SPOTTED: All New Britax Frontier 90 & Pinnacle 90

Pinnacle 90
Pinnacle 90

Maybe its because I’m expecting Baby #3 any day now but boy oh boy can new baby gear get me excited!  This time it’s from one of my favorite go-to brands Britax.  Today they introduced their most innovative Harness-2-Booster Seats, the BRITAX FRONTIER™90 and PINNACLE™90 with ClickTight™ technology which installs safely, securely and easily every time.  If you recall the “85” in the Frontier 85 meant the weight capacity for the seat was 85 lbs in harness mode, the same goes for the Frontier 90 and Pinnacle 90 with the “90” meaning the new weight limit for these seats in the harness mode is a whopping 90 lbs, maxing out at 120 lbs in the belt positioning booster mode.  The Pinnacle 90 is the renamed Frontier SICT which provides energy-managing Side Impact Cushion Technology™, which diverts crash forces away from a child and provides extra protection for the adjacent passenger.  I lovingly call this the TANK of the Britax line.

In addition to the new weight limits, the main feature of the new BRITAX FRONTIER™90 and PINNACLE™90 combination seats is the ClickTight™ Installation System that allows parents to achieve a safe and secure installation every time. With just three simple steps, ClickTight™ allows parents to easily install the new seats with the vehicle seat belt and eliminates the frustration of putting their weight in the seat or getting into the vehicle to install the car seat.

Just to show you are always learning, the BIGGEST news to me was many caregivers (including me!) use vehicle lower anchors, part of the LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children), to secure car seats thinking they are the safest way to secure a car seat.  I was completely unaware that all vehicles have lower anchor weight limits.  Definitely check the lower anchor weight limits on your car seat when you get the chance.  When a child’s weight exceeds the weight limits or restrictions, car seats should no longer be installed using the lower anchors. Instead, the car seat must be installed using the vehicle seat belt system. The new BRITAX ClickTight™ installation system allows parents to use the vehicle seat belt to achieve a safe and secure installation throughout the life of the seat, in harness mode, without worrying about the child’s weight.

Both seats feature BRITAX leading safety technologies, offering superior head safety protection. These components include SafeCell Technology® that compresses and lowers the center of gravity and reduces forward head movement, integrated steel bars that strengthen the seat’s connection to the vehicle, reducing forward-flexing, and energy-absorbing Versa-Tether®, which is a patented stage-release tether designed to slow forward movement.

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, three out of four vehicle crashes occur from the side. All BRITAX seats feature side impact protection to shield baby in the event of a side collision. Both the BRITAX FRONTIER™90 and PINNACLE™90 feature True Side Impact Protection® that provides an extra layer of EPP foam to contain a child’s head, neck and body and keep her aligned in the event of a crash. The PINNACLE™90 also features energy-managing Side Impact Cushion Technology™ (SICT), which diverts crash forces away from a child and provides extra protection for the adjacent passenger.

Beyond superior safety, the BRITAX FRONTIER™90 and PINNACLE™90 offer many ease-of-use elements to make any parent smile, including their ability to convert from the 90 pound harness mode into belt-positioning boosters that can be used by children weighing up to 120 pounds. Both seats feature an EZ-Buckle system that holds the buckle forward, thereby eliminating the struggle to find the seat buckle from underneath the child. The seats also include a tangle-free, no-rethread adjustable harness, a front-adjust recline, integrated cup holders and storage, multiple buckle positions, fixed armrests, comfort foam and an easy-remove cover.

The BRITAX FRONTIER™90 (MSRP: $329.99) and PINNACLE™90 (MSRP: $369.99) will be available at mass, online and independent retailers in a variety of fashions in late spring.