Britax Grow With You ClickTight Plus – Introduction
The Britax Grow With You ClickTight Plus is a harness-to-booster car seat that effectively replaces the discontinued Britax Pinnacle 90 seat, which was a hugely popular child car seat in the US for many years.
Whilst the Grow With You ClickTight Plus seat retains the unmistakable shape of the Pinnacle 90 Car Seat, Britax have updated it and given it a slightly more contemporary look.
There are 3 different seats in the Britax Harness-to-Booster range. The 3 seats are:
The Britax Grow With You ClickTight Plus seat is the top-of-the range model within their range of harness-to-booster car seats and comes with the most convenience and safety features of the 3 seats on offer.
Okay, so the “Grow With You” branding is not exactly sharp and punchy, but it does at least accurately describe the seat’s purpose and fairly emphasises the fact that this is a seat that can genuinely be used by your child for many years.
It is rated for use with kids weighing between 25 and 120 lbs and it is the perfect upgrade when your child outgrows their infant car seat. For that reason, it could well be the last car seat that you will ever have to buy for your child.
Once your child has outgrown this seat, they will almost certainly be able to use the vehicle seatbelt without a child car seat.
So, what are the main features that can be found on the Britax Grow With You ClickTight Plus Harness-to-Booster Car Seat?
Here is my Britax Grow With You ClickTight Plus Review.
Britax Grow With You ClickTight Plus – Main Features
Here are the main features that can be found on the Britax Grow With You ClickTight Plus Seat.
#1 Child Height & Weight Limits
I have already mentioned the overall weight limits for the Britax Grow With You ClickTight Plus harness-to-booster seats, but you also need to pay careful attention to the fact that each of the modes of use has different weight/height ranges.
A reminder …
The overall weight limits are between 25 and 120 lbs.
The overall height limits are between 34 and 63 inches.
The ClickTight Plus seat comes with the following child height and weight limits for use in the harness and booster modes, which are as follows.
Harness Mode – 25 to 65 lbs / 34 to 49 inches.
Booster Mode – 40 to 120 lbs / 44 to 63 inches.
It is best to try to keep your child in the harness mode for as long as they are within the weight and height limits, even if they are technically eligible to use the seat in booster mode.
It’s just generally safer that way. Why give up the added benefits of the 5-point harness before you absolutely have to?
#2 Safecell Technology
As with previous ranges of Britax seats, the base of the Grow With You ClickTight Plus seat benefits from the inclusion of Britax’s Safecell crumple zone, which is designed to provide added protection in the event of a collision.
In short, the impact-absorbing Safecell base comprises a red “honeycomb” structure that helps to absorb crash forces in the event of an accident.
Here is a video that explains the Britax Safecell Technology in a little more detail.
#3 Harness & Headrest Adjustment
Obviously, since the ClickTight Plus is a harness-to-booster seat, it comes with a 5-point harness.
There are a total of 9 different harness height options and you can change the harness position as your child grows by simply pressing the handle at the top of the seat and moving it upwards or downwards as required.
There is no need to re-thread the harness itself while making these adjustments.
Once your child has outgrown the harness, it can be conveniently stowed away so that the vehicle seatbelt can be used to restrain your child while it is being used in the booster seat mode.
#4 Seat Recline Options
There are 2 different recline options to choose from.
#5 Seat Installation Options
The reason that the Grow With You ClickTight Plus seat carries the “ClickTight” label is due to the ways in which the seat can be installed in your vehicle.
As the product names suggests, the ClickTight Plus version comes fitted with the Britax ClickTight Installation System.
The ClickTight Plus model can also be installed using the lower LATCH connectors and then, later on, the vehicle seat belt, but it also comes with the added option of being installed using the Britax ClickTight Installation System.
The Britax ClickTight installation system is not an entirely new concept as it has been used by Britax very successfully on their range of convertible car seats for many years, before it was added to their harness-to-booster seat range.
So, what is the Britax ClickTight installation system?
The ClickTight installation system involves a simple 3-stage process. You open the compartment, you feed the seat belt through the appropriate route, and then you close the compartment until you hear the “click”.
The ClickTight installation mechanism on its own does not make the car seat any safer, but there is a very important indirect safety benefit for some parents in using the ClickTight system.
Installing convertible car seats using the vehicle’s seat belt can be difficult for many parents and, as a result, mistakes are often made. Research suggests that up to 75% seats are installed incorrectly, which makes them unsafe.
So, any mechanism that makes it easier to achieve a safe installation is to be welcomed.
Watch this video, so see how easy it is to install a car seat using ClickTight …
#6 Side Impact Protection
The main difference between the ClickTight Plus seat and the ClickTight seat is that the “Plus” model comes with a total of 3 layers of side impact protection, which is one more layer than the other 2 seats.
The 2 layers of side impact protection that are found on both seats are located in the headrest and torso areas.
The extra layer of side impact protection that comes with the ClickTight Plus seat is called Side Impact Cushion Technology and can be seen in the image below. It is what makes the Plus model look so much wider at the head/shoulder part of the seat.
The Side Impact Cushion Technology – So, what is SICT and is it important?
SICT comprises energy-management cushions that are positioned on either side of the seat. Britax claim that they reduce side impact collision energy transfer by 45%. The cushions are said to absorb side impact forces before they reach your child, thereby reducing the risk of serious head injuries.
These extra SICT cushions certainly do look reassuring and Britax claim that they make a significant difference in side impact collisions.
One thing to bear in mind though is that, even if you do think the SICT cushions are worth paying for, it makes the Plus seat wider than the standard Grow With You seat and would probably make it impossible to fit 3 seats in a row within a normal sized vehicle.
#7 Seat Dimensions
As I briefly mentioned above, the rather obvious consequence of the additional SICT that is found on the Plus model is that it is wider than the standard seat.
The ClickTight Plus seat is 23 inches wide, whereas the other 2 seats in the range are just 19 inches wide.
So, there is a difference of 4 inches in width at the widest point.
#8 Other Features Include:
- Removeable SafeWash cover naturally flame-retardant
- Patented V-Shape Tether
- High Strength Steel Frame
- 1-Hand Harness adjustment
- 4 x drinks/snacks holders
- Certified for Aircraft Travel
- 9-year seat expiration
Some Helpful Video Reviews …
Here are some useful video reviews of the Britax Grow With You ClickTight Plus Seat:
The Britax Grow With You ClickTight Plus – My Verdict
The Britax Grow With You ClickTight Plus harness-to-booster car seat comes with a great many safety and convenience features, as you would expect from a top-of-the-range premium car seat.
It is an excellent option for anyone looking to upgrade from an infant seat or convertible seat.
I highly recommend this seat for anyone who doesn’t need to fit 3 child car seats across a single row in a standard sized vehicle. If you need a narrower option, you should check out the standard ClickTight version instead.
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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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