Frontier 90 Advisory

Hi everyone,

Frontiers were first sold here in December 2013. They were dated October 2013 and it seems models dated from this time to mid 2014 may see a poor fitting seat belt when used in booster mode. Changes have been made to the later model Frontier seats, as they have re-sculpted the armrests/belt guide at the hips.
We’re not sure when the new models will be sold here, or if they already are, but I know that most of us have the affected model, and the seat does not come with the clip mentioned below.

 

Don’t panic!

There is a solution for this, please contact Britax USA with your car seat model name, and serial number – asking for a Secure Guard Clip – part number S922000.

Ours came directly from the US, at no cost to us. We tried to contact Britax NZ for this, however were only communicated with once, and they tried to sell us the clip:

“The Secure Guard is in our next container from Britax USA due late March early April the cost is $19.99NZD each includes GST.” 

Description

Part No.

UPC

Cost

Secure Guard Clip

S832200

6 52182 06272 9

$19.99

Britax USA stated:

“The consumer would need to contact us directly. We would only be sending out Secure Guard, because that will resolve their issue if they happen to have a fit issue.

Thank you

Customer Service”

Needless to say, our clip from the US came before the date stated above, and not a cent was exchanged.

Use this link: http://www.britaxusa.com/support/contact-us
And have your car seat details handy, you need your serial number, DOM and seat details as well as giving them your address.

The clip helps to keep the lap portion low down on the bony hip part of the pelvis and prevents the belt from creeping up toward the soft abdomen. It sits in the buckle slot of the seat when used in booster mode and comes with fitting instructions.

Car Seat Blog states “For many kids, there was no issue at all.  For some, especially smaller kids in certain vehicles, the booster fit was not as good as it could be.”

The image below shows the lap belt sitting too high [affected models] – the secure guard keeps the lap belt down low, over the upper thigh, rather than over the lower abdomen.

You may also like to view these pages: [added 19 Feb. 2015]

http://carseatblog.com/30336/britax-combination-seats-booster-lap-belt-guide-changes/

http://www.car-seat.org/showthread.php?t=261369 

http://www.iihs.org/iihs/news/desktopnews/more-booster-seats-grab-top-ratings

 

Infa Evolve v’s Britax Frontier 90

 

So there’s been a lot of talking lately about seats to harness longer, taller children, and heavier children.

Parents are wanting children to be harnessed in a seat, rather than being in boosters – at least until they really have to. Booster seats still have their place.

So recently a new comer has entered the market here, in addition to the already available Frontier 90 (since December 2013). The Infa Evolve, also sold here as Genesis, is able to harness a child from approx. 6 months to 8 years. Now before I continue I MUST add a few technician comments here:

1. We do not recommend, or suggest, you placing your child into a forward facing child restraint at 6 months, even though this is the “accepted law” in Australia, and therefore legal to be placed and stated on the retail packaging and materials for these seats, we simply want to say, not to use it before 2 years of age. Full stop.

2. The Frontier and Evolve/Genesis are forward facing only child restraints, and cannot be used with infants. The Frontier even states, along with its minimum weight limit requirements, that the child must be at least 2 years of age to use (yay!).

3. The Genesis is the same shell as the Evolve “classique” sold at Baby Factory (we strongly recommend our North Shore families pop in to Takapuna branch to view and trial this seat, as we have heard only great things of this store and know first hand how hard the team work to get your seat in perfectly (this applies to the range they sell)). The difference is in the clothing – plain black. Nothing fancy. In fact you get a little bit extra fabric than on the “elite” models (Vogue) as they covered up the “holes” for the cup holders – it was obviously too expensive for these to be added, so take your time to stroke that extra valuable piece of fabric, it sure is special.

