Recaro Signo Car Seat with Side Impact Protection

Recently I thought I was going to need a third carseat so I could watch a friend's daughter. I kept hearing some buzz about Recaro, I went to RecaroKids.com to check it out.

What I learned was that Recaro is a seating expert. Not only do they specialize in Child Safety Seating, they also design motorsport seating! I felt that if they could design a seat that would assist in the safety of drivers going at immense speeds, imagine what they could do in regards to child safety!

For child safety seating, Recaro manufactures the Como, Signo, Young Sport, Vivo, Vivo Lite and Start. The Vivo, Vivo Lite and Start are high backed boosters. The Young Sport is built for toddlers. The Como and Signo are convertible seats that can be used from 5 to 70 pounds and 50 inches in height.

What's the difference between the Como and Signo? The Como has 5 headrest and harness positions where as the Signo has an infinite adjustable headrest. Both Convertibles come with latch mini connectors, but the Signo has an additional latch bar which makes the switch from rear to forward-facing easier.

I received the
Recaro Signo in Midnight Desert to test with one of my sons. I decided to try it with my almost-3 year old who weighs 25 pounds and is around 35" in height. I had my husband install the seat forward facing as I hovered over him with the manual, showing him pictures. We also consulted my car manual to ensure we did everything correct with the Latch System and placement.

When we sat my son in the seat, we realized the harness was too tight and the shoulder straps were located below his shoulders. We had to loosen the harness system by pressing an adjuster level located towards the bottom of the seat. We also easily raised the head restraint by rotating the adjustment knobs on either side of the seat. We knew the harness was a good fit when we could not pinch a loop in our fingers.

One of my favorite features of the Recaro Signo is the SIP (Side Impact Protection). The protection was inspired by their racing seats. It has energy absorbing headwings and mid-section support, as well as structural support for their hip and thighs. And when my son falls asleep, his head doesn't just slump over! He looks so much more comfortable and safe in the Signo! Complete features include:
  • Recaro Side Impact Protection (SIP)
  • 5 Point Harness System
  • Infinite Adjustable Headrest
  • Double Wall Head Support
  • Recline Position
  • Ergonomic Shape
  • MicroFiber Cover
  • Top Tether
  • Latch Storage
  • Ventilation System
  • Latch Bar
  • 3 Point Seat Belt Guide
The Recaro Signo can be used from 5 - 35 pounds rearfacing and 20 - 70 pounds forward facing. Remember your child should be at least 1 or 2 years before forward facing, no matter their weight. The maximum age is 8 years.

Final thoughts: I just feel bad that my other son is sitting in an EvenFlo. When I look at the seats side-by-side, I feel as if the Recaro provides a safer and more comfortable ride.

You can view a demo of the Recaro Signo here: Recaro Signo Demo.
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This is solely the opinion of the Mom Buzz. Other people may have different experiences with the product.Thank you RecaroKids.com for providing a seat to review.