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Safety Notices

FAQ

Q. Can I leave the CLICK & GO stroller adapters in my CHAPERONE infant car seat?

A. Yes the CHAPERONE is tested and certified with stroller adapters.

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 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 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. The base of the CHAPERONE infant car seat hangs over the edge of the seat when installed in my vehicle. Is this safe?

A. Historically, Child Passenger Safety curriculum has referenced an “80/20 rule of thumb” – which suggests that at least 80% of the child restraint’s base should be in contact with the vehicle seat.

Whereas this rule of thumb is a good starting point, changes in product design and materials among manufacturers have resulted in products that defy this guideline in both directions. Some products require 100% of the restraint’s base be in contact with the vehicle seat, while other products may allow for less than 80%. If limitations to standard installations exist – it should be well documented in the user guide.

BRITAX has extensively tested the CHAPERONE infant car seat under all configurations possible within the FMVSS-213 standard – with each result far exceeding the required standards.

Q. The CHAPERONE’s anti-rebound bar is not making complete contact with the vehicle seat back. Is this okay?

A. The contour of the vehicle seat will affect the amount of contact between the seat back and the anti-rebound bar. Once a firm installation is achieved, the space is typically minimal.

Q. What is the correct handle position for the BRITAX CHAPERONE infant car seat when used in the vehicle?

A. For in-vehicle use, whether used with or without the base, the handle to the CHAPERONE infant car seat can be in any locked position during travel.

Q. When installed rear-facing, the car seat touches the back of the front vehicle seat. Is this ok?

A. After your car seat is securely installed rear-facing, you may move the front vehicle seat back JUST until contact is made with the car seat. The vehicle seat should not be pushed back so that the secure installation of the car seat is reliant on the front vehicle seat (“bracing”). However, some vehicle manufacturers prohibit any contact between a car seat and the front vehicle seat, so be sure to check your vehicle owner’s manual.

Q. Why can't I tether my BRITAX CHAPERONE child seat?

A. The CHAPERONE does not have a tether. The base has an anti-rebound bar that will assist to reduce rebound in the event of a frontal impact. To learn more about how an anti-rebound bar protects your child in a crash, visit the anti-rebound bar page in our Learning Center.