ITEM# 3450-21516-33

Recaro Roadster XL Convertible Car Seat - Racing Red

This item is discontinued.

Rear-Facing Capacity:
5-40 lbs

Forward-Facing Capacity:
20-65 lbs

Seat Weight:
20 lbs

24.5-28.5 l x 23-29 h x 19 w

What's Included:

Cup holder, LATCH system

Roadster XL's strategic combination of protective materials and padding maintain their structure and absorb impact energy throughout extreme crash scenarios.

The Roadster XL features new, easy to clean, temperature-balancing Dura Flex fabrics that cushion and cradle your child with four way stretch capabilities while remaining soft and smooth on their delicate skin.

Featuring a QuickFlip Recline Foot and rear-facing recline for improved comfort and precise installation.

The Cloud Comfort Memory Foam on the Roadster XL contours to your child's shape and allows extra comfort for short errands or long road trips.

The RECARO Roadster XL Convertible Car Seat offers a best in class protection system that combines key safety elements with comfort and convenience features, like the QuickFlip recline foot and Dura Flex fabrics, so you and your child feel better in all aspects.

High-Performance Safety

New High Impact Energy Absorbing Technology

We looked closely at a child?s protection needs at all levels of crash severity and created the state-of-the-art Roadster XL. Its strategic combination of protective materials and padding maintain their structure and absorb impact energy throughout extreme crash scenarios. Energy management technology is engineered into the shell and offers a world class crash protection system that is designed to protect children during high impact crashes and reduce forces transferred to the child.

Its Racing-Inspired safety features are tested to international standards and also include full body Side Impact Protection with enhanced side wings to shield the head and face, a PUR foam headrest that limits neck movement, and reinforcements at the sides, hips and thighs to help stabilize the torso and pelvis.

Best In Class Safety Protection System Key Elements: Feel better in all aspects

Ergonomic Expertise: Your child will arrive to your destination relaxed after a trip in the Roadster XL. Its ergonomically shaped seat is designed to provide optimum comfort while protecting and supporting the fragile body of growing children.

Strong Side Impact Structure: Ingeniously designed, the Roadster XL?s structure features energy management technology that has been rigorously tested to meet and exceed industry standards. Its distinctive racing-inspired protective structure, with deep side wings embrace, shield and stabilize a child during a side impact crash.

Premium Materials: A combination of premium materials and protective padding maintain their structure and absorb impact energy during extreme crash scenarios. Refined high density plastics, strong metals, premium buckles and belts and high density cushions provide additional support with maximum comfort. HERO Harness Technology: HERO is a patented, innovative safety feature by RECARO. HERO ensures the highest level of protection and comfort by positioning the shoulder pads to appropriately fit the child's neck, head and shoulders. It provides superior comfort and resists harness twisting while ensuring proper chest clip positioning. Safety Stripe System: A Racing-Inspired white stripe that is clearly visible on the outside edge of the 5-point harness. This stripe is designed as an easy alert to parents that a twist could occur, or has begun, thus preventing a safety hazard.

High-Performance Comfort

The Roadster XL offers best in class comfort features. It features all new, easy to clean, premium Dura Flex fabrics. The high quality, durable fabrics cushion and cradle your child with four way stretch capabilities while remaining soft and smooth on their delicate skin. The temperature-balancing Dura Flex fabrics also feature air flow channels, and combined with the built-in shell vents, create a Dual Air Flow Comfort System to keep your child cool and comfortable. The Cloud Comfort Memory Foam on the Roadster XL contours to your child's shape and, combined with the ergonomic shell structure and removable cushion insert, allows extra comfort for short errands or long road trips. For no-fuss care and maintenance, the Roadster XL car seat comes in a variety of easy-to-clean fabrics and colors. The PUR foam headrest and soft HERO Harness Pads provide extra comfort as well as protection.

High-Performance Convenience

In addition to a rear-facing recline position, the Roadster XL has a QuickFlip recline foot. The two recline position options ensure a precise and easy installation by providing extra inches for level to ground adjustments and increase comfort for your rear-facing child.

The EasyAdjust five-point harness can be customized to properly accommodate your growing child and allow for a quick and precise fit. The harness and headrest simultaneously adjust with a simple turn of a knob and without the hassle of re-threading any straps. TrueLock belt lock-offs prevent any slippage from your vehicle's seat belt when used forward-facing and make installation a breeze. Designed with a premium push-button, built-in LATCH system, the Roadster XL is easy to secure to your vehicle. The universal Top Tether system and LATCH connectors also have built-in convenient storage options for when they are not in use.

The car seat also offers chest-clip storage pockets to keep the loose ends of harness belts tucked neatly out of the way when you are placing your child in the seat. The Roadster XL also comes with a removable cup holder that can be secured on either side of the car seat.