4. Infa Secure is an Australian brand. Britax (in this case the Frontier) is an American brand. The obvious difference between the two is that Australian seats use “height markers” at the shoulder to define when the child is able to begin using the seat (must past lowest marker) and when they need to stop using the seat (in line with the top most marker). The American seats use weight, good old pounds and kilos. In this case the seat is able to be used from 11.3 kg (and 2 years) to 40.8 kg in the harness and to 54.4 kg in booster mode.

 Now back to business.

The Evolve is an exclusive to Baby Factory stores in New Zealand. They stock the “classique” model which comes in purple and blue, and the vogue in beige and camel brown. The classique looks a little washed out rather than fresh and vibrant. It is the same shell as the Genesis, currently sold via Farmers stores. The reason for the differing model names is largely to stop you from going between stores and asking for price matches as the are not considered “identical items”. The Genesis comes in a wide range of colours, black, black and black.

So in this regard the Evolve (Baby Factory) is on sale at the moment for $299, until the 18 January 2014, but is $100 off, so that would make it $399. It has since been “on sale” at $349. The Genesis (Farmers) is priced at $449., but may be included in their commonly held 50% Nursery sales, bringing it down to $224.50. These sales often circulate each 3 months. We’re a little confused as to why it costs so much more, retail price wise, at Farmers. Anyway. Let’s now look at the difference between the 2 aforementioned seats.

The Britax Frontier states the weight limits, as mentioned above and has 9 adjustable height positions, with no-re-thread harness, and adjustable from the front of the seat.
The upper most harness position is measured at 48 cm, and the maximum booster slot is at 54 cm.

The Infa Evolve/Genesis does not offer booster mode, but does offer a rather generous harnessing height to 51 cm. It also offers no re-thread harness and is adjustable from the front of the seat.

So while you get slightly less harnessing use in the frontier, you get less total use in the Evolve, as you cannot use it as a booster, and therefore lose 3 cm of total height use, a difference of height that could result in another 12 months or so use (in booster mode).

Another thing to keep in mind is the installation methods of these seats.
The Infa Secure does not have isofix, or click tight. You’re required to install it with the seat belt, (lap or full seat belt), and under the child’s bottom. The Frontier installs using latch or seat belt via the click-tight system which offers a rather firm install in under 30 seconds – honestly this seat is a flip of a dime to install. Boom it’s done!
Infa – being Australian – love their top tether system, so much so it has got to be used at all times, so your car, and any cars you intend to use the seat in, must have tether points (not cargo clips). The Frontier 90 gives the user the option to use without the top tether where the child is under 29 kg (and using the internal harness), however we recommend it be used at all times.

With regard to total seat use time, the law states a child must be in an approved seat until 7 years of age and 8 years of age where an approved seat is available. However keep in mind to that 10% of 11 and 12 year old still require a booster seat. Even though the law is 7 yrs to use a seat, the majority of children still need a restraint well past this. 

All 4 and 5 year old children required a car seat or booster seat
90% of 6, 7, and 8 year olds required booster seats
50% of 9 and 10 year olds
10% of 11 and 12 year olds still required booster seats (Segedin, 2006). 

Sam Tormey (2008) states the following,
“The rear seat of the average family car is too deep for almost half of adult women to sit upright and comfortably bend their knees over the edge of the seat, and the seatbelt in the rear seat is unsafe for any person less than 145cm tall. Children do not reach this height until around 11 years old, on average. There are two main concerns with being too small for an adult belt: the lap portion rides across the tummy, not the bony hips, causing abdominal injury in a crash, and the sash portion rides across the neck rather than the chest, causing injury to the neck and throat. Long seat cushions exacerbate these concerns by causing the child or small adult to slump so that their knees can bend at the edge of the seat, causing both parts of the seatbelt to ‘ride up’.” Sydney’s Child August 2008, pg 32. Syndey’s Child publication

http://childrestraints.co.nz/boosterseats.php

And this change should be made only when they pass the “5 Step Test” rather than “turned 7 yrs old”.

The 5 step test will tell if your child is big enough for the adult belt.

