Take It From Me: RECARO Car Seat (Review & Giveaway)

January 10, 2014

RECARO Car Seat (Review & Giveaway)

When I was a little girl, I remember when my Dad would be driving the family van, and my mom would be in the passenger seat. It didn't matter how big or small the scenario was, my mom was the worst back seat driver! In a stressful situation, my calm and collective Dad would say in a humorous voice, in hopes to release some tension, "don't worry, I used to be a race car driver!" 

Putting all humor aside, car safety is extremely important and after having three kids, my worst nightmare is one of them getting hurt in a car accident. 

When choosing the right car seat for my kids, RECARO is one of my favorite brands because... 

"RECARO has over 100 years of history designing seats for the world's most prestigious automobiles, airlines, and race cars."

After doing research on their company, I was very impressed with their background knowledge and experience of manufacturing cutting edge aircraft, automotive, and child safety seating, which indeed gives me great relief knowing that my kids will be safe and comfortable while riding in our car. 
We recently had the opportunity to review the Performance Sport (Harness/Booster) Car Seat in Knight, and my son LOVES his new car seat! 
I had noticed that his old car seat was lacking the Side Impact Protection and wasn't very comfortable. This always made him a little cranky in the car, and that is the last thing I wanted every time I went out. Who wants to ride in the car with a miserable boy who didn't want to stay in his seat? 
Not me! 
The RECARO Performance Sport has made the BEST BET list for the fifth consecutive year! They actually have never created a car seat that hasn't made the list! 

If you are not very familiar with the BEST BET rating, "The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) rating reflects how well a booster seat fits under a variety of different combinations of belt configurations and vehicle types. The tests are not focused on evaluating boosters in a crash scenario, but are more focused on testing the fit and belt positioning that the booster provides, which are important criteria in assessing the overall safety and effectiveness of a booster seat. BEST BET ratings are given to those seats that have a consistently good fit throughout the tests. All tests are performed on a dummy the size of an average 6-year-old that is representative of booster-age children."

Here are some important features of the RECARO Performance Sport Car Seat:

Side Impact Protection
RECARO's Side Impact Protection is designed to distinctly protect 5 vulnerable areas of a child in a side impact collision - their head, neck, face, torso and pelvis.
EasyAdjust Head Restraint
The turn of a knob positions the head restraint to properly fit the child, which ensures optimum safety and comfort.
 SoftTouch Head Restraint
Head restraint is padded with real automotive "PUR" foam for added comfort and safety.
 EasyAdjust 5-Point Harness
Harness and head restraint are adjusted together so no re-threading is necessary to properly position the harness shoulder straps to the child.
QuickPull Front Adjust Harness
Convenient frontally located harness adjuster allows for no-hassle harness adjustment.

Safety Stripe System
This one-of-a-kind racing-inspired white stripe, clearly visible on the outside edge of the 5-point harness, alerts parents to improper harness alignment.

The Performance Sport Car Seat has been the perfect seat for my son and has been incredibly easy to use. RECARO has thought of every little detail when designing this product, which is why RECARO has been added to my list of top car seat companies!

The first and most favorable feature to this car seat is the easy to adjust 5-point harness. There is no need for re-threading the straps, that's right, NO NEED FOR RE-THREADING because the head and the harness are adjusted together, making it super simple and fast to adjust. Having three kids, I can't tell you how many times I have taken out their straps only to be left with straps that won't re-threaded, or at least have taken me way too long to re-thread. Being able to simply move the head higher and have the straps move too has been so nice! 

 As you'll see below, there is a bar with a handle, which can easily be moved up and down to the slot that fits your child. No headache from re-threading!
The second feature that I like it the padding on the straps. You'll notice below that the padding on the straps are attached. I love this, because my girls' straps never stay in place and are always falling off. These straps save me my sanity and are very comfortable.
The third feature that I wanted to highlight is the racing stripes! Not only is their 5-point harness easy to adjust, but they have gone even further and added cool racing stripes on the edges, so you'll always know if you are buckling up your kids correctly. I can't tell you how many times my kids' belts have gotten twisted and I get very frustrated because I want to have them in their seat correctly, but am never sure if they are. This has helped me out a lot and I am so thankful for this great feature! 
The fourth feature that I noticed right away are the side pockets for the straps that I don't use. Our car is older, so we don't use the LATCH system, so they can be easily stored in the pockets until needed. 
The fifth feature and one that my little boy really likes are his cup holders, which he didn't have in his last car seat. He loves to keep his drinks and his little toy lizard in the pocket at all times! You'll notice the lizard in the first picture! 
The last feature that I wanted to share is the option to recline the car seat. Simply pull the bottom of the seat until it unclips and then swing and click it forward. This makes the base of the seat on an incline and keeps my little boy very happy! 

We have been extremely happy with the RECARO Performance Sport Car Seat and will definitely be purchasing RECARO products in the future! 

