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BRITAX Inflatable Seat Belt Policy

November 24 2014

 

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

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 EXCEPT B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Marathon ClickTight, Boulevard ClickTight, and Advocate ClickTight. BRITAX will continue to evaluate information provided by automobile inflatable seat belt manufacturers and may revise these recommendations as new data becomes available.

When installing an approved BRITAX car seat with a harness and a Ford or Lincoln inflatable seat belt, we recommend the following:

B-SAFE Infant Car Seat

LATCH INSTALLATION

  • If the vehicle seating position has an inflatable seat belt system and a manufacturer designated LATCH system, install the B-SAFE using LATCH. Follow the instructions in the User Guide for installation with LATCH.

INSTALLATION WITH THE BASE AND A FORD OR LINCOLN INFLATABLE SEAT BELT SYSTEM

  • Open the built-in lock-off.
  • While holding the shoulder and lap belt portions together, route the vehicle belt under and through the first belt guide, through the open lock-off and down through the second belt guide. Be sure the belt webbing is not twisted.
    • Do not route the shoulder part of the vehicle belt through the lock-off
    • The shoulder part of the vehicle belt will lie on top of the closed lock-off when installation is complete.
  • Continue installation as per the Ford Vehicle Owner’s Manual:
    • Insert the belt tongue into the proper buckle (the buckle closest to the direction the tongue is coming from) for that seating position until you hear a snap and feel the latch engage. Make sure the tongue is latched securely by pulling on it.
    • To put the retractor in the automatic locking mode, grasp the lap portion of the inflatable safety belt and pull upward until all of the belt is pulled out.
    • Allow the belt to retract to remove the slack (storing excess webbing). The retractor will click as it retracts to indicate it is in the automatic locking mode.
    • Remove remaining slack from the belt. Force the base down with extra weight, e.g., by pressing down on the base while pulling up on the shoulder belt (pull down on the lap belt for inflatable safety belts) in order to force slack from the belt.
  • Verify that the vehicle belt is tight and that the base is secure. The base is secure when it moves less than 1 inch (2.5 cm) front-to back or side-to-side at the vehicle belt path.
  • Close the lock-off over the lap portion of the vehicle seat belt.

INSTALLATION WITHOUT THE BASE AND A FORD OR LINCOLN INFLATABLE SEAT BELT SYSTEM

  • Pull the vehicle belt out and route the lap part of the vehicle belt through each belt guide.
    • Do not route the shoulder part of the vehicle belt through the belt guides.
    • The shoulder belt will route diagonally from the seat belt buckle up to retractor.
  • Continue installation as per the Ford or Lincoln Vehicle Owner’s Manual:
    • Insert the belt tongue into the proper buckle (the buckle closest to the direction the tongue is coming from) for that seating position until you hear a snap and feel the latch engage. Make sure the tongue is latched securely by pulling on it.
    • To put the retractor in the automatic locking mode, grasp the lap portion of the inflatable safety belt and pull upward until all of the belt is pulled out.
    • Allow the belt to retract to remove the slack (storing excess webbing).The retractor will click as it retracts to indicate it is in the automatic locking mode.
    • Remove remaining slack from the belt. Force the seat down with extra weight, e.g., by pressing down on the child restraint while pulling up on the shoulder belt (pull down on the lap belt for inflatable safety belts) in order to force slack from the belt.
  • Verify that the vehicle belt is tight and that the base is secure. The base is secure when it moves less than 1 inch (2.5 cm) front-to back or side-to-side at the vehicle belt path.

B-SAFE 35 and B-SAFE 35 Elite Infant Car Seats

LATCH INSTALLATION

  • If the vehicle seating position has an inflatable seat belt system and a manufacturer designated LATCH system, install the B-SAFE 35 and B-SAFE 35 Elite using the lower anchors of the base. Follow the instructions in the User Guide for installation with lower anchors.

INSTALLATION WITH THE BASE AND A FORD OR LINCOLN INFLATABLE SEAT BELT SYSTEM

  • Not approved at this time. *
  • Choose an alternative seating position that does not have an inflatable seat belt system.

INSTALLATION WITHOUT THE BASE AND A FORD OR LINCOLN INFLATABLE SEAT BELT SYSTEM

  • Not approved at this time. *
  • Choose an alternative seating position that does not have an inflatable seat belt system.

* Approval pending testing. Please check periodically for any changes in models approved for use with Ford Inflatable Seat Belt Systems.

CHAPERONE Infant Car Seat

LATCH INSTALLATION

  • If the vehicle seating position has an inflatable seat belt system and a manufacturer designated LATCH system, install the Chaperone using LATCH. Follow the instructions in the User Guide for installation with LATCH.

