Safety Features Abound With the Britax Pavilion 70-G3 {Giveaway!} – Frugal Novice

Safety Features Abound With the Britax Pavilion 70-G3 {Giveaway!}

I’m pretty obsessed when it comes to my children, safety, and the car. When we recently traded our vehicle in for a minivan, I researched on crash test ratings for hours. And when it comes to car seats, we want nothing but the best and safest options.

Both of the boys have ridden in Britax Marathon seats since they outgrew their infant car seats, and we’ve loved them. We did a lot of research (shocker, right?) when it first came time to purchase J’s seat, and we knew from statistics and tons of parent reviews that Britax was the brand we wanted to go with. Oh, and as if we needed another reason to buy Britax, they now have a Registry Rewards program that lets parents earn a free convertible Britax car seat!

Now they’ve added another model to their line-up – the Pavilion 70-G3.

We got sent a Pavilion to review – C, our 3-year-old, was SO excited to get a new seat – and we continue to be impressed with Britax and their thoughtfulness in designing products. For one thing, their convertible car seats can be used for a LONG time – 5-40 pounds rear-facing, and up to 70 pounds forward-facing.

This means that you can use the seat right from the start (once baby E is born in September watch for a post showing you how the seat works for newborns too!) and all the way up until your child is ready for a booster. I personally am a huge fan of kids staying in a 5-point harness for as long as possible, so I love the high weight limit on their seats.

I’ve got to list all the features of the seat –  it’s an impressive list, and if you don’t know about Britax seats yet, you’ll quickly see why their seats are top-notch (I’ve added my thoughts to some of the features in bolded parenthesis):

  • HUGS Chest Pads with SafeCell Technology are affixed to the seat shell to ensure proper positioning while SafeCells compress to manage energy and provide resistance to the forward movement of your child in a crash, reducing the risk of head injury (If you watch the crash-test videos of kids in car seats, head injuries are by far the scariest aspect in my opinion. This added technology helps protect the most critical parts of our kiddos.)
  • EZ-Buckle System retains the harness buckle in a forward position and prevents the child from sitting on the buckle when boarding (Oh, how I love this feature. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve had to get the kids to pull the buckle out for us to be able to buckle them up. This makes it SO much easier!)
  • True Side Impact Protection is deep side walls with energy-absorbing EPP foam along with a head restraint which offers a double layer of EPP foam to distribute crash forces, shield from vehicle intrusion, and contain the head, neck and body while keeping them “in true” or aligned.


  • Base with SafeCell Technology features SafeCells designed to compress in a crash, significantly lowering the center of gravity and counteracting the forward rotation of the child seat which normally propels the child toward the front seat.


  • Integrated Steel Bars strengthen the connection to the vehicle and reduce forward flexing of the child seat during a crash (This is one of the first things we noticed about the seat, and it really is reassuring to see those strong steel bars protecting the sides of the seat).
  • Energy-Absorbing Versa-Tether features a staged-release tether webbing to slow the forward movement, reducing the crash forces reaching the child, and a two-point attachment to minimize forward rotation while anchoring the top of the child seat.

  • Click & Safe® Snug Harness Indicator is an audible aid that provides extra assurance when the harness is within range of appropriate snugness (This is SO useful, in part because we had our straps too loose for a while without realizing it!).

  • Tangle-Free, Five-Point Harness distributes crash forces across the strongest parts of the body and provides a secure fit.
  • 70-pound Weight Capacity for safety and comfort as your child grows.

  • Rear and Forward Facing Recline for child comfort and positioning.
  • High Density Comfort Foam provides an extra layer of padding to gently cushion your child.
  • Plush, Easy-Remove Cover with matching comfort pads and infant body pillow to provide extra comfort and easy cleaning without disassembling or uninstalling the child seat.
  • Two Buckle Positions for your growing child
  • Infant Positioning Insert may be necessary for small infants to achieve a snug fit of the harness around your child (sold separately).
  • Quick-Adjust, No-Rethread Harness repositions the harness shoulder height without disassembling the harness straps.