SAFTEY TIPS
Taking the time to read about car seat safety is very important and will make you feel confident that your child is in the safest seat and position possible. RECARO has some excellent car safety tips that I really enjoyed reading. I actually learned a lot of from them which surprised me because I thought I knew a lot about car safety! So these are definitely for new and so-called "experienced" parents, like myself!
Buy It!
Check out all of the RECARO Car Seats on Amazon!
The Performance SPORT Combination Harness to Booster, Knight is only $219.49 (reg. $279.99) right now on Amazon!

Win It!
 RECARO has generously offered 1 Take It From Me reader a RECARO Performance Series car seat!
ENTER: Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter form below. For info on how to use the Rafflecopter form, check out this video tutorial HERE.
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Disclosure: I received a complimentary product/s to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.

146 comments :

  1. This car seat looks amazing. Thanks for sharing the info. Now that I have three in car seats, it would be awesome to have.

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  2. I love the Performance Sport Harness booster in the Redd color!

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  3. I really like the Rose Performance Ride Convertible Car seat. :)

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  4. THE PERFORMANCE CAR SEAT IN VIBE

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  5. I would choose the Performance Ride in Jett - wonderful car seat!

    colljerr at comcast dot net

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  6. I WOULD CHOOSE THE PERFORMANCE CAR SEAT IN VIBE

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  7. I'd choose the Performance Sport Harness Booster in Haze for my 4 year old!

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  8. I'd get the Performance Spot Harness Booster.

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  9. I would love the Performance Ride in Sapphire.

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  10. So need the performance spot harness booster comfy looking

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  11. I would keep it gender neutral and go with the slick looking jett. Even though the rose is great.

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  12. I like the Performance Ride in Haze.

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  13. The Sport series in Marine

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  14. I like the performance pro ride in vibe

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  15. I like the Sport and the sapphire color is fantastic!

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  16. i would like the color sapphire- the performance car seat!

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  17. I would choose the Performance Ride Convertible in Jett.

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  19. I would choose the Performance Ride Convertible Car Seat in Marine! -Ashley G.N.

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  20. I would choose performance sport in sapphire.

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  21. I would choose the Marine color seat! They look great!
    *kelly
    kelly-tillotson@hotmail.com

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  22. I would choose the performance ride in the vibe color.

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  23. I like the Performance Booster in Marine!

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  24. I like the Performance Ride in Slate.

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  25. I love the Performance Sport in Vibe

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  28. I would LOVE the performance sport in sapphire for my son.

    amypugmire@live.com

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  29. Performance sport in sapphire.
    melewatson@gmail.com

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  30. I would love to have the ProRide in Blaze if I won!
    :)

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  31. I like the Performance Booster in Marine

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  32. I would choose the Performance Ride in Marine. I am expecting in the spring so winning this would be incredible! Thank you for the giveaway.

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  33. I like the performance booster in Rose! Thanks!

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  34. I would choose the Performance Sport Harness Booster for my grandson in Knight!
    janet3rdgrade@yahoo.com

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  35. I would pick the Performance Ride in Knight.

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  36. Love performance booster in vibe! so nice
    frugalohio at gmail dot com

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  37. i like the performance sport in REDD. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  38. I would like the performace booster.
    The color would be rose.
    kayleefaith1228@aol.com

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  39. I would choose the Convertible in Haze.

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  40. I would pick the convertible in Rose.

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  41. I would get the performance booster in Red

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  42. We'd like the Booster in Haze.

    shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

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  43. I would choose the Performance Sport in Rose!

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  44. I'd choose the Performance Sport in Sapphire.

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  45. Performance sport in vibe :)

    rachelmarietravis at gmail dot com

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  46. I love the Marine color. <3

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  47. I love the performance ride in haze!

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  48. If I win, I'll choose the Performance Sport in Rose. Serenity is still under the max limit for rearfacing, but we all know how fast that will change, and I want her in a super safe seat when she finally has to frontface!

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  49. My favorite is the rosé performance sport

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  50. I would choose the performance in marine.

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  51. I like performance ride convertible in rose

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  52. I love the looks of all of these seats! I would love the Performance Booster in Knight!

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  53. I like the performance ride in Sapphire.

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  54. I like the Performance Sport in Sapphire.

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  55. I would like the Performance Booster in Vibe.
    Kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  56. Probably the performance sport in sapphire.

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  57. I like the Performance Sports Ride Convertible in Marine.

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  58. I'd love to have the Performance RIDE in HAZE

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  59. I like Recaro Performance Ride in Redd, thank you for the chance.

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  60. I love the Performance Ride in Sapphire. Thank you!

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  61. I would pick the Performance Ride in Vibe.

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  62. Wow, what a great review! I would LOVE the Performance Ride in Sapphire!!! So fun!

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  63. I'd love the Performance Ride car seat in Jett. Thanks!

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  64. I am currently looking for a car seat to fit my daughter that will see her through all her years. .. looks like this is the one!

