Over the past few years, a lot more attention has been paid to protecting children from side-impact collisions. Research has shown that 30% of fatalities in passenger cars are from side-impact. These kinds of crashes are particularly dangerous because there isn’t much car between the passengers and the encroaching vehicle. Front and back collisions have the benefit of the crumple zones inherent (and, more recently, engineered) in the hood and trunk.
Car manufacturers have been working to make cars more protective against side impacts, but car seat manufacturers have also stepped up their game. The most recent seat to incorporate extra side-impact protection is the new Britax Frontier SICT (stands for Side Impact Cushioning Technology).
This unique approach to side impact protection, which first appeared on the Britax Advocate, uses energy-absorbent “cushions” on the sides of the seat to divert the forces of the crash away from the the child. These also act like bumpers to protect any other passengers sitting next to the seat. The Frontier SICT also has True Side Impact Protection – an extra layer of EPP foam cradling the head and neck.
The Britax Frontier SICT is a forward-facing car seat that can also convert into a belt-positioning booster. It’s appropriate for children from ages 2 years and 25 pounds up to 85 pounds as a car seat and 120 pounds as a booster.
The Frontier SICT is coming soon to Magic Beans, and it’s our Day 17 giveaway. Enter now.