Britax One4Life ClickTight – Introduction
Their child car seat products have proved very popular with parents in the USA and Canada. The only slight downside with their previous approach to car seat manufacture is that, unlike some other brands, they have not really had much of a presence in the all-in-one car seat market.
Buying multiple car seats throughout your child’s life can be an expensive business. While that expense can be compensated by some advantages of buying different car seats for different stages of your child’s growth, many would prefer the cost savings and convenience of simply buying an all-in-on car seat that doesn’t need to be upgraded down the line.
Britax have now remedied this situation and have introduced the Britax One4Life ClickTight car seat. The seat is available to buy in the USA and in Canada.
The Britax One4Life ClickTight is genuinely an all-in-one car seat that is designed to be used from birth and throughout your child’s development.
The Britax One4Life ClickTight seat is rated for use with kids weighing between 5 and 120 lbs and, for that simple reason, it could well be the only car seat that you will ever have to buy for your child. I suppose the clue to that fact is in the brand name “One4Life”, which in my view represents a much better marketing effort than Britax’s “Grow With You” range of harness to booster seats.
Once your child has outgrown the Britax One4Life seat, they will almost certainly be able to use the vehicle seatbelt without a child car seat. It could well be the only car seat that you ever need to buy for your child.
So, what are the main features that can be found on the Britax One4Life ClickTight All in One Car Seat?
Here is my Britax One4Life ClickTight Review.
Britax One4Life ClickTight – Main Features
Here are the main features that can be found on the Britax One4Life ClickTight Seat.
#1 Child Height & Weight Limits
I have already mentioned the overall weight limits for the Britax One4Life ClickTight 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 5 and 120 lbs.
The overall height limit is up to 63 inches.
The Britax One4Life ClickTight seat comes with the following child height and weight limits for use in the rear-facing harness, forwards-facing harness, and belt-positioning booster seat modes, which are as follows.
Rear-Facing Harness Mode – 5 to 50 lbs / up to 49 inches.
Forwards-Facing Harness Mode – 22 to 65 lbs / up to 49 inches.
Belt-positioning 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?
The same goes for rear-facing. Rear-facing is said to be 4 to 5 times safer than forwards-facing and so, unless you have a very good practical reason to do so, try to keep your child’s car seat in the rear-facing position for as long as they remain within the height and weight limits for this mode of use.
#2 Safecell Technology
As with other types of Britax seats, the base of the Britax One4Life ClickTight seat benefits from the inclusion of Britax’s Safecell crumple zone technology, 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
The Britax One4Life ClickTight seat is designed for use from birth and so, naturally, it comes with a 5-point harness.
There are a total of 15 different harness height options, which is a huge number. This is what makes it easy for you to get a safe and comfortable fit for your child as they grow while using this seat.
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. It really is a very simple and stress-free process.
There is no need to re-thread the harness itself while making these adjustments, which removes the risk of error and saves a lot of time.
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 belt-positioning booster seat mode.
#4 Infant Inserts & Seat Recline Options
The Britax One4Life ClickTight seat comes with an infant insert cushion that can be used until your child reaches a weight of 20 pounds. This infant insert cushion is designed to help you get a correct secure fit when your child is very small.
There are a massive 9 different recline positions to choose from, mostly designed to help you achieve a safe installation while the seat is being used in the rear-facing harness mode when your child is a baby or toddler.
To make it even easier to get the correct recline angle with the seat, it comes with a set of easy-read bubble indicators to tell you when you have got it right. The recline angle can be easily changed by using the quick-press button on the seat base.
#5 Seat Installation Options
The reason that the Britax One4Life ClickTight seat carries the “ClickTight” label is due to one of the unique ways in which the seat can be installed in your vehicle.
As the product names suggests, the One4Life ClickTight seat comes fitted with the Britax ClickTight Installation System.
For those that are already used to using LATCH installation methods, the One4Life ClickTight model can also be installed in a traditional manner using the lower LATCH connectors and then, later on, the vehicle seat belt when used in belt-positioning booster mode, 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.
To assist you with the ClickTight installation system, the user manual and Britax safety videos take you through the process from start to finish in simple steps. In addition, the appropriate belt-paths used in this process are clearly color-coded and are accompanied by easy-to-read indicators.
Watch this video to see how easy it is to install a car seat using ClickTight …
#6 Side Impact Protection
The Britax One4Life ClickTight car seat comes with 2 separate layers of side impact protection.
The 2 layers of side impact protection that are found on both seats are located in the headrest and torso areas.
The seat also benefits from a steel frame for extra strength and protection.
#7 Seat Dimensions
The seat dimension that is often the most important for parents to consider is its width, especially if you have (or intend to have) a large family with at least 3 children requiring car seats at any one time within the same vehicle.
The Britax One4Life ClickTight seat is 20.5 inches wide.
This is certainly not the narrowest seat on the market, but it is also not the widest. You should be able to get 3 in a row within a large vehicle.
If you have a smaller vehicle, and need to fit 3 seats in a row, you should consider the Diono Radian QX series of seats, since they measure just 17 inches across at the widest point.
#8 Anti-rebound Bar
The Britax One4Life ClickTight car seat does not come supplied with an anti-rebound bar, but can be purchased as an optional extra if you wish.
The anti-rebound bar is designed to provide more stability in the event of a collision and reduce transmission of crash energy to the seat itself.
It can only be used in the rear-facing mode.
An added benefit is that it also provides more leg room for your child when it is fitted.
#9 Other Features Include:
- Removeable SafeWash cover naturally flame-retardant
- Nanotex, wicking covers with extra padding available
- Patented V-Shape Tether
- High Strength Steel Frame
- 1-Hand Harness adjustment
- 2 x drinks/snacks holders – removeable and washable
- Certified for Aircraft Travel
- 10-year seat expiration
A Helpful Video Review …
Here is a video review of the Britax One4Life ClickTight:
The Britax One4Life ClickTight – My Verdict
The Britax One4Life ClickTight is an all-in-one 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 for a single car seat to last all the way from birth until your child has outgrown the need to use child car seats altogether.
Buy Britax One4Life ClickTight in Canada
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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