The Britax Parkway SGL is a new version of the popular Parkway SG Booster. We had a preview of the SGL from our ABC Kids Expo coverage. It is rated for kids 40-120 pounds. You can find our full review of the original Parkway SG here. Using the Parkway SGL in high-back mode with the backrest, it is rated for kids 38-63 inches tall and with a seated shoulder height of 15-21.5 inches tall. We recommend that kids remain in a child restraint system with a 5-point harness until they are at least 4 years old and 40 pounds, preferably until they are mature enough to remain seated properly in a seatbelt with a booster. Kids should remain in a booster until they can pass the 5-step test.
Overall, the Parkway SGL is quite similar to the Parkway SG. The dimensions are all pretty much the same and like the SG, it can be used as a backless booster as well. The major differences are as follows:
- ISOFLEX sytem. This LATCH attachment system stabilizes the Parkway SGL during loading and unloading. When unoccupied, it prevents the Parkway SGL from becoming a flying hazard. It uses premium attachments with push-button releases. A quick pull on the strap from either side of the booster tightens both attachments at the same time! It is very easy to use .
- Updated Secure Guard clip. The new clip has a single strap and is nicer in appearance than the 2-strap design on the Parkway SG. It is a little easier to use than before, but can be a bit tricky to remove and adjust.
- Updated armrests. The armrests lost their fabric cover and are now overmolded with rubber. They are close to one-half inch higher than before.
- Revised shoulder belt guides. Perhaps combined with the slightly higher armrests, this could improve the fit of the shoulder belt for some kids in certain vehicles. More importantly, it is easier to thread the shoulder belt from the bottom on the new design, rather than from the back on the old one.
Otherwise, the new SGL is about the same as before in almost all other dimensions. It really fits pretty close to the same with my son in our minivan and also with my daughter in our Prius. I can’t see that the changes for the armrest and shoulder belt design will make much of a difference for most kids, but it could make just enough difference for some situations. So, rather than rehash any more of the Parkway SG review, I’ll just finish with photo comparisons.