Britax Phasing Out Rear-Facing Tethers on Convertible Carseats
February 2, 2015
Effective January 28th, 2015 (approximately), production of the Britax ClickTight convertible carseats (Marathon CT, Boulevard CT and Advocate CT) had a running change that effectively removes rear-facing tethering as an option. Expect some retailers to start receiving updated models in early to mid-February.
Rear-Facing Tethering is being removed as an option from user guides and labels.
Changes to all (3) ClickTight models happened at same time
NOT Retroactive to previous production. Seats made prior to this date can be used as labeled (seats labeled with option can be RF tethered if compatible with vehicle)
Swedish method issues being driven by less compatibility with vehicles, particularly occupant detection systems and vehicle manufacturer concerns
Australian method is difficult at best even with an extender. Also, not preferred by consumers because ingress and egress issues for the child.
The Anti-rebound bar (ARB) will be available to purchase as an accessory in the next 30-60 days on the Britax website http://www.britaxusa.com/store.
G4.1 Convertible carseat models (Roundabout, Marathon, Boulevard, Advocate) will adopt this change sometime around mid-2015
Updated labels and owner’s manuals will determine when a specific model has changed.
Prior to that time, newer production may transition to RF tether accessory straps with fabric loops, rather than a metal ring, like the ones that ship with the ClickTight models.
Anti-Rebound bar is available for convertible models made after June, 2010, excluding ClickTight and Classic series models.
Rear-facing is still the safest way to travel for young kids, within the limits of their convertible carseat. Even without a rear-facing tether, Britax ClickTight convertibles will allow many kids to continue rear-facing until 3 or 4 years old.
Posted by CPSDarren On February 1, 2015 In News4 Comments