restraint
will perform as required. These instructions will help you do this,
so please read them carefully.
Remember, parents are a child’s best examples. Be sure to
ALWAYS buckle your seat belt and your children will be much
more likely to do the same. Thank you again for choosing
RECARO and enjoy your child restraint! If you have any
questions or need assistance of any kind, please contact us at:
RECARO Child Safety, LLC
1600 Harmon Road
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
Tel: 1-888-9RECARO
Internet: www.recaro-cs.com
E-mail: info-usa@recaro-cs.com
El manual de instructiones Performance SPORT / ProSPORT
esta disponible en español en www.recaro-cs.com. Por favor
visite el internet para bajar una versión en español.
Yours sincerely,
The RECARO Child Safety Team
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Section 1: Safety Warnings
or SERIOUS INJURY
WARNING! DEATH
can occur
• Do NOT place a child in the restraint in the front seat of a vehicle with a
passenger airbag. The back seat is the safest place for children under 12 years of age.
• According to accident statistics, children are safer when properly restrained in
the rear seating positions than in the front seating positions.
• Use the child restraint ONLY with children who weigh between 20 and 120
pounds (9.1 and 54.4 Kg) and whose standing height is between 27 and 59
inches (69 and 150 cm). For use with the integrated harness system, children
who weigh between 20 and 90 pounds (9.1 and 40.8 Kg) and who are over
1 year old. For high back belt-positioning booster seat, children who weigh
between 30 and 120 pounds (13.6 and 54.4 kg).
• Discontinue use of your child restraint that is older than six (6) years or has
been in a severe crash to prevent injury due to deterioration or hidden damage.
See manufactured in date located on the restraint.
• Restraint systems should be securely belted to the vehicle, even when they are
not occupied, since in a crash an unsecured child restraint system may injure
other occupants.
• Before each use, inspect the child restraint. Make sure nothing on the child
restraint is damaged, loose or broken. If anything on the restraint appears
damaged, loose or broken, do NOT use the restraint.
• Do NOT use this child restraint system until you have read and understood
the instructions in this manual and in your vehicle owner’s manual. Do NOT let
others install or use this child restraint system unless they understand how to
use it.
• The owner’s manual should be stored in the manual pocket sewn on the trim
side bolster.
• Do NOT make any technical modifications to the child restraint system and use
it only as outlined in these instructions. Otherwise, the safety function of the
seat will be reduced or completely voided.
• When using the integrated Harness Mode on this seat, snugly adjust the belts
provided with this child restraint around your child.
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WARNING!
DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY
can occur
• A snug strap should NOT allow any slack. It lies in a relatively straight line
without sagging. It does NOT press on the child’s flesh or push the child’s body
into an unnatural position.
• When using the integrated Harness Mode on this seat, secure this child seat
with the vehicle’s child restraint (LATCH) anchorage system, if available, or with the vehicle’s seat belt system.
• When using the integrated Harness Mode on this seat, secure the top
anchorage strap provided with this child restraint.
• When using the high back belt-positioning Booster Seat Mode, secure this
child seat with the vehicle’s lap and shoulder (3 point) seat belt system only.
• This child restraint is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft when
used with the integrated harness. This child restraint is NOT certified for use
in aircraft when used as a high back belt-positioning booster seat without the
harness. This is because a booster seat requires the use of a lap and shoulder
belt. Aircraft generally provide a lap belt only.
• This child restraint must NOT be used in the home, boats or other non-certified
applications.
• Do NOT add accessories, toys, padding or other items to this child restraint
unless provided by RECARO.
• NEVER allow a child to play with this child restraint, it is NOT a toy.
• NEVER leave a child unattended even when sleeping.
• Do NOT lubricate any part of this child restraint.
• If the child restraint was occupied during a crash or vehicle accident, it must
be replaced. Do NOT use the child restraint again. A crash can cause unseen
damage and using it again can cause serious injury or death.
• If the child restraint was in the vehicle unoccupied as a high back beltpositioning booster seat during a crash and no airbags were deployed, it does
NOT need to be replaced.
• Failure to follow warnings on the child restraint labels could cause serious
injury or death.
• There is no guarantee that this child restraint will prevent injury or death in
a particular crash. However, if you stress careful driving and proper use of
your child restraint, it can lower the risk of injury or death in most crashes.
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Section 1: Safety Warnings
Section 1: Safety Warnings
or SERIOUS INJURY
WARNING! DEATH
can occur
Section 2: General Information
Extreme Weather
When it is hot, RECARO recommends the following tips to reduce
possible injury or discomfort to your child:
• Park your vehicle in the shade to help keep the restraint cooler.
• Cover the child restraint with a sheet or blanket when NOT in
use.
• ALWAYS check surface temperatures of the child restraint
before placing a child in it.
When it is cold and you are using the child restraint in the Harness
Mode, RECARO recommends the following tips to reduce possible
injury or discomfort to your child:
Section 3:
Register Your New Child Restraint
Child restraints could be recalled for safety reasons.
You must register this restraint to be reached in a recall.
Send your name, address, email address if available,
and the restraint’s model number, serial number and
manufacturing date to:
Address: ExoMotion, LLC
dba Thomashilfen
309 South Cloverdale Street, Unit B 12
Seattle WA 98108
• Remove the child’s bulky clothing before restraining the child in
the seat. This will help belts and other safety features function
properly.
• After restraining the child in the seat, cover the child and the
restraint system with a blanket or their jacket to maintain warmth
and comfort of the child.
NOTE: NEVER, EVER leave your child unattended in your vehicle,
no matter how long or even if the windows are left open. NHTSA
studies show that heat stroke is the leading cause of non-crash
vehicle deaths for children.
or call toll free: 866-870-2122
Locking Clip
All information provided to Thomashilfen North America
on the registration card or on the online registry will NOT
be sold, distributed or used for any purposes other than to
contact you in the event of a recall.
Following Section 11: Installing the child restraint in the Harness
Mode in Your Vehicle, pg. 32, Non-Locking ELR Lap and Shoulder
Belt installation, you may find that you cannot install without a
universal locking clip. Please call 1-888-9RECARO and RECARO
will ship you a locking clip and instructions.
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or register online at:
http://www.thomashilfen.us/registry
For recall information, call the U.S. Government’s Vehicle
Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY:1-800-424-9153), or
go to http://www.NHTSA.gov.
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Section 3: Register Your New Child Restraint
Section 2: General Information
Section 4 / 5: Certification / Use in an Aircraft
Section 6: Learning about Your Vehicle
This child restraint conforms to all applicable Federal Motor
Vehicle Safety Standards.
It is important to become familiar with the features of your
vehicle so that your child rides as safely as possible. Read
the owner’s manual to learn about the safety features and
adjustments available for safe travel. Below is a diagram
that helps you to identify key features. Not ALL vehicles
will have all features described here.
Section 5: Use in an Aircraft
This child restraint is certified for use
in motor vehicles and aircraft when
used with the harness. Secure the
child restraint in the Harness Mode as
shown on pages 29 - 30, “Locking Lap
Belt Installation”. Place in the window
seat to avoid blocking the aisle.
