Safety in the car has come a long way since I was born. We didn’t have car seats, it wasn’t mandatory to wear a seat belt, and even booster seats weren’t part of your everyday life. Today, however, you have multiple brands competing for your car seat and booster seat purchases. You have different types of car seats based on your child’s height and weight. You have car seats that can be used from start to finish of needing one.
So how do you choose which is best for your family?
For me, I always chose our car seat and or booster seat based on the information given on the manufacturer’s website. I looked for the seat that would last the longest for our child and has the best safety features for that seat. Thaddeus has had about four different car/booster seats, including the one that we received from Britax recently for review and that does not include the fact that we had two sets of each type of seat because of having two different cars in the family. Xavier is already on his second car seat, this one set to last him pretty much until he doesn’t need another seat. That is unless we decide to do just a basic booster with no back.
According to Michigan Law, Thaddeus is at the age in which he technically does not need to use a car seat or booster seat. My SUV is also equipped with clips in the back seats (two outer seats) that lower the seat belt shoulder strap so that it fits children. The middle seat auto adjusts based on who is sitting in the seat. With that being said, we still have Thaddeus in a backless booster seat when sitting in either of our vehicles. Well, now he sits in his new Britax Parkway SGL when in my SUV. We know that it is safer for him and it allows him to see out the windows better.
So, why do I need to review a booster seat for Britax? As I said, we know that it is safer for him.
Britax Parkway SGL 2013 Features
- Is designed for children who are 40-120 pounds
- Quick-adjust head restraint that easily adjusts from the front of the seat
- High density comfort foam that provides an extra layer of padding to cushion your child
- Easy to remove covers to allow cleaning
- Vehicle belt guides to make sure you place the lap belt and shoulder belt in proper places
- True side impact protection
- Removable back to allow the booster to be a backless booster
- SecureGuard that hooks to the lap-belt to prevent abdominal injury and prevents the child from sliding under the lap-belt
- Base has SafeCell technology that is designed to keep your child safe and secure in a crash
- ISOFLEX flexible lower LATCH connection system
When I first received confirmation that I would receive the Britax Parkway SGL for review I needed to decide on the fabric option we wanted. I called Thaddeus into my office for this and he was not happy at all! The first words out of his mouth were:
I’m to big for a car seat, those are for babies! I don’t want one of those!
So, I explained to him that this was something that we would test out and review and if he didn’t like it than he could go back to his other booster seat. Little did either of us know, he loves his new seat and even after I told him we could remove the back so it was more like his other seat he didn’t want to. So, I guess we’ll leave the back on for him!
What do I like about the Britex Parkway SGL?
I love the LATCH System they have. All LATCH Systems should be like this, it is awesome! Just push a little button on the back and it opens the hook for easy unlatching. It still works the same, just push the LATCH System over the bar in your vehicle and it clips right into place. It also have a super easy way of tightening the LATCH System, just pull the little band and it tightens, then to loosen it just push the little red button next to the band. No more fighting with a buckle type release, no more struggling to tighten it.
The SecureGuard is a pretty neat feature. It gives you a little extra security to ensure that if you are in an accident your child will not slide out from under the seat belt.
The seat belt guides are bright red and allow you and your children to know where the seat belts straps should go in order to be properly secured in the seat. Shoulder guide makes it so that the shoulder strap doesn’t go along the child’s face and so that it isn’t to high up or low on the child. The lower guides are so that the lap belt doesn’t go over the arm rests, which would keep the child from being securely fastened into the seat.
The adjustable head restraint is great for those who have really tall or really short children. It adjusts to fit your child and lets you know when it’s time to remove the back and allow your child to have a backless booster seat.