Britax Advocate ClickTight Review 2021 Edition

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Britax has been a leader in mobile children safety since it was founded in 1939. Wide-ranging experience, hours of manufacturing, and in-house child seat experts have made Britax a leader in juvenile safety products. With the acquisition of several premiere establishments, mainly baby product manufacturers, this company has now become a forerunner of baby-safe technology and continuously producing advanced goods that would improve child safety and security.

At Britax, “safe enough” simply is not good enough for the child. Their team of specialists works on creating innovative technologies that combine to provide exceptional energy absorption and movement limitation in a collision, keeping the child safe, and parents and caregivers free from worry along the way.

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What makes the Britax Advocate ClickTight different?

Launched in 2009, the Britax Advocate ClickTight was the first seat in the world to feature Side Impact Cushion Technology. The Britax Advocate ClickTight also has a SafeCell Impact Protection System, integrating the safety components that work together to protect the child well beyond the federal safety standards. It features the exclusive impact-absorbing base, tether and harness, the impact-stabilizing steel frame, and various levels of side impact protection.

Weight and Dimensions

The Britax Advocate ClickTight weighs 29.4 lbs. rear-facing with the anti-rebound bar in place and 28.3 lbs. front-facing without the bar. The weight of the convertible seat is something to consider if traveling frequently or will be moving the car seat from one car to another. The Britax Advocate ClickTight is also wide with a maximum width of 20 inches, making it a poor choice for people who need to fit multiple seats or people in one row. The Britax Advocate ClickTightmeasures 20.5” W x 23.5” H x 23” D and its shoulder width at 16”.

The Britax Advocate ClickTight limits for child weight rear-facing is from 5 to 40 lbs. while 20 to 65 lbs. for front-facing. The child’s standing height should be 49” or less. The child’s seated shoulder height for rear-facing is 7.6” to 18.65” while for front-facing the shoulder height should be 12” to 18.65” only. It is recommended that children ride rear-facing to the highest height and weight specified.

Ease of Use

The Britax Advocate ClickTight easily adapts to the child’s growth while assuring their security and safety. It also offers parents and caregivers the convenience and maneuverability with the easy-buckle system that keeps buckles and straps out of the way when positioning the child in the car seat. The easy-remove cover offered by the Advocate also helps in the cleaning of the car seat without having to uninstall the car seat or remove the harness.

Harness

The Britax Advocate ClickTight boasts of its quick-adjust 14-position harness that allows to easily move the harness upward for a comfortable secure fit as the child grows. The no-rethread harness permits easy movement where the harness straps are as close to the child’s shoulder level to minimize their movement in the event of a crash, reducing the potential for injury. The Britax Advocate ClickTight harness height can be adjusted by simply squeezing the harness height adjuster and slide up or down to the desired position.

In order to adjust the harness height with a standard harness system, parents and caregivers must detach the straps from the metal load on the back of the seat, rethread the straps through a new slot in the car seat shell, and then reattach them to the metal part. Not only does this manual adjustment leave room for error, but it also requires uninstalling the seat from the vehicle before making the necessary adjustments.

Accessories

An “anti-rebound bar” was recently introduced as an add-on for the ClickTight Advocate car seat. This has a safety role when the seat is used in the rear-facing position, reducing the head movement of the child in the event of a crash.

Unparalleled Protection in the Britax Advocate

The side of the interiors of the Britax Advocate ClickTight has a cushioning that supports the little one’s head. That cushioning is three layers of side-impact protection, one of its highlight features that absorbs the impact so that the child is jarred as little as possible, the highest possible protection. A deep protective shell absorbs crash forces and shields the child from debris, an energy-absorbing headrest keeps the child’s head and neck secure, and external cushions compress to absorb energy and protect both the child and any passengers seated alongside the car seat.

Car Seat Installation: Fore- or Rear-Facing

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To take the headache out of installing the car seat, Britax comes with the ClickTight Installation System. This makes the car seat easy to install, and ensures you achieve a safe and secure installation every time.

The Britax Advocate ClickTight Convertible car seat can be installed in a rear-facing or forward-facing position and fits children right through to their toddler and pre-school years. This is great because according to the American Academy of Pediatrics or AAP, the child should ride in a five-point harness for as long as possible. The downside is that installing the car seat using the lower anchor (LATCH) system has limitations as the child gets bigger. When the combined weight of the child and the car seat is 60 pounds or more for rear-facing car seats, and 65 pounds or more for forward-facing car seats, it is required to install the car seat using the vehicle seat belt instead of the LATCH system. ClickTight uses the vehicle seat belt to achieve a safe and secure installation so parents and caregivers will not have to worry about the limitations of LATCH.

