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Old 06-26-2008, 04:53 PM   #1
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Frontier Armrests

I'll be honest, I'm not loving the armrests. I have not seem them in person, but I would rather do without them. Doesn't it state that they have to be down when driving? It just seems silly, they look rather flimsy (I'm sure they're not really) and it seems like one extra thing to do if you have a bigger child crawling in a smaller car. Seat buckled, chest clip placed and armrest down, KWIM? I know it isn't a big deal, but they don't seem necessary to me.

Anyway (any Britax engineers lurking? ), I was looking back over my blog when we first heard about the frontier, and found this picture of a seat from Finland that I had posted, as there had been speculation that it may look similar. Months later, with the seat out, it does have a striking resemblance, only without the armrests. So how about we just do away with those

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Old 06-26-2008, 05:23 PM   #2
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Re: Frontier Armrests

We have the Frontier and I have no issue at all with the armrest. I do think the armrest having to be down while driving is sort of silly. I'm just not sure why they have to be. My dd tends to play with them but I've just told her they have to be down while we are driving.
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I was told to look out for changes on the Frontier when I complained about the armrests
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Re: Frontier Armrests

They are sturdier than they seem, yet pretty soft and comfy. DD doesn't like them since they aren't high enough to be actual armrests.

Problem is? Retailers do most of the seat design in this country... customers get all crazy about wanting armrests and cupholders so retailers tell the seatmakers that, so seats all get armrests and cupholders on them whether seat aficionados like us want them or not
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Re: Frontier Armrests

My daughter on our trip around the neighborhood just kept raising them up no matter how many times I told her to put them down.

Not sure what safety aspect there is with them being up. Anyone know?
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Re: Frontier Armrests

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They are sturdier than they seem, yet pretty soft and comfy. DD doesn't like them since they aren't high enough to be actual armrests.

Problem is? Retailers do most of the seat design in this country... customers get all crazy about wanting armrests and cupholders so retailers tell the seatmakers that, so seats all get armrests and cupholders on them whether seat aficionados like us want them or not
The funniest part of that is, that's why I bought a 3in1 when DS was 7 months...before I began researching carseats like I was writing a thesis. I'm like "oh look, this one has lots of fluffy pads AND a cupholder and armrests! That must mean it is nice!" LOL. Hindsight
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Re: Frontier Armrests

Does it specifically say they have to be down? I read the manual so long ago, I don't remember for sure.

I guess my dd is the odd man out; she could care less about the armrests & doesn't even lift them to get in. I don't know that I've seen her lift them once. She did wiggle it once & said "Look Mama" but I just told her not to play with it & it hasn't happened since. Honestly, I just don't think she even notices them that much.

Edited to add: I think they are sturdier than people think at first glance.
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Heck i say just bring us the Multi-Tech i would buy that over the frontier anyday
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