Britax Frontier ClickTight Booster Car Seat

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Reviewed by Brankica Ivanova
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We like

ClickTight system ensures super-easy installation of the car seat

SafeCell Impact Protection system ensures safety and enhanced protection of the child in an event of collision

Easy-adjust 9-points harness grows with the child

Longevity in use because of the wide height and weight range

Great design that offers comfort

Extra features like removable cover and integrated cup holders

We don’t like

The price is not cheap

Not for kids younger than 2 years

How it works

There are many things that parents have to buy continuously especially to a growing child. So in many cases, parents are looking for a bargain for certain products especially the ones that are being used for a limited period of time. However, certain things are worth spending the extra money and one of those things is definitely a car seat. Whenever parents are looking for a quality car seat for the child some of the criteria that their decision will be based on are safety features, ease of use or installation, class, design and of course the price. And if your child is ready to leave his or her forward-facing seat but he or she is not old enough to sit independently on the seat and use the shoulder belt it means that it is a perfect time for the child to be seated into a booster seat. With so many booster seats on the market claiming to be the most comfortable, the safest or with best value parents can be confused when deciding. This is why we decided to review one of the most popular convertible car seats that can be transferred from harness mode to booster seat and a seat which seems to satisfy the majority of the criteria that are required for a car seat. So, take time and go through our review for the Britax Frontier Car Seat, especially if you are considering buying one.

Product specifics

Product specifics

If we take a look at the name of this car seat Britax Frontier ClickTight Combination Harness -2 we might ask ourselves what does ClickTight Combination Harness -2 mean and is this something important for us to know? ClickTight represents an installation system which parents love because it makes the installation of the car seat really easy and quick compared to many other similar products.

The “Combination Harness -2” means that this seat can be used in 2 modes: harness mode and booster mode. The first one means that the car seat is to be used for children who are older than 2 years with weight limitation from 25 -90 pounds and height limitation from 30-58 inches. Looking at the weight and height limitation we can conclude that it can be used for older kids, for example, 7-year-olds as it is recommended by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), that children should continue using car seats with a harness and top tether as long as possible. The booster mode is intended for even older children and it is approved for kids who weigh between 40-120 pounds and with a height between 45 and 62 inches. The dimensions of the product are 21 x 19 x 28 inches and it weighs around 25 pounds and it is around 12” wide.
Car Seat Installation and ClickTight System

Car Seat Installation and ClickTight System

The ease of installing this car seat is definitely one of the good news about it and for all those parents who are frustrated by the car seat installation, this seat might be a great option.The ClickTight technology provides this feature without compromising safety and security. What you have to do basically is to position the car seat firmly against the backrest and release the ClickTight system before you insert the seat belt through the connect point. Then you just press down the ClickTight system in order to lock the seat in that position and that’s all.

The product contains instructions for installation and there are also many videos that describe and show the process of installation so you need not worry about it at all. You can use the car seat belt but there is another option as well if you do not like to use the seat belt. This seat features a lower connector strap that can be used if you want to secure the seat on the lower anchors and this type of installation is also very easy because you just have to click in order to lock the anchors into place and then if you want to release them you just have to push a button.
Maximum fit and Comfort

Maximum fit and Comfort

The Britax Frontier ClickTight Combination Harness-2-Booster Car Seat has 9 different harness positions which mean that this seat allows you to adjust the position according to the growing size of your child. If you want to switch the positions it is very easy to do it because all you have to do is a quick squeeze and lift which means there is no need of uninstalling and reinstalling the car seat. The seat can be used only as forward facing seat meaning that straps are to be placed at or above seated shoulder height.

For even greater comfort when the car seat is in harness mode it can be in reclined positions and it can be easily adjusted by a front adjust recline lever up to the level that provides perfect comfort for your child and in this way you can adjust the best fit for the car seat. You can easily change the reclining position also when the child is in the seat. Once you move to use the seat in a booster mode the option for reclining no longer exists and you have to keep the seat in an upright position.

