When searching for kids gear there are some brands that I just can’t help but start with whenever I am looking for a product because I know how good it is with quality, function and even the design and that is precisely the case with Britax.
I have been able to try some different products from Britax going from stroller, to infant car seat, to now a toddler car seat and in each opportunity and in each occasion Britax has met my very high expectations and I am now a big Britax fan. No matter which Britax product we are talking about, I love the crafmanship , the quality, but most of all I love the safety features offered by Britax products.
I have recently tried the Marathon 70 car seat from Britax which is a Rear facing( 5-40 lbs), Forward Facing ( 1 year and 20 , up to 70 lbs) and I was as usual more than pleased with the product. I picked the Crimson design which is a red/black fabric combination and I am so glad I did, the bug LOVES it. She calls it the ladybug car seat…..Actually I have never seen a kid with such a passion for her car seat.
When I first changed her from the infant car seat to her “big girl” car seat, I asked around and I got the same feedback……..Britax is what you want and I am so happy I did! Britax is the way I am planning on going with the next bug also, especially after Britax’s redesign of the Marathon 70 to include even more safety features!
What I like about the Marathon 70 first of all, is the safety features; Britax Marathon has SafeCell Technology:
SafeCell Technology features SafeCells, an engineered structure, designed to compress in a crash, significantly lowering the center of gravity and counteracting the forward rotation of the child seat which normally propels the child toward the vehicle seat in front of the child restraint. The SafeCells that comprise SafeCell Technology are located in the base of the seat. I am not exactly a car lover, so if I can get any added features that will maximize my daughters safety, I am all for it!
Among the safety features that make this car seat a favorite, you can find the Integrated Steel Bars which strengthen the connection to the vehicle and reduce forward flexing of the child seat during a crash.
Why is it beneficial to have integrated steel bars on your kids car seat? Well, according to Britax:
The ultimate job of a car seat is to minimize injury to your child during a crash. One way that your child may be injured during a crash is by hitting something in the vehicle, such as the back of the front seat. Incorporating Integrated Steel Bars, which reduce the forward flexing of the child seat during a crash, can minimize the risk of your child being violently propelled forward and hitting the back of the vehicle seat in front of the child restraint. It makes all the sense in the world to me and as I said before, I will take as much protection as I can get for my ladybug!
I did a lot of research on car seats and the energy-absorbing Versa-Tether was one of those features that you just want to have on your little one’s car seat …….There is a lot more than what meets the eye and this energy-absorbing Versa-Tether look like just straps, but what are the energy-absorbing Versa-Tether? An Energy-Absorbing Versa-Tether can help to minimize injury by:
• diverting crash forces away from your child during a crash,
• minimizing the movement of your child during the crash, and
• helping to slow down your child’s body during a crash.
The use of a tether can reduce the distance that your child’s head moves forward (also called head excursion) by four to six inches, thereby minimizing the risk of injury during a crash.
I had no idea about this and I am so glad I now know about this very important feature!
Would you like to know of more features I can’t help but love on the Marathon 70 ? Side Impact Protection comprised of deep side walls lined with energy-absorbing EPP foam distributes crash forces, shields from vehicle intrusion, and contains the head, neck and body, Tangle-Free, Five-Point Harness distributes crash forces across the strongest parts of the body and provides a secure fit, two Buckle Positions for your growing child. The harness is so easy to manage that my 3 years old is able to fasten it herself….Actually she demands to do so.
Now besides the obvious reasons why this car seat is a great option, you also have the fact that the car seat is very comfortable and very user friendly. Even though the instructions are clearly illustrated and safely attached to the car seat, the car seat is really easy to install and one detail that I have not seen any other car seat with is the little pouch on the back of the car seat to store the Versa-Tether straps when not in use.
If I was not already loving the car seat (which I was)… The easy cover removal for cleaning (no hooks or clips— to fight against, it just pulls right off) brought a smile to my face! Ohhh, one more thing that might sound silly but it is actually something I have had issues with before …..I have found that the harness on most car seats can be uncomfortable for your little one when she is not wearing sleeves (I have a girl and live in Florida, so strap tops are common in my daughter wardrobe). So getting pads is a must. The Marathon on the other hand comes with very comfortable pads to avoid this problem right out of the box……This is what I call attention to detail!
• Want More great features?
harness around your child (sold separately)
• Premium Lower LATCH Connectors for a quick and simple installation featuring a push button for easy release
• Built-in Lock-Offs ensure a snug lap and shoulder belt installation with minimal effort
• Anti-Slip, Contoured Base grips and protects the vehicle seat while offering optimum vehicle fit
• Harness Ultra Guard System (HUGS™) provides resistance to forward movement in the event of a crash
• 70-pound Weight Capacity for safety and comfort as your child grows
• Plush, Easy-Remove Cover with matching comfort pads and infant body pillow to provide extra comfort and easy cleaning without disassembling or uninstalling the child seat
• Quick-Adjust Harness repositions the harness shoulder height without disassembling the harness straps
• Rear and Forward Facing Recline for child comfort and positioning
• Convenient Harness Holders keep harness straps out of the way when placing your child in the car seat
• High Density Comfort Foam provides an extra layer of padding to gently cushion your child
• Certified for Aircraft Travel
• Made in the USA with global components
• MSRP (USD) $279.99
You can buy this and all Britax products at: http://www.britaxusa.com/store and selected retailers across the country and Canada.
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