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Britax One4Life Car Seat Spotlight

Britax One4Life Car Seat Spotlight

The Britax One4Life ClickTight car seat is easily one of the favorite go-tos here at Nature Baby Outfitter. When someone is looking for a seat with top of the line safety features, is made in the USA, and can install easily each and every time, it is really hard to find a seat that compares to the Britax One4Life.

The price tag of the seat can be a bit of a shocker for some families. When you compare the cost of purchasing 2-3 different seats over your child's lifetime compared to the One4Life you will see that it is actually a very cost-effective solution. Below I'll get into its full description, highlights, and fabulous product specs. As always, if you have more questions, shoot us an email, visit us in the store, or give us a call. Our contact details are here.

OK, so let's start with the name. One4Life does really JUST THAT! This seat takes your child from birth to big kid. It easily converts from a rear-facing infant car seat, to a forward-facing 5-point harness seat, to a high-back belt-positioning booster seat.

And since they will be in that seat for many years, it is important that it is comfortable. The Cool Flow mesh fabric improves air flow on the hottest part of most kiddos bodies while in a seat, behind their back, keeping your child comfortable for the ride.  As your little baby grows from that tiny little peanut through toddler years and into elementary and grade school you will be able to easily adjust the 15-position headrest & harness in seconds to create the perfect fit. When it’s time for booster mode, simply tuck the harness into the built-in storage compartment. The extra plush fabric, head support and easy to use cupholders will make you wish you were in the seat when you were a passenger!

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One of the biggest shining lights with the One4Life, as well as several other Britax seats we carry, is the ClickTight system. ALL of the amazing safety features we are going to go through really are not going to do you too much if you don't have the seat installed properly. ClickTight helps take the work and the guesswork out of installations. Once you master the few easy steps, you can install with confidence, every time. Color-coded belt paths show you where to route the seatbelt for each installation mode. Plus, easy-read indicators help you find the correct recline angle. A high strength steel frame, crumple zone, and V-shaped tether help absorb crash energy. And 2 layers of side impact protection surround your child’s head, neck, and torso. 

OK, SO HERE ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS

ClickTight Installation

Install with confidence in a few easy steps: set recline level, open, thread & buckle, click it closed.
Seriously... no typos.  It's THAT EASY!
NO you don't also have to lock your vehicle seat belt, shove your body weight into the seat and fight to get it snug.  Kiss those days Goodbye!  No more anxiety about taking your seat and moving it to a different spot in the car.  Move it to another vehicle... whatever.  Know you can do it easily, quickly and confidently. 

You know what else I really love about this feature.  It makes it CAKE to clean.  Simply open it up, clean it out and reinstall. 

2 Layers of Side Impact Protection

Since it isn't always practical to have your seat in the middle of the vehicle the added protection of extra side impact protection is very important.  Britax has engineered an energy-absorbing shell and ensured it was foam-lined to surround your little ones' fragile growing head, neck & torso. 

This may mean that it is not the most narrow seat on the market.  So if you need to fit 3 across, let us help to see if this is going to be a good seat for you or if you need to look at something built to be super slim. 

Exclusive SafeCell Technology

This bright red feature may look like a honeycomb and it does have a lot of buzz about it.  But it is really a super amazing engineering feet that acts as a crumple zone.  When in a crash these super cool get to work by absorbing crash energy to help keep it away from your little one.  

Unlike load/stability legs these work in ANY vehicle and when rear and forward facing.  Notice how the cells are shaped differently?  This is part of the brain power of the Britax engineers showing.  The forces and weight of your kiddo are going to be different when they are rear vs. forward facing.  Thus how the seat will need to crumple to absorb those forces will need to adapt!  This is really an awesome safety feature that you will be able to see each time you get your kiddo in and out of the seat. 

15-Position, Quick-Adjust Headrest & Harness

Kiddos seem to grow overnight sometimes. Having a quick way to adjust the harness without uninstalling, rethreading or asking kiddo to get out is super convenient.  Having a full 15 options that are EASY to quickly move allows you to create the proper fit as your child grows in seconds.  Having such flexibility with the headrest also allows the main part of the frame to remain rather compact.  This allows the seat to take up less room front to back when installed rear facing.  This will allow for more space for the seat in front which can be important for smaller compact vehicles. 