1. Does the child sit all the way back against the auto seat?
2. Do the child’s knees bend comfortably at the edge of the auto seat?
3. Does the belt cross the shoulder between the neck and arm?
4. Is the lap belt as low as possible, touching the thighs?
5. Can the child stay seated like this for the whole trip?

If you answered “no” to any of these questions, your child needs a booster seat to make both the shoulder belt and the lap belt fit right for the best crash protection.Your child will be more comfortable, too!

5 Step Test Adopted SafetyBeltSafe USA, and promoted by Elizabeth Segedin of Starship Childrens’ Hospital, New Zealand.

http://childrestraints.co.nz/seatbelts.php

Here’s a link to our Frontier 90 blog post - http://blog.childrestraints.co.nz/frontier-90/

We’re trying to get hold of an Evolve or Genesis for review purposes. For now, here are some images that we’ve managed to get hold of thanks to our local Baby Factory and Farmers stores.

Model in photos: 5.5 years old, 118 cm, 20 kg.

 

 

Battle of the beasts

In June 2014 Diono NZ announced changes to the seat range being sold here.

Previously we sold the Diono RXT and R100. While you can still get the RXT model, in limited colours, you can only get them at Baby On the Move stores around the country. All other retailers now sell the new models, the Diono Rainier, which is a step up from the RXT, and the Olympia which replaces the R100.

The seat stats are as follows:

RXT:

  • Rear facing to 20 kg
  • Forward facing to 36 kg
  • Booster to 54 kg

R100:

  • Rear facing to 18 kg
  • Forward facing to 29 kg
  • Booster to 45 kg

Rainier:

  • Comfortably seats rear-facing children from 2.3 to 22.7 kg
  • Highest forward-facing capacity of any convertible car seat in a 5-point harness: from 9.1 to 40.9 kg (up to 144 cm in height)
  •  Converts to booster mode for children between 22.7 and 54.5 kg. (up to 144 cm in height)

Olympia:

  • Comfortably seats rear-facing children from 2.3 to 20.5 kg
  •  Forward-facing capacity in a 5-point harness: from 9.1 to 31.8 kg (up to 144cm in height)
  • Converts to booster mode for children between 22.7 and 50 kg. (up to 144 cm in height)

Height limits remain unchanged. But what has changed are discussed below:

Higher weight limits on the newer models
New fabric with different colour schemes
Wider seat shell wings, the bulk of the shells remain the same, the side wings have had a piece added. This enhances side impact protection, and allows more shoulder room for older children.
Additional shoulder straps for use with children over 29 kg in weight who are still using the harness straps.
New seat name/s.

The issue you may find with the difference in size is that the new models are less likely to work in a 3-across set up. They do still fit well in most cars where this is not required.

Here is an image of the size comparison:

 

Here are our images showing the seat differences:

Car seat conscious mother pleased

The following information and photos are from a mother in our online car seat community who faced an impact in a high speed zone recently, her story below. Thanks Tanya L.

“Crash was in 100km zone when a Land-cruiser was pulled off to the side of the road and did a u turn in front of me. I can’t be certain of speed at time of impact as I did get a chance to brake and swerve to try and avoid him.
Initial impact was my front/passenger side to his front drivers side but it must have spun me round a bit to damage the whole passenger side from bumper to bumper. Passenger front door was unable to be opened, wheel pushed right back into back of front guard.

Mr 3 in Nov was passenger back forward facing in xtsl
Mr 6m middle rear facing safety 1st compete air 65se
Mr 7 in Nov drivers side rear in Nania befix booster.

Normally it’s baby in on board air capsule passenger rear, middle boy in the middle rear facing in complete air and big boy forward facing in radian on drivers side but I’d left the capsule in hubbies car and had to do a quick swap around for the school run, of course that would be when someone tries to take us out!”