This child restraint is NOT certified
for use in aircraft when used as a
belt-positioning booster without the
harness. The use of a booster seat
requires the use of a shoulder belt
and lap belt. Aircraft generally only
provide a lap belt.
Following accessories are NOT
certified for use in aircraft:
 footrest with adapter
 seat wedge below
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Air Bags
Top Tether Anchorage
Lower Latch Anchorage
Seat Belts
Some vehicles may have inflatable seat belts. As this is new
technology, please refer to www.recaro-cs.com for updates.
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Section 6: Learning about Your Vehicle
Section 4: Certification
Section 6: Learning about Your Vehicle
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•
Do NOT use motorized
passive restraint shoulder
belt mounted systems.
Do NOT use passive
restraints lap or shoulder
belt mounted on a door.
Vehicle Seat Belt Systems
Important!
Check to be sure which type of seat belt system you have
in the chart below. Some vehicles have more than one
type of belt system depending on the seating position.
The center rear position may have a lap only belt while the
side seating locations may have a lap and shoulder belt
system. If you are not sure which system you have, check
your vehicle owner’s manual or contact your vehicle dealer
or manufacturer.
Types of Seat Belt Systems
•
Do NOT use vehicle lap and
shoulder belt systems that
have independent retractors
for the lap and shoulder
portion of the vehicle seat
belt system.
LOCKING LAP BELT
HARNESS MODE-Page 29-30
LOCKING LAP BELT
& SHOULDER BELT
HARNESS MODE-Page 30-32
BOOSTER MODE-Page 46-48
NON-LOCKING ELR
LAP & SHOULDER
BELTS
HARNESS MODE-Page 32
BOOSTER MODE-Page 46-48
NOTE: If you have a seat belt system described above,
check your vehicle owner’s manual for advice on where
and how to install a child restraint. Your vehicle dealer
may have a replacement lap belt that when installed will
hold the child restraint tightly in the Harness Mode.
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Section 6: Learning about Your Vehicle
Because the design and operation of vehicle belts vary, make
sure to observe the following guidelines:
When used in the belt-positioning Booster Mode:
• Warning! Use only the vehicle’s lap
Do NOT install this child restraint into any of the following
types of seating positions:
• NEVER install on a rear-facing
vehicle seat.
and shoulder belt system to restrain
the child.
Section 6: Learning about Your Vehicle
• NEVER install in the rear seat of small
• Do NOT use a lap belt only. The center
rear seating position can be used
ONLY if there is a lap and shoulder
belt system in that seating position.
extended cab pickups if the base is NOT
fully supported.
• NEVER install on a side-facing
vehicle seat.
• Do NOT place a child restraint in the
front seat of a vehicle with a passenger
side air bag. The back seat is the
safest place for children under
12 years old.
Forward-facing vehicle seats must ALWAYS be used with
this child restraint. If your vehicle does NOT have rear seats,
consult your vehicle owner’s manual to help identify safety
features in your vehicle or contact the vehicle manufacturer.
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If the vehicle backrest angle is adjustable, adjust vehicle’s
backrest into the upright position. Be sure this area is flat
and clear of objects that might get in the way of installing
the child restraint.
Restraint systems should be securely belted to the vehicle,
even when they are NOT occupied, since in a crash an
unsecured child restraint system may injure other occupants.
Or store it somewhere outside the passenger cabin so
that it cannot injure anyone while the vehicle is in motion.
RECARO recommends storing the child restraint in a cool
and dry location.
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Section 6: Learning about Your Vehicle
or SERIOUS INJURY
WARNING! DEATH
can occur
1. HARNESS MODE: Child restraint system with
integrated harness system.
Section 6: Learning about Your Vehicle
2. BOOSTER MODE: Child restraint system for
use as a high back belt-positioning booster seat.
It is important to know the difference between these two
use modes, be able to choose which mode is appropriate
for your child, and be able to choose which sections of this
instruction manual apply to the mode that you require.
To help choose the right set of instructions for the mode
that you require, look for color codes on the sides of
the pages in this instruction manual. Specific Harness
Mode instructions are indicated in pink and specific
Booster Mode instructions are indicated in blue. General
information and information applying to both user modes
are not color-coded.
NEVER use the child restraint system for a child who is NOT
the recommended height, weight, or age described in this
instruction manual.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and NHTSA
recommend keeping children rearward facing up to
age 2. RECARO offers convertible child restraints that
accommodates children up to 40 lbs. rearward facing.
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or SERIOUS INJURY
WARNING! DEATH
can occur
The information below shows the size of the child suitable for
each child restraint user mode. If your child does NOT meet the
height and weight requirements, please see the other fine child
restraint systems that are offered by RECARO.
HARNESS MODE: The child restraint can be used with the
integrated harness ONLY if the child falls within ALL of the
following height, weight and age range information.
• The child is at least 1 year of age.
• The child’s weight is between 20 and 90 pounds
(9.1 and 40.8 kg.)
• The child’s standing height is between 27 and 50
inches (69 and 127 cm).
BOOSTER MODE: The child restraint can be used as a high
back belt-positioning booster ONLY if the child falls within
ALL of the following height and weight range information.
• The child’s weight is between 30 and 120 pounds (13.6
and 54.4 kg.)
• The child’s standing height is between 37 and 59 inches
(94 and 150 cm).
A child is ALWAYS safest in a child restraint system that has a
5-point harness system built in. RECARO cannot recommend
what age your child has to be in order to ride in this seat as a
belt-positioning booster, please refer to your state’s law, as each
state’s law is different.
Even though your child’s standing height may meet the
requirements, your child’s head should NEVER be below the
head restraint in the lowest position or their ear should NEVER
be above the top of the head restraint in the highest position.
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Section 7: Getting to Know Your Child Restraint
Section 7: Getting to Know Your
Child Restraint
ProSPORT
Standard
Harness
System with
Shoulder
Pads (2)
3-Point Shoulder
Belt Guides (2)
(BOOSTER MODE)
Head Restraint Carry Handle
Trim Cover
Backrest
Side Impact Protection
Section 7: Getting to Know Your Child Restraint
It is important to become familiar with the features of your child
restraint system. These diagrams help you identify key features.
Chest Clip
Integrated
5-Point Harness
Cushion Insert
Buckle
HERO
Harness
System
LATCH
Strap
Seat Cushion
Adjuster
Lever Cover
Latch Plates (2)
Performance SPORT
Armrests (2)
Storage
Pockets (2)
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Belt
Routings (2)
(HARNESS MODE)
Vehicle Seat
Belt Routes (2)
(BOOSTER MODE)
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Section 7: Getting to Know Your Child Restraint
Child Restraint Features:
Section 7: Getting to Know Your Child Restraint
It is important to become familiar with the features of your child
restraint system. These diagrams help you identify key features.
Section 8: Adjusting the Harness System
to Fit Your Child in the Harness Mode
Top Tether
HARNESS MODE: The child restraint can be used with the
integrated harness ONLY if the child falls within ALL of the
following height, weight, and age range information.