Patented V-Shaped Tether

Another safety feature that we love to demonstrate in store is the V shaped Tether that helps absorb forces and stabilize side to side movement better than a single strap tether.  Adding to the safety features, note the red stitches on the top of the tether.  They are staged-release stitches help slow and reduce forward movement during a crash

 

High Strength Steel Frame

Some safety features are more hidden than others. The frame of the seat is one of those features we rarely see. One of the cool things with the ClickTight system is it also will allow you to see a lot of the frame of your seat. The Steel reinforces the seat structure to help keep it sturdy and stabilized. Unlike seats that use less metals and more plastics that means the One4Life is a heavy seat. This is A GOOD THING!! Think about what you would like around your body in a collision.  

Quick-Push, 9-Position Recline

Some kiddos still find car rides the best time to nap. And with extended Rear facing you may want to reduce the recline for your bigger kiddo. With the 9 different positions available you can easily find the most comfortable fit for your child and the best fit for your vehicle.

Cooling Channels

This is one of the first things I noticed personally with my son. When I would put him in his infant bucket seat he would always be a dripping sweaty mess. Days that I would put him in his Britax he was much cooler...far less back-sweat puddles. Your kiddos may not tell you "thank you" for choosing a seat with this cooling channel, but you will notice the difference. 

Easy-Read Level Indicators

Nothing can be more frustrating than working so hard to install your seat to then find that when you did get it snugged in and tightened down that your recline level was now OFF! This is a really big deal when your little one has limited head control and we need to ensure they have a nice open airway. Don't stress about seeing if a line printed on the seat is level with the ground or digging around with other vague systems. The One4Life has a simple bubble recline. Simply line up the bubble in the area that is proper your kids seating position and neck control needs to find the correct recline angle for your vehicle.

Removable Cover

Ok so you may be someone who cleans their seat often. And you may be someone who waits until it is so gross you can't take it anymore. Either way, when it is time to clean the One4Life makes it easy with a simple to remove cover that doesn't make you mess with taking off the harness. All but one of the fabric options you can pick from all have MACHINE WASHABLE fabric too. This may not seem like a big thing but it really is. Sick kid, spilled food, wet, dirty...whatever you/they throw at it...you don't want to be waiting forever for your seat to be cleaned and dried before you head out again. You know that saying, "Ain't nobody got time for that"...yeah...this fits that situation. 

Dishwasher Safe Cup Holders

Kids can be gross, man. From forest finds, food, drinks, boogers, crayons...they will find a way to bring a lot of them in the car seat with them. So, give them a place to store them that is easy to clean. Simply twist out for easy cleaning between car rides. And when they are super gross, just put them in the dishwasher! BOOM. 

AWESOME ACCESSORIES

From Steel Anti Rebound Bars, Mirrors, Car Seat Savers, Seat Covers and more Britax has a lot of great accessories that allow you even more convivence and safety features. 

So, as you can see, we love-love-love this seat for all of these reasons. It's hard to find any fault with this seat. If you are interested in learning more, reach out. Between our own personal usage, as well as the knowledge of our CPST techs on staff, we are equipped to help you ensure this seat will work for your child, vehicle, and budget.

HERE ARE THE PRODUCT SPECS

Child Weight: 5-120 lbs

Product Dimensions: 20.5" x 19.5" x 25"

Seat Area Depth/Width: 13.25" / 11"

Shoulder Width: 14"

Harness Slot Heights: 9" - 19"

Buckle Strap Depths: 5.5" - 8.75"

Rear-facing Harnessed Weight: 5-50 lbs

Rear-facing Harnessed Height: Less than 49"

Forward-facing Harnessed Weight: 22-65 lbs

Forward-facing Harnessed Height: Less than 49"

Belt Positioning Booster Weight: 40-120 lbs

Belt Positioning Booster Height: 44" - 63"

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