High-Performance Features

  • New High Impact Energy Absorbing Seat
  • QuickFlip Recline Foot and rear-facing recline for improved comfort and a precise installation
  • Dura Flex premium comfort fabrics
  • Ergonomic design for optimal comfort and safety
  • Racing-Inspired Side Impact Protection with full body, strong structure tested to meet and exceed all industry standards
  • Premium materials and padding absorb additional energy upon impact while providing maximum comfort
  • Protective and comfortable PUR foam in the headrest
  • Cloud Comfort Memory Foam
  • Dual Air Flow Comfort System with airflow channels and Built-In Shell Vents to keep your child cool and comfortable
  • Twist-resistant buckle and patented HERO technology prevents harness twisting and increases comfort
  • EasyAdjust no re-thread 5-point harness and headrest
  • Removable cup holder
  • Chest-clip storage pockets to keep the harness out of the way when not in use
  • Racing-Inspired Safety Stripe System to alert parents that a twist could occur, or has begun, thus preventing a safety hazard
  • Built-in LATCH system & universal top tether with storage
  • TrueLock belt lock-off (forward-facing) for a hassle-free installation
  • Removable cushion insert
  • Built in the USA with integrated German engineering (from over 50% components made in the USA)
  • Rear-facing: 5-40 lbs; up to 22.5 inches seated height
  • Forward-facing: 20-65 lbs; up to 49 inches standing height
Product Reviews
out of 5.0
11 Reviews
Ratings Snapshot
of Reviewers
San C.
Verified Buyer
Convertible Car Seat
September 24, 2017
I like the quality, but it is TOO BIG. It's installed behind the front passenger seat in our SUV, and the base raises the overall height to the point where it blocks a view of traffic approaching on the right side of the car.
Poughkeepsie, NY
Verified Buyer
Safe, Sturdy and Beautiful
August 15, 2017
I love Recaro! This is the 4th one I've owned with my tribe of children. They are safe, study and beautiful. I had 2 drawbacks with this one. It had a weird smell that took about a week to dissipate. Also, my previous recaros were velour, this one is like a polyester, and it shows everything. Dry skin can brush against it and it will show white flakes, so imagine banana, puffs, cheese, or anything else you hand your one year old to stay happy in the car. If I could change anything it would be the insert. The back piece and the bottom are 2 separate pieces, which allows crumbs to settle in the back of the carseat. If the insert was one piece, I'd easily be able to remove it and shake out any crumbs that collect.
Fayetteville, NC
Verified Buyer
Love this seat!
July 26, 2017
We love this seat for our daughter! We had a different model of Recaro for our son so when Little Miss came along, we knew we wanted another Recaro! This model is an upgrade and cost a bit more, but it's been worth every penny!
Seattle, WA
Verified Buyer
Great car seat but hard to install
July 19, 2017
My son is happy as a clam in this carseat! It's comfortable, the straps are nicely padded, and it looks awesome in my husband's car. It took FOREVER to install, though -- getting the right recline was really hard and it didn't seem like the instructions were all that helpful.
  • comfortable, attractive, decent price
  • large, hard to install
Verified Buyer
Great convertible car seat
July 13, 2017
This car seat is very comfortable and the straps are nice, wide and don't cut into our son. The sides have nice little air vents in them which is great because our little one is always hot. We also really like that the sides have little areas to hold the straps while you put the child into the car seat. We ordered this car seat for our Chrysler 200 and although it fits, it is a little tight so I wouldn't want to put it into a small car. Overall great product and we would order another one.
  • Very comfortable for baby.
  • A little large in our car.
Olympia, WA
Verified Buyer
Recaro Quality
July 4, 2017
Why buy Recaro? They design seats to save lives. The attention to detail in the quality from a Recaro seat is why I put my trust in them. I installed mine in a 2016 Subaru STI, middle rear seat. My little girl absolutely loves her new seat. Has yet to complain while riding in for a couple weeks now.
Customer Images
  • Recaro Quality
  • Fabric/Material used for Comfort
  • Minimal rear window obstruction
Best Uses
  • 2016 Subaru STI
  • Top latch tether strap excess pocket will flap when windows rolled down. A simple tied down to itself fixes the issue. When mounted in the middle rear seat it really gets annoying to see it flap up and obstruct your rear window.
El M.
Houston, Texas
Verified Buyer
Some good upgrades, some not so good
June 17, 2017
I like the new material they made on this car seat, has a cup holder my daughter can't reach though, she is almost 2. The padding around the neck is a bit wide and not long enough for growth. Besides that it's a great car seat it doesn't go through tons of recalls like other car seats far after the kids have outgrown them. I love the easy to remove clips on the bottom, and top anchor too. The side headrest are perfect when kids fall asleep besides the side impact protection it provides. Only car seats I own.
  • Great side impact car seat for young children
Best Uses
  • Best for forward facing since it leans back to much on rear facing.
  • Some of the cushion on the straps are not that great.
Old Bridge, NJ
Verified Buyer
Great Car Seat
April 30, 2017
Very nice car seat for my baby and I couldn't beat the price from here!
Monterey, CA
Verified Buyer
Recaro Toddler Seat
April 10, 2017
My son and I love this seat. Big pluses on the safety and comfort. Easy to put him him and out of seat. Looks like it's easy to clean and maintain. $130 cheaper at Albee than BabiesRus.
  • Safety
  • Comfort
  • Cleanliness
  • Name brand
  • Easy to put in and out of harnesses
Best Uses
  • Transporting my son from A to B
  • Only one cup holder. Two would be better, one for snacks and other for bottle or sippy cup
Verified Buyer
Good car seat
April 7, 2017
I got this car seat because we have always loved recaro brand they are the safest and most reliable. This car seat was a little bigger than I thought but it fits perfect in my Cadillac sedan, forward facing and it's very soft.
Durham, NC
Verified Buyer
baby loves her car seat!
April 5, 2017
Absolutely love this car seat! It is so easy to install in your car and secures your little one for the ride. My baby would get hot rather quick when in a car seat, but the material in this one let's air circulate. Its memory foam is a major plus.
  • *foam memory
  • *breathable material
  • *easy installation
  • *no extra parts to put together
  • *easy to use lever for recline or sit up postion
  • *kinda big and bulky
  • *a little on the heavy side
Customer Q&A
1 Question & 1 Answer
from Anaheim asked:
April 24, 2017
Is it machine washable?
No, it is not machine washable, see the link below for the instruction manual. Refer to page 44 for care and maintenance.
Submitted by: Customer Service on April 24, 2017