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Inaccessible harness adjustment lever
My main issue with this seat is that it's very difficult to loosen the harness because the harness adjustment lever is hidden below the fabric. It's especially difficult to access when the seat is in rear-facing mode. You have to squeeze your hand between the foot of this seat and the seat of the car, try to lift the fabric cover which is being pinched against the stabilising bar, then blindly feel around for the adjustment lever, then press it down in order to loosen the harness.
As with any baby car seat, it's necessary to loosen the harnes...s when you want to remove the child, so why would you make it so difficult to perform this task? Is this a manufacturing defect or just a bad design because I'm not sure how it's legal to make a car seat like this. What if in an emergency situation I need to quickly remove the baby from the car but I'm struggling trying to access this hidden lever to loosen the harness? Other Britax models have a button, like a similarly priced model I bought several years ago, so why doesn't this one include a button? Do we really need to pay another $200 just to get a button? The main reason I bought this seat is because at $299 it seemed like the best price for a car seat that has ISOFIX. The price is good and the ISOFIX is good, but if I have to struggle to loosen the harness every time I need to remove the baby, then the seat is worthless to me. Hopefully I can still get a refund. EDIT: My difficulty with accessing the harness adjustment lever to loosen the harness is because Britax changed the design from 2019 to 2020 and used a different, more difficult to use lever in 2020. The 2019 lever is close to the front of the seat and can be pulled up with fingers. The top of the 2020 lever is a few inches back from the front of the seat and you need to push it, making it exceedingly difficult to access from the front of the seat where the adjustment strap is. I've taken a few photos to describe the problem here: https://imgur.com/a/T5jChmB . I've attached the same photos to this review. The 2019 model photos are from a demo model at Big W.
Purchased in February 2021 at Big W for $299.00.
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|Category||Baby Car Seats|
|Maximum Age||4 years|
|Dimensions||285 x 440 x 570 mm|
|Colour / Finish||Black/blue|
|Anchor System Name||ISOFLEX® LATCH|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year(s)|
|Release date||Mar 2020|
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