We’d like to take a moment to remind you that lives are precious, we know you love your kids, so always take the time to correctly install your seats regardless of the weather or if it’s ‘just a quick trip’. Where you’re uncertain, or want to be sure you have it right, have a technician check it. Always use a car seat or booster on every ride, no matter the duration or the type of roading.

  

Welcome to the Market

A new contestant has entered the scene.
It’s a great seat for families in New Zealand.

So let’s list some of its great features.

I rear face to 18 kg. I forward face to 29kg.

We heard you say you wanted a seat that’s easy to use and install, so we combined what we thought you’d like the most. No need to re-thread my harness, can adjust the height to 1 of 10 positions using just one hand, and no need to uninstall the seat when you do. I also feature easy to identify belt paths with wide openings for easy installation with seat belt or isofix. My instruction manual is colour coded to match these belt paths also so there’s no mixing them up. Green for rear facing, blue for forward facing.
My base offers 4 adjustment levels in total, allowing the best fit at all times in your car and I allow 2 angles to be used when rear facing depending on your child’s weight.
I’ve been endorsed by Indy Car champion Scott Dixon, my interior is lined with super safe features like G-Cell foam and to keep little heads protected I offer side impact support with
air protection technology. My deep sides cradle and encapsulate your child to keep them cosy and safe.

An added bonus for the older users is an integrated cup holder, and lots of leg room for use rear or forward facing.

You’ll see me popping up around the country in various stores within in the next 2 weeks and you can be my owner for $499. I’ll serve your child’s needs from birth to 6/7yrs and I have a lifespan of 8 years.

Check me out! Once we’ve heard from you, we’ll share my name.

NZ Child Restraints would love to help you own a seat as great as me, so drop them a line to find out more.

 

Juniors Astro

This post entails a review done by New Zealand Child Restraints on the Juniors Astro combined booster seat, dated Jan. 2014. To see a larger image, click on the photo.

Combined booster seat
Juniors Astro 

Basic seat facts:
Forward facing 9 – 36kg (*Harness to 18kg, booster to 36kg)
Maximum height – None given
Standard - ECE44.03 (European)
Lifespan – Awaiting answer

The Seat:
3 – height slots (harness mode)-  26, 29, 35 cm
6 – height slots (booster mode) - 37, 40, 43, 45, 49, 52 cm
1 – buckle slots – 17 cm (from back of seat)
Seat width -45 cm (across shoulder area)
Head width – 26 cm
Leg width – 33cm
Crotch buckle length -16 cm (Including buckle head)

Internal:
Bum to top – 52 – 71.5 cm
Bum to legs – 36 cm

External:
Shell height – 63 – 82 cm
Back width – 45 cm
Base depth –  52 cm (when isofix bars fully extended)

Includes/excludes
Push in lever to adjust harness.
Padded cover
2 Instruction manuals for various modes of use
Isofix and top tether attachments

About the Astro

A solid seat, for a low price, that can be used forward facing in harness or booster mode. Very tall shoulder slot for booster mode. Easy to use isofix connectors make installing a breeze. Also equipped with a top tether with visual guide for correct tightness when installing.

Pros:

- High shoulder slots in booster mode
- Toddler insert padding
- Latch and tether attachment store away when not in use
- Easy to adjust the harness
- Easy to install, option of isofix or seat belt
- Visual markers on isofix and top tether to ensure they’re connected and tightly fitted

Cons:
- Heavy
- Large space needed when rear facing, but slightly less than the Diono convertible seats.
- Large gaps between slots 3 and 4.
- Need to remove 2 screws from adjustment to use in booster mode
- Slots may be too low for older children of harnessing weight

Expected retail price of this seat $179 – you can purchase it from www.babies.co.nz

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A solid seat, for use forward facing only. It has east installation methods, allowing the user to choose between seat belt, or isofix. It also has a top tether strap for extra stability, we recommend this be used with either mode of installation.

Easy to read manufacture date clock and stamp which both match each other.

Steel reinforced frame, with blow molded shell.

