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Safety Notices

Energy-Absorbing Base

What is an Energy-Absorbing Base?

An energy-absorbing base is the lower portion of the child seat that is specifically designed and engineered to divert crash forces away from your child during a crash.

Where is the Energy-Absorbing Base located on the child seat?

The energy-absorbing area of the base on the FRONTIER 85 is located in the area indicated below in red:

energy-absorbing base

How does my child benefit from the Energy-Absorbing Base in Combination Harness-2-Booster Seats?

Injuries can occur when crash forces come in contact with your child. Incorporating an energy-absorbing base into the seat allows for some of the crash forces to be absorbed by the base instead of being passed on to your child.

How does the Energy-Absorbing Base work in
Combination Harness-2-Booster seats?

During a crash, the vehicle is forced to come to a stop, however everything else in the vehicle will keep moving until they have come to a stop. In a frontal impact, your child’s seat will begin to move forward; as the child seat comes to a stop vertical force is applied to it.

When the FRONTIER 85 and FRONTIER 85 SICT Harness-2-Booster seats are being used in the harness mode, the recline block must be in the forward position. This allows for:

  • your child to be properly positioned, and
  • an area of the seat base that is meant to crush during a crash to be exposed.

The energy required to crush the base is being applied to the base during a crash instead of to your child.

How long has BRITAX incorporated an Energy-Absorbing base in the Combination Harness-2-Booster seats?

Combination Harness-2-Booster seats have featured an energy-absorbing base since they were first launched in April 2008.

Which current BRITAX car seats feature an Energy-Absorbing Base?

Frontier 85 Combination Seat


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