• The child’s weight is between 20 and 90 pounds
(9.1 and 40.8 kg).
• The child’s standing height is between 27 and 50
inches (69 and 127 cm).
• The child is 1 year of age or older.
LATCH
Storage (2)
Place your child in the child restraint prior to installing it
in your vehicle and determine if the shoulder strap height
needs to be adjusted. When using the child restraint in the
Harness Mode, the shoulder straps must be located at
or above the child’s shoulders. There are four (4) height
positions available for adjustment.
Head Restraint
Adjustment Lever
LATCH
Connectors (2)
1
Booster Mode
Harness Mode
2
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1. Loosen the harness system. Pull
up on the adjuster lever located
under the adjuster flap under the
trim cover and pull the shoulder
straps forward.
2. Locate the handle mechanism on
the back of the child restraint.
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Section 8: HARNESS MODE Adjusting the Harness
Child Restraint Features:
Section 8: HARNESS MODE Adjusting the Harness
The child restraint is designed to fit a wide range of children
and depending on the size of your child, you may need to
adjust the harness strap length.
or SERIOUS INJURY
WARNING! DEATH
can occur
The integrated harness
straps MUST ALWAYS
be located at or above
your child’s shoulders.
1.If the harness straps are too loose for
your child, you will need to rethread the
harness yoke. There are 3 available yoke
positions on the harness.
2.Loop 1 – this is for larger/taller children, this is
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how the child restraint is shipped.
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3.Loop 2 – this if for average size children.
4.Loop 3 – this is for small children.
5.Loosen the harness straps while pulling
up on the adjuster and pulling the
harness straps out. Thread the harness
loop out of the yoke.
6.Rethread the harness through the
desired harness loop. Be certain to use
the same loop position on both the left
and right strap.
*Check that the straps are secure by tightening the harness
completely and pulling on the harness straps.
3
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Section 8: HARNESS MODE Adjusting the Harness
3. Pull the handle away from the
seat back and move the head
restraint up or down. The
harnesses will move up and
down with the head restraint.
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Section 9: HARNESS MODE Positioning Your Child
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2
3
4
5
1. Loosen the harness system. Pull
up on the adjuster lever located
under the trim cover adjuster
flap and pull the shoulder straps
forward.
2. Open the chest clip by squeezing
in the center and separating.
3. Open the 5-point integrated
harness buckle by pressing the red
button in the center of the buckle.
Place harness straps to the side.
4. Place the child in the child restraint
with their bottom fully into the seat.
Position the harness straps around
the child and fasten both latch
plates into the buckle.
5. Fasten chest clip.
6. Pull up on each shoulder strap
to tighten the lower section of
the harness.
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8
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7. Tighten harness by pulling
the adjuster strap straight out
through the adjuster flap. The
harness webbing should be
snug around the child in both
the lap and shoulder sections.
8. Slide the chest clip so it is at
the child’s armpit level.
9. The harness is tight enough
when you cannot pinch a
loop of webbing between
two fingers at the child’s
collarbone.
or SERIOUS INJURY
WARNING! DEATH
can occur
Do NOT use the child restraint in the Harness Mode:
• If the harness straps are BELOW
the child’s shoulders when the head
restraint is adjusted to its uppermost position.
• If the child’s ears are ABOVE
the top edge of the head restraint
when the head restraint is in its
highest position. It is important
if any portion of the child’s head
exceeds the top of the child
restraint, there must be a vehicle
headrest support.
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Section 9: HARNESS MODE Positioning Your Child
Section 9: Positioning Your Child in the
Harness Mode
Section 10: HARNESS MODE Adjusting the Buckle
As your child grows, you may need to adjust the position
of the buckle to accommodate your child’s size. There are
three (3) locations that the buckle can be positioned. Use
the buckle slot that is closest to your child, but NOT under
their body.
1
2
3
1. Loosen and unbuckle the
harnesses. Set the shoulder
straps to the side.
2. Locate the metal bracket on
the bottom of the seat base.
You may have to move the
webbing strap out of the
way.
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4. Turn the bracket sideways and
thread it up through the seat
base. Pull all the way through
the seat trim cover.
5. Find the correct slot in the
seat base and trim cover to
appropriately fit your child.
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6. Turn the bracket sideways and
thread it back down through the
seat base.
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7. Pull the bracket through the
seat and slide it into place
under the seat clips on the
seat base.
NOTE: You MUST ensure that
the bracket is securely locked into
place.
3. Slide the bracket out of the
seat clips.
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Section 10: HARNESS MODE Adjusting the Buckle
Section 10: Adjusting the Buckle to Fit
Your Child in the Harness Mode
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2. Locate the LATCH connectors in
the storage holders on each side of
the seat.
LATCH Installation – Harness Mode
Section 11: HARNESS MODE Installation
or SERIOUS INJURY
WARNING! DEATH
can occur
If your vehicle has both lower anchors (located in between the seat
back and seat cushion of the rear seats) and a top tether anchorage
(located behind the vehicle seat), the child restraint LATCH and top
tether attachment can be used. The LATCH and top tether MUST
be used at the same time. Refer to your vehicle owner’s manual to
determine if lower anchors and top tether attachments are available
and for which seating positions. If either lower anchors or top tether
attachments are NOT available, the lap and shoulder (3 point)
vehicle belt system MUST be used. Additionally, LATCH anchors
and top tether attachments are designed to a maximum weight
limit which varies by vehicle. You MUST use a lap and shoulder
(3 point) vehicle belt system to secure the child restraint for any
child weighing more than 52 pounds (23.6 kg).
NOTE: Do NOT use a cargo tie down for the top tether attachment.
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1. Place the child restraint on the vehicle
seat. If the vehicle’s backrest is
adjustable, adjust the backrest into
the upright position. Be sure this area
is flat and clear from objects that
might get in the way of installing the
child restraint. If NOT, choose another
seating position.
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3
4
5a
5b
3. Lengthen the LATCH strap by
pressing the adjuster release button
and pull it out to its full length. Do
NOT attach the lower anchors yet.
Make sure that the LATCH strap is
located behind the head restraint
trim cover and that the strap is NOT
twisted.
4. Locate the top tether anchor behind
the seating position. Connect the
tether hook to the vehicle anchorage.
If your vehicle is NOT equipped with
top tether anchorages, make certain
the top tether is securely behind or
under the restraint so it is NOT loose
in the vehicle.
5. Connect each LATCH connector to
the anchor in the vehicle. Make sure
the arrows molded on the LATCH
connectors are facing up. Make sure
the LATCH strap is routed securely
above the large black hooks and
across red plastic shields.
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Section 11: HARNESS MODE Installation
Section 11: Installing the Child Restraint
in Your Vehicle in the Harness Mode
Section 11: HARNESS MODE Installation
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8
9a
9b
6. While pressing down in the center
of the child restraint, pull the loop
of the LATCH strap and tighten the
strap. Repeat as needed until the
child restraint cannot be moved
more than one inch (2.5 cm) in
either direction at the belt path.
7. Snugly tighten the top tether by
pulling the free end of the tether
strap while pressing the top of
the child restraint back into the
vehicle seat.
