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on May 14, 2013
When it comes to my 3 daughters, safety is the most important factor in choosing a car seat for them. For that reason, I own 4 Britax carseats and been very happy with their products. When I needed to shop for a booster seat with 5 point harness for my 2 1/2 year old, I was all set to buy another Britax Frontier SICT. Then I saw how popular the Graco Nautilus 3 in 1 was and what a great rating that Consumer Reports gave them. When I saw that it was literally $100 less, I placed the order. I'm disappoined. At first I was excited by a few of the features, but the practicality or lack there of takes the precedence in my mind.
The latch system on this seat is far inferior to the Britax technology. It was much harder to situate the seat properly in my van. And the tighening is only on the right side of the seat and very awkward. I couldn't get a good angle to tighten the seat. I much prefer when the latch on the right and left are independent of each other. It is much easier to tighten them that way.
The crotch strap came with a really nice cover, which I thought was great at first to save little legs from being pinched. But, then when it either came off or covered the buckle ever singe time I needed to put my daughter in the carseat, it was annoying, so I took it off. Now, the crotch strap falls through the pad on the bottom of the seat every time I put my daughter in/out. So we have to dig it out from below the pad and feed it back through the hole. ANNOYING! I keep hearing my husband and I saying "Augh! This carseat!"
The straps and buckles feel cheap...especially the chest clip. It is hard to get them to click because they are so flimsy.
Finally I've seen my sweet little girl fall asleep a few times now in this seat and everytime, her little head is dangling down because the seat doesn't tilt back far enough to help her head stay in between the rests. She looks SO uncomfortable. While the Britax wasn't perfect, I wish I had spent the extra money and gotten that seat instead. Buyer's remorse. :-(