The Britax ClickTight Anti-Rebound (ARB) 2017
What is the Britax ClickTight Anti-Rebound Bar?
Britax ClickTight convertible car seats have become some of the most popular premium products on the US and Canadian markets over the past couple of years. They come fitted with industry-leading safety and convenience features and the relatively new ClickTight Anti-Rebound Bar is the latest such feature to be introduced.
The Rebound Bar (shown above) is a padded steel bar that is attached to the foot-end of the Britax ClickTight car seats and is designed to manage the rebound or reactive motion in the opposite direction of impact during a collision.
If the vehicle in which the seat were installed drove into collision with the rear of a vehicle in front, for example, the initial forces involved would compress the seat into the back of one of the front seats. The secondary reaction, however, would cause the seat to rebound back towards the rear of the vehicle and, without an anti-rebound bar, there is a real risk that the child occupant would come into forcible contact with vertical part of the vehicle seat upon which it sits. The anti-rebound bar effectively cushions this secondary reaction and reduces the risk of the child occupant injuring themselves as a result of their body striking the seat.
In testing for the US Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, Britax found that the ARB minimizes the risk of injury to rear-facing children by reducing rebound rotation by 40% and stabilizes the car seat during frontal, rear-end, and side-impact crashes
Here is a video demonstration of the Britax ClickTight ARB:
Do You Need to Buy a Britax ClickTight ARB Seat?
The answer is that you can, but you don’t have to.
There are 3 ways to get hold of the Britax ClickTight ARB:
- Buy a Britax ClickTight Boulevard ARB
- Buy a Britax ClickTight Advocate ARB
- Buy the Britax ClickTight ARB for use with a standard ClickTight seat
The Britax ClickTight Boulevard and Advocate car seats are available to buy with the ARB factory fitted. If you are the owner of a non-ARB model, however, you can also buy the ARB on its own and fit it to the seat (see video above).
Edit: You can now buy the Marathon ClickTight ARB too!
Please note that there is no Britax ClickTight Marathon ARB, but the ClickTight ARB can be fitted to a standard Marathon ClickTight seat.
Where to Buy the Britax ClickTight Anti-Rebound Bar
Canadian ClickTight Seats & Accessories
After purchasing any child car seat or car seat safety product, 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 and/or safety product 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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