The presence of so many infant car seat choices nowadays will probably leave the old Britax B Safe 35 Infant Car Seat behind. Features of child seats keep on changing and improving – most of the time, for the better. With that, Is The Britax B Safe 35 Infant Car Seat Still Worth Your Money?
Last Updated: October 25, 2017
|Rear-Facing Weight:||4-35 pounds|
|Height Limit:||Up to 32 inches|
Will It Fit In My Car?*
* The dimensions and ideal use of the B-Safe 35 is precisely the same as its improved model, Britax B-Safe Elite 35.
|Do I need to use a pool noodle/rolled towel?||No (with base)
Yes (without the base)
|Level Indicator For Correct Recline Angle?||Dual level indicators|
|Base: Easy To Install?||Yes|
|Carrier Easy To Install Without The Base?||No|
|Easy To Uninstall?||Yes|
|Carrier Easy To Click Into The Base?||Yes|
|Carrier Easy To Remove From The Base?||No|
Installing the base using the LATCH or the shoulder/lap belt is easy to deal with. However, using the carrier directly (without the base) will need you to put a rolled towel underneath or pool noodles. With that, it can be tricky to install the car seat carrier directly using the car’s seatbelt. Nevertheless, it is easy to uninstall.
The presence of the level indicators on each side will help you determine if you have the proper recline.
The car seat carrier clicks in easily into the base. However, you might need extra effort to remove it from the base.
See the following videos to help you deal with installation.
How To Install The Britax B-Safe 35 Base
How To Install The Britax B-Safe 35 Infant Car Seat Carrier Using The Lap/Shoulder Belt
|Country Of Origin:||USA|
|Seat Material Lead-Free:||Yes|
|Side Impact Tested:||Yes|
|Approved For Airplane Use:||Yes|
|Easy To Buckle And Unbuckle?||Yes|
|Length Of Canopy||Extends to the middle|
|Does It Get In The Way Of The Carry Handles?||Yes|
|Does It Stay In Place?||Yes|
|Is It Easy To Move?||Yes|
Just like the improved models B-Safe 35 elite, as well as the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 and the Uppa Baby Mesa Seat, there is limited space between the handle and the canopy. With this, it makes it difficult to carry the infant seat with your arms or hands.
You will have to move the canopy up or down to get it out of the way so you can comfortably carry it. Otherwise, you can attach it to a compatible stroller to transport it with ease.
|Is The Material Breathable?||No|
|Seat Weight:||10 pounds|
|Machine Washable Cover?||No|
|Comes With An Infant Body Support?||Only Removable Head Pad|
|Easy To Remove Cover?||No|
|Shoulder Harness Has Pads?||Yes|
One thing that is worth noting is that although the seat material is lead-free, it is not very breathable and has the tendency to make your child sweat a lot. The “narrow” design of the seat probably contributes to the heat “trapped” inside the deep seat.
According to the Britax website, the shoulder width of the seat is only 10 inches. If you place a newborn or a very young infant in the seat, the fit can be just perfect. But as your child grows, they can feel “cramped” inside and therefore, that can contribute to how uncomfortable they will be.
If the weather is hot, heat can be “trapped” more. A simple analogy that can best explain is probably putting you in a small box. No matter how “breathable” the box is, you’ll feel hot if you are cramped in it.
The seat cover should never be washed in a washing machine. It is strictly for hand-wash only.
You also need to manually remove the harness strap to re-feed it the next higher slot as your child needs more room height-wise.
See the following videos to help you with removing the seat cover and putting them back. Take note that the car seat used in the video is the older B-Safe model. However, the process of dealing with the seat cover and harness is the same.
How To Remove The B-Safe 35 Car Seat Cover For Washing
How To Reassemble The B-Safe 35 Seat Cover After Washing
You can also use this video to guide you on how to rethread the harness height of your B-Safe 35 manually. The model used in this video is the older model. Nevertheless, the process is the same.
If you have another brand of an infant car seat that needs manual rethreading of harness, this video also works and illustrates the process.
How To Manually Rethread The Harness?
Name Of The Product: Britax B-Safe 35 Infant Car Seat
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There is so much room for improvement for The Britax B Safe 35 Infant Car Seat which has already been made available with its newer version B-Safe Elite 35. The most notable are probably the non-rethread harness, the more plush and premium fabrics, as well as the addition of an infant body support.
I wouldn’t probably get the old B-Safe 35. There are so many other equally safe infant seats that offer more convenience and has better usability features than this one has.
I highly suggest that you check out the reviews of the parents who got this seat to confirm your thoughts further.
What do you think?
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June 22, 2017, Update:
There is a chest clip recall of around 207,000 Britax B-Safe infant car seats, including
Only seats manufactured between Nov. 1, 2015, and May 31, 2017, are affected. Click here to learn more about the recall.
September 22, 2017, Update: Carry Handle Recalls
Carry handles develop cracks which can pose a danger of breaking and falling when carrying the infant seat. Affected models are those manufactured between October 1, 2014, and July 1, 2015.
Britax has posted a video on how to fix it. They are providing a “remedy kit” for affected models.
You should quickly contact Britax so they can send you the kit and you can install them ASAP.
Watch this video to learn how to use the remedy kit.
How To Install The Carry Handle Bracket For Defective Britax B-Safe 35/Elite Carry Handles
For all the other Britax B Safe 35/ Elite 35 seats manufactured after July 1, 2015, Britax assures that it is not affected by the recall and you should not have to worry.
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