RECARO Performance SPORT Harness to Booster Car Seat Review

RECARO Performance SPORT

I have all 3 of my boys, ages 7, 4 and 1, in car seats. First and foremost I want their car seats to be safe. Second, comfortable so my child won’t mind sitting in them. Third, I want a car seat that will hold up and accommodate them for a long time. The RECARO Performance SPORT meets all my requirements and then some! It offers a car seat with an EasyAdjust no-rethread harness and an upper weight limit. In harness mode it can hold a 20 pound to 65 pound child, which is the weight of an average 9.5 year old child.  In booster mode it can accommodate a child up to 120lbs (59 inches), talk about accommodating!  Important to note, the RECARO Performance SPORT is for forward facing ONLY.  This car seat is not for  babies that need to be rear facing but it is great for extended harness usage, as well as, a booster seat. I strongly encourage you to keep your child in a rear facing car seat for as long as possible because it is the safest option for children.  Once your child outgrows their rear facing car seat the RECARO Performance SPORT is a great option.

RECARO recently sent me their RECARO Performance SPORT Harness to Booster to review. My son and I are extremely happy with it! My son was very excited when we received this car seat; I guess he was ready for an upgrade!  Immediately, he was commenting on how soft it was.  This is because the seat cushions are equipped with a memory foam for enhanced comfort.  He also likes the pockets on each side, which are actually the cup holders. I was concerned they would not hold a cup, but they do hold cups, bottle, sippy cups, snacks and toys just fine.

RECARO Collage

Talk About Safety!

One of the first things I thought about this car seat was it looks like a race car seat, right? Well, I was totally right because many of it’s features are racing-inspired. The RECARO company actually has over 100 years of history designing seats for the world’s most prestigious automobiles, airlines, and race cars

Side Impact Protection: Holy cow, those are some big side wings! First, thing you notice when you see this car seat are the big and deep wings.  Actually, they are the deepest side wings on the market with metal reinforced side walls for racing-inspired full body side impact protection. It’s designed to distinctly protect 5 vulnerable areas of a child in a side impact collision – their head, neck, face, torso and pelvis.  I love that RECARO are pioneers in child seat side impact technology, going beyond any side impact requirements as tested with the ADAC European standard.

RECARO Performance SPORT deep wings

Upper harness weight limit of 65 pounds– accommodating an average 9.5 year old child.  I personally plan on keeping my children in harness mode for as long as possible because 5 point harness is all around safer. I tell all parents don’t rush to a booster! Use the 5 point harness until reaching the height/weight limit. The harness also features HERO harness system technology and comfort enhancing memory foam. The built-in and unmovable shoulder pads ensure proper fit on the child’s neck, head and shoulders.  I really like that the shoulder pads don’t move; with other car seats in the past I have had shoulder pads that constantly moved down and weren’t in the proper position.  The HERO harness system also keeps the harness from twisting and ensures proper chest clip positioning.

HERO harness system

I think the Safety Stripe System is such a genius yet simple design. Why don’t all car seats have this feature? This one-of-a-kind racing-inspired white stripe is clearly visible on the outside edge of the 5-point harness. If the strips are not on the outside edge it alerts parents to improper harness alignment.  It is so easy to tell when the strap is twisted, I just love this feature! The Safety Stripe System has been great for teaching our son how to buckle himself in and keep the straps straight. We always supervise and verify he is strapped in correctly.

Safety Stripe System

Made with Comfort In Mind:

My son is loving his new car seat because it is so comfy.  RECARO really designed this seat with your child’s comfort in mind.  This car seat has many great comfort features; ergonomic shell structure that offers support for your child’s body, the soft pads on the the harness system, four zones of CoolMesh Air Ventilation and the improved comfort pad with memory foam.  All these features create a very comfortable ride for your child on short or long car trips.

RECARO Comfy Car Seat

Important Features for Parents/Installers:

Easy installation and removal from your vehicle! The push-button LATCH system makes it very simple to secure or remove.  Also, the car seat offers a universal top tether system as an added anchor.  There are pockets to store the LATCH buttons when not in use.  RECARO states to stop using the LATCH system (only use seat belt) at 40lbs for the Performance SPORT Harness to Booster Car Seat.  Remember to read you manual before installation and if you have any questions schedule an appointment with a CPST (Child Passenger Safety Technician) at your local fire department or police station.  The CPST can help you install your car seat or check that you have it properly installed. 

