Daddy Troy is checking out the Britax convertible car seats in this episode.
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Daddy Troy: Welcome back to Hear Daddy, I’m your host Daddy Troy and today I’m talking with Kate of Britax and she’s going to tell us all about the Boulevard CS, Car Seat. So if you know anything about car seats, the Britax is one of those brands that’s really well know for safety. Hey, why don’t you tell us all about the Boulevard? Kate: First, I want to tell you that one in four car crashes actually occur from the side. It’s a side impact protection is so important in car seats. There’s a crumple zone in the front and the rear of a vehicle and we’re more concerned right now with those side impact crashes which are the most severe. So what we’ve done at Britax is actually add an adjustable head support right here, it’s a headrest that when you turn the knob on the side -- Daddy Troy: Oh I see it goes down and up. Kate: There’s a shield that we call this “True Side Impact Protection,” and the true is not the opposite of false in this case, it’s actually the truing, the aligning of the head, the neck, and the torso which minimizes the lateral head movement and the side impact crash. So we’re trying to manage energy away from the child, keep the child aligned in the car seat so that they can survive a side impact crash. Daddy Troy: Sure, and this mechanism right here helps to do that? Kate: Yes. It has energy-managing foam on the inside, which is actually a comfort foam too, but the child, they use it a lot as a pillow, but on the outside it’s a stiff structure. The nice thing about the Boulevard CS that’s new to the Boulevard I should say is the quick and safe feature down at the bottom. Daddy Troy: Okay. Kate: This right here is the harness adjustor. That’s an audible indicator telling us that the child is secure and safe and then see, and you don’t have to come back and check your harness straps. So if this is a real child he would. Daddy Troy: So it clicks when it’s at the right tension or what does it do? Kate: Correct. Daddy Troy: Okay. Kate: There’s actually a mechanism inside the adjustor that it knows when the tension is the tautness that you need it to be. And you can continue pulling on that strap, but it’s not going to get any tighter, it’s just going to know. Daddy Troy: So sometimes, with my daughter, I would tighten it so tightly that she would complain, but you’re telling me that this right here when you pull it, it doesn’t get any tighter? Kate: Now, and the nice thing about this because it clicks, the child can listen for it too and then they know. They can be the one telling you, “Okay daddy, I’m safe.” Daddy Troy: Oh wow, well that’s fun, cool. Kate: It’s a really neat feature. Daddy Troy: So another thing I noticed that’s different, you have this little side bars right here, I don’t understand. I’ve never seen this before, what are these? Kate: It’s actually a LATCH Bar, lower anchors and tethers for children, it’s what LATCH stands for. So you’re familiar with that. Daddy Troy: But the LATCH’s really don’t have this kind of bar on them, do they? Kate: We created it for ease of use and by saying ease of use, we have the premium latch connectors right here that the thick part on the top always -- well, the thick part on the top that you’re looking at right now always has to be on the top when you latch on to the anchor. So this is in a forward-facing position and as you can see, it just slides very easily on this LATCH Bar. So you just clip it in, when it’s going in the rear facing mode, we need this to be this way and that will be inside-out that way. So we actually have a LATCH Bar coming underneath the seat and the LATCH slides very easily where they can switch places, but it has a secondary feature too because it’s a pretty strong structure. And so, it’s part of the energy managing system on our seats. You have the stiff structure of the seat base, I mean the seat shell, but you also have this metal piece, this metal bar right here that on a side impact crash could add to that safety. Daddy Troy: This