8. Check the tightness of the LATCH
straps and retighten if necessary.
The straps may become loose
when the top tether strap is
tightened. Ensure that the LATCH
strap remains in the correct
location over the large black
hooks after tightening.
9. To remove the LATCH connectors
from the vehicle, first loosen the
adjuster by pressing the silver
adjuster buttons and lengthening
the straps. Press the red buttons
on the LATCH connectors and
remove from the vehicle’s lower
anchors.
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10. To remove the top tether, first
loosen the strap by pressing the
release button and lengthening
the strap. Unhook the tether
hook from the vehicle anchor by
squeezing the 2 metal pieces
together and sliding off of the
vehicle anchor.
10a
10b
Locking Lap Belt (2 point) Installation – Harness Mode
1. Place the child restraint on the
vehicle seat. If the vehicle’s
backrest is adjustable, adjust the
backrest into the upright position.
Be sure this area is flat and clear
from objects that might get in
the way of installing the child
restraint. If NOT, choose another
seating position.
1
2
3a
2. Slide the latch plate to the end of
the seat belt webbing.
3b
3. Route the lap belt behind the
head restraint trim cover. Make
sure that the webbing is NOT
twisted. Make sure the seat
belt webbing is routed securely
above the large black hooks
and across red plastic shields.
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Section 11: HARNESS MODE Installation
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4
Section 11: HARNESS MODE Installation
5
6
4. Buckle the seat belt.
5. While pressing down in the center
of the child restraint, tighten the seat
belt to remove any slack. Repeat as
needed until the child seat cannot be
moved more than one inch (2.5 cm) in
either direction at the belt path.
6. The top tether anchorage MUST
be used with your lap belt (2 point)
system for children weighing less
than 52 pounds (23.6 kg). If you do
not have a top tether anchorage,
a lap and shoulder (3 point) vehicle
belt system must be used. To attach
and tighten follow the instructions on
pages 27-28 of this manual.
1
2a
2b
3a
Locking Lap and Shoulder Belt (3 point) Installation –
Harness Mode
Many vehicles have lap and shoulder belt systems which
remain loose for adult use and can be locked for use with a
child restraint. Check your vehicle owner’s manual to determine
which type of seat belt system is in each seating location.
There may be a label located on the door side of the seat belt
with instructions for use with a child restraint.
3b
4
1. Place the child restraint on the
vehicle seat. If the vehicle’s
backrest is adjustable, adjust the
backrest into the upright position.
Be sure this area is flat and clear
from objects that might get in
the way of installing the child
restraint. If NOT, choose another
seating position.
2. Fully extend the seat belt webbing
and route the shoulder belt portion
across the top corner of the child
restraint. Look for this label to
ensure correct routing: 3-POINT
SHOULDER BELT ROUTING.
3. Pass the shoulder belt portion
behind the head restraint trim cover.
Make sure that the lap belt portion of
the vehicle seat belt is routed over
the large black hooks and across
the red plastic shield. Ensure that
both portions of the seat belt are
routed over the large black hook
and red plastic shield on the buckle
side of the child restraint.
4. Buckle the seat belt.
Follow locking lap and shoulder vehicle belt (3 point) installation
to secure the child restraint for children weighing more than
52 pounds (23.6 kg).
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Section 11: HARNESS MODE Installation
Locking Lap Belt (2 point) Installation – Harness Mode
Section 11: HARNESS MODE Installation
6
7
5. While pressing down in the center of
the child restraint, pull the seat belt to
remove any slack. Repeat as needed
until the child restraint cannot be
moved more than one inch (2.5 cm)
in either direction at the belt path.
6. If you have a top tether anchorage
in your vehicle, it can ONLY be
used for children weighing less than
52 pounds (23.6 kg) or vehicle
maximum. To attach and tighten
follow the instructions on pages
27 – 28 of this manual.
7. Ensure that the lap belt portion of
the seat belt remains in the correct
location over the large black hooks
after tightening.
Non – Locking Lap and Shoulder Belt (3 point)
Installation – Harness Mode
Some older vehicles (typically pre-1996 model year) have lapshoulder belt systems which remain loose and cannot be locked
for use with a child restraint unless a separate locking clip is used.
These systems use emergency locking retractors which lock only
during a sudden stop or crash. Check your vehicle owner’s manual to
determine which type of seat belt system is in each seating location.
or SERIOUS INJURY
WARNING! DEATH
can occur
If you have this seat belt configuration you will require a
locking clip. Please contact 1-888-9RECARO and Recaro will
ship you a locking clip and instructions.
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Section 12: Converting
Between Usage Modes
From Harness Mode to Booster Mode
If you would like to use the Booster Mode, you MUST
completely configure your child restraint in Booster Mode
before installing it in a vehicle. If the child restraint is NOT
configured in Booster Mode, you will need to physically
convert it over.
1a
2
3
1b
1. Loosen the harness straps
by pulling up on the adjuster
lever while pulling the harness.
Unbuckle the chest clip and the
harness buckle so the harness
is free.
2. Slide the buckle pad off of the
buckle and remove the buckle
pad from the unit.
3. Push the buckle through the
center slot on the cushion inlay
and remove the cushion inlay
from the unit. Note that the
cushion inlay is designed to
provide optimum comfort for
your child and is optional when
using either Harness Mode or
Booster Mode.
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5
Section 12: Converting between usage modes
5
6a
6b
4. On the rear side of the unit,
remove the shoulder straps by
sliding the loops (one at a time)
to one side so that the edge can
be guided out of the slot in the
harness connector bracket
(or yoke).
5. Snap the yoke into its storage
position on the rear side of the
child restraint because the yoke
is NOT used in Booster Mode.
*The harness adjuster strap is not
removable.
6a. ProSPORT with Standard
Harness System – Pull the
straps out of the child restraint
from the front pulling above the
harness pads.
6b. Performance SPORT with
HERO Harness System – Pull
the straps out of the child
restraint from the front pulling
below the HERO.
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7
7a
7. Flip the head restraint trim cover
upward so you have access to
the understructure of the child
restraint.
7a. Performance SPORT with
HERO Harness System – Pull
the HERO harness system out
from behind the head restraint
trim cover.
NOTE: Do NOT misplace the
HERO Harness System. Store
with the Harness Mode items
for the ability to switch back to
Harness Mode.
8
9
8. Remove the trim from the seat
cushion to be able to view the
harness threading location.
9. On the seat cushion, locate the
metal bracket for the lap portion
of the harness. Turn the bracket
sideways and thread it down
through the seat base.
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4
Section 12: Converting between usage modes
10b
11
12
10. From the underside of the
seat, pull the metal belt anchor
through the slot. Turn the bracket
sideways again and thread it up
toward the top of the seat. The
harness is now removed.
NOTE: NEVER, under any circumstances, remove the LATCH
strap or the top tether from the child restraint system!
• LATCH strap – may be used while in Booster Mode
to secure the seat.
• Top tether – If your vehicle is equipped with top tether
anchorages, ALWAYS use the top tether properly (see
the section “Installing Booster Mode in Vehicles“). If your
vehicle is NOT equipped with top tether anchorages,
make certain the top tether is securely behind or under the
restraint so it is NOT loose in
the vehicle.