RECARO latch connector

Latch Storage

NO RETHREADING!!!  If you have ever owned a car seat you had to rethread every time your child had to move up in the seat, you know what an awesome feature this is!  With an easy to use lever lift on the back side, you can adjust the head rest into position to allow for proper alignment with the head without the hassle of rethreading any straps, YAY!  The only negative with this system is the car seat does have to be uninstalled to adjust the lever lift, but like I said before this car seat is easy to remove and install.   This is a great feature if you are a grandparent with grandchildren you can easily adjust this car seat to fit different size grandkids.  

adjust the lever lift

Narrow Design:  The Performance SPORT is only ½ inch wider than the narrowest seat on the market and can fit 3 across in some mid-sized vehicles. It measures 18.5 inches wide and 14 inches deep.  It is pretty heavy compared to car seats I have owned in the past. It weights 25 pounds, but remember it does have metal reinforced side wings for your child’s safety.  Getting a little work out to carry it a few times is well worth the extra safety feature in my opinion.


Additional features include Energy-absorbing EPS foam, EasyGuide Belt Guide, QuickFlip recline mechanism, enhanced cup holders and stylish trim details.

  • This harness to booster car seat meets all new FMVSS213 standards
  • Tested to international standards
  • Certified for air travel when used in harness mode with the plane’s seat belt
  • Weight: 20 to 65 pounds in harness mode; 30 to 120 pounds in booster mode
  • Height: 27 to 49 inches tall in harness mode; 37 to 59 inches tall in booster mode


Whether designing, engineering, and manufacturing seats for luxury, high-performance race cars or seats that carry the most precious of passengers, RECARO is dedicated to combining smart design with the highest quality of materials.

We are extremely happy with the RECARO Performance SPORT Harness to Booster Car Seat and definitely recommend this car seat for any child ready for forward facing.  I love knowing my son will be safe and comfortable for many years to come! 


The RECARO Performance SPORT has a suggested retail of $299.99. 

You can purchase it through Amazon. (affiliate link)

Connect with RECARO:

RECARO Performance SPORT giveaway

Enter the RECARO Performance SPORT Harness to Booster Car Seat Giveaway! 

Winner will receive ONE RECARO Performance SPORT Harness to Booster Car Seat, this is a $299.99 value!

This giveaway is open to US residents, 18+ only. The giveaway will end at 11:59 pm CST on 8/01.

Disclosure: rays of bliss received the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. rays of bliss is not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.  This post contains affiliate links.


  1. Liberty T. says:

    I would love to own the Recaro Perfomance Booster seat because we could use another carseat to not have to keep switching them back between cars. I love the side air bags for safety.

  2. Tiffany Darling says:

    I would love to win this for my son. This car seat looks amazing! We need a second car seat and he’s growing like a weed!

  3. Holly Wilson says:

    I’d like to win this because as much as it breaks my heart, my son will outgrow his rear facing seat soon. Based on this review, this seems like a great seat to try! I love that it allows a harness for so long because most kids are not mature enough for a booster until they are at least 8 years old. It makes me sad to see 4 year olds in a booster.

  4. I would love to have a Recaro Sport Harness to Booster Car seat because I would not have to buy 3 different car seats as the baby grows.

  5. I love that it feels so heavy duty and that it fits well in my car. I have one for one of my kids and want one to replace my 5 year old car seat for my other child!!

  6. sherry blamer says:

    I love that it has tempurature balancing fabrics so your child wont get too hot sitting in the seat for long hours. I love that it has memory foam for extra comfort.

  7. Janet W. says:

    I would love to have this seat because my grandson is getting near the age where he needs a safe harnessed booster seat. I love that the booster mode can accommodate a child up to 120lbs

  8. Katie G. says:

    I would love to win because I am having a hard time convincing my 4 year old that car seats can be cool, and this would totally do it. The stripe that tells you if the straps are twisted is genius and would save me so much trouble.

  9. kim burnett says:

    I would love to win this for my daughter who is about to outgrow her current car seat. I love that it is heavy duty and also very stylish.

  10. i would love to win for my son! We really need a second seat!

  11. I like this seat’s full body side impact protection!

  12. I would love this because my son needs a booster and Recaro is the best.

  13. Christina K. says:

    The feature I like best is the Full-Body Side Impact Protection with metal reinforced side wings designed to protect each of the 5 vulnerable areas of a child in a side impact crash: head, neck, face, torso and pelvis.

  14. Claire Rheinheimer says:

    My one year old daughter is about to outgrow her infant seat finally. I’d love this for her, it’s so safe!

  15. My son really needs to transition to a new car seat and this looks like it would be very safe for him!

  16. I love all the features. My 3 year old grandson could use this. His good carseat was stolen out of the car. Rita Spratlen

  17. Rebecca Parsons says:

    I love that this can go well beyond their toddler years. I know it would give me a piece of mind using this seat.

