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SecureGuard


What is SecureGuard?

SecureGuard

SecureGuard is an easy-to-use BRITAX exclusive feature that works with the vehicle safety belt to prevent the child from sliding under the lap belt portion of the safety belt (submarining) during impact.

Watch the video below to learn more about SecureGuard.

Where is SecureGuard located on the booster seat?

The SecureGuard clip is attached to the base of the booster seat.

Parkway SG booster seat with SecureGuard Parkway SG booster seat with SecureGuard
BRITAX PARKWAY SG Belt-Positioning Booster Seat
with SecureGuard
Close up of SecureGuard clip being placed over the
lap portion of a vehicle safety belt


How does SecureGuard work?

The SecureGuard clip slides over the lap belt portion of a lap-shoulder seat belt to keep the lap belt properly positioned low across your child's hips/upper thighs, preventing your child from submarining under the belt during a crash or the belt riding up into your child's abdomen.

submarining SecureGuard
A child in a booster seat may "submarine", or slide under the vehicle lap belt during impact, which can lead to serious abdominal injuries. The SecureGuard clip maintains proper belt positioning low across the child's upper thighs/hips and prevents the child from "submarining".


How does my child benefit from a booster seat that features SecureGuard?

The purpose of a belt-positioning booster seat is to lift or position your child so that the vehicle seat belt fits across the strongest parts of your child's body. A study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety states that "the lap belt should fit flat across a child's upper thighs, not across the soft abdomen, which is more likely to be injured in a crash than bony structures like the pelvis." In the event of a collision, a lap belt that is improperly positioned across your child's abdomen can cause serious injuries, including injuries to internal organs, that can't always be diagnosed immediately and can be life-threatening. Even in cases where the lap belt is initially positioned correctly across your child's hips/upper thighs, it is possible that the forces associated with a collision may cause your child to slide downward under the belt, resulting in the same risk of abdominal injuries.

The SecureGuard clip ensures that the lap portion of a lap-shoulder vehicle seat belt is properly positioned across your child's hips/upper thighs, both during normal use and in the event of a collision.


How long has BRITAX incorporated SecureGuard in their seats?

The SecureGuard feature was first introduced in the USA with the launch of the Parkway SG Belt-Positioning Booster Seat in July 2009.


Which current BRITAX car seats feature SecureGuard?

Frontier 85 Combination Seat Frontier 85 Combination Seat Frontier 85 SICT Combination Seat Parkway SG Booster Seat Parkway SGL Booster Seat
PIONEER 70 (compatible with SecureGuard accessory) FRONTIER 90 (compatible with SecureGuard accessory) PINNACLE 90 (compatible with SecureGuard accessory) PARKWAY SG 2013 PARKWAY SGL 2013

 

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