Cover domes to the seat frame, as well as elastic and plastic connectors in various places. Seems easy enough to get off, with a bit more care required to get it back on and tuck the edges in behind the plastic plates.

Combined booster seat


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Shield/Tray Booster

We’ve been meaning to share this on here for a while yet.

This is a video showing a roll-over accident with a car seat where the child is forward facing, in a booster seat that has a “shield or tray” placed across the child’s abdomen over which the vehicle belt is placed. This acts to then push the tray in towards the child’s body, which in itself sounds good but then raises concerns in two areas.

1. The tray is pressure mounted, the belt has to firstly be tight enough to keep the tray in place at all times, and secondly seat belts are designed to lock under force, or when full extended then retracted. This could cause the belt to lock and further pull the tray into the child forcing internal organs to shift due to intense pressure on them.

2. The upper part of the child’s torso remains unrestrained. Unlike in booster mode with only the seat belt, the sash portion of the seat belt keeps the child’s upper body in place and acts to keep the top of the body in the seat, where the lap part of the belt is used to keep the lower body in place.

In an accident, especially a roll over, the child, if petite in build, could slide right out, what’s stopping them? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
As you can see in this video link – External Link – Youtube.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ik_9_FxAfrI  [This link was in English, however days after it was bought to Mountain Buggy's attention, the video went incognito].

This is, however, the same video with the voice over in Spanish.


What scares us most is that the roll over tests conducted on these seats are in no way reflective of a real world roll over test. Sure its slow enough that they can see each part of the process as it goes, but it does not apply real world forces that would pretty much eject the child right out of the seat (as the video shows).

America used to sell these seats, well over 10 years ago, however they choose to ban the sale of tray shields on booster seats when a large number of children were presenting with head injuries, when striking the tray, and multiple internal organ damage from being slammed into the tray during an impact.

“Children are at nearly eight times higher risk of serious injury when riding in these seats, a new study shows.” [2004, WebMD Health News]

While the seat appears to offer great side impact protection, the tray is questionable. If you do find yourself ending up with one of these seats, or a friend of yours has one, talk yourself/them out of using the seat with the tray and use it with just the seat belt. Booster seats have always been used with a full lap/sash seat belt, there’s no reason to use harnesses or trays, they do not offer greater protection to your child.

If the child is small enough to need the tray, they’re small enough to remain in a harnessed car seat, and with what you pay for these style of seats you can in fact get your child a car seat that will keep them in the harness longer, and keep your piece of mind stable.

Link to UK ECE.04 Testing Requirements: http://www.childcarseats.org.uk/standards/r4403.htm

American Shield Booster:
http://depts.washington.edu/booster/choosing_a_booster_seat.html
http://www.webmd.com/parenting/news/20040301/parents-dont-use-shield-style-booster-seats
http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/113/3/e153.full.pdf [PDF File]
http://www.cpsafety.com/articles/shieldbooster.aspx
http://consumer.healthday.com/senior-citizen-information-31/misc-death-and-dying-news-172/toddlers-face-injury-risk-in-shield-type-car-seats-517668.html (overhead trays are just as bad and no longer sold after 2009 when a rouge batch appeared for sale).

 

When to use the top tether strap?

I have seen much confusion around car seats with tether straps, and those without, when to use it, rearward and forward use. So let’s clear this up in this blog post.

Firstly it’s important to remember that New Zealand allows the sale of 3 different countries standard of seat, and as such, each standard has differing requirements in regards to the top tether.

Australian car seats.

Australian standard, AS/NZS 1754

Known here as the Safe N Sound, Mother’s Choice, IGC, Infa Secure, some Safety 1st and Maxi Cosi branded seats.
Australian seats are currently identifiable as seats with height markers on the cover around the shoulder (since 2010-2012), they also have a tether strap that comes out from the top back sides of the car seat. Or a single strap that can be split off, as two straps, found on seats that install rear and forward facing, some forward facing only seats have a single strap these days, such as Maxi cos (the same as our Safety 1st complete Air, without rear facing ability).
These seats require the top tether to be used at all times, in both rear and forward facing positions, the strap must pass to the rear of the car, and in some cars will require an extension strap to reach the bolt if tucked in the far rear of the car.

