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Safety Notices

FAQ

Q. Are the Frontier 90, Pinnacle 90 and Pioneer 70 Harness-2-Booster seats certified for aircraft use?

A. Yes, all Frontier 90, Pinnacle 90 and Pioneer 70 are certified for use on aircraft in harness mode.

Q. Can a locking clip be used with a FRONTIER, FRONTIER 85, or REGENT since they do not have built-in lock-offs?

A. Yes, a locking clip can be used in certain situations for seats such as the FRONTIER, FRONTIER 85, HUSKY, REGENT, and COMPANION. Please refer to your child seat user guide as well as your vehicle owner's manual to determine if you require the use of a locking clip with your child restraint.

Seats with built-in lock-offs do not require the use of a locking clip.

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. How do I install my Frontier 90 AND Pinnacle 90 on an aircraft seat? Do I use the ClickTight System?

A. To install the Frontier 90 AND Pinnacle 90 seats on an aircraft, you should install the seat by placing the lap belt over the belt path and NOT use the ClickTight system. This applies only to use on aircraft.

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. How should the Versa-Tether be stored?

A. When the Versa-Tether is being used to install the child seat in your vehicle, any excess webbing should be secured in the attached elastic strap. When the Versa-Tether is not being used to install the seat in your vehicle, it should be stored in the pouch on the back of the child seat. To avoid damage or injury, be sure that any excess webbing is contained within your vehicle at all times.

Q. How tight does the install have to be when using LATCH/Universal Anchorage System for the FRONTIER or FRONTIER 85 in booster mode - less than 1" of movement as in harnessed mode or just secure?

A. The use of LATCH/UAS to position the FRONTIER and FRONTIER 85 in booster mode is a convenience feature. The vehicle seat belt system is restraining the child in the event of an impact. While the 1" rule is not as important, BRITAX would recommend that you pull the LATCH/lower connector straps tight with reasonable effort and force to remove the slack in the straps (a.k.a. webbing).

Q. I tried installing the FRONTIER or FRONTIER 85 in harness mode with the recline block in booster mode (towards the back of the seat) and got a good installation. Is this an acceptable install?

A. No. The FRONTIER and FRONTIER 85 were tested and certified with the recline block in the forward position for harness mode. Do not use the recline block in booster mode for a harness installation.

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. My Frontier 90, Pinnacle 90, or Pioneer 70 Harness-2-Booster seat states it is not certified for aircraft use. Is this aircraft certification retroactive?

A. Yes, this aircraft certification is retroactive and applies to all Frontier 90, Pinnacle 90 and Pioneer 70 seats, regardless of manufacture date labels and user guide instructions.

Q. The FRONTIER and FRONTIER 85 user guides say that in booster mode the seat can be secured to the vehicle seat using LATCH and use the vehicle lap-shoulder belt to secure the child. The child must be over 40 pounds to use the seat in booster mode, and LATCH generally is used only up to 40 pounds (unless otherwise noted by the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation). Is this instruction conflicting?

A. When LATCH is used to secure a harnessed child seat in a vehicle and the harness itself is restraining the child in the child seat, in the event of a crash, then the load or force is applied to the LATCH system. In this scenario you would not use LATCH to secure or install a child seat with a child who weighs more than indicated by the vehicle manufacturer as maximum capacity of the lower anchors.

When LATCH is used in a booster mode, as allowable with the FRONTIER and FRONTIER 85, the LATCH system is pre-positioning the booster seat. The lap-shoulder belt is then used to secure the child. In this scenario, in the event of a crash the load is applied to the vehicle seat belt system as with any belt-positioning booster seat. Since the load is not applied to the LATCH system in this scenario, it does not contradict the maximum capacity rating of the lower anchors by the vehicle manufacturer.

Q. The tether on my car seat has an extra webbing (a loop) under the cover. What is this?

A. In 2006, BRITAX began to introduce an energy-absorbing tether assembly to its convertible (infant/child) car seats. It consists of a loop of webbing with colored (red) stitching held under the cover at the top of the seat shell. In the event of a severe crash, the colored stitching will break and the loops will partially pull through the back side of the shell, reducing G-force effects on the child's head and body. If the colored stitching has broken on your tether assembly, discontinue use of the child seat.

Q. What are the cracks on the back of my FRONTIER?

A. This is common artifact of blow molding known as “curtaining”. It is caused when the parison folds on itself as it is being expanded. It is not a structural defect and will not lead to cracking.

Q. What do I do if my seat states on its labels that it is not certified for aircraft use but I still want to use it on an airplane?

A. Click here to print out a statement from BRITAX that you can carry on the aircraft with you. Please note that while these seats are certified for aircraft use, it is recommended to check with your airline regarding the use of child seats on their aircraft as different aircraft have varying seat sizes.

Q. Why can't I use the FRONTIER or FRONTIER 85 until my child is TWO years old and 25 pounds?

A. The FRONTIER and FRONTIER 85 were released with a 25 pound/2-year minimum requirement with great support from key child passenger safety advocates because it supports "best practice." BRITAX does not want to promote forward facing children too early, i.e. moving your child from an infant car seat directly into a FRONTIER or FRONTIER 85. We want children to transition from an infant car seat to a rear facing convertible car seat and remain rear facing until the maximum weight allowed by the seat (up to 40 pounds). This aligns with the recommendations set forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics: "Toddlers should remain rear-facing in a convertible car seat until they have reached the maximum height and weight recommended for the model, or at least the age of 2.”