Frontier owners.... recline block question


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Well all this is doing is making me more confused and making me wonder about my decision to go for a Frontier. :confused:

One with a DOM of 5/8/08 spring loaded and one with a 5/16/08 that is not spring loaded? Some lock, some don't lock. What's the deal? :scratcheshead:

If a design change came along wouldn't it make sense that all after a certain date (i.e. 5/8/08) all would have spring?

Makes me wonder about the explanation I was given by Britax today. :(

Sarah Tilton

CPST Instructor
Here’s the scoop-

Looking at the pivot “bar” of the recline block you will see one spring – all recline blocks are spring loaded.

Is it an issue my recline block does not snap into position? No – snapping into position is a convenience factor, not safety related. The important thing about the recline block is that it is in the correct position for the mode of use – towards the front for harness mode and towards the back for booster mode. Once the recline block is placed in position, the installation or positioning of the CRS keeps the recline block in position. If you are going to carry it any distance, fold the recline block towards the back, attach the tether hook to the designated location (this will hold the recline back) and use the tether strap as a carry handle.

Upon pre-production, Britax Child Safety immediately noticed that a variation in the tolerance of the grey cup holder housing was resulting in a situation where recline blocks were not consistently locking into place. Britax was prepared to delay the product launch but Consumer research indicated that there was no preference for the ability to lock the bar recline block in the harness mode position. As a result, our customers and consumers preferred that we launch the product on- time to meet the market place need and thus we elected to properly remove the reference to the feature from the manual. The current manual posted on-line is part number P319300_R2:07.08. The date on the user guide indicates when the printed material was released internally to be used at Britax. This was a running change – meaning we used all inventory of revision 1 before we switched to revision 2. User guide P319300_R2:07.08 was implemented in production around September 4, 2008.

I hope this information helps address your concerns.

Sarah Tilton
Child Passenger Safety Advocate

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