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RECARO Como Child Seat – ‘LOCK-OFF’/3-PT GUIDE Information
To assist consumers in understanding the function of the 3-point guide (commonly known as a
lock-off), RECARO North America has updated the terminology used in product manuals. The
term ‘lock-off’ has been replaced with the term ‘3-point guide’, which is a more accurate description
of purpose and function of this part in the industry. The purpose of the guide is to improve the
child restraint system geometry for certain vehicle applications and does not create any safety advantage
or disadvantage whether called a guide or lock-off. The crash safety performance of the
Como seat is not affected.
The 3-point guide is not a safety feature; it is used to aid consumers in proper installation and positioning
of the child restraint system. There are some applications where proper installation may be
slightly difficult, due to a less compatible vehicle seat or seat belt. Child restraint geometry may
benefit from using the 3-point guide mechanism in these instances, rather than over tightening the
vehicle belt system.
RECARO North America has determined that certain Como seats manufactured prior to Sept. 17th
2007 may have a variance in the friction strength of the 3-point guide. If you feel as a consumer
that installation of your child seat is difficult in your vehicle application, RECARO can provide you
with a locking clip at no cost, which can be used with your vehicle seatbelt system. You may contact
RECARO by calling 1-800-8-RECARO or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. RECARO
will ship you a locking clip along with installation instructions free of charge. Please provide the
model, serial number and manufacturing date so our customer service representatives can better
assist you and help determine if your child seat would benefit from a locking clip.