Mother of 3, Occupational Therapist & child safety advocate.
The Recaro Zero 1 iSize is designed and tested in Germany. Recaro child seats have modern designs and are unique combinations of the highest level of safety, simplest handling, ergonomic use for parents and long-lasting quality.
The Zero 1 iSize is a 360 degree rotating car seat that installs with isofix.
PROS AND CONS OF THE RECARO ZERO 1
- 360 swivel/rotation to make it easier to put your child in the car
- Ideal for 2 door cars and for parents with back/joint problems
- Easy and fast installation
- Easy to remove cover
- Fair legroom for child
- 2 position recline in each direction
- Very low pollutant load
- 10 year lifespan
- Very heavy seat
- Infants don’t always fit &/recline safely depending on your vehicle bench's recline. Recommended from 3 months +
WHAT ARE THE WEIGHT AND HEIGHT LIMITS OF THE RECARO ZERO 1?
The Zero 1 is an iSize approved car seat from 45cm-105cm/18kg. Although it is approved from birth and comes with an infant insert, we have found that it is not ideally suitable for babies under 3 months.
When installed with isofix, it can be used rear facing from birth to 18kg or forward facing from 9 to 18kg. This usually lasts average-sized children until they are approximately 4 years old.
WHAT ARE THE SAFETY FEATURES OF THE RECARO ZERO 1 ISIZE?
The Zero 1 iSize offers foldable wings for maximum side impact protection. It uses isofix connection for an easy and secure installation to the vehicle. The HERO safety system prevents belts from slipping or twisting and makes buckling up easy.
They also prevent children from being able to escape out of the harness due to the non-slip material.
The RECARO Zero.1 is equipped with a function which prevents the seat from being accidentally turned to the forward position before a child is at least 15 months. Check that the adjustment knob on the bottom side of the seat is set rear-facing.
The Recaro Zero 1 scored an overall score of “good” by ADAC and a safety score of “good” with low risk of injury in a side impact collision and low risk of injury in a frontal collision.
WHAT ARE THE COMFORT FEATURES OF THE RECARO ZERO 1 ISIZE?
The Zero 1 is a dream for parents as it swivels 90 degrees towards you, making it easy on your back whilst strapping your little in or out the car. The seat can be rotated with one hand.
Younger babies are optimally and ergonomically supported with the flexible insert cushion. The height adjustable head supports with memory foam can easily be adjusted as your baby grows. The memory foam provides a comfortable support for little ones as it adapts perfectly to the body shape and provides necessary support.
There are 2 recline position in both directions. The seat reclines within the extra shell, so it does not take up any additional space when reclining it further. The Zero 1 has limited legroom for the child. It does sit fairly high up on the vehicle bench, so children should be able to see out the window in most cars.
The Reacro Zero iSize was awarded the “Tested & Recommended” seal of approval by the Aktion Gesunder Rücken (AGR, Campaign for Healthier Backs). The seat was awarded this seal of approval, as it is not only easier on a parent's back when placing little one into the seat due to rotation, but the child seat ensures ergonomically correct sitting positions in one of the most important stages of physical development of the child.
HOW IS THE RECARO ZERO 1 ISIZE INSTALLED?
The Zero 1 iSize does not detach from the base, so it is heavy to transfer between cars. It weighs 15kg. It is, however, quick and easy to install. It has visual indicators to ensure correct installation.
HOW TO INSTALL THE RECARO ZERO 1 ISIZE REAR FACING
Attach the isofix connectors of the base to the vehicles isofix brackets and check that the isofix indicators turn green. The base should then be pushed as close to the vehicle backrest as possible for a secure installation.
The support leg should then be adjusted to the correct height in the footwell of the car. The support leg indicator should turn green.
HOW TO INSTALL THE RECARO ZERO 1 IN FORWARD FACING?
The Zero 1 iSize is very easy to move from forward to rear facing. Simply flick the switch and rotate it around.
HOW TO REMOVE AND WASH THE RECARO ZERO 1 ISIZE COVERS
The covers are well padded and easy to remove. Please refer to the manual on how to wash the covers
HOW LONG CAN THE RECARO ZERO 1 ISIZE BE USED FOR?
Recaro car seats have longer lifespans than most of their competitors. They have a recommended lifespan of 10 years, which means that they can be used for 2 children.
WHAT IS THE WARRANTY ON RECARO ZERO 1 ISIZE?
A 2 year warranty applies from the date of purchase for manufacturing or material defects. The warranty is limited to child car seats that have been correctly used and which are returned in a clean and proper condition.
The warranty does not cover natural wear and damage due to excess strain or damage due to unsuitable or improper use. All Recaro fabrics fulfil high requirements in terms of colour fastness.
However, fabrics may become bleached by UV radiation. This is not a material defect, but simply a normal sign of wear, for which no warranty can be given. Belt lock malfunctions are generally the result of dirt and other debris; this is also not covered by the warranty.
IS THE RECARO ZERO 1 ISIZE COMPATIBLE WITH MY CAR?
In order to install the Zero 1 iSize, the car must have isofix brackets, and no underfloor storage compartments. A rear facing car seat must never be installed in front of an active airbag. Click HERE to check if your car is on the approved fit list:
WHAT ARE THE DIMENSIONS OF THE RECARO ZERO 1 ISIZE?
The Zero 1 iSize weighs 15kg. It cannot be separated from the base making it heavy to move between cars. Its dimensions are 68cm in height, 46cm in width and has a depth of 70cm.
The Recaro Zero 1 is a high safety rated toddler car seat, that has great comfort features for your child and you. The 360 degree swivel makes it easier to put your child in and out the car. It is a heavy seat, which makes it effortful to move between cars. However, the actual installation process is quick and easy.