Review: Britax Parkway Booster
E often asks me when she will be able to sit without a booster and in the front. Some of my favorite childhood memories are riding in the front seat next to my mom holding her hand, so it's really hard to keep her in the backseat! But, I know it is the safest thing for her and if we were in an accident she is going to be protected. Here is the AAP car seat safety guide to know when is the right time to move your child to a new car seat or booster:
It is recommended that your child stay in a booster seat until he/she grows out of the seat, which is 12 years old, 63 inches, 120 pounds for the Britax Parkway. For children between the ages of 4 - 8, the use of a booster seat can reduce injury rates by 58% over the use of a seat belt alone. Booster seats are to raise the child to the correct height so the shoulder belt lies snugly across the shoulder and chest. The booster positions the belt so it fits over the stronger parts of your child's body. Car seat belts are designed for an adult body and do not fit correctly for a child.
"A study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety states that "the lap belt should fit flat across a child's upper thighs, not across the soft abdomen, which is more likely to be injured in a crash than bony structures like the pelvis." In the event of a collision, a lap belt that is improperly positioned across your child's abdomen can cause serious injuries, including injuries to internal organs, that can't always be diagnosed immediately and can be life-threatening."
Britax makes several models of booster seats ranging from combination 5-point harness systems to removable high back booster seats. The Parkway Booster is a High Back Booster Seat with the option to remove the back. The seat has True Impact Side Protection which means it:
Distributes crash forces:
The combination of deep side walls and energy-managing foam allow for a larger surface area to divert crash force energy away from your child during impact.
Shields the child from vehicle intrusion:
During a side impact crash your child could be injured because of the lack of a crumple zone and/or coming into contact with intruding objects. The combination of the deep side walls and head restraint create a barrier between your child and any possible intruding objects.
Contains the head and body:
True Side Impact Protection helps to contain your childs head and body in the seat, keeping it from making contact with the vehicle door or window.
Minimize side to side head movement and literally trues the head:
Minimizing movement and keeping the neck and spine aligned limits potential injury. A abrupt, violent change in speed may cause injury to the body. By limiting the movement of your child during a crash, you are limiting potential injury.
The Parkway SG's base has Safe Cell Technology to keep your child safe and secure in a crash by compressing and significantly lowering the center of gravity, reducing the forward movement of the car seat. It also has a SecureGuard feature which works with the vehicle safety belt to prevent the child from sliding under the lap-belt portion of the safety belt (submarining) during impact, thus minimizing the risk of abdominal injury.
The headrest is adjustable and can be used until the child is 63 inches. My daughter loves the headrest/high back and while traveling, she said it was more comfortable to take a nap than without a back. The seat has 2 cupholders which are retractable. They are great for keeping drinks and snacks. The seat provides High Density Comfort Foam (under removable cover) which provides an extra layer of padding to cushion your child. The new Parkway SG has 3 fabric options. The cover can be removed to be cleaned.
You can get the booster for $129.99 and it expires 6 years after the manufacture date.
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