In short – Always use, to the rear of the car.

 American seats

FMVS 213 – Show a yellow “S” mark (NZ Standard)

They come as bit of a mixed bag these days. The likes of Evenflo, Diono, Britax, Safety 1st, etc. They have a top tether attached and are designed for use forward facing. Some of these seats, Diono RXT, Diono R100 and Britax Boulevard can be used tethered to the front when rear facing attached to a “D” ring. All other American seats sold here need to be used with no tether when installed rear facing. The strap must remain attached to the seat shell, so it does not become a projectile risk.

In short – not required rear facing. Not all seats allow tethering to the front of the car, check your seat manual.

European seats

UK ECE 44.03/44.04.

Some have top tethers, some don’t and some tether to the front seat in front of the car seat, using 2 straps.

Brio Zento, Axkid and Britax Max Way seats use the dual straps to the front seat.
Many other UK seats sold here do not have top tethers at all, they cannot be added either. They rely on a full lap & sash seat belt for the install, wrapping around the back of a capsule (unless used with an in car base), and weaving awkwardly in and around the frame of a forward facing seat, the shoulder strap of the seat belt acts like a tether strap for the seat. Capsules often need the handle to be turned forward when used in the car if not used with a base.

In short – probably not likely to have a top tether, and if it does it typically found on rear facing only seats.

 

Comparison – Convertible Seats/Boosters

Key:
S170 – Safety 1st 70
MXEA – Maxi Rider Easy Adjust
ESK – Evenflo Secure Kid
CSC – Cosco Scenera
ETB – Evenflo Tribute
BSI – Baby Safe Isofix
ES3 – Evenflo Symphony E3
F90 – Frontier 90

 

Harness slots
CSC- 20, 26, 33 and 38cm
ES3- 18 through to 43cm (infinate)
BSI –  20, 26.5, 34 and 39cm
ETB - 21, 26, 31, 36 cm
ESK – 32, 36, 41, 46 cm
MXEA -  26, 28, 31, 33, 36, 38.5, 40, 43.5 cm
S170 -  22, 28, 32, 38, 42 cm
F90 – 29 – 48 cm

Buckle slots
CSC- 9, 13 and 16 cm
ES3 - 17.5cm
BSI –  17.5cm
ETB- 12, 17 cm
ESK – 13, 18 cm
MXEA -
S170 - 10, 13, 16 cm
F90 – 17, 23.5 cm

Seat width
CSC- 44cm
ES3 – 56cm
BSI –  41cm
ETB – 45cm
ESK – 47.5 cm
MXEA – 44cm
S170 - 45 cm
F90 – 48 cm

Internal width
Shoulder
CSC – 32cm
ES3 – 56cm
BSI - 26cm
ETB – 32cm
ESK – 29cm
MXEA – 37cm
S170 - 32cm

Legs width
CSC – 30 cm
ES3 – 15.3 cm
BSI - 26 cm
ETB -
ESK – 31 cm
MXEA – 29 cm
S170 - 34 cm
F90 – 30 cm

Bum to top
CSC- 59cm
ES3 - 63cm
BSI - 63.5cm
ETB – 56cm
ESK – 73cm (HR Max setting)
MXEA – 78cm (HR Max setting)
S170 - 69cm (HR Max setting)
F90 – 60 – 79 cm

Bum to legs
CSC - 28cm
ES3 - 33cm
BSI – 33cm
ETB -
ESK – 29cm
MXEA –  29cm
S170 - 30cm
F90 – 35 cm

Measurements are taken without compressing the fabric (only lightly) and shoulder and leg widths are taken from the middle shoulder slot and approx. 10cm in from the front of the leg area.

