Frontier owners.... recline block question

Judi

CPST/Firefighter
Ok, my answer. Yes, it should lock into place. Here is a pic that shows the little notch that should hold it.

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Here I show it "locked" into place.

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Mine just pops out.
 
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mamabear

New member
OK
I have those notches too, but mine doesn't click in, or maybe it does, but just pops out SUPER easily. Like, with no effort at all. It's installed now, do you think it's a problem??
 

Judi

CPST/Firefighter
Personally, no. The pressure of the install will keep it in place. Let us know what Britax says though, oh unless it is Helen. We shuold email Sarah.
 

essnce629

New member
Just out of curiosity, why do you pull it out of position to move it? Are you changing it form booster mode to harness mode? When I move my seat I wish it would just stay forward since that's where I'm keeping it. Just trying to clarify.

No, I didn't mean that I change the recline block all the time from booster to harness mode. I've only used the Frontier for Conner who's only used it in harness mode, but I have changed the recline foot a few times to play around with the seat and to take pictures, and since I've moved the Frontier from car to car several times I always check to make sure the recline block is in the right postion (since others have said it moved). Mine has never moved out of place and it actually takes a good hard pull to unlock it and move it. I'm also curious what Britax says. It seems like those that don't lock in place are faulty.
 

zactayaus

Well-known member
Mine locks into place too, but it didn't at first. It just kept flipping back every time I moved it and I assumed that was the way it was supposed to be. Then the last time I took it out of the car I noticed that it didnt' flip back. So then I pulled on it and it unsnapped. Now it snaps in easily and stays in place.:shrug-shoulders:
 

jlginsb

New member
Did anybody call and get an answer to this question regarding the recline block locking in harness mode?

I just got my Frontier today and just started playing with it. The DOM is 7/08and my manual does state on page 15 the recline block will lock into place when moved to the harness position. However that statement is suspiciously missing if I got to the online manual on the Britax website. :confused:

Of course Britax CS is closed and I am anxious to try an install with the carseat. I assume its okay since so many say they don't have it lock for them either. But I just want to make sure before I actually do the real install.

So did anybody get an answer?
 

mamabear

New member
Just an FYI update.
My recline block now "clicks" into the forward position.
I don't really know what's different. I changed my cover, and now it does.:shrug-shoulders:
 

Jeanum

Admin - CPS Technician Emeritus
Staff member
I also discovered the recline block on our Frontier clicks and stays in the forward (harnessed) position when I was checking on the harness straps and splitter plate.
 

jlginsb

New member
Just an update while playing with the Frontier last night and checking the harness splitter plate, I discovered why my recline block won't lock into place (at least most of the time). Maybe others can tell me if they have the same problem.

There are 2 "clips" on either side of the recline block that should catch on the bottom of the carseat. Problem is only one side comes close to touching in order to sometimes catch. The other side is way to off (by 1/2 inch or so) to catch. I'll try to take a picture to show what I am talking about, but does anybody else notice that? Does that even make sense?

I'm going to call Britax this morning to see if this is a problem or not.
 

jlginsb

New member
Oh yeah, sorry I saw those pics yesterday then promptly forgot about seeing them. :whistle:

Okay, so one side of mine is close to clicking in like that, but the other side has a significant gap and couldn't touch even if it wanted to. Like I said before, I imagine it's fine, but it just seems strange to me to have tabs on both sides if only one side can touch to click in. Anyway, off to call Britax now. Maybe I'll probe them about the splitter plate issue as well (although mine isn't having that issue, so I don't exactly know how I'll bring it up).
 

jlginsb

New member
Okay, I just got off the phone with May (spelling?) from Britax and basically she said there was a recent design change regarding the recline block. Due to misuse by consumer, they changed it to a spring loaded design (which mine is) so it would flip back in the booster position when uninstalled. She said to many consumers weren't moving the recline block into the correct position. They have since changed the manual to reflect this change which is why the online manual doesn't have the same sentence about locking into place that the manual that came with my carseat did (strange-I got a new design carseat, but not a new manual).

Anyway, what she said kind of made sense to me for parents who were misusing the recline block for booster mode, but what about those who forget to (or don't due to lack of reading the manual) flip it forward for harness mode since now due to the spring it wants to be in booster mode?
 

Judi

CPST/Firefighter
yeah, that is what I was thinking. Without reading the manual, I left it be. Didn't use it, of course. I read the manual, and then chenged it.
 

jlginsb

New member
Just out of curiosity, does anybody know if they own an earlier Frontier that supposedly doesn't have the spring loaded recline block? What does it do if it isn't locked into place? Does it just flop around loosely?
 

mamabear

New member
Just out of curiosity, does anybody know if they own an earlier Frontier that supposedly doesn't have the spring loaded recline block? What does it do if it isn't locked into place? Does it just flop around loosely?

yep. if you hold the seat up, it will just hang there. At least that's what mine did.
 

essnce629

New member
Just out of curiosity, does anybody know if they own an earlier Frontier that supposedly doesn't have the spring loaded recline block? What does it do if it isn't locked into place? Does it just flop around loosely?

I have one of the earlier Frontiers (manufacture date 5/16/08) and if mine is not locked in place it will hang down when you pick up the entire seat. Mine has never had any problems clicking and locking in place though so I've never had a hanging recline block.
 

zactayaus

Well-known member
Mine has a DOM of 5/8/08 it locks into place and it is spring loaded. When unlocked it flips into booster mode all by itself.:shrug-shoulders:
 

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