Surviving Parenthood

Britax Frontier 85 SICT

by Mother of two

The Britax Frontier 85 SICT is the monster replacement car seat we got for Little Lum after our car accident in May. I went overboard when I purchased this because we had just walked away from a 5 car freeway wreck that totaled our 2008 Toyota Sienna Minivan.  And since the insurance company was paying for a replacement, we opted for the “Mercedes Benz” of all car seats.

The Britax Frontier 85 SICT was their newest model at the time, just released in June of 2011.  I purchased this model mainly because it was a larger car seat that Little Lum could grow into.  I did not want a small seat that I would have to replace in a year or two.  This is especially important now with the new 2012 California Law requiring car seats for all children under the age of 8 and height of 4 foot 9.

Britax makes 2 Frontier 85 models.  The SICT model has added side air bags that provided additional side impact protection.  This is important since the configuration for our new 2011 Sienna Minivan forced us to place the seat closer to the doors in the middle row.  Britax does also make a Frontier model without the side airbags if that’s what you prefer.

The Frontier was a little heavy but pretty simple to install.  You do have some options on how you can install your car seat depending on your type of vehicle seats.  We used the LATCH system, and although it was definitely heavier than my First Year True Fit, I was still able to lift and adjust it in by myself.  Little Lum loves his new throne because it has two prominent arm rests and built in cup holders, one for his toy and the other for his beverage.  And best of all it gives mommy & daddy piece of mind!  When Little Wing is old and heavy enough, we will definitely get another one for him too!

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