What words come to mind when you think of Britax Car Seats? Ingenuity, commitment, innovation, uncompromising, safety, comfort, peace of mind, ongoing, trusted. Those are just a few words that come to mind when I think of Britax Car Seats. Safety you can see, that’s their motto. And it’s really true, you can see it, 360 degrees of protection.
Britax Car Seats – Safety Features
What makes Britax Car Seats so special is that they really study the science behind car crashes. They devise strategies, then they implement them, then they test, they implement some more, and they test again. That’s what makes Britax Car Seats so amazing! It’s the peace of mind, knowing that your child is as safe as safe could be.
Britax Car Seats offer some pretty amazing safety features. In fact, there’s so many it can be a bit overwhelming. I’m going to break down some of these safety features, and give you an idea of what you can expect .
Energy-Absorbing Foam Liner
All Britax Car Seats offer energy-absorbing foam liner. Either EPS or EPP, which are both lightweight and resilient foam plastics. They are designed to withstand impact, and reduce impact forces. All of the Britax Car Seats offer energy-absorbing foam in their shells. Some offer additional foam in their head restraints.
Britax offers three layers of side impact protection. Some Britax Car Seats offer all three, while others, like the Britax B-Safe Infant Car Seat, offer one. Basic Side Impact Protection is basically composed of the rigid shell of the car seat, deep side walls, and energy-absorbing foam that lines the entire shell. It does three things, first it distributes crash forces away from your child during impact, shields them from vehicle intrusion, and contains the head and body.
Most Britax Car Seats offer what is known as True Side Impact Protection. This is the second level. It includes the basic side impact protection, as well as an additional head restraint that is also lined with energy absorbing foam. The head restraint provides additional protection during impact. It will basically minimize side to side movement of your child’s head, limiting potential injury.
The only Britax Car Seats that offer the side impact cushions is the Britax Advocate Convertible Car Seat, and the new Britax Frontier 85 SICT. These cushions are the third level of side impact protection. They are found on the outside of the car seat, parallel to your child’s head. The side impact cushions are designed to further reduce side impact crash energy, and provide extra protection for adjacent passengers. In fact, they actually reduce side impact crash energy by 45%.
The only Britax Car Seat that offers an Anti-Rebound Bar is the Britax Chaperone Infant Car Seat. This bar is actually attached to the base. What it does is minimize rotation, either to the front or the rear, during impact. In other words, the rebound bar acts as a barrier, preventing the car seat from rotating and hitting the back of the seat.
Most of the Britax Car Seats offer SafeCells in the base. SafeCells are an engineered structure that compresses during impact. I guess it’s kind of like a really thick foam. During impact these SafeCells compress in the base, lowering the center of gravity for the car seat, and counteracting forward rotation. All of the Britax Convertible Car Seats offer this safety feature.
Click & Safe Snug Harness Indicator
The only Britax Car Seats that offer the Click & Safe feature are the Britax Advocate, the old Britax Boulevard, and the new Britax Pavilion. The Click & Safe feature is actually just an audible clicking sound that tells you when the harness is snug enough.
Pretty much all of the convertible Britax Car Seats offer the integrated steel bars. They are attached to the car seat base and are designed to strength the connection between the seat and the vehicle. This also reduces the forward flexing of the car seat during an impact.
All of the convertible Britax Car Seats, and booster seats offer this tether. It’s attached to the top of the car seat on both sides. Basically, you hook this tether to an anchor in your vehicle and it reduces forward movement of the car seat during impact.
A few of the convertible Britax Car Seats, and booster seats offer this feature. HUGS is actually found on the child safety harness, right by the chest clip. It’s a pad made of elasto polymer with treads on the back. It is designed to reduce forward movement by adding friction to the harness.
This is one of the newest safety features added to the Britax Car Seat line. I can be found on all the high-capacity convertible car seats. It offers the same chest pads that you get with the HUGS System, only now they’ve also added safecells. So now, not only do you get friction reducing forward movement, but you also get safecells compressing to further reduce movement.
The only Britax Car Seats that offer the SecureGuard feature, or are compatible, are the Britax Parkway Booster Seats, and the Britax Frontier 85. The SecureGuard Clip works with the vehicle safety belt, attaching to the lap belt, and then to the seat. It prevents your child from sliding under the seat belt in the event of an accident, also known as submarining.
For more information on any of the above Britax Car Seat Safety Features, visit the Britax Learning Center.