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Lockoffs – What You Need to Know & Which Carseats Have Them

Graco Argos 80 Elite - installed with seatbelt using lockoff

CarseatBlog’s Carseat Lockoff Guide

As LATCH weight limits shrink due to new federal standards, more and more carseats require using the seatbelt once the child exceeds a certain weight. The problem with seatbelt installations is that most parents have no idea how to lock the seatbelts in their vehicle in order to properly install a carseat or infant seat base. Ask the average parent or caregiver what a switchable retractor is and you’ll probably get a very confused look in response. A what?? This is why every car seat in North America should come with a built-in lockoff! If you are installing with a seatbelt instead of lower LATCH anchors and your carseat has a lockoff device – use it and you will never have to worry about understanding pre-crash locking features on vehicle restraint systems.

Function of built-in lockoff device: A lockoff device can serve more than one function but its main purpose is to cinch or clamp the seatbelt in such a way that it cannot loosen and your tight carseat installation stays tight!  

Current list of carseats that feature lockoff(s)

Rear-Facing Infant Seats
Britax B-Safe (aka BOB B-Safe)
Britax B-Safe 35 & B-Safe 35 Elite
Britax Chaperone (discontinued)
Chicco KeyFit & KeyFit 30
Combi Shuttle
GB Asana 35 & Asana 35 AP
Graco SnugRide 35 Classic Connect
Graco SnugRide 35 LX Click Connect
Graco SnugRide 40 Click Connect
Ingenuity InTrust 35 Pro
Nuna Pipa
Orbit Baby G3 Infant
Peg-Perego Viaggio 4-35
Safety 1st onBoard 35 Air & onBoard 35 Air+
The First Years Contigo (discontinued)
UPPAbaby Mesa
Urbini Petal (and clones)
Convertible Seats
Britax  Advocate; Boulevard; Marathon; Pavilion; Roundabout (excluding "Classic" model)
Britax ClickTight convertibles (all models)
Chicco NextFit
Clek Foonf
Clek Fllo
Combi Coccoro
Graco Smart Seat
Orbit Baby Toddler
Recaro All convertible models (forward-facing lockoff only)
The First Years True Fit (discontinued)
Forward-Facing Combination Seats
Britax Frontier 90
Britax Pinnacle 90
Graco Nautilus Elite
Graco Argos 80 Elite
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Lockoffs on Infant Seat Bases

There are different types of lockoffs that require different routing so make sure you are following the directions that came with your carseat. Never assume anything. Below we discuss the two most common types of lockoff systems.

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2015 Britax Marathon ClickTight Review

2015 Britax Marathon CT Convertible Carseat Review

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MA CT twilightClickTight isn’t a new-new technology anymore, since it was introduced on the Frontier and Pinnacle combination seats almost 2 years ago, but what *is* new is how it’s being applied to Britax’s convertible carseats. Britax has taken ClickTight and made it so that it takes seconds to install a ClickTight convertible seat. The new Britax Marathon CT is a Euro-styled, well-padded carseat designed to fit newborns to preschoolers.

Here’s a quick overview of the differences between the three new ClickTight convertibles.  All Britax CT convertibles have the ClickTight Installation System, an impact-absorbing base with 7 recline positions, rip-stitch energy-absorbing tether, HUGS harness pads, a steel reinforced frame, EPP foam, and other side-impact protection features.

 

  • Britax Marathon ClickTight – This model has a no-rethread harness and standard rubber HUGS pads. The top harness slot height and the overall height are about 2 inches shorter than the Boulevard CT and Advocate CT models.  MSRP $329.99

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  • Britax Boulevard ClickTight – All the features of the Marathon CT plus SafeCell HUGS pads; deeper, plastic-surrounded headwings; “Click & Safe” snug harness indicator, top harness slots and overall height 2″ taller than Marathon CT. MSRP $369.99

Britax also markets a less expensive series of smaller convertibles.  We recently reviewed the 2015 Britax Boulevard G4.1 that often sells for less than $270 at Amazon.  Its sibling, the Roundabout G4.1 can be found online for under $170, and sometimes less when on sale.

