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Please read the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety review before purchasing at iihs.org!
on January 7, 2014
I just ordered this booster before stumbling on the IIHS review... Apparently, there is a concern about the seatbelt positioning incorrectly over the lap when using in car seatbelt mode. I am hoping that my 8 year old will be able to use the harness and that it won't be an issue for at least 3 more inches in height. I will update the stars after actually using the booster, but, for now, I will consider half of the life of its usage potentially unsafe.
Below is an excerpt from the website, but please visit iihs.org for the full review.
"The highback Britax Frontier 85 was a BEST BET last year. In IIHS evaluations, the seat correctly positioned the lap belt across the dummy's thighs in all test conditions. Britax introduced the Frontier 90 in 2013. The geometry of the highback booster's armrest doesn't consistently provide the same lap belt fit as the earlier model. In 2 of 4 test conditions the lap belt was too high on the dummy's abdomen, although the shoulder belt fit was good.
When [Phillip] Floyd, [senior technician],started evaluating the Britax Frontier 90, he was taken aback by what he found: The lap belt was too high on the dummy's abdomen in 2 of 4 test conditions that represent a range of vehicle safety belt setups. A booster seat needs good lap belt fit, in addition to good shoulder belt fit, in all four conditions to earn a BEST BET rating.
"Britax surprised me," Floyd says. "I did the test and then got the Frontier 85 out of storage to compare the designs. Britax changed the armrest's geometry, and that put the lap belt in the wrong place to earn a BEST BET or GOOD BET." The Frontier 85 was a BEST BET for 2012.
Floyd found the same issue with the Pinnacle 90 and Pioneer 70. While all three seats offer good shoulder belt fit, low average lap belt scores put them in the Check Fit category. The Parkway SG and SGL also are a Check Fit when used as backless boosters."