11. Locate the metal bracket for the
buckle on the bottom of the seat
base. You may have to move
the webbing strap out of the
way. Slide the bracket out of the
seat clips.
12. Turn the bracket sideways
and thread it up through the
seat base. Remove the buckle
assembly from the child restraint.
13. Reinstall the trim cover.
or SERIOUS INJURY
WARNING! DEATH
can occur
NOTE: Do NOT misplace Harness Mode items while using the
Booster Mode. Store the extra items in a safe place because you will
need them again later if/when you switch back to Harness Mode.
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10a
Section 12: Converting between usage modes
If you would like to use the Harness Mode, you MUST completely
configure your child restraint in Harness Mode before installing
it in a vehicle. If the child restraint is NOT configured in
Harness Mode, you will need to physically convert it over.
1
1a
1. Flip the head restraint trim
cover upward so you have
access to the under structure
of the child restraint.
1a. Performance SPORT with
HERO Harness System –
Insert the HERO harness
system into the head restraint
trim cover slots
3b
4. Next, locate the appropriate
buckle slot to fit your child, as
described on page 25. Turn the
bracket sideways and thread
it back down through the seat
base. Pull the bracket through
the seat and slide it under the
clips on the seat base.
4a
4b
5. On both sides of the unit, you
MUST ensure that the shoulder
belt anchor plates are fully
seated for both shoulder belts
and center buckle.
2. Remove the trim from the seat
cushion to be able to view the
harness threading location.
2
3a
3. Begin installing the harnesses
at the lap belt portion in the seat
base. Turn the metal bracket at
the end of the webbing sideways
and thread it down through the
outer hole in the seat base.
From under the seat, route the
bracket back up in the seat base
through the inner hole. Pull the
strap snug. Do this for both right
and left shoulder belts. The
sewn label should be facing out.
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6a
6b
6. Fasten the chest clip and center
buckle as they would be with a
child in the restraint. Lay them
flat on the seating surface. This
will help keep the belts organized
while you finish the conversion.
You MUST ensure that the belts
are NOT twisted. If the shoulder
belt pads were removed during the
conversion, rethread the pads onto
the webbing above the chest clip.
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From Booster Mode to Harness Mode
Section 12: Converting between usage modes
7b
8
9
10
7a. ProSPORT with standard
Harness System – Reinstall
the backrest and head restraint
trim covers. Route the harness
straps through the head restraint
and seat shell. Make sure the
harness straps are not twisted.
7b. Performance SPORT with
HERO Harness System –
Reinstall the backrest and head
restraint trim covers. Route
the harness straps through the
HERO, head restraint, and seat
shell. Make sure the harness
straps are not twisted.
8. Reach around the back side
of the unit and make sure that
you feed both left and right
shoulder belts through the trim
cover slots, through the head
restraint housing slots, through
the backrest frame, and over
the tube on the back, but
under the plastic guide.
9. Unsnap the yoke from its
storage receptacle.
10. Loop the ends of both left and
right shoulder belts securely
onto the yoke.
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11
11. After you have secured the
shoulder belts onto the yoke,
pull the center adjustment strap
on the front side of the unit to
remove excess slack in the belts.
This will allow you to inspect the
belts to ensure no belt is twisted
and that the harness system has
been correctly installed.
Note: that the cushion inlay is designed to provide optimum
comfort for your child and is optional when using either Harness
Mode or Booster Mode. The shoulder belt pads are optional
when using the Harness Mode.
NOTE: NEVER, under any circumstances, remove the LATCH
strap or the top tether from the child restraint system!
Safety Stripe System
TM
(Select Models)
Your child restraint is equipped with
the easy-to-use RECARO Safety
Stripe SystemTM. You will notice that
your harness has a white stripe on
the outside edges. This added safety
feature will allow you to ensure that
your harness is not twisted. The
white stripe should always remain
at the outside edge of the harness
above the lower buckle. If it is not,
please loosen your harness system
and remove any twist prior to use.
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7a
Section 13: BOOSTER MODE Positioning Your Child
BOOSTER MODE: The child restraint can be used as a high
back belt-positioning booster ONLY if the child falls within ALL
of the following height and weight range information.
To properly fit your child, the head restraint should be
positioned as follows:
• The red shoulder belt guide on
the child restraint system must be
above the child’s shoulder to allow
for correct vehicle belt positioning.
-AND-
• The child’s weight is between 30 and 120 pounds (13.6
and 54.4 kg).
• The child’s standing height is between 37 and 59 inches
(94 and 150 cm).
A child is ALWAYS safest in a child restraint system that
has a 5-point harness system built in. RECARO cannot
recommend what age your child has to be in order to ride in
this seat as a belt-positioning booster. Please refer to your
state’s law as each law is different.
• Your child’s head must be
centered vertically between
the top and bottom of the head
restraint.
To adjust the head restraint:
1
Head Restraint Adjustment
The purpose of the head restraint adjustment is to maximize the
side impact protection for the child’s head and properly position
the vehicle shoulder belt across the child’s body. There are four
(4) height adjustment positions of the head restraint that will
allow the child restraint to grow with your child.
Prior to placing and fitting your child restraint system to the
vehicle seat, the head restraint should be adjusted to properly
fit your child.
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2
3
1. First have your child sit in
the child restraint before it is
placed in the vehicle.
2. Adjust the head restraint by
lifting up on the head restraint
adjustment handle located on
the back.
3. Once the head restraint
adjustment handle is lifted either
pull up or slide the head restraint
down until the head restraint is
in the proper positions detailed
in step 1 and 2 of this section.
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Section 13: BOOSTER MODE Positioning Your Child
Section 13: Positioning Your Child in
the Booster Mode
Section 13: BOOSTER MODE Positioning Your Child
Your child is too TALL for the child restraint when:
Installing Your Child Restraint in Booster Mode
If your vehicle has LATCH anchors available, you may use
them to secure in booster mode. See pages 26 – 28 for LATCH
installation.
• The child’s shoulders are
ABOVE the red shoulder
belt guides when the head
restraint is adjusted to its
highest position.
• The child’s ears are ABOVE
the top edge of the head
restraint when the head
restraint is adjusted to its
highest position.
Your child is too SHORT for the child restraint when:
• The child’s ears are
BELOW the bottom edge
of the head restraint
when the head restraint
is adjusted to its lowest
position.
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Section 13: BOOSTER MODE Positioning Your Child
It is important to ALWAYS check that the position of the
head restraint height is correct for your child as your child
continues to grow.
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Section 14: BOOSTER MODE Belt Routing
You must ALWAYS secure your child in the child restraint using
your lap and shoulder (3-point) vehicle belt system in the Booster
Mode.
You must ALWAYS repeat the following steps each time you
secure your child in the child restraint using the lap and shoulder
belt system in your vehicle.
2
Place your child in the child
restraint and confirm the correct
head restraint location (see
Section 13: Positioning Your Child
in the Booster Mode, pages 42
– 45).
