Ever noticed how child safety seats are often not very safe at all?

Before Britax, my wife and I (we have three young boys) had used a couple other popular brands (Graco & Nautilus, and probably at least one other brand that I can’t recall), but always with an unsettled feeling.

I had every buckle, loop, strap, clip, and thingamadoodle locked into place, as instructed, cinched as tight as I could muster, leaning all of my weight into the seat as I pulled straps to their most secure fittings.  Despite this effort, I could always jiggle the seat back and forth, and it was very disturbing.  The most precious cargo imaginable is not all that safe in these “leading brand” car seats.  Praise God we never got a “real” test of function (no accidents), but I was always a bit uneasy with the thought of being hit, especially from the side (if you’ve experienced the side-to-side jiggle that I described, can you imagine the whip that your child would get if your car got hit from the side?).  I tried not to think about it.

Eventually, my wife and I got an excellent tip from a Britax car seat owner (thanks Sherri :) )- YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!

I admit, the Britax brand comes with a pricier tag, and I’m sure this is why more people don’t own them.  But then I think to myself, heck, how much do we pay each month in insurance policies (auto, health, life, etc)?  How often do we actually buy a car seat for our kids?  IT’S WORTH THE EXTRA DOLLARS PEOPLE!  The safety of our kids is no time to be stingy!

There are several different models of Britax Car Seats, so I’ll give an overview of some of the most popular.  We got ours through Amazon.com with free shipping – there are plenty of user reviews and a full product description for each seat.

Britax Marathon

There are two Marathon models – the 70-G3 Convertible and the 70 Convertible.  The only major difference between these two is the harness.  Both models have these features:

  • Base with safecell technology designed to compress in a crash, significantly lowering the center of gravity and counteracting the forward rotation of the child seat which normally propels the child toward the front seat
  • Integrated steel bars strengthen the connection to the vehicle and reduce forward flexing of the child seat during a crash
  • Energy absorbing versa-tether features a staged-release tether webbing to slow the forward movement
  • Side impact protection comprised of deep side walls lined with energy-absorbing EPP foam distributes crash forces, shields from vehicle intrusion, and contains the head, neck and body

The 70-G3 uses this harness:

  • HUGS- Harness Ultra Guard System chest pads provides resistance to forward movement in the event of a crash

And the 70 uses this harness:

  • Tangle-Free, Five-Point Harness distributes crash forces across the strongest parts of the body and provides a secure fit

Britax Frontier

There are two types of Frontier style:

85 Combination Booster Car Seat

  • Highest 5 point harness seat capacity allows your child to remain harnessed up to 85 pounds or in booster mode to 120 pounds
  • True side impact protection distributes crash forces, shields from vehicle intrusion, contains the head and body and keeps the head, neck and spine “in true” or aligned, to limit injury
  • Patented versa-tether introduces a staged-release tether webbing that anchors the top of the child seat at two points to minimize forward movement in a crash
  • Quick-adjust head restraint and no-rethread harness easily adjust the harness shoulder height and head restraint without disassembling the harness
  • Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging

85 SICT Booster Seat (side impact emphasis – we own this one!)

  • Side impact cushion technology features energy-absorbing cushions on the exterior of the child seat to reduce side impact crash energy by 45%, by diverting crash forces away from your child and providing extra protection for the adjacent passenger
  • True side impact protection distributes crash forces, shields from vehicle intrusion, contains the head and body, and keeps the head, neck and spine “in true” or aligned, to limit injury
  • Energy-absorbing versa-tether features a staged-release tether webbing to slow the forward movement, reducing the crash forces reaching the child, and a two-point attachment to minimize forward rotation while anchoring the top of the child seat
  • Energy-absorbing base deforms in the event of a crash to absorb impact forces
  • Energy-absorbing foam Liner absorbs and distributes crash forces


Britax Roundabout

55 Convertible (suited for 55lb child)

  • SafeCell Technology features SafeCells designed to compress in a crash, significantly lowering the center of gravity and counteracting the forward rotation of the child seat, which normally propels the child toward the front seat
  • Integrated Steel Bars strengthen the connection to the vehicle and reduce forward flexing of the child seat during a crash
  • Energy-Absorbing Versa-Tether features a staged-release tether webbing to slow the forward movement, reducing the crash forces reaching the child, and a two-point attachment to minimize forward rotation while anchoring the top of the child seat
  • Side Impact Protection comprised of deep sidewalls lined with energy-absorbing EPP foam distributes crash forces, shields from vehicle intrusion, and contains the head, neck and body
  • Tangle-Free, Five-Point Harness distributes crash forces across the strongest parts of the body and provides a secure fit 55-pound Weight

Britax Parkway

There are two types of Parkway:

SG Booster Seat

  • Booster child height and weight: 38″ – 63″, approximately 40 – 120 pounds
  • Seated shoulder height with backrest: 21″
  • True side impact protection distributes crash forces, shields from vehicle intrusion,keeps the head, neck and spine aligned
  • Secure Guard works with the vehicle safety belt to prevent the child from sliding under the lap-belt
  • Higher forward-facing booster seat capacity allows older children to remain in a belt positioning booster to 120 pounds

