Earlier this week Britax issued a far-reaching recall on many of their ClickTight convertible car seats. While recalls are always to be taken seriously, accurate information is your biggest weapon in making sure you’re properly using your baby gear in the safest way. So take a deep breath, let the opinions of internet trolls, mommy group queen-b’s, and general worry leave your body, because the potential fault with your ClickTight is easy to diagnose and easy to fix.
First step: if you have a ClickTight seat, click HERE to see if your seat is part of the 1% of ClickTights affected, and what to do if it is. Britax has already discovered why 1% of the harness adjuster buttons were not behaving, and is re-releasing the New Clicktight Convertible car seats for late September.
Now for those of you who were researching convertible car seats or about to buy one before this happened, the fixed Britax ClickTight seats won’t be readily available until September. If your baby is about to hit your infant car seat height maximum or weight maximum, or if their head is about to be within 1 inch of the top of the car seat… you don’t have 4+ weeks to wait around; and let’s face it, delays on new products are common. The good news is that there are several convertible car seats that are available NOW, and have equally fantastic safety ratings and reviews.
The Diono Rainier Convertible and Booster Car Seat specializes in being one of the narrowest car seats on the market. It also converts to a booster seat with a lap and shoulder belt, and folds in half for you frequent fliers out there; it even has a heavy duty steel frame protecting your child on all sides. The price is most similar to a Britax.
The Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP 5/70 Convertible Car Seat is very similar to a Britax model in terms of how much space it takes up in the car – Britax and Peg typically take up the shortest amount of space, giving adults up front more leg room. As a bonus, it’s the lightest weight convertible car seat that we carry!
The Clek Foonf Convertible Car Seat has the next easiest install to the Britax ClickTights, and it allows for extended rear-facing. Plus, it has rigid LATCH, stain-resistant fabric and a magnesium frame.
So while the recall is frustrating, you still have tons of fantastic convertible car seats to choose from with Magic Beans. And don’t feel like you’re alone on your search: Magic Beans employees have years of practice matching families to the perfect car seat that will take care of your most important possessions! Come visit us in any of our stores, call our customer service line at 866-600-2326, contact us online, or schedule a free consultation, and we’ll make sure you get the car seat that’s the perfect fit, even if you have to skip the ClickTight for now.