Britax Grow With You – Introduction
The Britax Grow With You harness-to-booster car seat is one of the 3 models that replaces the discontinued Britax Pinnacle 90, Frontier 90, and Pioneer 70 seats, which was one of the most popular ranges of harness-to-booster car seats in the US for many years.
While the Grow With You seat retains the familiar shape and styling of the Frontier 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:
Britax Grow With You ClickTight Plus.
Britax Grow With You ClickTight.
The Britax Grow With You seat is the most basic and least expensive model within their range of harness-to-booster car seats but it still comes with most of the safety and convenience features that can be found on the top-of-the-range “ClickTight Plus” model.
As a true harness-to-booster car seat, it is rated for use with kids weighing between 25 and 120 lbs, between 34 and 63 inches in height, 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 before they become old enough and big enough to safely use the vehicle seatbelt on its own for restraint.
So, what are the main features that can be found on the Britax Grow With You Harness-to-Booster Car Seat?
Here is my Britax Grow With You Harness to Booster Review.
Britax Grow With You – Main Features
Here are the main features that can be found on the Britax Grow With You Harness to Booster Seat.
#1 Child Height & Weight Limits
I have already mentioned the overall weight limits for the Britax Grow With You 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 Grow With You 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 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
Since the Grow With You 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 main difference between the standard Grow With You seat and the “ClickTight” version is that it cannot be installed in your vehicle using Britax’s unique and patented “ClickTight” mechanism.
If you are interested in the ClickTight installation mechanism you can read my Britax Grow With You ClickTight Seat Review.
The standard Grow With You seat is installed using the lower LATCH connectors and then, later on, the vehicle seat belt.
Here is a video all about how to install the Britax Grow With You Harness to Booster Seat,
The ClickTight model can also be installed using one of those methods, but comes with the added option of being installed using the Britax ClickTight Installation System.
#6 Side Impact Protection
The other main difference between the ClickTight Plus seat and the standard Grow With You 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.
This does not mean that the standard Grow With You model has poor side impact protection. Its side impact protection features are significantly greater than those required by the relevant Federal safety standards. It’s just that the “Plus” version has an extra element that can be seen in the image below.
#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 standard Grow With You model is just 19 inches wide.
So, there is a difference of 4 inches in width at the widest point.
This makes the standard Grow With You version much more suitable for use in smaller vehicles, or by those who need to try to install 3 car seats side-by-side in the same row.
#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
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Some Helpful Video Reviews …
Here are some useful video reviews of the Britax Grow With You Seat:
The Britax Grow With You – My Verdict
The Britax Grow With You harness-to-booster car seat comes with a great many safety and convenience features, as you would expect from a premium car seat manufactured by a long-established and well-respected company like Britax.
It is an excellent option for anyone looking to upgrade from an infant seat or convertible seat.
Yes, the “ClickTight” and “ClickTight Plus” models come with a couple of extra features, but the fundamental structure of all 3 seats is the same.
The Grow With You seat is an excellent option for those who have confidence in their ability to install the seat without the ClickTight mechanism.
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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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