However, there are some complaints about the harness of this car seat and tightening up the harness straps that customers claim is due to design flaw at the back of the seat especially when the car seat is installed in certain car models. In addition to the 9 harness positions, there is an Easy-Buckle System with two positions to move the buckle for the growing child and with this system, you can keep the buckle away while you are placing your child in the car seat.
Safety

Safety

Another feature of this car seat is the SafeCell Impact Protection system. If you are asking yourselves what does this understand, this SafeCell impact protection system with its features, in general, provides compression and lowering of the pressure and force in the event of a crash. This protection system includes a steel frame, energy-absorbing base, and impact-absorbing tether with staged-release stitches. All these features of the protection system enhance the safety but let’s see what all these features actually mean regarding the safety of the child and the stability of the seat.

The steel frame provides extraordinary sturdiness and strength at the point where the seat connects to the car offering firmness at the connection point, which is very important for safety. The energy-absorbing base offers two layers of side protection that shields the child from direct pressure or force as well as there is a head protection that also safeguards the head and the neck in case of collision because the head restraint contains energy-absorbing EPP foam. The impact-absorbing base compresses in order to lessen the pressure and the force that can occur in case of collision.

The tether also minimizes the seat rotation with the staged-release stitches which provide a reduction of the forward movement in case of a crash. This means that this seat offers maximum safety for your child because it satisfies and it is beyond the safety standard requirements. Britax designs the seat and uses components in the United States from US& Global components. So knowing all these features you can trust Britax that its seats keep the kids safe and secure.
Smart design

Smart design

The Britax Frontier ClickTight Combination Harness-2-Booster Car Seat has a slim design and this provides better fitting in most of the cars. The sides of the car seat are more open so the kids, when seated, are able to have a clear view of the world outside. The cushion on the seat is soft and thick and on the sides and headrest contains high-quality EPP foam and the headrest is a little bit hard and it offers less support for the head of a napping child. The fabric is durable, maybe it seems at the time a bit rough but it is firm and nicely tight and what is important it wipes clean.

The seat has removable cover set, which is machine washable. It also has nice dual cup holders on the seat which comes as nice additional feature and it is convenient for storing some drinks for the kids. The armrests are also nice and wide enough for the kids to rest their little hands on it and this adds to the maximum comfort of the child. This car seat can be purchased in nine different patterns or colors. One of the things that many people dislike is the width of the seat that makes it impractical to transfer the seat from one to another vehicle due to the size as well as weight. This is rather unfortunate since the car seat is very easy to install.
Care and maintenance

Care and maintenance

We are all aware of the mess the kids can create especially after daily use and running from one place to another every day or after a long journey so the cleaning of the car seat eventually will happen and it is more than certain that you cannot escape this. Luckily, all you have to do when this time comes is to remove the car seat cover. Another convenient feature that parents like is that all covers are machine washable and easy to remove just by uninstalling the straps of the seat.

The color of the fabrics of the cover is durable but of course, it can be worn by the time so if you wash the cover often maybe you can think about handwashing using mild water and soap. One word of warning is to lie the cover flat so it does not shrink. The user guide also provides all information that you need to know about cleaning and maintenance and especially how to remove the buckle and install it again in case of a really messy or dirty car seat and in this case you can rinse the buckle under warm water but you should not soak it because it can influence its features.
Price

Price

The Britax Frontier ClickTight Combination Harness -2 Booster Car Seat may be one of the most expensive harness-booster seats on the market. However, considering that the Britax Frontier ClickTight Combination Harness-2-Booster Car Seat has a lifespan of 9 years, which by the way is pretty amazing, all the safety features and the ease of installation that does not compromise safety as well as all the extra features accompanied with great design and quality, the price is much justified. Every parent agrees that it is worth to pay extra to ensure the child’s safety by proper installation of the car seat and enhanced protection against collision system features.

Bottom line

When buying a car seat what we are looking for in a car seat that will last and keep the child safe during the everyday rides. The Britax Frontier ClickTight Combination Harness-2-Booster Car Seat gives so many parents a piece of mind because of its excellent qualities. This car seat has so wide range of height and weight that it is for certain that it can be used for nine years and it means that there will be no need to buy car seats and then booster seats but by buying this you can have two in one.

With the SafeCell technology, this car seat is also one of the safest on the market and with the ClickTight system one of the easiest for installation that provides comfort to the parents knowing that the seat had been installed properly. You will get years of use of the car seat with 9 points of harness with headrest adjustment. While enjoying the comfort of the seat, kids will love the extra feature of integrated cup holders where they can put their drinks. This seat is a great option for anyone who is looking for quality, maximum safety, relaxing comfort, and welcome convenience.

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