  • Premium Lower LATCH Connectors for a quick and simple installation featuring a push button for easy release.
  • Built-in Lock-Offs ensure a snug lap and shoulder belt installation with minimal effort
  • Anti-Slip, Contoured Base grips and protects the vehicle seat while offering optimum vehicle fit.
  • Harness Holders keep harness straps pulled to the sides when placing your child in the car seat.
  • Certified for Aircraft Travel
  • Made in the USA with global components

As you can see, this seat has it all! We also loved how easy it was to adjust the height of the seat by simply squeezing the handle at the top and pulling it up.

I’d give this seat 5-stars all around. It’s comfortable, easy to install, easy to adjust, great to look at, and most of all SAFE. As I said, we were already Britax fans but this seat just cements that even further.

The Pavilion 70-G3 retails for $339.99 and you can find it many places – online at retailers like Amazon, and in-store at Buy Buy Baby, Babies R Us and more. But guess what? You can also…

One winner will get a Britax Pavilion 70-G3 car seat (ARV $339.99)! This contest is open to all U.S. residents aged 18+. Entries will be accepted until the end of the day (midnight Central) Saturday, September 15. By entering this giveaway you agree to the Official Rules.

Note: We received a Britax Pavilion to facilitate our review. I was not compensated monetarily for this post. All opinions are honest and are my own.

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  • Maggie August 14, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    The LATCH connectors would make installation in either of our cars so easy!

  • Kim K August 14, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Built-in Lock-Offs ensure a snug lap and shoulder belt installation with minimal effort

  • rebecca eagle August 14, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Quick adjust straps and the squeeze handle to make the head part go up!

  • Sabrina August 14, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Love the simple ness of the insertion!

  • Robin August 14, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    I would love to win!

  • Terra A. August 14, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    I like the easy buckle system.

  • Nicole Powers August 14, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    I have the Britax Chaperone for my youngest son & he is just outgrowing it so we are starting to shop for a new carseat for him. This would be perfect!

  • Miranda Welle August 14, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    The no re-thread harness sounds like the best feature to me!

  • jessica August 14, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    I Love The Quick-Adjust, No-Rethread Harness! Kids Grow So Fast!

  • Emma Gonzalez August 14, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    The quick adjust on the shoulder harness. If baby has sweater or thick jacket on giving a little slack is def going to be easier than rethreading them. Love the seat!

  • Kristi August 14, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    All of it! Seems like a great, safe carseat!

  • Maria August 14, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    I love that it can be used for infants as well.

  • Maddy August 14, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    I love the height adjustment feature!

  • Felicia R August 14, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    I love that it can hold from infancy to 70 lbs!

  • Shea G. August 14, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    We are HUGE fans of Britax. I love the 5-point harness (and it’s click and safe indicator). D is currently in the advocate seat, and it was the True Side Impact Protection that sold us on that model (and really made it stand out from other seats).

  • Addison Kat August 14, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    I like that it’s certified for aircraft travel

  • Christina G August 14, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    I love the reclinable feature, so much more comfortable.

  • Jamie August 14, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    I love the weight range on this seat! Much better than the 23 pound weight limit on the infant seat we inherited.

  • S B August 14, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    I really like how the head rest wraps around the head providing not only comfort but security

  • Adina August 14, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    the easy buckeling!

  • Mandy August 14, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    I like that the straps don’t get tangled up.

  • Kara August 14, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    I love the clicking feature, I am always nervous that the straps are not tight enough, and I have seen this feature in person, it is a very noticeable click.

  • Natalie S August 14, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    I love the Quick-Adjust, No-Rethread Harness! Both my boys have the Britax Marathon and Marathon 70 and I bought a B-Safe for the baby! We love Britax!

