Britax Frontier 85 Car Seat

Posted by: , May 26, 2010 in 4:55 am

Frontier 85With all of the choices out there, buying car seats for your children can be over-whelming.  Moving to a booster seat involves even more deliberation as we’re bombarded with weight and height minimums, maximums and all sorts of visual requirements.  Well now there’s an end to all of the confusion…the Britax Frontier 85 car seat.  After about 2 years old, this will be the last car seat you will ever need!

Britax took their original Frontier Booster, which had a great reputation and improved on it.  The Frontier 85 is a “Harness-2-Booster” or combo forward-facing child restraint and belt positioning booster seat.   It is designed to keep children in a five-point harness for as long as possible, and safely graduate them out of their convertible car seats.  They can begin using the Frontier 85 when they are at least 2 years old and weight at least 25 pounds.

Here’s more figures for you: The car seat with harness can be used until 85 pounds and up to 57 inches.  As a booster it is okay for a minimum of 40 pounds and 42-65 inches tall.  In case you haven’t done the computation, that’s a really long time.  So long in fact, that Britax offers a 9 year expiration date!

While most kids above 40 pounds can use a booster, some may not be mature enough to remain seated properly in a lap and shoulder belt.   My son fell into this category.  Although my husband insisted it was time, I wasn’t comfortable putting my son in a booster seat.  He met the height and weight requirements but his energy and constant movement had me worried.  In a booster if the belt isn’t sitting properly across your child’s body, it will not be effective in a crash.  And with all of his wiggling, that could definitely happen.  I didn’t have to worry with the Frontier 85…it acted as the perfect transition!  My son felt like he was in a big boy car seat and I knew he was properly protected.

As far as safety goes, Britax has the market cornered.  Most child restraints are quite effective in frontal crashes but side impacts are gaining attention because they can be very dangerous, even to properly restrained passengers.  Using energy absorbing foam, the True Side Impact Protection on the Frontier 85 provides deeper sidewalls and works to distribute crash forces, and contain the head and body while keeping the neck and spine aligned.

When it comes to comfort, again the Frontier 85 covers it all.  It offers a total of 10 harness positions and three buckle strap positions to provide a secure fit and accommodate the higher height limit.  The harness also has a cobble weave design with sewn buckle stops to help prevent the harness from twisting and sliding out of place.  We all know how annoying that can be!

Other great features that parents love include: a quick-adjust head restraint, no-rethread harness, color-coded vehicle belt guides, Versa-Tether®, Harness Ultra Guard System (HUGS™) and premium LATCH connectors. The seat also offers big, comfortable armrests, dual cup holders, and a durable, washable cover.

The Britax Frontier 85 has everything a child beyond 2 years old needs in a car seat without compromising safety.  It was a great solution for my son and a no-brainer for families with growing toddlers!

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