SGL Booster Seat

  • Isoflextm flexible lower latch connection system secures the booster seat to the vehicle preventing it from becoming a projectile when not in use, and stabilizes it during a crash
  • Secureguardtm works with the vehicle safety belt to prevent the child from sliding under the lap-belt portion of the safety belt (submarining) during impact, thus minimizing the risk of abdominal injury
  • True side impact protection offers a head restraint with energy-absorbing eps foam, keeps the head, neck and spine aligned, and deep side walls with eps foam to distribute crash forces, shield from vehicle intrusion, contain the head, neck and body
  • ISOFLEXTM Flexible Lower latch Connection System secures the booster seat to the vehicle in seconds from either side of the booster seat with 2 clicks and a pull

 

Britax Boulevard

There are two types of Boulevard:

70-G3 Convertible

  • 100% Polyester
  • True side impact protection to distribute crash forces, shield from vehicle intrusion, and contain the head, neck and body while keeping them in true or aligned
  • Base with safecell technology designed to compress in a crash, significantly lowering the center of gravity and counteracting the forward rotation of the child seat which normally propels the child toward the front seat
  • Integrated steel bars strengthen the connection to the vehicle and reduce forward flexing of the child seat during a crash
  • Energy absorbing versa-tether features a staged-release tether webbing to slow the forward movement
  • HUGS- Harness Ultra Guard System chest pads provides resistance to forward movement in the event of a crash

70 Convertible

  • Safecell technology features safecells designed to compress in a crash, significantly lowering the center of gravity and counteracting the forward rotation of the child seat which normally propels the child toward the front seat
  • Integrated steel bars strengthen the connection to the vehicle and reduce forward flexing of the child seat during a crash
  • Energy-absorbing versa-tether features a staged-release tether webbing to slow the forward movement, reducing the crash forces reaching the child, and a two-point attachment to minimize forward-rotation while anchoring the top of the child seat
  • True side impact protection offers an extra layer of EPP foam, keeping the head, neck and spine aligned, and deep side walls lined with EPP foam to distribute crash forces, shield from vehicle intrusion, and contain the head, neck and body
  • Tangle-Free, Five-Point Harness distributes crash forces across the strongest parts of the body and provides a secure fit

Britax Pavilion

70-G3 Convertible

  • 100% Polyester
  • True side impact protection to distribute crash forces, shield from vehicle intrusion, and contain the head, neck and body while keeping them in true or aligned
  • Click and safe snug harness indicator is an audible aid that provides extra assurance when the harness is within range of appropriate snugness
  • Base with safecell technology designed to compress in a crash, significantly lowering the center of gravity and counteracting the forward rotation of the child seat which normally propels the child toward the front seat
  • Integrated steel bars strengthen the connection to the vehicle and reduce forward flexing of the child seat during a crash
  • Energy absorbing versa-tether features a staged-release tether webbing to slow the forward movement

 

Britax Advocate

There are two Advocate models:

70-G3 Convertible

  • Side Impact Cushion Technology features energy-absorbing cushions on the exterior of the child seat to reduce side impact crash energy by 45% by diverting crash forces away from your child and providing extra protection for the adjacent passenger.
  • True Side Impact Protection to distribute crash forces, shield from vehicle intrusion, and contain the head, neck and body while keeping them ?in true? or aligned
  • Click & Safe Snug Harness Indicator is an audible aid that provides extra assurance when the harness is within range of appropriate snugness
  • Base with SafeCell Technology designed to compress in a crash, significantly lowering the center of gravity and counteracting the forward rotation of the child seat which normally propels the child toward the front seat
  • Integrated Steel Bars strengthen the connection to the vehicle and reduce forward flexing of the child seat during a crash

70 CS Click and Safe Convertible

  • Side impact cushion technology features energy-absorbing cushions on the exterior of the child seat to reduce side impact crash energy by 45% by diverting crash forces away from your child and providing extra protection for the adjacent passenger
  • Safecell technology features safecells designed to compress in a crash, significantly lowering the center of gravity and counteracting the forward rotation of the child seat which normally propels the child toward the front seat
  • Click and safe snug harness indicator is an audible aid that provides extra assurance when the harness is within range of appropriate snugness
  • Integrated Steel Bars strengthen the connection to the vehicle and reduce forward flexing of the child seat during a crash
  • True side impact protection offers an extra layer of EPP foam, keeping the head, neck and spine aligned, and deep side walls lined with EPP foam to distribute crash forces, shield from vehicle intrusion, and contain the head, neck and body

Britax B-Safe (Infant)

  • Side impact protection distributes crash forces, shields from vehicle intrusion and contains the head and body
  • Tangle free, five-point harness distributes crash forces across the strongest parts of the body and provides a secure fit
  • Stroller compatible design; Integrated click and go adapter system works with Britax B-Series strollers
  • Four harness heights and two buckle positions for your growing child
  • Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging

There are a couple more Britax models, but these are the most popular. They also sell strollers, and some of these match up to the infant seat models for easy, modular use. All accessories are also available via Amazon.com, which usually has the best prices, free shipping offers, etc.

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