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Old 07-14-2011, 12:10 PM
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Britax Marathon 65 Convertible Car Seat

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Rating: 4 out of 5
  • Currently 4.0/5.0

For parents who are seeking a reliable child safety seat that will be adaptable to a child's growth needs, this is a dependable option.

With an MSRP of $379.99, it features the patented Britax 5-point harness system for maximum safety. Four levels of harness height adjustment allow for parents to get several years of usage from the safety seat, even as their child grows. With a reclining seating system which can be used either as forward or rear facing, it can safely accommodate children in a weight range of 5 to 65 pounds.

With a structure that features side impact protection, the safety seat uses rigid plastic which surrounds a child's head and helps to ensure maximum protection in the event of side impact crash. For parents who consider their child's safety to be a paramount concern, this unique aspect performs a similar, yet child-friendly function to that of side curtain airbags, which cannot be safely deployed within range of a child.

Built in lock-offs work with the car's standard seatbelt to insure that the Britax unit is only permitted to move a maximum of one inch in any direction when properly secured. The numerous safety features of this model helped me to finally choose it when searching for the best child safety seat.

Available in a variety of patterns suitable for either gender, it is as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional. In addition, parents who find themselves needing to transfer this seat between vehicles on a regular basis will appreciate that the unit is easy to install and includes clear instructions.

In closing, one notable disadvantage of this product is that taller children may outgrow this seat far before they reach the weight limit, as the seat is very shallow.

Review by professional reviewer, Sep. 1, 2010
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