3
2. Pull the vehicle’s lap and shoulder
belt out and around your child
and the child restraint. Be certain
that the vehicle seat belt is NOT
twisted.
1
4
1.
5
Fasten the vehicle seat belt to the
vehicle buckle. Ensure the buckle
is engaged by gently pulling on
the seat belt.
5. The vehicle buckle should be
below the red lap belt guide.
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8
9
10
3. Position the lap portion of the
vehicle seat belt system through
the red lower lap belt guides.
4.
7
11
6.
Position the lower portion of the
vehicle shoulder belt by routing the
lower portion of the vehicle belt
closest to the vehicle buckle under
the arm rest.
7.
Position the top portion of the
shoulder belt into the red shoulder
belt routing guide near the child’s ear.
8.
Remove the slack from the seat belt
system but do NOT lock the seat
belt; it should be free to move. First
remove the slack from the lap portion
of the vehicle seat belt and then
the shoulder portion for the most
comfortable fit.
9. The lap belt should be positioned flat
across the child’s lap or thigh area.
It should NOT be lying against the
child’s abdomen or ‘belly’.
10. The shoulder belt should be flat
against the child’s chest and
collarbone. The shoulder portion of
the vehicle seat belt system should
NEVER be located across the child’s
neck.
11. Double check the seat to make
certain that it is squarely positioned
on the vehicle seat and that the child
is NOT pinched, squeezed
or experiencing discomfort.
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Section 14: BOOSTER MODE Belt Routing
Section 14: Belt Routing and
Positioning Around Your Child
These steps must be followed every time a child is using the
child seat in the Booster Mode. NEVER allow your child to
‘slide’ in and out of the seat belt.
Section 14: BOOSTER MODE Belt Routing
WARNING!
DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY
can occur
• The vehicle’s lap and shoulder seat belt system must
ALWAYS be adjusted snugly (but NOT LOCKED) around
the child.
• A snug seat belt system does NOT press on the child or
position them unnaturally.
• The vehicle’s lap and shoulder belt should NOT have any
excess webbing or it is too loose.
• The vehicle’s lap and shoulder seat belt system must NOT
be twisted.
• NEVER place the shoulder belt under the child’s arm.
• NEVER secure a child with a lap only vehicle seat belt.
Your child could be seriously injured in a vehicle crash.
• Do NOT use anything to raise the booster seat off of the
vehicle seat.
• Use caution when adjusting the head restraint or backrest
as fingers may become pinched during the adjustment.
• You many need to adjust or remove the vehicle’s head
restraint to fit properly against the vehicle’s seat back.
Refer to your vehicle owner’s manual for information on
how to operate this feature.
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Instructions for assembly and use of the
Special Needs Supports
Dear RECARO Performance SPORT Reha user,
To make handling of your new children car seat safe, practical,
and comfortable for both you and your child, please read these
instructions and the instructions enclosed to the seat before
use.
Should you have further questions or problems, please contact
your specialist dealer or us directly.
Our address:
Thomas Hilfen für Körperbehinderte
GmbH & Co. Medico KG
Walkmühlenstraße 1
D - 27432 Bremervörde / Germany
Phone: +49 (0)4761 / 886-63 or -68
E-Mail: info@thomashilfen.de
www.thomashilfen.com
Our address for customers in the USA:
ExoMotion LLC
dba Thomashilfen
309 South Cloverdale Street, Unit B 12
Seattle WA 98108 / USA
Phone: 866 870 2122 (toll free)
Fax: 866 870 0801 (toll free)
E-Mail: info@thomashilfen.com
www.thomashilfen.us
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Section 15: Special Needs Supports
12.If you have a top tether anchorage in your vehicle, attach
and tighten as shown on page 27-28.
The children’s car seat RECARO Performance SPORT Reha
is designed for the transport of children with special needs in
vehicles. The clinical pictures are amongst others:
1a
• cerebral palsy
• hypotony syndrome of unspecific genesis
• muscular dystrophy
Section 15: Special Needs Supports
• different syndrome diseases
This car seat is characterized by its shell design and pad
system, which provide for additional seating safety, stabilization
of head and pelvis, and support / control of the feet.
1b
Head support
The rehab version features a head
support, providing additional lateral
support for the head. Due to the
addition support in the neck region,
it provides child increased stability.
If not needed, the head support can
be removed by opening the Velcro
at the rear of the seat and taking
the head support off forwards.
Fig.1a: Opening Velcro
Fig.1b: Removing head support
Thus the RECARO Performance SPORT Reha meets the
needs of disabled children very well.
Application risks / contraindications
No application risks / contraindications are known.
2
Lateral trunk support
The lateral trunk support is placed
behind the backrest upholstery.
It can be removed easily, if not
needed.
The cover is machine washable up
to 30°C / 86°F.
Fig. 2: Positioning on the seat
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Purpose / indication
Footrest adapter
(accessory)
item code: 821
Make sure that the seat has been
pre-assembled with a metal-base
plate. The footrest adapter can only
be attached to the metal base plate!
If your seat does not have a metal
plate, it still can be installed as an
accessory later.
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3b
After having connected base plate and adapter for the first time,
loosen the connection of the velcro (Hook / Fleece) again. Then
press the Velcro strips firmly to the surfaces of the base plate and
the adapter for a second time to make sure that they are stuck
down safely.
4a
Note: The use of the reclineposition is not possible if the seat is
fitted with a metal plate.
The Velcro strips (hooks) remain
on the footrest adapter. Carefully
remove the plastic film from the
backside of the Velcro strip (fleece),
while the strip remains velcroed to
the adapter.
Place the footrest adapter on an even surface. The velcro must be
on the top side. Take the seat with the metal plate and position the
base plate as follows:
a) Adapter and base plate should lie flush at the front!
b) The seat with its metal plate is to be positioned in the center of
the adapter!
Position the seat flush in a 90° angle at the front of the adapter
(handle of the adapter facing forwards) and tilt the seat over to
velcro it to the adapter.
Footrest: The footrest is attached to the adapter.
Fig. 3a: Attaching Velcro straps to the base plate
Fig. 3b: Attaching seat to adapter
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Footrest, short 12 cm / 4.7"
(accessory)
item code: 806
Footrest, long 18 cm / 7.1"
(accessory)
item code: 805
Press the catch springs in at the
rear ends of the sliding rods and
push the tubes into the holes as far
as they will go.
4b
To stabilize the footrest on the
vehicle floor adjust the height of the
support bars by screwing them in
or out until they have contact with
the vehicle. Then lock the support
bars with the hand knobs to prevent
them unscrewing accidentally.
Screw the hand knobs upwards as
far as possible and tighten them
fast.
Lower leg length: The lower leg
length is adjusted by changing the
height of the footrest. Loosen both
outer screws. Retighten them after
each adjustment.
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3a
6a
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Fig. 4a: Inserting the support
Fig. 4b: Adjusting height to vehicle
Seat wedge, below
(accessory)
item code: 810
The seat wedge is positioned in
the center below the car seat.
The high edge is at the front to
achieve an optimum rest position
of the child.
