Safety Notices

FAQ

Q. Are the Frontier CT, Pinnacle CT, and Pioneer Harness-2-Booster seats certified for aircraft use?

A. Yes, all Frontier CT, Pinnacle CT, and Pioneer are certified for use on aircraft in harness mode.

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

A. 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. Please see our Inflatable Seat Belt Policy for our recommendations on installing an approved BRITAX car seat with a harness and a Ford inflatable seat belt.

Q. How do I install my Frontier CT AND Pinnacle CT on an aircraft seat? Do I use the ClickTight System?

A. To install the Frontier CT AND Pinnacle CT seats on an aircraft, you should install the seat by placing the lap belt over the belt path and NOT use the ClickTight system. This applies only to use on aircraft.

Q. How long can my child seat be used or when does it "expire"?

A. Please refer to the user guide that came with your child seat to determine its recommended useful life. BRITAX recommends that the use of a child seat be discontinued after a certain number of years from the date of manufacture, depending on the seat, or if the seat has been involved in a moderate to severe crash. Expiration dates are provided for various reasons: technology has changed, components degrade from the environment (depending on how and where stored), parts get lost or installed incorrectly, or instructions and labels may not be available or not legible. After a child seat has met its expiration date, BRITAX requests that the child seat be destroyed.

Q. How should the Versa-Tether be stored?

A. When the Versa-Tether is being used to install the child seat in your vehicle, any excess webbing should be secured in the attached elastic strap. When the Versa-Tether is not being used to install the seat in your vehicle, it should be stored in the pouch on the back of the child seat. To avoid damage or injury, be sure that any excess webbing is contained within your vehicle at all times.

Q. How tight does the install have to be when using LATCH/Universal Anchorage System for the FRONTIER or FRONTIER XT in booster mode - less than 1" of movement as in harnessed mode or just secure?

A. The use of LATCH/UAS to position the FRONTIER and FRONTIER XT in booster mode is a convenience feature. The vehicle seat belt system is restraining the child in the event of an impact. While the 1" rule is not as important, BRITAX would recommend that you pull the LATCH/lower connector straps tight with reasonable effort and force to remove the slack in the straps (a.k.a. webbing).

Q. I tried installing the FRONTIER or FRONTIER XT in harness mode with the recline block in booster mode (towards the back of the seat) and got a good installation. Is this an acceptable install?

A. No. The FRONTIER and FRONTIER XT were tested and certified with the recline block in the forward position for harness mode. Do not use the recline block in booster mode for a harness installation.

Q. My car seat is expired. What should I do with it now?

A. We recommend that expired car seats be discarded. BRITAX currently does not offer a recycling program at its headquarters, but you may want to contact your local recycling facility to see if the seat can be recycled. However, in our experience, most recycling centers do not have the labor or equipment to properly recycle car seats.

When you discard a car seat, be sure to cut off all of the webbing, cut the cover, remove or blackout the serial number and manufacture date, and write “trash, do not use” on the car seat shell.

Q. My Frontier CT, Pinnacle CT, or Pioneer Harness-2-Booster seat states it is not certified for aircraft use. Is this aircraft certification retroactive?

A. Yes, this aircraft certification is retroactive and applies to all Frontier CT, Pinnacle CT, and Pioneer seats, regardless of manufacture date labels and user guide instructions.

Q. The tether on my car seat has an extra webbing (a loop) under the cover. What is this?

A. In 2006, BRITAX began to introduce an energy-absorbing tether assembly to its convertible (infant/child) car seats. It consists of a loop of webbing with colored (red) stitching held under the cover at the top of the seat shell. In the event of a severe crash, the colored stitching will break and the loops will partially pull through the back side of the shell, reducing G-force effects on the child's head and body. If the colored stitching has broken on your tether assembly, discontinue use of the child seat.

Q. What are the cracks on the back of my FRONTIER?

A. This is common artifact of blow molding known as “curtaining”. It is caused when the parison folds on itself as it is being expanded. It is not a structural defect and will not lead to cracking.

Q. What are the new standards implemented by Transport Canada for car seats on January 1, 2012? Can I still use my BRITAX car seat if it was manufactured before January 1, 2012?

A. Please be assured that there is no need to replace your car seat due to the new regulations. All BRITAX car seats manufactured before AND after January 1, 2012 are compliant with Transport Canada’s current dynamic test standards. For information about the new child car seat safety regulations, please visit Transport Canada’s website: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/mediaroom/releases-2011-h145e-6605.htm.

Q. What do I do if my seat states on its labels that it is not certified for aircraft use but I still want to use it on an airplane?

A. Click here to print out a statement from BRITAX that you can carry on the aircraft with you. Please note that while these seats are certified for aircraft use, it is recommended to check with your airline regarding the use of child seats on their aircraft as different aircraft have varying seat sizes.

Q. What is the difference between a harnessed seat and a booster seat?

A. Booster seats differ from a harnessed car seat in that a booster seat, by definition, simply “boosts” the child up so that the vehicle seat belt is positioned correctly across the child’s hips and shoulder/middle of the chest. Booster seats rely on the vehicle seat belts to hold both the child and the booster seat in position.

Harnessed seats have an internal harness system that is used to restrain the child.