Q: May I modify a baseframe by enlarging holes or cutting out metal, for example?
This is not possible due to reasons of product safety and approval regulations.
Q: Can you provide a KBA (German Federal Motor Transport Authority) sticker?
Yes, if you can present the corresponding production number, invoice and a valid ABE.
Q: Can I receive a test report?
Test results are confidential proprietary company information, and therefore cannot be shared.
Q: Can you provide a confirmation for my custom-made baseframe with a RECARO seat?
Unfortunately, this is not possible due to reasons of product liability and is impermissible under the German Road Traffic Licensing Regulations.
Q: Why does it take so long to update an ABE?
Ensuring the highest possible level of product safety involves performing a lot of testing, evaluation and research work, as well as preparing many documents and expertises.
Q: Why don’t you offer a baseframe for my vehicle?
This is due to our available capacity to handle the numerous new models being launched on the market, as well as long approval processes in some cases.
Q: Can you provide a confirmation for my vehicle that is not in the ABE?
Unfortunately, this is not permissible under the German Road Traffic Licensing Regulations.
Q: Where can I get an old ABE (general type approval in Germany) that is not listed on your homepage?
We can provide an old ABE only in some cases, because our digital archive goes back no further than the year 2000.
Q: What does it cost to install a seat?
The costs of installing a seat depend on the service partner and the vehicle and seat model. The installation costs are also made up of the hourly rates that are custom to the business and the locality in question. For more information on the costs please refer to your local authorized RECARO service partner.
Q: How long does it take to install a seat?
How long it takes to install a seat depends on the vehicle and seat model. Usually, it takes between 1 and 3 hours, and sometimes 4 hours in very difficult cases.
Q: Where can I get a seat installed?
We recommend getting your seat installed by one of our authorized RECARO service partners. You can find a local RECARO service partner near you here.
Q: Which accessories are needed to install a seat?
Installing a seat requires a vehicle-specific installation kit (baseframe). You can look up the baseframe required for your seat model and vehicle type here.
Q: Where can I find installation instructions for baseframe XY?
Installation instructions are included in the RECARO baseframe’s packaging. In the event that you require new copies, you can receive them from a RECARO dealer or service partner, or by contacting info(at)recaro-automotive.com. You can find a local RECARO service partner near you here.
Q: How is RECARO seat XY fitted?
A RECARO seat is fitted using a vehicle-specific RECARO baseframe.
Q: How do you connect a RECARO seat with electrical functions?
The seat must be installed professionally. The protection offered by the RECARO seat is diminished considerably when it is installed incorrectly. RECARO is not liable for any damage to the seat, other items, injuries, or anything related if the seat was not installed correctly by a professional using the installation instructions, or if it was used incorrectly. Please contact your dealer if you have any questions.
Q: Is the sitting height of a RECARO seat any different to the original seat installed in the car?
It may be, but it depends on the vehicle and seat model. For this reason, we recommend that you speak with an authorized RECARO dealer or service partner before buying a seat. They will be glad to help you with any model-specific questions. Any specifications of the vehicle manufacturer concerning the seat belts’ symmetry will be considered.
Q: Will I have to get any TÜV documentation for RECARO seats I install?
RECARO seats must always be inspected by certified technical experts after installation, in accordance with Section 19 of the German Road Traffic Licensing Regulations (concerning retrofitting). This is confirmed by an additional certificate, which should be kept in the vehicle like an operating license. TÜV documentation becomes necessary when other urgent modifications (e.g., adapting a car for the disabled) are undergone that require a new certificate.
Q: Is there a RECARO baseframe available for car XY?
You can find a RECARO baseframe that is suitable for your vehicle or seat type here.
Q: Can the RECARO seat heating be adjusted in different steps?
RECARO seats that include the climate package (RECARO Ergomed E/ES and Style Topline XL) are equipped with a one-level seat heater. The RECARO Sportster CS/Cross Sportster CS can be equipped with a two-level seat heater as an option. These turn on and off automatically after reaching or falling below certain set temperatures, so that the seat always provides the ideal climatic conditions.
Q: Can the RECARO seat be adjusted using the series switch?
It can when using the original seat runner, but this depends on the vehicle. Please contact an authorized RECARO dealer or service partner in this matter.
Q: Can a RECARO baseframe be retrofitted into a different vehicle?
No, this is not possible, since RECARO baseframes are constructed specifically for certain vehicle models.
Q: Can I exchange the original vehicle seat with a side airbag for a RECARO seat without SAB?
This depends on the vehicle in question. If it is possible, you will require an airbag disabling kit. You can retrieve information on the airbag disabling kits we have available by accessing our baseframe price list.
Q: Can RECARO seats be technically modified (e.g., by removing the belt slots’ vertical connections)?
Technical modifications to RECARO seats are not permitted, since the operating license would become invalid. For safety reasons, we would like to advise you to refrain from doing so. We will not be held responsible for any damage caused by modified seats.
Q: Are there any RECARO baseframes available that allow the driver to get seated outside the vehicle and then rotate into the driver’s position?
No, due to low demand, RECARO does not offer any installable baseframes with a rotation function. However, there are some RECARO service partners that have specialized in these kinds of modifications that may be able to help you. Contact our staff via info(at)recaro-automotive.com and ask for these service partners.