The cover can be removed
(zipper) and washed in the
machine at up to 30°C / 86°F.
5b
(accessory)
6b
The cover (zipper) is removable
and machine washable up to 30°
C / 86° F.
Please open the zipper of bottom
crotch pad, as well, in order to
facilitate removing it.
Fig. 6a: Removing small
standard crotch pad
Fig. 6b: Attaching big crotch
pad
Note: Foot rest and seat wedge
cannot be used in combination.
Fig. 5a: Positioning seat on seat
wedge
Fig. 5b: Final position
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item code: 914
Remove the small standard
crotch pad first, by pulling it off
the belt strap. Attach the crotch
pad just like the small one,
pulling the whole crotch pad
through the belt strap, coming
from below.
Note: Always secure the footrest against falling off with the hand
knob provided with the user manual. The receiver for the hand knob
(metal block with thread) is situated on the left tube of the footrest
adapter.
5a
Crotch pad
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Foot angle: Loosen the four screws left and right on the underside
of the footrest to adjust the desired foot angle with the rails. Then
retighten the screws.
Table
(accessory)
item code: 912
Section 15: Special Needs Supports
Mount the side parts of the table
first, by pulling them right and
left over the side elements of the
seat – from rear to front. The side
with the larger fabric must point
outwards. Pull the fabric over the
side parts and tuck downwards
overlaying fabric below the seat
cover.
7b
Carefully remove the plastic film
from the back side of the Velcro
strip (fleece) and attach the
lower end of the side parts to the
underpart of the seat shell.
Now, guide the long belt around
the rear side of the seat and
attach it to the table. A small
triangle Velcro on the left side part
serves for attaching the belt, when
putting the table down at the right.
7c
The cover can be removed and
is machine washable up to 30°C
/ 86°F.
Fig. 7a: Fig. 7b: Fig. 7b: 56
Attaching side parts
Attaching side parts
to Velcro strips
Applying table
Section 16: Care and Maintenance
Your child restraint has been engineered for long life and troublefree usage. The fabric has been designed to resist stains and
soiling and with proper care and maintenance, this premium fabric
will retain its beauty for years to come.
To clean the trim cover “on the go”, follow these easy steps:
•
Remove excess soiling immediately.
•
Blot area with dry cloth.
•
To remove remaining stain, spray a light mist of soap solution
and rub gently in a circular motion with a clean cloth or
toothbrush so NOT to damage the fabric.
•
Pat dry with cloth.
•
When dry, use a soft brush to regain fabric's smooth feel.
To clean the trim cover in the home, follow these steps:
•
Remove the trim cover as explained in the section “Trim Cover
Removal.”
•
Hand wash using cold water and mild soap.
•
Line dry to avoid shrinkage of the trim cover.
•
Do NOT bleach, machine wash or machine dry.
To clean the child restraint’s plastic housing, follow these tips:
•
Clean by hand with a sponge or soft rag using warm water and
mild soap.
•
Dry the housing off thoroughly with a soft towel.
•
Heavily soiled areas can be spot-treated using non-solvent
commercial cleaners. Use only water soluble cleaning agents.
NEVER use solutions that contain a petroleum or alcohol base.
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Section 16: Care and Maintenance
7a
5a
Trim Cover Removal
Section 17: Trim Cover Removal / Installation
1
2
3
4
1. Press the adjuster level,
located under the adjuster
flap, and pull the shoulder
straps forward to loosen the
harness.
5b
2. Open the chest clip by
squeezing the tabs and
separating.
3. Release the harness straps
from the buckle by pressing
the red button and remove
the buckle pad and seat
cushion insert.
4. On the rear side of the unit,
remove the shoulder straps
by sliding the loops (one at
a time) to one side so that
the edge can be guided out
of the slot in the harness
connector bracket (or yoke).
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6a
6b
5a. ProSPORT with Standard
Harness System – Pull
the straps out of the child
restraint from the front pulling
above the harness pads.
5b. Performance SPORT with
HERO Harness System
– Pull the straps out of the
child restraint from the front
pulling below the HERO.
6. Reach behind the top of
the head restraint and
unfasten the two snaps on
the trim cover. Unfasten the
Velcro™ from the red fabric
on the outer side of the head
restraint and pull the red
fabric carefully through the
red plastic guides.
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Section 17: Trim Cover
Removal /Installation
Section 17: Trim Cover Removal / Installation
7. Loosen the main seat cover
by locating and unfastening
the 3 cover snaps on one side
of the seat and slide the cover
out from behind the latch strap
guides. Repeat from the other
side of the seat.
Trim Cover Installation
1. Carefully slide the buckle and
harness straps through the 3
slots of the trim cover.
1
2. Feed the cover down into
the 2-point belt guide areas
of the side and then pull the
cover tight down around the
frame in the guide area.
7b
2
8a
8. Carefully slide the buckle and
harness straps down through
their respective slots in the
trim cover to separate the
cover from the seat.
3
4a
8b
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3. Pull the front of the edge of
the cover (elastic trim) down
over the front of the seat
frame.
4b
4. Cover one side of the seat
by placing the cover over
the side bolster and then
attaching the 3 snaps to the
mating snaps in the seat.
Route the cover behind the
outer edge of the red plastic
guide. Repeat for the other
side. Route the LATCH
strap over the trim cover and
secure the LATCH connectors
in the LATCH storage housing
on each side of the seat.
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Section 17: Trim Cover Removal / Installation
7a
Section 17: Trim Cover Removal / Installation
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5c
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5. Pull the head restraint trim
cover over each side of
the head restraint and then
attach the two snaps to the
mating snaps on the top and
back of the head restraint.
Route the large piece of red
fabric carefully through the
red plastic guide on the each
side of the head restraint.
Route the small piece of red
fabric behind the red plastic
guide. Secure both pieces of
red fabric to the Velcro™ on
the under side of the trim
cover.
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8b
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5c. Performance SPORT with
HERO Harness System –
Insert the HERO harness
system into the head
restraint trim cover slots.
6. Re-install the cushion insert
and buckle pad over at the
buckle.
7. Click the harness straps into
the buckle making sure they
are not twisted.
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8a. ProSPORT with Standard
Harness System – Route
the harness straps through
the head restraint and seat
shell. Make sure the harness
straps are not twisted.
8b. Performance SPORT with
HERO Harness System –
Route the harness straps
through the HERO, head
restraint, and seat shell.
Make sure the harness
straps are not twisted.
9. Reach around the back side
of the unit and make sure that
you feed both left and right
shoulder belts through the
trim cover slots, through the
head restraint housing slots,
through the backrest frame,
and over the tube on the back,
but under the plastic guide.
10. Connect the straps to the
harness connector located
in the back of the seat by
sliding the loop edges into
the slots of the harness
connector bracket.
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Section 17: Trim Cover Removal / Installation
5a
Section 18: Trouble Shooting
In certain vehicle applications, you may encounter challenges to safely
install and position a child in the restraint system. If you do NOT find an
adequate solution below call us at 1-888-9RECARO for help.
Problem: The head restraint will NOT rise.
