FF Harnessed Seats

Recommended FF Seats

Britax Frontier 90/Pinnacle 90 minimum age of 2, harness 25-90#, HBB 40-120#, 20.5” top harness position, tether required after 65#, no-rethread harness height adjustment (adjust from front), EPP lined head wings, premium LATCH connectors, 2 crotch buckle positions, built in cupholders, stationary armrests, ClickTight installation system (super easy belt install with no worries about locking clips, lock-offs, or locking the belt), front adjust recline, Safe Cell technology in base, EZ-Buckle crotch strap, easy off cover , harness straps store in seat for transition to booster, compatible with secure guard clip in booster mode, Pinnacle has SICT side impact cushions, rated “check fit” by IIHS (done without the benefit of the SecureGuard clip), (now FAA approved in harness mode)

Britax Pioneer 70 minimum age of 2, harness 25-70#, HBB 40-110#, 18.5″ top harness position, no-rethread harness height adjustment (adjusts from front), EPP lined head wings, premium LATCH connectors, 2 crotch buckle positions, built in cupholders, stationary armrests, front adjust recline, Safe Cell technology in base, easy off cover,  compatible with secure guard clip in booster mode, rated “check fit” by IIHS (done without the benefit of the SecureGuard clip), does NOT have ClickTight (FAA approved in harness mode) 

Evenflo Maestro harness 22-50#, HBB 40-110#, 18″ top slots, great harnessed seat, good booster but quickly outgrown (head rest doesn’t adjust for height, seat outgrown as booster shortly after seat would be outgrown by harness height), EPS foam, FAA approved with harness, harness tends to be narrow/close to neck , IIHS “best bet” in booster mode, Platinum versions have OutLast temperature regulating fabric, ProComfort Versions have Gel Matrix

Evenflo SecureKid 300/SecureKid 400/Snugli Booster Car Seat harness 22-65#, HBB 40-110#, great harnessed seat, head rest does adjust for height, EPS foam, FAA approved with harness, 300 has premium LATCH connectors, 400 & Snugli versions have SureLATCH, e3 SIP, built-in cupholders, harness tends to be narrow/close to neck, IIHS rated as “best bet”, Snugli version has Outlast temperature regulating fabric and upgraded padding, Platinum versions have OutLast temperature regulating fabric, ProComfort Versions have Gel Matrix

Graco Argos 70/Argos Elite harness 20-70#, HBB 30-100#, backless booster 40-120#, 18″ top harness position, FAA approved with harness, built-in cupholder, side pockets in armrests, 3 position recline mechanism, allows LATCH in booster mode, EPS foam, elite version has lock-offs and width adjusting headrest, no-rethread harness (adjusts with headwings), IIHS “best bet” in HBB mode, “check fit” as backless booster

Graco Nautilus /Nautilus with Safety Surround harness 20-65#, HBB 30-100#, backless booster 40-100#, 18″ top slots, FAA approved with harness, built-in cupholder, side pockets in armrests, recline mechanism, allows LATCH in booster mode, EPS foam, elite version has width adjustable head wings and built-in lock-offs, Safety Surround version has larger headwings for enhanced head protection, IIHS “best bet” in HBB mode, “check fit” for backless mode

Harmony Defender 360/Secure Commander harnesses 22-65#, HBB and backless booster 30-110#, 18.5” top harness position, EPE foam, no-rethread harness, good for three across, Commander is supposed to be upgraded version (with higher price of course), not rated by IIHS

Recaro Performance Sport harness 20-90#, HBB 30-100#, 18″ top harness position, no-rethread harness, EPS foam, recline mechanism, harness somewhat short in slack, IIHS “best bet” in booster mode, safety stripe system on harness (visually cues whether harness is straight or twisted), Performance series has upgraded fabric and foam, Twist-resistant HERO technology, easy flip recline, and cupholder

 