INSTALLATION WITH THE BASE AND A FORD OR LINCOLN INFLATABLE SEAT BELT SYSTEM

  • Open the built-in lock-off
  • Route ONLY the lap portion under the belt guides and through the belt path / open lock-off.
    • Do not route the shoulder part of the vehicle belt through the belt path/open lock-off.
    • The shoulder belt will route diagonally from the seat belt buckle up to retractor.
  • Continue installation as per the Ford or Lincoln Vehicle Owner’s Manual:
    • Insert the belt tongue into the proper buckle (the buckle closest to the direction the tongue is coming from) for that seating position until you hear a snap and feel the latch engage. Make sure the tongue is latched securely by pulling on it.
    • To put the retractor in the automatic locking mode, grasp the lap portion of the inflatable safety belt and pull upward until all of the belt is pulled out.
    • Allow the belt to retract to remove the slack (storing excess webbing).The retractor will click as it retracts to indicate it is in the automatic locking mode.
    • Remove remaining slack from the belt. Force the base down with extra weight, e.g., by pressing down on the base while pulling up on the shoulder belt (pull down on the lap belt for inflatable safety belts) in order to force slack from the belt.
  • Verify that the vehicle belt is tight and that the base is secure. The base is secure when it moves less than 1 inch (2.5 cm) front-to back or side-to-side at the vehicle belt path.
  • Close the lock-off

INSTALLATION WITHOUT THE BASE AND A FORD OR LINCOLN INFLATABLE SEAT BELT SYSTEM

  • Pull the vehicle belt out and route the lap part of the vehicle belt through each belt guide.
    • Do not route the shoulder part of the vehicle belt through the belt guides.
    • The shoulder belt will route diagonally from the seat belt buckle up to retractor.
  • Continue installation as per the Ford or Lincoln Vehicle Owner’s Manual:
    • Insert the belt tongue into the proper buckle (the buckle closest to the direction the tongue is coming from) for that seating position until you hear a snap and feel the latch engage. Make sure the tongue is latched securely by pulling on it.
    • To put the retractor in the automatic locking mode, grasp the lap portion of the inflatable safety belt and pull upward until all of the belt is pulled out.
    • Allow the belt to retract to remove the slack (storing excess webbing).The retractor will click as it retracts to indicate it is in the automatic locking mode.
    • Remove remaining slack from the belt. Force the seat down with extra weight, e.g., by pressing down on the child restraint while pulling up on the shoulder belt (pull down on the lap belt for inflatable safety belts) in order to force slack from the belt.
  • Verify that the vehicle belt is tight and that the base is secure. The base is secure when it moves less than 1 inch (2.5 cm) front-to back or side-to-side at the vehicle belt path.
     

Note: The steps are the same for installing a convertible rear or forward facing.

LATCH INSTALLATION

  • If the vehicle seating position has an inflatable seat belt system and a manufacturer designated LATCH system, install using LATCH. Refer to your vehicle owner’s manual or contact the vehicle manufacturer for the maximum weight rating for their lower anchors. Use vehicle belt (not lower connectors) for installations with children who weigh more than the vehicle lower anchor limit. Unless specified otherwise by the vehicle manufacturer, assume a 40 lb child is the vehicle lower anchor limit.
    • Follow the instructions in the User Guide for installation with LATCH.

INSTALLATION WITH A FORD OR LINCOLN INFLATABLE SEAT BELT SYSTEM

  • Do not use the built-in lock-offs if the car seat includes lock-offs – keep the lock-offs closed.
  • While holding the shoulder and lap belt portions together, route the vehicle belt through the appropriate belt slots. (rear or forward as necessary) Be sure the belt webbing is not twisted.
    • Rear-facing: ensuring that the vehicle belt is routed UNDER the harness buckle strap.
  • Continue installation as per the Ford or Lincoln Vehicle Owner’s Manual:
    • Insert the belt tongue into the proper buckle (the buckle closest to the direction the tongue is coming from) for that seating position until you hear a snap and feel the latch engage. Make sure the tongue is latched securely by pulling on it.
    • To put the retractor in the automatic locking mode, grasp the lap portion of the inflatable safety belt and pull upward until all of the belt is pulled out.
    • Allow the belt to retract to remove the slack (storing excess webbing).The retractor will click as it retracts to indicate it is in the automatic locking mode.
    • Remove remaining slack from the belt. Force the seat down with extra weight, e.g., by pressing down on the child restraint while pulling up on the shoulder belt (pull down on the lap belt for inflatable safety belts) in order to force slack from the belt.
  • Verify that the vehicle belt is tight and that the base is secure. The base is secure when it moves less than 1 inch (2.5 cm) front-to back or side-to-side at the vehicle belt path.
  • Attach the Versa-Tether to a designated anchor (see vehicle owner’s manual) and remove slack.
     