  18. jenn huey says:

    I have 2 grandbabies on the way and we are in the market for for car seats that are high quality with a great safety record; these seem to fit the bill

  19. Cynthia C says:

    My niece is expecting again and could use this. I like that it accommodates older children so it lasts a long time.

  20. Daniel M says:

    for my nephew and all the great comfort features.

  21. kimberly barton says:

    I could use it in a few months, I have a 10 week old and he will gro out of his current one

  22. AlexisB says:

    This seat looks awesome!!! I’d love to win it for my daughter!

  23. I’ve heard so many good things about this brand and they are really good with impact.

  24. Kimberly C says:

    i need a new car seat for my daughter!

  25. Jenni Jones says:

    I would love to win the Performance Sport in Vibe, so my boys can match! My little guy rides rear facing in a Performance Ride!

  26. latanya says:

    I like the side air impact feature and I want to win it for my son

  27. Gayle S says:

    I would like to own the Performance SPORT Harness to Booster Car Seat because not only because it has excellent side impact protection, but I love that it is the ONLY seat I will need. No more having to buy a new one for my grandchildren’s growth spurts.

  28. Stephanie Phelps says:

    I would love to have because the kids grow so quickly and this seat will grow with them!

  29. Meredith says:

    I love that this seat will grow with my son! It would be amazing to win this, thanks for the chance

  30. Madalyn Haire says:

    I would love to win b/c this is the car seat I’ve wanted for my miracle baby the entire time…it’s looks like a race car seat and racing is something my family liked to do together before my husband’s issue and we lost our house; now I can’t afford it or any other car seat for that matter. my son who is 11 months but is in the 97% for size as he is in 2T clothes REALLY needs a new carseat as now I can’t take him anywhere.

  31. Laura Alcantar says:

    I would love to win this b/c it will grow with my son.

  32. Danielle Papsis says:

    My favorite features are the temperature balancing fabrics & CoolMesh air ventilation.

  33. Carlene R. says:

    I love the deep side wings and the fact that it keeps the straps from twisting. The twisted straps is one thing that bothers me soooo much about other car seats.

  34. Oh I would love to win for our family! Carter is outgrowing his car seat, and this would be perfect! I love how the booster mode it can accommodate a child up to 120lbs! Would be wonderful to be able to use this wonderful carseat until he does not need one anymore. That is so wonderful!

  35. I love the straps

  36. I would love to have this for my toddler. Looks comfy, slim enough to fit my small SUV and most importantly safe.

  37. Jennifer Hiles says:

    I really love that it fits up to a nine year old! Feels like my daughter keeps outgrowing them. This would save us a ton of money!

  38. Tracy Bland says:

    I would love this seat. It is a dream seat, one that sounds wonderful for my daughter. She is light in weight so this would be ideal to take us from harness to booster. We travel a lot so this also looks very comfortable.

  39. it looks super comfortable and our booster car seat just broke so we need a new one badly!

  40. Lauren Maar says:

    I LOVE our ProSports 🙂 we have 2 (one each for my 3yr & 5yr olds) and we’re going to buy our newest little man a Pro Ride (since our last recaro seat expired) We wont buy anything other then recaros 🙂

  41. MaryAnn says:

    I would love to get this for my daughter. She is ready to move to an upright car seat.

  42. Nicole Ciaravella says:

    I’ve heard great things about RECARO and would love to have this for my daughter.

  43. Ashley C says:

    I would love to win this for my son who is growing like a weed.

  44. Melissa E says:

    I want to win so I can have a safe and comfortable booster seat for my child.

  45. Jennifer Gilman Stuck says:

    Would absolutely live to win this seat!

  46. i would love to when this for my son! he just turned a year and this would be great for our car

  47. We have 9 kids – still 6 which need to be in car seat. I love that you can use this seat at least until 7 years as pictured and it seems comfy for kids.

  48. Emily Johnson says:

    Our 30lb, 30″ boy is STILL comfortably RF in a Recaro! We love it and would love one for baby #2 that will be here in a few weeks!

  49. Amanda miller says:

    My four year old has the sport in plum. Would love to upgrade my two year old. Recaro is by far my favorite seat!

  50. we would love to have a stylish, safe seat for our daughter to grow into

  51. Sheila Coughlin says:

    What a great giveaway! I would love to have this seat in any color!

  52. My dd is quickly outgrowing the pro ride. I’d love to win the pro sport to use the harness to booster mode.

  53. I would be so thrilled to win this car seat! Especially if it’s in the color Vibe. It would match my interior.

  54. Elizabeth barboza says:

    I’d love one for my nephew because my son has one and I love it!

