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

 

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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