The top tether should be used at all times when installing the child seat, provided it is compatible with your vehicle. Always read the user guide for installation instructions and helpful information.

Comfort

Recline

Reclining the Britax Advocate ClickTight is relatively simple: Pull the recline handle at the bottom of the seat and rotate the seat until you reach the desired angle. Just make sure the ball in the recline indicator is in the appropriate area for the child’s age. Simply release the recline handle and check to ensure the seat has locked into position. With seven positions to choose from, you are sure to find the right angle to suit your little one.

Fabrics

The Britax Advocate ClickTight is made up of plush foam padding and fabrics that provide premium comfort from infants to toddlers. The polyester yarn used is similar to the type used in the manufacture of pillows. There are no flame retardants in the manufacturing of Britax Advocate ClickTight, but the material is naturally flame resistant and is in line with the AS/NZS 1754 Child Restraints Standard.

Maintenance

To Clean the Cover:

  • Vacuum crumbs and dirt from the outer cover before washing. 
  • The SafeWash fabric offers a knit construction that is naturally flame retardant, so it is safe to machine wash and dry. 
  • Most cover sets should lie flat or line dry to prevent the cover from shrinking. 

To Clean the Seat Buckle:

  • Rinse the buckle with warm running water.
  • Test the buckle by fastening and unfastening each of the buckle tongues for both sides until a click is heard after inserting each buckle tongue. If there is no audible click for each buckle tongue, there may be a need to repeat the cleaning process. 
  • Use a towel to dry the buckle before reattaching it to the straps.

To Clean the Harness Straps:

  • Use warm water and mild soap to spot clean the car seat harness straps. The strength of the straps could be compromised if the material is submerged in water.
  • Do not machine wash, iron, or bleach the harness webbing. 
  • Remember, the straps are one of the most delicate parts of the car seat, so extra caution should be observed when cleaning them. If the harness strap is frayed or heavily soiled, it is best to order a replacement.

Other things to remember:

  • Wipe down the armrests and clean out the cup holders if the car seat has them.
  • To remove crumbs and other minute materials that have fallen deep within the seat, there may be the need to tip the seat upside down and shake it. 
  • Regularly check that your child still fits properly in their car seat. Consult the user guide for fitment and installation.

Quality

Awards

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA is responsible for keeping people safe on America’s roadways. The Britax Advocate ClickTight car seat has been awarded the NHTSA Ease of Use: 5-Stars. 5 stars mean the car seat has excellent features on a child restraint. NHTSA’s Ease-of-Use Ratings offers a comparison of products on how easy it is to use certain car seat features to make informed decisions about the right car seat.

Warranty

The Britax Advocate ClickTight car seat has a one-year warranty and 10 years expiration. The exclusive solution for this warranty is that Britax will provide repair or replacement components for this product. This warranty does not include damages that arise from negligence, misuse, or use not in accordance with the product instruction.

Parents and caregivers must register the product purchase online for the warranty to apply. You will need proof of purchase to validate your warranty claim. Products purchased from unauthorized retailers, online auction sites, or as secondhand items, are not covered under warranty.

The manufacturer also recommends that restraints over 10 years old be discarded. When discarding a car seat, be sure to cut off all of the harnesses and top tether, cut the cover, blackout the serial number and manufacture date, and write “trash, do not use” on the car seat shell.

Final Verdict

The Britax Advocate ClickTight convertible car seat can be used rear- or forward-facing. Its headrest can be adjusted to the baby’s height, and with 7 different ways to recline the seat, finding the proper angle for the newborn or infant is easy. The best part about using Britax’s Advocate ClickTight for toddlers is that you can choose when to switch the child from rear-facing to forward-facing.

The Britax Advocate ClickTight is a high-quality car seat good for ten years. Parents whose children were secured in this car seat during a car crash went out and bought another Britax Advocate ClickTight after the crash because their child came through without a scratch.

The way that the Britax Advocate ClickTight is built ensures that it is safe. The side impact is cushioned. The steel base absorbs the energy. It is an easy-to-clean, easy-to-use seat that does not have to be replaced as your child grows, and the ClickTight seat is easy to install every time. Overall, the Britax Advocate ClickTight is a good choice for a convertible car seat.