Recaro Zero.1 Elite Car Seat Review
Recaro Zero.1 Elite Car Seat Review
A 2 in 1 car seat that’s like no other, the Recaro Zero.1 Elite Car Seat is due to revolutionise the car seat market. Not only is this a car seat suitable from birth to 4.5 years, but it is also a removable infant carrier that can be used to freely manoeuvre your baby. This car seat is perfect for parents wanting to install one car seat that does it all. It’s not just an infant carrier, but a child’s car seat too. It is a luxury, top of the range and top safety tested car seat.
The unique feature of this car seat is its ability to adapt to your family. It is an infant carrier come child car seat in one neat and tidy box. The car seat will also keep your child rear facing until they are approximately 15 months old/105cm. The seat fabrics adapts to your little ones body shape, creating a cocooning and snug environment. Both headrests are height adjustable with memory foam, giving that little bit extra indulgence and comfort.
This car seat weighs only 2.9kg, which is extremely light considering in includes an infant carrier and child seat all in one.
The infant carrier can be used on and off the car seat, making it ideal if you’ve just left the hospital with a newborn. The infant seat has a padded 3-point safety harness, with one button to release. It is easy to attach to the car seat and offers the ability for your baby to travel rearward facing until 76cm/9kg.
The carrier also has an adjustable headrest and fully removable insert which provides your baby with cushioning and comfort. This is great for smaller babies because it provides that extra support and smaller environment they often need. As an added bonus, the carrier is also compatible with a wide range of pushchairs and car seat adaptors.
The child seat sits below the infant car seat and has a 5-point safety harness. This seat can be either rear or forward facing, depending on the age of your child. It also offers 5 recline positions, no matter which way it is facing, and 6 different headrest positions. This seat is suitable for use from 9 – 18kg and will take your child from when they grow out of the infant carrier to approximately 4.5 years old.
Another great feature of the Recaro Zero.1 Elite Car Seat is its ability to spin. It can spin a full 360 degrees with the use of one single button. This means that the car seat can face you when placing your child into the seat, making buckling in your child very easy. Once fitted, just turn the seat to either forward or rear facing and off you go. This is a great feature that car seat brands are now starting to roll out across the board, and is one that we love.
The Recaro Zero.1 Elite Car Seat has triple side impact protection. This is down to the seat structure, fold-out side impact protection wings and carrier all working together. Alongside this is a HERO safety system. This system helps prevent seat belts from slipping or twisting whilst also making securing your child into the seat easy. The car seat also has the top safety rating of being i-Size compliant. By keeping your child rear facing for longer, they are better protected when in a collision as they get older.
The installation of the car seat is extremely easy and once the base and child seat are correctly installed, they can be left and used again and again. For on the go parents, this is an added bonus because there is no need to mess around with plugging in seat belts and ISOfix connectors every time it is needed.
Firstly you need to choose whether your child is going to be forward or rear facing. There is a clip underneath the base and this needs to turned to the mode you are choosing.By doing this, you will have two of the four indicator lights turn green on the central display.
To correctly install the seat, the ISOfix arms and adjustable leg support need to first be extended. Once you have done this, push the ISOfix arms in until the indicator for this step turns green. Then, extend the leg support until the indicator for this turns green too.
The last green indicator light occurs when the seat has been turned into either rear or forward facing and when you have four green lights – you are ready to go. The only difference between forward and rear facing installation is the direction of the clip underneath the seat base.
To install the infant carrier
For installation of the infant carrier onto the car seat, the child seat needs to first be installed in the above way. After this, place the black guides onto either side of the child seat. These guides are what the infant seat click into.
To confirm the seat is correctly installed, the red indicators on each side of the seat will turn green. From this, turn the seat and the fourth light on the central base will turn green. During travelling, the carry handle should always be in the upright position.
If you’re wanting to combine your infant carrier with a stroller, the Recaro Zero.1 Elite Adaptor allows you to move from car to pavement in one easy movement.
The Recaro Zero.1 Elite Car Seat is ideal for parents wanting a car seat that can be used for longer than a normal infant carrier. It’s suitable for children from birth to approximately 4.5 years, and will keep your child rear facing for longer. This is a top of the range, luxury car seat with high-spec safety features.
Is it for you?
The Recaro Zero.1 Elite Car Seat is perfect for you if you want:
A luxury, top of the range two in one car seat that also becomes an infant car seat that can be used as a stand alone carrier
Both a forward and rear facing car seat
A car seat that can take your child from newborn to approximately 4.5 years
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