Only the best for my baby
March 28, 2012
When my daughter outgrew her infant car seat I spent a lot of time looking for an incredibly safe car seat. Impressed with the Britax Advocate 70 CS's safety features I bought it. In the back of my head I was thinking, "This is probably overkill based on emotion."
Two weeks ago I was rear-ended, at a full stop, by an SUV travelling 35 or 40 MPH. The car was totaled. The teenage driver hooked the wheel at the last second before impact so our bumpers hit at an angle. My right side bumper, rear quarter panel, rear axle, and rear door all crumpled. The window shattered. The frame was creased along the wheel well inches below where my daughter was sitting in the Advocate 70 CS. She was pretty freaked out.
The honeycombed Safe Cells in the base of the car seat did their job - there was very slight heat blistering showing where the Safe Cells cushioned the seat frame. The True Side Impact protection did its job - although the collision was off center and spun the car, my baby's head and neck were not injured. The 5-point harness did its job - my daughter had very minor bruises along her thighs where the straps held her safely in the seat. Two minor bruises and 3 tiny superficial cuts from safety glass are the only injuries she suffered in the accident.
A cheaper car seat *might* have protected her just as much as this one. But I don't think a single safety feature of this car seat is overkill now.
Also, when I bought this car seat 1 year ago I looked all over for the best price and found it at Albeebaby.com. Last week when I looked for a replacement (covered by insurance) the best price is still at Albeebaby.com.
Will grow with my tall baby until 70"
Cons:It's impossible to seat someone in the middle of the back seat next to this behemoth.