I usually only write about products I like and stay away from negative reviews, but after my recent finger numbing experience trying to install our 3.5 year olds new Safety 1st Summit Deluxe Booster Seat into my mother’s 2014 Honda CRV, I want to scream out of frustration. I purchased the seat after reading dozens of positive reviews on Amazon.com. What I never gave thought to was the fact that most seats are installed incorrectly. Just because people rave about how easy it is to install, does not mean it is installed right.
I wanted a moderately priced harness to booster seat for the SUV, because our daughter is hardly even in it. In my own car I have the Britax Pioneer 70 and LOVE…. it!!!! When the snow fell and we needed to take a family trip to Lowes, I attempted to install the seat. A nice feature is you don’t have to thread the shoulder straps to get them in the right position, but you do have to uninstall the seat to lift a bar up in the back to make sure the straps were right above or at the shoulders. This is pretty inconvenient, especially given the fact that the seat doesn’t have a built in lock off, allowing you to clip the belt tightly. Without the lock-off, I was left trying to wrestle the seat to get it in tightly. I never could get it tight enough. This has never happened to me.
My husband and I are both CPST’s (Certified Passenger Safety Technicians) and my husband couldn’t get the seat tight either. This hardly ever happens!!! The straps are flimsy and tend to twist. I’m so bummed that I threw away the box because I wish I could return the seat.
I get asked a lot about seat recommendations and I always tell parents that the seats in the US are all crash tested to the same specifications. What it comes down to is how easy it is to install. A seat is only safe if it is installed correctly. My husband was right, I should have spent the extra $100 and gotten a Britax.
Britax is recalling certain convertible child restraints, models Boulevard 70 G3, Advocate 70 G3, and Pavilion 70 G3, Model Numbers: E9LJ91A, E9LJ91M, E9LJ91S, E9LJ92E, E9LJ93P, E9LJ93S, E9LK91A, E9LK31A, E9LK31Q, E9LK32D, E9LK32Z, E9LK33Q, E9LL11A, E9LL11Q, E9LL12D, E9LL12Z, E9LG81A, E9LG83N, E9LG83P, E9LG83X, E9LG83Y, E9LL21A, E9LL23P, E9LL23Y, manufactured from June 2012 through August 2012. These seats were manufactured with a softer chest pad material that may be bitten or chewed into pieces by a child using the seat. If the child bites off a piece of the softer pad, it could be a choking hazard, resulting in injury or death. Britax will provide owners with replacement HUGS pads that are made from a firmer material and instructions on how to replace the pads free of charge. To view a video on how to remove and replace the HUGS chest pads visit www.BritaxUSA.com/support/safety-notices and select the product from the menu on the right side. Owners may remove the HUGS pads and continue using the seat until replacement pads are received. The safety recall is expected to begin shortly. Owners may contact Britax Customer Service Department at 1-888-427-4829 with questions or to request replacement pads in the event their restraint is not already registered with Britax.
My best friend just had a baby girl and honored me by making me God Mother. I couldn’t be more thrilled!!! As God Mother and a CPST, It was my duty and pleasure to make sure the baby was traveling safely and I installed the car seat 2 weeks prior to her arrival.
We have installed hundreds of car seats over the years. Baby Bodyguards is known to be big fans of Britax and the Graco Snugride. My friend had received the Safety 1st OnBoard Air Infant Seat as a gift and it was my first time installing one of those bad boys. I have to admit I had my doubts about liking the seat. I have never really been a big fan of Safety 1st products and was skeptic of the new “air protect” technology. Needless to say I am a big girl and can admit when I am wrong. I happened to really like the seat. It’s good quality, easy to install and lightweight.
Other awesome features include:
Rear-facing 4-35 pounds and up to 32″ in height
Featuring Air Protect®™ revolutionary side impact technology which immediately reduces side impact forces through the precise release of air – LEARN MORE
Extended use from a tiny 4 to a full 35 pounds
17% more leg room than most infant car seats
Customizable insert and low harness slots make the seat ideal for preemies and adjustable for growing babies
Carry Curve™ Handle features ergonomic design
Base Belt Lock easily secures your vehicle seat belt during installation
One Click LATCH installation system
Last Sunday Baby Bodyguards was at the first ever Brooklyn Baby Expo and it was amazing. Karen from A Child Grows in Brooklyn, put it together so we knew it would be.
Britax was kind enough to bring us a demo rig so Fred, who is a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, could demonstrate the proper way to install a car seat. They even gave us a Britax Boulevard 70 to raffle off! It’s an awesome seat, very safe and comfy, but BIG!
It was wonderful seeing a lot of our past clients and meeting lots of expecting couples and answering their baby safety questions.
For those of you that missed it this year, it’s a must for next!
Congrats to Dionne Sinclair of NYC, the winner of the StrollAway. What will you with all your new found extra room, now that your stroller will be tucked away out of sight? I’m sure you will make good use of the space.
For those of you that did not win, keep checking back. We have exciting giveaways coming up. Soon we will be giving away a Britax Frontier, along with a car seat installation class!
Some car seats are being recalled after safety experts determined they could fail to secure children in the event of a crash.
Cerain Britax Frontier child restraints are involved.
Tests reveal the harness straps may detach from the metal yoke on the back of the restraint if repeatedly loosened one strap at a time.
To fix the problem, Britax will mail to all registered owners rubber caps that prevent the straps from detaching.
To get the fix, call Britax at 800-683-2045 and request a kit.
You can also order a fix on their Web site.
The affected models include E9L54E7, E9L54H6, E9L54H7, E9L54M6 manufactured on or before September 14, 2008, and model E9L5490 manufactured on or before Sept. 17, 2008.
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec 12, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Britax Child Safety, Inc. announced today that it is conducting a voluntary safety recall on the Frontier(TM) combination Harness-2-Booster(TM) child restraints. The recall includes Frontier child restraints manufactured between April 1, 2008 and September 14, 2008 for Model #s E9L54E7, E9L54H6, E9L54H7 and E9L54M6 and between April 1, 2008 and September 17, 2008 on Model # E9L5490.
If the harness straps are repeatedly loosened one strap at a time, then the harness strap(s) may become detached from the metal yoke located on the back of the child seat. If the harness strap(s) becomes loose or detached then the condition can be corrected by inspecting the back of the child seat and reattaching the harness straps. If this condition occurs, the child may not be properly restrained, and in the event of a vehicle crash there could be an increased risk of injury.
To address this issue, Britax will provide two rubber caps that can be easily placed on the yoke slots to prevent the harness straps from detaching. The rubber caps have been specifically designed for the Frontier yoke to provide a secure fit and have been tested to verify their effectiveness. No later than January 7, 2009, the rubber caps will be mailed with an instruction sheet to all registered Frontier child restraint owners with manufacturing dates prior to September 15 or 18, 2008. Additional caps will be made available to retailers with affected inventory of Frontiers manufactured prior to September 15 or 18, 2008. All Frontier child restraint owners should confirm whether their Frontier is affected by verifying the date of manufacture. Starting December 15, 2008, further details will be available here http://www.frontierrecall.com/” http://www.FrontierRecall.com
Until consumers receive their remedy kit, they should confirm that their harness system is properly attached to the metal yoke and they may continue to safely use their child restraint.
Owners of the Frontier child restraint who have not registered their product or need to verify existing registration should contact the Britax information line, toll free at 1-800-683-2045 or visit http://www.frontierrecall.com