  55. Alison Webb says:

    Looks safe comfortable and everything one would want from a car seat ~ would love one for my son x

  56. Melissa A says:

    I would love to own a recaro performance sport for my son who is currently in a recaro proride

  57. Melissa H. says:

    I would love to win this seat for my 3 year old. She loves her brothers recaro booster and this would be a safe option for her to have a “matching” seat!

  58. Megan B. says:

    We were in a side impact crash on the freeway in February, my then 18 month old daughter was completely unharmed.. This seat is worth every. single. penny.

  59. Jam3mom says:

    We love our Recaro seat!

  60. Julie granito says:

    Would love to have a recaro for my little boy! These seats look amazing!

  61. Jessica Stroud says:

    I am in the process now of finding the perfect Recaro for my DD.

  62. cassandra Eastman says:

    I love the color Haze!

  63. Kristin Welch says:

    I would love to win this seat for a few reasons: I have a friend who is trying to get pregnant and I would love to be able to gift this to her when she finally does get pregnant and for my 1yr old! I have heard that Recaro seats are well made and super safe!

  64. Crystal Aguillon says:

    I would love to win this for my niece. I’d be the coolest auntie in the world!

  65. Ashley Brennan says:

    I would LOVE to win this seat for my 3 1/2 year old. He’s in a Safety 1st alpha omega right now and will be too heavy for the harness soon. I love what Recaro stands for in their products as well.


  66. sharon b says:

    My son is turning 3. I would love this as a back up seat in my husband’s car. I also love that this can be used for for a long time.

  67. Novie Gupta says:

    My husband is a car enthusiast and does not allow non-Recaro car seats in our cars, and I love that it converts to a booster, how versatile!!!

  68. Esther Lynn says:

    Love my Recaro now. I would love to own another one for my husband’s truck. I enjoy everything about the car seat…its one of the BEST!!

  69. I’m a huge Recaro fan! Between our two kids, we’ve owned 3 convertible car seats and 2 boosters seats for our two kids. I’d love to get the Sport Harness Booster so we can keep my preschooler in a 5-pt harness for longer. Such a fantastic product!

  70. love to win it for are little guy

  71. I’d like to win a Sport because we have a Recaro ProRide and this would be the next seat we get for our son and then the proride could be used for baby brother.

  72. I would love to own the Recaro performance sport harness booster car seat because I am a new Grandmother who wants to be able to take my grandson everywhere safely.

  73. Maria B says:

    I love to win for my friend who having a baby soon.

  74. Catherine G says:

    I would love to own the Recarro Kids Sports seat because it is the best and I would feel my daughter would be so safe in this for years to come. I love the comfort features that make the safety nice and comfy.

  75. Bethany Smith says:

    I would love to win this RECARO seat because it is top of the line for safety. I like that you can easily tell if the straps are twisted and I love that it can be used with a 5 point harness for so long.

  76. Crystal W. says:

    This seat would make my almost 3 year old ecstatic! She would be able to get in by herself and she would love looking cool in the sleek design. We know she would be safe and secure. The Recaro seat would then work for her for the long term and would free up her curebt seat for baby #2. Perfect!

  77. Jill Myrick says:

    I love that the Recaro has racing inspired side impact protection and extra foam for the head protection making me feel safer if my son was riding in it.


  78. Stacey Roberson says:

    I really like that these Recaro car seats have a weight limit of 65 lbs, and could potentially be used for up to a 9.5 year old.

  79. Sarah Hayes says:

    i would love to have this bc it is the next seat my LO will need. I would love to have one with the great reviews that this one has

  80. Ellen Cobb says:

    The blue and black color would be perfect for my little boy. His daddy would love it! Right now he’sa small but I’m sure he’ll grow into it all too fast 🙂

  81. Amanda Miller says:

    I would love the red and black one for my little guy (he’s 2). We are expecting a new baby in December and I was actually going to be buying a new booster for him and then going to give the new baby his car seat. If I won this it would help us out so much and save us on one of our new upcoming expenses. We have used Britax in the past but my mom introduced me to Recaro and I love them sooo much more than Britax so we are slowly working on switching our seats over to the Recaro brand. My mom currently owns 4 Recaro seats.

  82. RICHARD HICKS says:

    I like that it can accomodate kids up to 9.5 years old!

  83. Ashley N says:

    I would love to win because my little girl is about 1″ away from outgrowing her current car seat. This would last her so long, I love it!

  84. Shannon F says:

    I would love to own this for my daughter. She could really use a new carseat! Thanks so much for the chance to win! 🙂

  85. Lydia Lay Clark says:

    This car seat looks like it could grow and really stay with a family. Great quality — Recaro makes race car seatss!

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