FRONTIER, FRONTIER 85, and FRONTIER 85 SICT

LATCH INSTALLATION

  • If the vehicle seating position has an inflatable seat belt system and a manufacturer designated LATCH system, install using LATCH. Refer to your vehicle owner’s manual or contact the vehicle manufacturer for the maximum weight rating for their lower anchors. Use vehicle belt (not lower connectors) for installations with children who weigh more than the vehicle lower anchor limit. Unless specified otherwise by the vehicle manufacturer, assume a 40 lb child is the vehicle lower anchor limit.

INSTALLATION WITH A FORD OR LINCOLN INFLATABLE SEAT BELT SYSTEM

  • Refer to the CRS User Guide for installation Lap-Shoulder Belt – Short Path OR Lap-Shoulder Belt – Long Path for proper routing.
  • While holding the shoulder and lap belt portions together, route the vehicle belt through the appropriate belt slots. Be sure the belt webbing is not twisted.
  • Continue installation as per the Ford or Lincoln Vehicle Owner’s Manual:
    • Insert the belt tongue into the proper buckle (the buckle closest to the direction the tongue is coming from) for that seating position until you hear a snap and feel the latch engage. Make sure the tongue is latched securely by pulling on it.
    • To put the retractor in the automatic locking mode, grasp the lap portion of the inflatable safety belt and pull upward until all of the belt is pulled out.
    • Allow the belt to retract to remove the slack (storing excess webbing).The retractor will click as it retracts to indicate it is in the automatic locking mode.
    • Remove remaining slack from the belt. Force the seat down with extra weight, e.g., by pressing down on the child restraint while pulling up on the shoulder belt (pull down on the lap belt for inflatable safety belts) in order to force slack from the belt.
  • Verify that the vehicle belt is tight and that the child seat is secure. The child seat is secure when it moves less than 1 inch (2.5 cm) front-to back or side-to-side at the vehicle belt path.
  • Attach the Versa-Tether to a designated anchor (see vehicle owner’s manual) and remove slack.

PIONEER 70, FRONTIER 90, and PINNACLE 90 

LATCH INSTALLATION

  • If the vehicle seating position has an inflatable seat belt system and a manufacturer designated LATCH system, install using LATCH. Refer to your vehicle owner’s manual or contact the vehicle manufacturer for the maximum weight rating for their lower anchors. Use vehicle belt (not lower connectors) for installations with children who weigh more than the vehicle lower anchor limit. Unless specified otherwise by the vehicle manufacturer, assume a 40 lb child is the vehicle lower anchor limit for the PIONEER 70 and FRONTIER 90, and assume a 38 lb child is the vehicle lower anchor limit for the PINNACLE 90.

INSTALLATION WITH A FORD OR LINCOLN INFLATABLE SEAT BELT SYSTEM

  • Refer to the CRS User Guide for installation Lap-Shoulder Belt.
    • FRONTIER 90 and PINNACLE 90 the lap-shoulder belt is routed through the belt path with ClickTight open.
  • While holding the shoulder and lap belt portions together, route the vehicle belt through the appropriate belt. Be sure the belt webbing is not twisted.
  • Continue installation as per the Ford or Lincoln Vehicle Owner’s Manual:
    • Insert the belt tongue into the proper buckle (the buckle closest to the direction the tongue is coming from) for that seating position until you hear a snap and feel the latch engage. Make sure the tongue is latched securely by pulling on it.
    • To put the retractor in the automatic locking mode, grasp the lap portion of the inflatable safety belt and pull upward until all of the belt is pulled out.
    • Allow the belt to retract to remove the slack (storing excess webbing).The retractor will click as it retracts to indicate it is in the automatic locking mode.
  • Continue installation as per the child restraint user guide - closing ClickTight.
  • Verify that the vehicle belt is tight and that the child seat is secure. The child seat is secure when it moves less than 1 inch (2.5 cm) front-to back or side-to-side at the vehicle belt path.
  • Attach the Versa-Tether to a designated anchor (see vehicle owner’s manual) and remove slack.
    • NOTE: Top tether use is always recommended by BRITAX. Top tether is required for children above 65 lbs.

  • When using a BRITAX belt positioning booster seat with Ford or Lincoln inflatable seat belts, we recommend following the instructions in the booster seat User Guide and the Vehicle Owner’s Manual.