Here’s yet another photo blog of some things we saw at the ABC Kids Expo. Some we’ve touched upon in earlier blogs, others we have not. As we like to frequently remind viewers, many of these are prototypes and the final retail versions may differ slightly from what you see at the show. Enjoy!
For some time, Britax has been including “overmolded” buckles (below, left) on many of their products. This is a minor running change to the design that has no safety implications. It may, however, help reduce strap twisting on the Britax Frontier, a model that uses slightly different strap material than the Britax convertibles:
We didn’t have much new product news from Britax, beyond the new accessory Slide Guard clip that will be available later this year for the Frontier at somewhere under $30. As noted in our Advocate review, Britax is shifting to “non-handed” LATCH hardware that will not require you to re-route them from one side to the other when you transition from rear-facing to front-facing. The Roundabout, Roundabout 50 and Marathon CS are now using the same attachments, with some other models to follow in the future. Also, as we’ve probably mentioned at some point, their D-ring strap for rear-facing tethering was lengthened by a couple inches earlier this year. Fashions? Pink Sky will appear on the Parkway SG later this year, with Mossy Oak and others to follow early next year.