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Britax Announces Frontier Car Seat

Today, Britax officially announced their newest seat, the Frontier. This forward-facing seat is designed to hold a child from 25-80 pounds using the 5-point harness, and 40-100 pounds as a belt-positioning booster.

This seat fills a hole in the Britax product line, and should be a nice option for parents looking to keep their kids in a 5-point harness for longer periods of time. To me, the only real competition with this seat is the Safeguard Go, which sports an unconventional design that emphasizes portability, and accordingly doesn’t offer the cushioning and side-impact protection of the Frontier.

For those of you who like measurements (and I know you’re out there), I’ve gotten a full set of specs from Britax. I will try and include the highlights, but if I’ve left out something important, forgive me. Just leave a note in the comments, and I’ll try to get an answer.

The seat weighs 23.5 lbs. The exterior width of the seat is 19.5″, and the height can range (depending on the headrest setting) from 22-27.5″. The seat area is 13.5″ deep and 12″ wide. The top harness slot is 18.25″ high.

The only downside of the Frontier is that you can’t go straight into it from your infant car seat. I understand why they did this, though. Britax is committed to encouraging parents to keep their children rear-facing as long as possible, and to offer this seat with a 20 pound weight minimum would accomplish the opposite goal. From a safety perspective, it is better to go from an infant car seat to a convertible and then into a Frontier. The Radian 80 from Sunshine Kids is still perhaps a better long-term investment, because it is a convertible seat that will hold a child in a 5-point harness up to 80 pounds. But it doesn’t become a booster seat, and trust me when I tell you it’s a battle to convince a 6-year-old to wear a 5-point harness.

The timing of the Frontier is fortuitous in that it coincides nicely with the new car seat law that will go into effect in Massachusetts this summer. More on that later…

6 comments

  1. I have a newbie question – baby’s not due until June so obviously I have a lot of time to think about this, but we purchased the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP which is advertised for infants from 5 pounds to 30 pounds. As long as my child doesn’t exceed the height for the seat prior to 25 lbs, couldn’t keep her in the Peg Perego seat until about 30 lbs and then go straight to the Frontier?

  2. That’s a very good question, actually. Yes, in theory you could absolutely keep your baby in the seat until she’s 30 lbs (assuming, as you say, she doesn’t surpass the height requirement). Many parents transition sooner simply because the seat gets very heavy to carry once a child is over 25 lbs or so, but there are ways around that (like leaving the car seat in the car). So yes, in that case, you wouldn’t need a convertible car seat. You could go straight to the Frontier. Good call.

  3. It´s interesting to see the differences in how we transport our kids in different countries. I live in Sweden and swedish parents are encouraged to keep their children in rear facing systems until 4-5 years of age. I understand that it´s only in Sweden these recommendations exist? Maybe in Finland and Norway as well, but I´m not sure.

    Anyway, Britax is a big brand here when it comes tom car seats, but I think the products differ from anywhere else in the world

  4. The Frontier does look amazing. I’d add Sunshine Kids’ Radian 80 to your list – it supports kids up to 80 pounds, has good side-impact protection, and folds to be surprisingly compact, which we like for traveling.

  5. Oh Bugger,
    I just got the Safensound Maxi Rider with AHR, i am so dissapointed, having said that i needed it asap, and please tell me they are not available in Australia yet?? PS Love your site

  6. Just an FYI, I have contacted Britax about the Frontier because I have a massive one year old and wanted something to replace my marathon when he out grows it and children need to be 2 years of age before going into the Frontier!!!

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