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Safety Notices

FAQ

Q. Can I add the LATCH/Universal Anchorage System from the PARKWAY SGL to my existing PARKWAY SG?

A. No, the ISOFLEX technology is unique and integral to the PARKWAY SGL.

Q. Can I use an inflatable seat belt to install my BRITAX car seat?

A. Yes. BRITAX has revised its recommendations and based upon an analysis of vehicle seat belt system testing results, the current Ford Motor Company (Ford and Lincoln vehicles) Inflatable seat belt system is approved for use with all BRITAX car seats made to date. BRITAX will continue to evaluate information provided by automobile inflatable seat belt manufacturers and may revise these recommendations as new data becomes available. Please see our Inflatable Seat Belt Policy for our recommendations on installing an approved BRITAX car seat with a harness and a Ford inflatable seat belt.

Q. Does a booster seat with flexible LATCH/Universal Anchorage System stabilize the seat as well as a rigid LATCH/Universal Anchorage System?

A. Similar to our convertibles, we have adopted a flexible LATCH/Universal Anchorage system which provides both stability and flex to manage energy during a crash. In addition, the ISOFLEX Flexible Lower LATCH Connection System provides more options for ease and type of installation.

Q. Does the ISOFLEX Flexible Lower LATCH Connection System make the seat safer?

A. Yes, the ISOFLEX 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.

Q. How long can my child seat be used or when does it "expire"?

A. Please refer to the user guide that came with your child seat to determine its recommended useful life. BRITAX recommends that the use of a child seat be discontinued after a certain number of years from the date of manufacture, depending on the seat, or if the seat has been involved in a moderate to severe crash. Expiration dates are provided for various reasons: technology has changed, components degrade from the environment (depending on how and where stored), parts get lost or installed incorrectly, or instructions and labels may not be available or not legible. After a child seat has met its expiration date, BRITAX requests that the child seat be destroyed.

Q. Is a booster seat with LATCH/Universal Anchorage System safer than a booster without? Why?

A. Yes, not only due to the risk of it becoming a projectile when it is not occupied, but especially in a side impact, the seat can have a tendency to either tilt or turn toward the intruding door if it is not LATCHed in.

Q. Is it OK to use the LATCH/Universal Anchorage System on the PARKWAY SGL booster seat up to 120 lbs (54.4 kg)?

A. Yes, the vehicle seat belt is bearing the crash loads and not the LATCH anchors since the LATCH anchors are just holding the seat in place and the vehicle seat belt is what is being used to restrain the child. The load of the child (weight X speed) is applied to the vehicle seat belt as that is what is restraining the child.

Q. Is my child seat aircraft approved?

A. A child seat has been tested and certified to meet FAA requirements if it is labeled, “This restraint is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft.” Even though your child seat may be certified for use on aircraft, it is still a good idea to contact the airline prior to travel to ask. Some aircraft have seating configurations which are incompatible with certain child seats.

Some BRITAX child seats are not certified for use on aircraft. Booster seats are not certified as a lap and shoulder belt is needed with a booster. Please refer to your product user guide to determine if your BRITAX car seat is certified for aircraft use.

Q. My car seat is expired. What should I do with it now?

A. We recommend that expired car seats be discarded. BRITAX currently does not offer a recycling program at its headquarters, but you may want to contact your local recycling facility to see if the seat can be recycled. However, in our experience, most recycling centers do not have the labor or equipment to properly recycle car seats.

When you discard a car seat, be sure to cut off all of the webbing, cut the cover, remove or blackout the serial number and manufacture date, and write “trash, do not use” on the car seat shell.

Q. What are the noticeable differences between the PARKWAY SG and the PARKWAY SGL w/ LATCH/Universal Anchorage System?

A. The biggest noticeable difference between the PARKWAY SGL and the PARKWAY SG is the addition of the ISOFLEX Flexible Lower LATCH Connection System to the PARKWAY SGL. In addition, the PARKWAY SGL features rubber over molded armrests as well as a single-strap SecureGuard clip.

Q. What differentiates the installation of the PARKWAY SGL from other LATCH-based boosters?

A. The PARKWAY SGL is the only booster seat that can be installed from the outside of the vehicle.

Q. What is the difference between a harnessed seat and a booster seat?

A. Booster seats differ from a harnessed car seat in that a booster seat, by definition, simply “boosts” the child up so that the vehicle seat belt is positioned correctly across the child’s hips and shoulder/middle of the chest. Booster seats rely on the vehicle seat belts to hold both the child and the booster seat in position.

Harnessed seats have an internal harness system that is used to restrain the child.

Q. What replacement parts are available for the PARKWAY SGL?

A. The comfort foam, belt guides, and button for the ISOFLEX system are all available as replacement parts.

Q. When can I move my child from a harnessed seat or booster seat to the vehicle seat belt?

A. Requirements for car seat use vary depending on the state or province in which you reside. BRITAX recommends that you follow the laws of your state/province as the minimum requirements for restraining your child while traveling. Additionally, 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 adult seat belt use, as a minimum follow your state/province requirements. The following are additional best practices recommended by BRITAX. To be able to fit an adult seat belt, a child must:
  • Be tall enough to sit without slouching
  • Keep his/her back and buttocks against the vehicle seat back
  • Keep his/her knees completely bent over the front edge of the vehicle seat
  • Keep his/her feet flat on the floor
  • Be able to stay comfortably seated this way, AND
  • The vehicle seat belt must be positioned correctly across the child's hips and shoulder/middle of the chest.
Also, please keep in mind that state/province law does not always represent best practice. We recommend that you follow the laws of your state/province as the minimum requirements for restraining your child while traveling.

Q. When can I move my child into a booster seat?

A. BRITAX recommends that a child remain in a five-point harnessed seat as long as possible and/or until the maximum weight and height of their convertible seat. Check your state/province laws for additional guidance on car seat and booster seat use.

Additional important points to consider when deciding on whether to move your child to a booster seat include:
  • Child’s age
  • Child’s height
  • Child’s weight
  • Child’s maturity – whether the child is a wiggle worm or sleeps often in the vehicle. If so, the booster seat may not be an appropriate selection.
Also, please keep in mind that law does not always represent best practice. We recommend that you follow the laws of your state/province as the minimum requirements for restraining your child while traveling.

Q. Why did you move to a single-strap SecureGuard clip?

A. In the spirit of continuous improvement, we have moved from a double-strap SecureGuard clip to a single-strap SecureGuard clip for increased child comfort. We will be making a tooling change on the PARKWAY SG in 2011 to reflect this change.

Q. Why do I need LATCH/Universal Anchorage System for a booster seat? Why should I purchase the PARKWAY SGL w/ LATCH vs. the PARKWAY SG?

A. The PARKWAY SGL is a good option if you and your child are not in habit of buckling the vehicle seat belt when the booster seat is unoccupied. In fact, the majority of caregivers do not secure their unoccupied booster seats to the vehicle seat, thus allowing the booster seat to become a projectile in the event of a collision. The PARKWAY SGL featuring the ISOFLEX 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.