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    1. I'd choose the performance ride in rose

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  65. Performance Sport in Haze for me. Looks great.

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  66. Performance sport in red

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  67. Oh the Performance Sport would be perfect for Carter! I would love the Sapphire color!

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  68. I would get the performance ride in rose! We have the proride and love it so I know it's a great seat!

    janellecprentice (at) gmail (dot) com

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  69. Would love the Performance Ride in Rose!

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  70. I like the Performance RIDE Convertible car seat. I like it in Riley.

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  71. I would like the performance high backed booster in sapphire. I like that it works with the latch system too!

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  72. I would chose Performance Ride in Slate

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  73. I like the performance ride in rose :)

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  74. I like the performance sport in jett

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  75. I like the redd performance sport.

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  76. I'd pick the sport in sapphire

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  77. I would choose the perfromance booster in Rose

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  78. I would choose the performance ride in the color rose.

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  79. I love all the safety features this car seat has to offer. If I won I would like the Redd. My son would love the colors.

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  80. I like the Performance Sport in Vibe

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  81. We already own a recaro and love it, would love to update to a sapphire performance sport!

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  82. I've heard great things about this seat, it'll be great to win one!

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  83. Performance Ride Convertible in Jett.Ronnie Owens rocken_r@sbcglobal.net

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  84. Performance Ride in Vibe

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  85. I would choose the Performance Sport in Sapphire!

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  86. This Car seat would be awesome for Luna who just turned 1 :) red would be a great color

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  87. We have been doing our research on the Recaro Car Seats now for some time and honestly if we could of afforded one, would of bought one a long time ago. These are the top of the line and you can not go wrong with these. Thanks to Recaro for building such a good car seat.
    Shawn

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  88. I'd like the Performance Ride Convertible in Marine.

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  89. Would love to win this

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  90. I need to pass down my middle child's current seat to my youngest daughter, I would be thrilled to be able to get this seat for my middle child!

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  91. I would get the Performance Sport in Knight.

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  92. The performance booster looks great and would fit my 4 yr old who is about to outgrow her harnessed carseat perfectly

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  93. I'd choose the Performance Sport in Redd. -Jeanie Payne

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  94. I'd choose the performance ride in Haze!
    amanda s
    selenke@yahoo.com

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  95. I have been wanting to purchase a Recaro seat, since my little guy grew out of his infant seat! I love the Marine color!

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  96. the Rose Performance Ride Convertible Car seat.

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  97. I would get the Performance Sport in either Vibe or Jett.

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  98. Pro Ride in Riley
    danaisengaged@gmail.com

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  99. I love the Recaro Sport! I would love the rose one!

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  100. We absolutely love our Recaro convertible car seat, but its time for our oldest to move up to this new seat. Would absolutely love to win one in the red!
    Amber Armstrong

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  101. Lisa Chernyak Lisachernyak@yahoo.comJan 24, 2014, 2:26:00 PM

    Was researching recaro and will need two. I hope to win one in marine.

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  102. Performance Sport in Redd! :)

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  103. Performance Booster in Marine

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  104. I'd get the Performance Sport in Marine.

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  105. I would choose the Recaro Performance Sport in Knight. Thanks for the contest!!

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  106. Performance sport in haze!

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  107. I'd choose the Harness Booster in Marine

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  108. The Performance SPORT Combination Harness to Booster, Rose

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  109. I love the Performance Sport in Knight for my little guy.

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  110. The Pro Ride in Sapphire. Ellen Schull

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  111. I would love the Performance Ride in Redd!

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  112. The performance ride in marine would be so perfect for my tall skinny girl!

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  113. I would choose the high back performance booster in PLum- very pretty color!

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  114. I love so many of the colors but practically speaking the Jett would hide all the dirt!

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  115. I love the Performance Sport Harness booster in the vibe color. These are really nice looking seats

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  116. i love sapphire awesome color!

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  117. I'd like to have the Performance Booster in Knight. :)

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  118. Wow, this is an awesome seat. Pretty sure it has my Britax beat! I'd get the Performance Sport in knight.

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  119. Performance Ride convertible in Knight!

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  120. I'd like to get the Performance Ride in Sapphire.
    Rafflecopter name: Jay Dee

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  121. I love the Performance Sport in rose! Awesome seat!

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  122. Performance ride in marine

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  123. I'd love the Performace Ride in Marine!

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  124. I love the knight color. Very classy!

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  125. We absoultely love our Recaro. With another on the way, we are crossing our fingers to win the High Back Booster car seat in VIBE!! Let's make it happen for this family!

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  126. I would pick the Performance Sport in Jett.

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  127. I would get the Performance Sport in Sapphire!! Awesome giveaway!

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  128. I would love the Performance Sport Harness Booster in Redd.

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  129. I would choose the Performance Ride Convertible in sapphire

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  130. Performance RIDE Convertible Car Seat in Vibe

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