Solution: WARNING! DO NOT FORCE the head restraint
handle! Severe damage to the child restraint could result! The harness
must be loosened before the head restraint can be moved upwards.
Press the harness adjuster lever and pull the shoulder straps out to
loosen then raise the head restraint with the adjustment handle.
Problem: The vehicle seat belt is NOT tight fitting to the child restraint.
Solution: Press downward on the child restraint in the center of the seat
and firmly pull the slack out of the seat belt. Continue pressing down while
pulling seat belt tight until less than 1 inch of movement is possible at the
belt path. This will allow the child restraint to compress the vehicle’s seat
and allow the seat belt to be further tightened. If seat belt is NOT locking
and you require a locking clip, call 1-888-9RECARO for help. Refer to
installation instructions, pages 26 - 32.
Problem: The seat belt is twisted.
Solution: Unbuckle the seat belt, pull the seat belt away from the child
restraint, remove it from the child restraint routings, allow it to retract
into the vehicle (it might help to slowly guide it back into the vehicle’s
seat belt retractor to prevent binding), and then route the entire seat belt
around the restraint and child once again.
Problem: The child restraint is NOT stable when driving.
Solution: Check to see if there are items under the base and that the seat
belts are tightly secured. Remove anything found. Some vehicle seats are
deeply contoured making it difficult to safely install a child restraint. If the
child restraint is NOT stable due to the vehicle seat cushions, move it to
another seating location.
Section 19: Warranty
Thomashilfen warranties this product against defects in
materials or workmanship to the original purchaser for a period
of 24 months. The upholstery fabric is subject to a certain
degree of wear even from normal use. This kind of normal wear
is NOT covered under warranty.
Exclusions: A Product will NOT be considered “defective”
and this Warranty will NOT apply, where the claimed defect is
attributable to:
a. Improper installation;
b. Modification or alteration of the Product;
c. Failure to comply with RECARO’s and Thomashilfen’s
instructions for service and maintenance;
d. Accident, unauthorized repairs, or unauthorized use;
e. Any attachment or replacement part that was
manufactured, supplied or added by others and was NOT
part of the Product;
f. Exposure to corrosive materials, the elements (including,
but NOT limited to, cold or freezing temperatures,
excessive heat, fire, humidity, and sunlight), or other acts
of God; or
g. Ordinary wear and tear (including fading and discoloration);
or
h. Improper loads (including passenger weight in excess of
design limits); or
i. Removal of the Product from the original application
or reinstallation of the Product in the original or another
application; or
j. Any other neglect, abuse or misuse.
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Section 19: Warranty
Section 18: Trouble Shooting
Section 20 / 21: Replacement Parts / Additional Contact
Section 22: Glossary
Thomashilfen offers a variety of replacement parts for your
child restraint system. Please call us at 1-866-870-2122 and
speak to one of our customer service representatives for
more information on what’s available for purchase.
2-Point Seat Belt: A restraint system with two contact points. (Also
called a “lap belt.”)
Section 21: Additional Contact
Airbag: A passive (idle) restraint system that automatically deploys
during a crash to act as a cushion for the occupant. It creates a
broad surface on which to spread the forces of the crash, to reduce
head and chest injury. It is considered “supplementary” to the lap/
shoulder belts because it enhances the protection the belt system
offers in frontal crashes. Also known as SRS - Supplemental
Restraint System; SIR - Supplemental Inflatable Restraint;
IC - Inflatable Curtain; SIAB - Side Impact AirBag.
If you need help with installation or usage, please use the
following contact information:
ExoMotion, LLC
dba Thomashilfen North America
309 South Cloverdale Street, Unit B 12
Seattle WA 98108
Phone: 1-866-870-2122
Email: info@thomashilfen.com
Website: www.thomashilfen.us
3-Point Seat Belt: A seat belt with both a lap and a shoulder
portion, having three contact points (one shoulder, two hips.)
Belt-Positioning Booster: (also called a “Booster Seat”) A
platform that raises the child (provides a taller sitting height) so
adult lap and shoulder belts fit better; some have high backs as
well. NEVER use with a lap belt only across the child.
Contact a Child Passenger Safety (CPS) technician. You can
find a CPS technician in your area at http://www.NHTSA.gov.
Click on “Child Passenger Safety” and select “Certified Child
Passenger Safety Technician Locator.” Attend a car seat checkup in your area. More information about car seat check-ups is
available at http://www.NHTSA.gov under “Child Seat
Inspections” or at www.seatcheck.org.
Belt Routings: The manufacturers required place where the safety
belt passes around or through the child restraint. Belt routings are
indicated in red on this child restraint.
You can also call 1-866-SEAT-CHECK to find the next and
closest seat check event.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 213: Federal
Motor Vehicle Safety Standard that pertains to all restraint systems
intended for use as crash protection in vehicles for children.
FMVSS 213 is required for child restraints sold in the USA.
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Child Restraint System: Common term for a specially designed
device that secures a child in a motor vehicle, meets federal safety
standards and increases child safety in a crash. (Also called
a Car Seat.)
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Section 22: Glossary
Section 20: Replacement Parts
Head Restraint: Structure at the top of the backrest which is
designed to keep the child’s head in the proper position and provide
protection for the child’s head during a crash.
HERO Harness System: Ensures the highest level of protection
and comfort by positioning the shoulder pads to appropriately fit the
child’s neck, head, and shoulders.
ISO 9001: Is focused on meeting customer expectations and
delivering customer satisfaction. Through the continuous
improvement process and review of our quality systems, we identify
and implement product improvements through the entire product
life cycle.
LATCH: Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children. New acronym
for standardized vehicle anchorage system. Method to affix child
restraint systems to vehicles independent of the vehicle seat belts.
The LATCH system includes both lower LATCH and top tether.
Section 22: Glossary
Safety Stripe System: A white stripe on the outside edges of
the 5-point harness. The white stripe should always remain at the
outside edge of the harness above the lower buckle.
Side Impact Protection (SIP): Extra safety feature of Recaro
child restraints having energy absorbing foam and structure design
strategically placed in areas on the child restraint where it is
especially important to protect the child in a crash.
Top Tether Anchorage: Attachment point in vehicle for child
safety seat tether strap. Refer to vehicle owner's manual regarding
anchor location. A tether strap is an additional belt that anchors the
child restraint system top to the vehicle frame; keeps the restraint
from tipping forward on impact; can provide an extra margin
of protection. A tether strap is typically available on most child
restraints manufactured after September 1,1999.
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ExoMotion, LLC, dba Thomashilfen North America
309 South Cloverdale Street, Unit B 12, Seattle WA 98108
Phone: 1-866-870-2122 (toll free)
Web: www.thomashilfen.us, E-mail: info@thomashilfen.com
RECARO Child Safety, LLC
1600 Harmon Road, Auburn Hills, MI 48326
Phone: 1-888-9RECARO
Web: www.recaro-cs.com, E-mail: info-usa@recaro-cs.com
In the interest of product development, RECARO reserves all rights to make changes to the
construction and design of its products without prior notification.
RECARO does not assume the liability in case of misprint. Pictures may include extras.
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