Frontier-90

This post entails a review done by New Zealand Child Restraints on the Britax Frontier 90 combined booster seat, dated October 2013. To see a larger image, click on the photo.

Brtiax Frontier 90

Britax Frontier 90

Basic seat facts:
Forward facing 11 – 54 kg (76 – 157 cm) At least 24 months old.
Harness mode to 40 kg
Maximum height – 157 cm
Standard – NZ “S” 1754 New Zealand + American FMVS 213.
Lifespan – 9 yrs

The Seat:
9 – height slots –  Adjustments from 29 – 48cm
Maximum booster slot height – 54 cm
2 – buckle slots – 17, 23.5 cm (from back of seat)
Seat width – 48 cm (across leg area)
Shoulder width – 32 cm
Leg width – 30 cm
Crotch buckle length -16.5 cm (Including buckle head)

Internal:
Bum to top  - 60 – 79 cm
Bum to legs – 35 cm

External:
Shell height – 71 – 91 cm
Back width – 34 cm
Base depth –  41 cm

Includes:
Chest clip
locking clip
Cup Holder x2
Push in lever to adjust harness.
Padded cover
Single engaging buckle tongues
Latch and top tether attachments
Easy install method

About the Frontier 90

A very generously sized combined booster seat (forward facing only) for children from 2 yrs. of age to they no longer require a car seat. This seat will fit many children to at least 8 years of age, quite possibly longer.

The seat harness is easy to adjust with one hand, just squeeze the lever on top of the seat head rest, and slide the headrest up, or down to the desired position (at, or above the shoulder). With 9 height adjustments is easy to move when needed to help maintain it as closely to the shoulders as possible.

The seat shell features plastic with steel reinforcement. It’s heavy but like other seats on the market, very solid and offers less flex during an accident.

Installation is a breeze, sit seat in the car, open front plate (under the child’s bottom) by sliding the buttons towards each other. The panel opens upwards, feed the seat belt into the belt path, passing both parts of the webbing through behind the armrests. Buckle the seat belt in, remove slack – no compression of the seat needed, and does not need to super tight, just a gentle pull, snap front panel back into place. The seat does not move, if so, open panel and pull a little bit more slack out (may be needed in cars with leather seats) and re-engage the front panel.

Top tether not required with children less than 29 kg (though can be used at all times, and should be where possible).

Seat also features isofix attachments, though with the super easy install method, it’s not like you’d need to use them.

Available in Onyx fashion, black with beige pin stripe, check patterning. Nylon fabric, easy to clean and wipeable.

Pros:

- Super easy to install
- High shoulder slots will last children to booster age easily
- Front recline lever
- Latch attachment slots to store away when not in use

Cons:
- Heavy seat
- Headrest foam may break easily if child pulls on it (while seated/mid tantrum)
- Headrest cover does not seem to fully cover headrest, which may help with above mentioned issue
- Awkward to carry

Expected retail price of this seat $549, from:

Kiwibaby
1013a Dominion Rd
Mt Roskill
Auckland

(Corner of Mt Albert and Dominion Roads, Enter driveway on
Mt Albert Road between Church and Christian bookshop).

Shop hours are Mon-Fri 9am to 4.30pm
Saturday 9.30am to 3pm

www.kiwibaby.com

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Please note, the “Frontier” model has existed in the US since 2007, they have had various models and features have differed between these. The model being sold here is the Frontier 90, this seat has the Click Tight install method, no side impact cushions, cup holders are solid back, the arm rests are fixed and cannot pivot. Some of the stores selling them have used the incorrect stock image. The images shown here are of the correct model, as sold at Kiwibaby.

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Expressions expressed in this Blog are that of our own and not influenced by a third party or sponsoring company. Images used on this page are our own, stock photos, or images used with parents permission. Please do not use without permission.
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