Other FF Seats

Baby Trend Hybrid 3 in 1 harness 22-50#, HBB 30-100#, backless booster 40-100#, adjustable head support, cupholders, removable padding, ~18″ top slot height, not rated by IIHS

Baby Trend FastBackharness 22-70#, HBB 30-100#, backless booster 40-120#, 17.5” top slots, no rethread-harness, adjustable head rest, sides adjust up with head support, 2 crotch strap positions, 3 recline positions, rigid LATCH, EPS & EPP foam, steel frame, body insert for smaller children, not rated by IIHS

Evenflo Chase LX/Secure Kid 100 harness 22-40#, HBB 40-110#, 18″ top slots, great harnessed seat, lightweight, easy to install, EPS foam, harness tension adjusts with adjuster on harness, FAA approved with harness, harness tends to be narrow/close to neck, IIHS “best bet” in booster mode (does not adjust for height in booster mode, though, so will not last as long as other combination seats)

Kiddy World Plus shield 22-40#, HBB 40-110#, impact shield rather than harness (not the same as the old shield boosters that were unsafe) may be a good choice for a young FF child, FAA approved when used with shield, adjustable head rest and seat cushion, premium LATCH connectors on shield, IIHS “best bet” in HBB mode

Kids Embrace Combination Seat harness 22-65#, HBB 30-100#, 16” top harness slots, premium LATCH connectors, two-position recline, easy to remove cover, dual cup holders,  IIHS “best bet” in booster mode, poor customer service, shady practices, company doesn’t promote best practice

RideSafer Travel Vest small 30-60#, large 50-80#, requires vehicle head support, great for 3 across situations and travel, lightweight, comes in blue and pink, energy absorbing panel across front to disperse crash forces, Version 2 can be used with lap belt and tether (single up to 60#, dual tether after 60#) or lap/shoulder belt and has head pillow and crotch belt, Version 3 can only be used with a lap/shoulder belt (no tethering ability) but is height adjustable and the pillow is an optional accessory (purchased separately)

Safety 1st Go harness 22-65#, backless booster 40-100# (does not become HBB), requires vehicle head support, requires top tether, top harness position over 17″, good for travel (not great for every day), premium LATCH connectors, easy to install with LATCH (a little more difficult with the seat belt), very lightweight, “check fit” rating by IIHS in booster mode

Safety 1st Summit 22-65# harness, 40-100# HBB, no reports yet on top harness height and not rated by IIHS for booster fit, should last longer in harness mode than previous versions of the Summit, no rethread harness, cupholder, pivoting armrests,

 

Not recommended seats

Cosco HBB Very low top usable harness slot, 40# harness limit, tested by IIHS – neither recommended nor not recommended

Safety 1st Summit/Eddie Bauer Deluxe HBB (Those with 40# harness), low top usable harness slot, 40# harness limit, tested by IIHS – neither recommended nor not recommended

Safety 1st Vantage Low top harness slot, 40# harness limit, tested by IIHS – neither recommended nor not recommended

 

Moderate Budget Seats These seats are decent seats that can be commonly found for about $200 or less

Baby Trend FastBack

Britax Frontier 85

Evenflo SecureKid 300/400

Graco Argos/Argos Elite

Graco Nautilus

Safety 1st Go

Ride Safer Travel Vest

 

Lower Budget Seats These seats are decent seats that can commonly be found for around $100 or less.

Evenflo Chase LX/Secure Kid 100

Evenflo Maestro

Harmony Defender 360

Best Choices for 3 Across

Harmony Defender 360

Ride Safer Travel Vest

Safety 1st Go

Coming Soon or Too New to be Placed in the List Yet…

RideSafer Travel Vest airplane system (to be used similar to the CARES)

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3 thoughts on “FF Harnessed Seats

  1. Pingback: Car Seat Questions Board FAQ | danianniesafety

  2. Excellent list! This is so helpful.

    However, a glossary with all the explanations for the acronyms would be helpful, too! It’s been a while since I’ve been carseat shopping and feel lost looking at all the acronyms.

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