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Headquarters: Kirchheim unter Teck, Stuttgart, Germany

A German manufacturer of OEM vehicle seats, aftermarket vehicle & racing seats, and child safety seats founded in 1906.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Recaro page on 13 July 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

RECARO GmbH & Co. KG, commonly known as Recaro, is a German company based in Kirchheim unter Teck in the vicinity of Stuttgart, known for their automobile bucket seats. The company can produce OEM racing-style seats for mainstream manufacturers. RECARO GmbH & Co. KG is part of the Recaro Group.

The Recaro Holding as parent company of the Recaro Group owns the Recaro brand and the independently operating companies of the Recaro Group:

The RECARO Holding independent business divisions include;


RECARO Aircraft Seating GmbH & Co.
RECARO Child Safety GmbH & Co. KG.
RECARO Automotive Seating GmbH & Co. KG.

Founding and beginnings

Founded in 1906 by Wilhelm Reutter as Reutter Carosserie-Werke, the company became known for building limousine bodies during the 1920s. In 1930 they started producing bodies for the Volkswagen Beetle, and in 1949 Porsche began engaging the company to build their Porsche 356 sports car bodies.

Move from car bodies to racing seats

Due to new manufacturing methods, the market for car bodies went downhill in the 1950s, and Reutter found itself on hard times.

In 1963, Porsche acquired the car body factory. What remained was renamed to Recaro GmbH & Co, changing its focus to high-end seats. The company began producing both OEM seats for Porsche, and a separate line of aftermarket seats. In 1969, the Reutter family sold their ownership to three companies, Keiper, Huber & Wagner and Metzeler, due to economic problems. In 1983, Keiper purchased all shares in Recaro and established Keiper Recaro GmbH & Co in Kirchheim (Teck) near Esslingen am Neckar.

Recaro today

Recaro changed their name in 1990. In their home country of Germany, the name was to change to RECARO GmbH & Co. KG. Operations expanded as they established Recaro North America Inc at Oakland, Michigan, Recaro UK Ltd in Birmingham, Recaro South East Asia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Recaro Japan Co Ltd in Kyoto, and Recaro France in La Rochelle.

Meanwhile, Recaro seats could be seen in a variety of cars, ranging from the Aston Martin V03, the Audi S and RS models, the legendary Ford Escort RS Cosworth, to the New Beetle RSi. A side-airbag seat was added to the Recaro line.

The company also manufactures wheelchairs, as well as seats for aircraft and airlines, automotive children seats, and for the Shinkansen train in Japan. Its seats are used in the VIP lounges and substitute box at European football stadiums.

Recaro seats are also used in the Leopard 2 MBT.

Recaro also manufactures seats for the dugouts of some of Europe's top football clubs including Manchester United, Reading, Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Hércules, VfB Stuttgart, Benfica and West Ham United.

The Dutch company Sun Marine Seats manufacture Recaro Maritime boat seats.

In June 2011 Recaro sold the automotive seating division to the US automotive supplier Johnson Controls. The acquisition gives Johnson Controls, as licensee of the RECARO brand in the automotive industry, the exclusive unlimited right to market Recaro seats for cars and commercial vehicles. All other brand companies now belong to RECARO Group, Stuttgart, which is the brand owner and licensor of RECARO Automotive Seating.


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Recaro Seats Advertisement Mid-1980's
View Recaro Advertisement - 4.8MB


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
31 March 2014RECARO Child Safety, LLC, Denial of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceNancy Lummen Lewis
21 November 2014RECARO Child Safety, LLC, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Jeffrey M. Giuseppe)
10 July 2015RECARO Child Safety, LLC, Denial of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Frank S. Borris)


Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
21 February 2008NHTSA Recall 08C003000
Recaro Signo and Como Child Restraint Systems
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page
21 February 2008Safety Recall Notification
From: Daniella Marcuzzi, Recaro North America, Inc.
To: Daniel C. Smith, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 08C003000

PDF
- 532KB - 7 pages
27 February 2008Harness May Fail To Restrain Child
From: George H. Person, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
To: Daniella Marcuzzi, Recaro North America, Inc.
NHTSA Recall 08C003000

PDF
- 271KB - 2 pages
30 April 2008RECARO 1st quarter report
From: Daniella Marcuzzi, Recaro North America, Inc.
To: Kelly Schuler, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 08C003000

PDF
- 43KB - 1 page
30 April 2008Vehicle Safety Recall Quarterly Report Information
Recaro North America
NHTSA Recall 08C003000

PDF
- 44KB - 1 page
30 May 2008From: George H. Person, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
To: Daniella Marcuzzi, Recaro North America, Inc.
NHTSA Recall 08C003000

PDF
- 28KB - 1 page
February 2008Safety Recall Notice
Recaro Child Seat Division
NHTSA Recall 08C003000

PDF
- 76KB - 2 pages
28 July 2008NHTSA Recall Quarterly Reporting
From: Daniella Marcuzzi, Recaro North America
To: George H. Person, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 08C003000

PDF
- 63KB - 2 pages
28 October 2008NHTSA Recall Quarterly Reporting
From: Daniella Marcuzzi, Recaro North America
To: George H. Person, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 08C003000

PDF
- 42KB - 2 pages
1 April 2009NHTSA Recall Quarterly Reporting
From: Jonathan Sieber, Recaro North America
To: George H. Person, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 08C003000

PDF
- 354KB - 2 pages
30 April 2009Vehicle Safety Recall Quarterly Report Information
Recaro North America
NHTSA Recall 08C003000

PDF
- 217KB - 1 page
17 May 2009From: George H. Person, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
To: Daniella Marcuzzi, Recaro North America, Inc.
NHTSA Recall 08C003000

PDF
- 27KB - 1 page
12 August 2009Vehicle Safety Recall Quarterly Report Information
Recaro North America
NHTSA Recall 08C003000

PDF
- 219KB - 1 page




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