Weight and Height Limits:

  • Rear-facing 5-40 lbs. AND child’s head is 1” below top of head rest
  • Forward-facing 20-65 lbs., 49″ or less, at least 1 year old*

*Britax recommends that children ride rear-facing to the highest weight or height specified

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Marathon CT Overview:

  • ClickTight installation system (also acts as a built-in lockoff device)
  • Complete Side Impact Protection – deep protective shell
  • 12 position headrest with no-rethread harness
  • 2 crotch strap/buckle positions
  • 2 position buckle with EZ-Buckle System to keep buckle to the front and forward of the child when loading
  • Steel reinforced frame
  • SafeCell impact-absorbing base – these cells compress in a crash, which lowers the center of gravity of the child and reduces forward head excursion
  • Energy-absorbing, rip-stitch Versa-Tether®
  • 7 recline positions to help achieve a proper recline angle in any vehicle
  • Smooth bottom base with grippy edges that won’t damage vehicle upholstery
  • FAA-approved for use on aircraft
  • 10 yr lifespan makes it a good value; sells for under $280 at Amazon
  • Made in the USA!

Marathon CT Measurements

Harness slots: 7 ½”-17 ½”
External widest point: 17 ½”
Shell height with headrest: 27”
Shoulder width: 14”
Crotch strap depth: 5”, 7”
Seat depth: 12”
Seat weight: 28 lbs.

Installation

No lockoffs! What? I am celebrating no lockoffs from the brand that introduced lockoffs to the American public?

Quick Look: 2015 Britax Boulevard Review “G4.1″

Britax Advocate G4.1, Britax Marathon G4.1 and Boulevard G4.1 Review Update for 2015

The Britax Boulevard G4 and other Britax G4 convertibles are getting a facelift for 2015. So, this review is a very minor update to our 2014 Britax Advocate Full Review. We recommend reading our full review for all the details of the Britax G4 and G4.1 convertibles, as this review will just cover the updates for 2015. The Britax G4 convertibles have not changed in any significant way, but only have some minor labeling and marketing changes moving into 2015 with the unofficial G4.1 designation. Here are the changes:

  • Label added to infant positioning pillow.  MUST be used for children weighing 22 lbs. or less in a rear-facing position.  DO NOT use over 22 lbs.  DO NOT use in a forward-facing position.
  • Boulevard now marketed with Complete Side Impact Protection PLUS, indicates the energy-absorbing head restraint system with side impact wings.
  • P1040660Maximum limits continue to be 65 pounds forward-facing (seatbelt), 50 pounds forward-facing (LATCH) and 40 pounds rear-facing.
  • Top tether length shortened; extenders available
  • Rear-Facing accessory tether strap will be revised to fabric-only loop
  • Red accents added to height adjustment lever and recline lever.
  • New Britax Logo with SafeCell Impact Protection.
  • New 2-color box; helps identify the 4.1 model (photo, right)
  • Anti-Rebound Bar is an optional accessory

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Britax Convertible Features Comparison:

*Tip: If you’re viewing from your phone – turn it sideways to see more columns of the chart in landscape mode.

 

Boulevard G4.1 Pros:

  • One of the easiest LATCH installs on the market
  • Easy front adjustment for harness height with 10 positions
  • EZ Buckle System is wonderful; no digging out buckle from under the child!
  • Two crotch strap positions, three recline positions
  • Better than average fit rear-facing in smaller cars
  • Ability to tether rear-facing or use anti-rebound bar (optional accessory)
  • Click & Safe harness adjuster helps you know when the harness is adjusted reasonably well
  • Seated maximum shoulder height label for visual reminder of when seat is outgrown
  • Infant positioning pillow provides excellent fit on newborns
  • Made in USA!

Cons:

Conclusion:

There are no major changes for 2015 on the Britax Boulevard G4.1 or the similar Roundabout, Marathon and Advocate G4.1 models.  The big change for Britax was the introduction of the Britax ClickTight Convertibles, with more features, higher limits and a bigger price tag.  Meanwhile, the G4.1 models continue to be great convertible carseats at a lower price point.  The lowest priced model, the Britax Roundabout G4, sells for under $145 at some retailers.  Meanwhile, the Advocate G4.1 packs the most premium features, is easier to use than many competitors and comes with unique, patented external side impact cushions.  All install easily with LATCH and fit well in small cars.  For those reasons, we continue to include them on our Recommended Carseats list!

The 2015 Britax Boulevard G4.1 sample used in this update was provided by Britax USA, no other compensation was provided and all opinions are my own.