Britax B-Safe Gen2 Flexfit Infant Seat – Introduction
The Britax B-Safe Gen2 Flexfit Infant Car Seat was introduced to the US Market in 2021 and is one of the products that replaces, and improves upon, the older B-Safe 35 and B-Safe Ultra series of infant seats.
The B-Safe Gen2 Flexfit is not an entirely new concept of car seat that has been built by Britax from scratch. Instead, they have taken all of the great features from the older Britax B-Safe 35 seat improved some of them.
There 3 different models in the new Britax B-Safe Gen2 range of infant car seats to choose from and the Flexfit version is the middle-of-the-range product. It naturally comes with most of the same features as the Flexfit Plus model, but is missing the Anti-rebound bar.
If you would like to read my side-by-side comparison reviews of the B-Safe Gen2 range of car seats, you can find them here:
B-Safe Gen2 Flexfit Plus v Gen2 Flexfit
B-Safe Gen2 Flexfit Plus v Gen2
In this review I am going to tell you about the main features that can be found on the B-Safe Gen2 Flexfit infant car seat.
I hope that once you have read this review you will be in a much better position to decide whether or not the Britax B-Safe Gen2 Flexfit seat is the best option for you and your child.
Britax B-Safe Gen2 Flexfit – The Main Features
#1 Child Weight Limits
The B-Safe Gen 2 Flexfit seat comes with a child weight limit of between 4lbs and 35 lbs.
#2 Child Height Limits
The maximum child height limit for the Flexfit seat is 32 inches.
This is one of the best infant seats available on the market when it comes to maximum child height limits. Children very often outgrow their infant seats by height before they outgrow them by weight and so this is a very important number to consider when choosing a seat.
NB: Looking at the maximum height limit is usually more important than looking at the maximum weight limit.
#3 European Belt Path
The Britax B-Safe Gen 2 Flexfit seat also comes with a European style Belt Guide.
This means that you have the option of being able to safely and securely fit one of these B-Safe Gen 2 Flexfit seats in your vehicle without using the seat base and/or LATCH connectors. Whilst most modern cars are fitted with LATCH connectors and it is much more convenient to simply click the seat in and out of the seat base on every journey, there are situations in which this additional belt path option is very useful.
If you need to use the seat with multiple vehicles and cannot afford to buy multiple seat bases, or if you have grandparents or other occasional carers that need to transport your baby in their vehicles, the option to install the seat using an easy European style belt method is very convenient.
#4 SafeCenter LATCH & Safecell Crumple Zone
The Gen2 Flexfit seat also features Britax’s unique and patented SafeCenter LATCH seat installation system.
The seat and base are installed within your vehicle in 3 easy steps. You simply connect the lower anchors to the vehicle, pull straps to tighten, and then click the seat into the newly installed steel-reinforced base.
The Flexfit seat and supplied base is also manufactured with Britax’s Safecell crumple zone for added protection in a collision and better peace of mind. In short, the impact-absorbing Safecell base comprises a red “honeycomb” structure that help to absorb crash forces and prevent more serious injury in a collision.
#5 Easy-read Level Indicators
The seat comes with easy-read level indicators to confirm when the seat has been installed at a safe and correct angle within the car, which provides much needed peace of mind to parents of young babies.
The level indicators are called “easy-read” because they can be viewed from all angles, which makes them pretty much fool-proof.
The fear of not installing an infant seat safely and securely into its base can be a big cause of anxiety for carers and having this clear visual confirmation is a great help.
#6 Side Impact Protection
Despite not being the top-of-the-range model, the Gen2 Flexfit still benefits from Britax’s premium Side Impact Protection system.
This comprises 2 separate layers of side impact protection, which are focussed on adding more padding to the head, neck and torso areas of the seat, which are naturally the most vulnerable parts during a collision situation.
You can find images of the side impact protection features here.
#7 Seating Adjustments
The Britax B-Safe Gen 2 Flexfit seat provides a large selection of harness slot height positions – many more than can be found on budget infant car seats, which makes it much easier to find a perfectly safe and comfortable fit for your baby’s unique shape.
The Britax B-Safe Gen 2 Flexfit Harness options are:
- Harness Slot Heights at 5/6.2/7.4/8.6/9.8/11 inches
- Crotch Buckle Strap Depths of 3.5 & 5.5 inches
Other important measurements on these seats include a shoulder width of 10 inches, a seat back compartment height of 20 inches, and a seat area depth/width of 12.5 inches and 8.5 inches respectively.
#8 Seat Weight
The B-Safe Gen 2 Flexfit seat weighs approximately 11.6 lbs, which is pretty average for an infant car seat. They are not particularly heavy seats when compared with other premium models on the US market. At the end of the day, additional safety features often add a little extra weight to a seat, but these seat weights are perfectly normal and manageable.
The Gen2 Flexfit seat can be used as part of a comprehensive travel system to reduce the need to carry it around.
#9 Harness Adjustments
If you value time-saving convenience features, bear in mind that the Gen2 Flexfit seat comes with a 5-point harness that can be adjusted very quickly and simply, and without needing to re-thread it every time. This has now become a standard feature on high end infant car seats and, once you’ve used a seat with this feature, it’s hard to go back.
Personally, I would always pay extra for the convenience of being able to make these seat adjustments without having to re-thread the harness each and every time, which can be a real pain for busy parents and other carers.
Imagine having to rethread the harness each and every time on an infant car seat that comes with so many shoulder harness adjustment options!
Other Features include:
- Safewash cover naturally flame-retardant
- Stroller Compatible
- UPF 50+ Extra Large Canopy
- 1-Hand Harness Buckle Release
- Quick Push LATCH Connectors
- Certified for Aircraft Travel
- 6 year seat expiration
If you are interested in the additional Anti-rebound bar option, you should check out the Gen 2 Flexfit Plus model.
A Helpful Video Review of the Gen2 Flexfit Plus …
Here is the “SnuggleBugs” Video Review of the Britax B-Safe Gen 2 Flexfit Plus seat. NB: The Gen 2 Flexfit model is exactly the same as the Plus version save for the missing ARB:
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After purchasing any child car seat, you should always read the User Manual thoroughly before using it. It is also advisable to visit your local Fire Department or NHTSA Child Car Seat Inspection Centre to ensure that the seat is definitely suitable for your child’s specific requirements and that you have installed it correctly. These services are usually provided free of charge.
You can find your nearest NHTSA Centre here.
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