Car Seat Conundrum

A while back we bought the Britax Marathon car seat for my car.  We were going to test it out for a while, see if Max liked it, and then buy another one for J.’s car.  It seems to work fine.  Really, all you want in a car seat is that it keep your baby safe and sound in a crash and is not a total pain to operate.

Well, I was in a conversation with some other moms and they were talking about how they considered getting this car seat, but then got the next model up, the “Boulevard” because it had cushions by the head to protect against side impact.

So, here’s my confusion — does that mean that my $250 dollar monstrosity of a car seat doesn’t protect against side impact?  Or does that mean that the extra cushions on the next model are a gimmick?  Because I”d expect a big frickin’ warning sign on my carseat if it’s not designed to protect my baby from a routine impact.

Any words of wisdom?



  1. Mommy, Esq. said,

    August 10, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Marathon is perfectly fine – it meets (and exceeds) all safety standards. We got the Boulevard because (1) we had room in the minivan and (2) it goes up to 65 lbs and (3) Husband found a deal. MOST moms get the Marathon. Don’t sweat it. 🙂

  2. lauren said,

    August 11, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    We have the marathon. Think its the top rated britax — came reccomended by the installers at Lucille Packard too.

  3. jerseygirl77 said,

    August 13, 2009 at 11:09 am

    ALL car seats have to meet federal safety standards. No worries on this one.

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