    • Natalie Ellis August 14, 2012 at 11:14 pm

      All the safety features of this carseat sound top notch. I am sold!

  • Carissa Ott August 14, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    The Snug Harness Indicator is my favorite feature, especially because my first child is on the way and I want to ensure I am buckling him or her up correctly.

  • Natalie Ellis August 14, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    All of the safety features look top notch! I am impressed!

    • Natalie Ellis August 14, 2012 at 11:21 pm

      And it’s certified for Airline travel! That’s so great!

  • Mary M August 14, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    I love the idea of the Snug Harness Indicator! I always worry about whether or not my daughter’s straps are snug enough.

  • McKenzie August 14, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    I heart britax!!

  • Carrie Zollman August 14, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Premium lower LATCH connectors

  • Greg August 14, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    We got the B-Agile and are pro Britax all the way.

  • Michelle I. August 14, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    I’m so excited about this giveaway, the major detail I LOVE about my newly purchased Britax Pavillion seat is the overall protection. My son is snug as a bug in his new seat and it’s the easiest seat I’ve ever used. Britax outdone themselves when they made this seat;)

  • Christa August 15, 2012 at 12:05 am

    I love the tangle free straps!

  • Stacey B August 15, 2012 at 12:28 am

    I like that it has the impact protection on both sides of the head

  • nicole w August 15, 2012 at 1:48 am

    we love britax car seats! we have 4 marathon car seats!
    love the tangle free feature!

  • Jessica August 15, 2012 at 1:51 am

    This carseat has so many great features! I would love to win it for my 10month old!

  • Tamara August 15, 2012 at 2:55 am

    I love that the seat offers so many safety features! The SafeCell Technology is such a nice added feature to protect the child in case of an accident.

  • Midge August 15, 2012 at 4:04 am

    I love the easily adjustable height.

  • Daiva August 15, 2012 at 5:40 am

    I’m excited about Click & Safe® Snug Harness Indicator

  • Janet W. August 15, 2012 at 5:58 am

    So many nice features it’s hard to choose! I especially like the Harness Holders for making it easier to get my grandson into the seat.

  • Heidi Daily August 15, 2012 at 6:09 am

    The click and safe snug harness feature sounds great to have

  • Patricia Williams August 15, 2012 at 6:12 am

    I like the quick adjust harness and the steel inserts in the sides. It is also nice that it can be used for infants through kids needing booster seat.

  • joann August 15, 2012 at 6:22 am

    the safety features , HUGS Chest Pads with SafeCell Technology, Integrated Steel Bars Click & Safe® Snug Harness Indicator i
    there are so many great things on the Pavilion 70-G3., that would make me need one for my precious cargo , of having my grandson in the car seat .
    having arthritis this would be the best car seat knowing that I would have a safe car seat with easy click and snug features .

  • Sus August 15, 2012 at 6:28 am

    The weight limit for using the seat due to the 5 point harness.

  • Holly August 15, 2012 at 7:11 am

    Too many great things. I love the Velcro that keeps the belts out of your way when your putting the baby in the seat. That seems Luke a convenient feature. Not to mention how safe the seat is in general.

  • Sally Grubbs August 15, 2012 at 7:24 am

    I like the Rear and Forward Facing kids hate to just face one way. And the extra padding makes them more comfortable to rest.

  • Alex Liz Robinson August 15, 2012 at 7:26 am

    I like the child safe snug harness indicator.

  • Rachael H August 15, 2012 at 8:26 am

    I love the snug harness indicator and the 70 pound weight limit.

  • Emily @ Baby Dickey August 15, 2012 at 8:35 am

    hands down the n0-rethread harness!!!! ughh that is such a pain!

  • Sonya August 15, 2012 at 9:14 am

    I love the e-z buckle system.

  • Michelle August 15, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Can’t wait to see how it can be used for infants!

  • Jacqui August 15, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Love that it is forward and rear facing!

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