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BRITAX Enhances Booster Seat Safety

Posted: Wednesday, Nov. 06, 2013
 
IIHS Rates BRITAX Parkway SG and SGL Belt-Positioning Booster Seats as “Best Bets,” Recommends “Check Fit” for Three Seats
 
Continuing its 70-year commitment to safety and innovation, BRITAX redesigned its belt-positioning and Harness-2-Booster seats in 2013.
 
BRITAX enhanced its easily-portable, belt-positioning booster seats, the PARKWAY SG and the PARKWAY SGL, with several exclusive head-safety features including Base with SafeCell Technology and deeper side walls featuring True Side Impact Protection.
 
BRITAX expanded its Harness-2-Booster line with the new PIONEER 70, which includes premium safety technologies, such as Integrated Steel Bars, Base with SafeCell Technology and Energy-Absorbing Versa-Tether. The company also introduced the FRONTIER 90 and PINNACLE 90with the revolutionary ClickTight Installation System. ClickTight technology allows parents to install the seat in harness mode up to 90 pounds safely, securely and easily using the vehicle’s seat belt.
 

Parkway SG and Parkway SGL Receive “Best Bet” Rating

In its November 2013 report, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) ranked the PARKWAY SG and PARKWAY SGL as “BEST BETs” in high-back booster mode. IIHS also recommended parents confirm proper positioning (i.e., “Check Fit”) for lap and shoulder belts when using the booster mode of BRITAX’s FRONTIER 90, PINNACLE 90 and PIONEER 70 Harness-2-Booster seats in certain conditions. In harness mode, these three seats properly fit nearly all vehicles and children. When a child is transitioned to booster mode – before he or she outgrows forward-facing harness mode – the lap belt may not fit low and tight across a child’s upper thighs without the use of the BRITAX SecureGuard accessory clip.
 
The IIHS report evaluates how adult lap and shoulder belts from a wide variety of vehicles fit booster seats from a variety of manufacturers. The assessment is not a crash test. Rather, IIHS measures how a vehicle’s three-point lap and shoulder belt fits an average child-sized dummy seated in a booster.
 
“Our uncompromising commitment to safety, reflected in the ongoing enhancements of our products, has made BRITAX a name trusted by millions of parents and caregivers throughout the world,” said Jon Chamberlain, president of BRITAX. “BRITAX products undergo the most rigorous testing in the industry and we work closely with child passenger safety technicians, child safety advocates and vehicle manufacturers to ensure all BRITAX seats can be properly installed and used correctly each and every time.”
 

Harness-2-Booster Seat Best Practices

BRITAX recommends parents secure children using a five-point harness as long as possible. A child should transition from harness to booster mode only when he or she outgrows the seated shoulder height limit and/or weight capacity.
 
BRITAX offers a full line of infant/child and combination Harness-2-Booster seats with some of the highest top harness slots in the industry. However, when a child is ready for booster mode, BRITAX recommends parents use the following guidelines to ensure the booster seat and vehicle seat belt are properly positioned:
  • The lap belt should fit low and tight across the child’s upper thighs, not the soft abdomen.
  • The shoulder belt should fit snugly across the child’s mid-chest and shoulder. The vehicle belt should NOT be positioned over the child’s neck, under the child’s arm or behind the child’s back.
  • Either the booster seat or the vehicle head restraint should be adjusted properly for the child’s height.
 
BRITAX encourages parents to call representatives at its Consumer Services department at 1-888-427-4829 or visit a local car seat checking station with any concerns regarding the fit or installation of any child car seat at any time.
 

 
 
For more information on the IIHS Check Fit Booster Rating for BRITAX PIONEER 70, FRONTIER 90, and PINNACLE 90 seats, visit CarseatBlog.com or watch their video on Youtube.

 

FAQ

If you don’t see an answer to your question below, please contact our Consumer Services department at 1-888-427-4829.
 

Q: Why did the BRITAX combination Harness-2-Booster seats get a lower rating in 2013 than in 2012?

 
A: In 2013, BRITAX expanded its Harness-2-Booster line with the new PIONEER 70, which includes premium safety technologies, such as Integrated Steel Bars, Base with SafeCell Technology and Energy-Absorbing Versa-Tether. The company also introduced the FRONTIER 90 and PINNACLE 90 with the revolutionary ClickTight Installation System. ClickTight technology allows parents to install the seat in harness mode up to 90 pounds safely, securely and easily using the vehicle’s seat belt. 
 
In some occasional instances, when using these NEW 2013 seats in booster mode the vehicle lap belt doesn’t fit low and tight across a child’s upper thighs without the use of the BRITAX SecureGuard accessory clip.
 

Q: How can I be assured that my child is positioned correctly in my BRITAX PIONEER 70, FRONTIER 90 or PINNACLE 90 in booster mode?

 
A: Boosters are designed so adult vehicle seat belts can be positioned properly on a child. Booster seats are for kids who have outgrown their forward-facing restraints. The BRITAX combination Harness-2-Booster seats offer some of the highest weight capacities and top harness slots in the industry to ensure that a child rides safely in a five-point harness as long as possible. When a child is transitioned to booster mode – before he or she outgrows forward-facing harness mode – the lap belt may not fit low and tight across a child’s upper thighs without the installation of the BRITAX SecureGuard accessory clip. If you have any concerns regarding the fit of your child’s lap belt, we encourage you to call Consumer Services at 1-888-427-4829. The representative will be able to determine whether your child’s situation classifies as one of the rare conditions mentioned above.
 
BRITAX will implement a slight change on the FRONTIER 90, PINNACLE 90 and PIONEER 70 by January 2014 that will be designed to address the occasional instance where proper belt fit is not achieved.
 

Q: What is the BRITAX SecureGuard accessory clip?

 
A: The SecureGuard accessory is added to the BRITAX combination Harness-2-Booster seats to help position the lap belt to fit low and tight across a child’s upper thighs, minimizing the risk of abdominal injury during impact.
 
 

Q: When is my child ready for a booster seat?

 

A: Don't rush to move your child to a booster seat too early. Continue to use your forward-facing car seat with a harness and top tether in the back seat for as long as possible. For more information, visit our Booster Basics Page.

 

  

 

Q: What should I look for when my child uses a booster?

 
A: To ensure that the booster seat and vehicle seat belt are properly positioned for your child, follow these steps:

1. The lap belt should be low and tight across the child’s upper thighs, not the soft abdomen. correct vehicle belt fit with a booster seat
2. The shoulder belt should fit snugly across the child’s mid-chest and shoulder. The vehicle belt should NOT be positioned over the child's neck, under the child's arm, or behind the child's back.
3. Either the booster seat or vehicle seat head restraint should be adjusted properly for the child’s height.

Q: How long should my child stay in a booster seat?

 
A: BRITAX recommends that you continue to use the child seat system –   convertible car seat, youth seat, or booster seat – to the upper limits of its recommended use, or until your child can fit properly in the adult seat belt. For more information, visit our Booster Basics Page.