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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  • katelin whiddon August 15, 2012 at 10:00 am

    i love the high weight limit! keep them in it as long as possible!

  • JLin August 15, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Quick-Adjust, No-Rethread Harness repositions the harness shoulder height without disassembling the harness straps.

  • Wei August 15, 2012 at 11:30 am

    70-pound Weight Capacity for safety and comfort as your child grows.

  • Yanellys August 15, 2012 at 11:51 am

    I love the EZ Buckled system (I have to do the same too) hehe, while I was reading, I feel myself there! the True side impact protection is for me something really important to keep our kids safer in any part of the seat and the last thing without mention that every single feature is important to me is that is made in the USA, and not in China where everything is cheap and for me not sure at all.

  • LaTanya August 15, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Premium Lower LATCH Connectors for a quick and simple installation featuring a push button for easy release.

  • Tina M August 15, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    EZ-Buckle System

  • Michelle August 15, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    My little girl is getting so close to being too big for her infant car seat & I have been doing my research too & Britax is the brand I want to get…hope I win!

    • Michelle August 15, 2012 at 1:21 pm

      The safe cell technology in the base is what I love about Britax.

  • Amy Cates August 15, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    I love the high weight limit and the great safety that Britax provides.

  • A Kerr August 15, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    I love that it can be used rear facing or forward facing.

  • amy pugmire August 15, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    I am most excited about the Rear and Forward Facing Recline for child comfort and positioning. my son is 7 months and is just about outgrown his infant car seat. so this would be perfect for him.

  • Melissa Weaver August 15, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Tangle free harness?! YES PLEASE! haha aside from all the safety reasons to have this seat…those few minutes I wont spend trying to unwind the straps would be FAB!

  • Rosalynn Carroll August 15, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Safe cell technology and the side protection are my top favorites but really everything. lol.

  • Tian A. August 15, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    My favorite feature is Easy-Remove Cover

  • Thabal August 15, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    “Click & Safe® Snug Harness Indicator “, great because sometimes we feel it is correct, but the indicator is always good.

  • Andrea August 15, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    I’m excited about the Rear and Forward Facing Recline for child comfort and positioning!

  • kelly August 15, 2012 at 4:22 pm

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

  • Jessica O August 15, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    I love that the weight limit goes up to 70 lbs!

  • Rebecca Wood August 15, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    I love how high the rear facing weight limit is. That’s wonderful. I also love how long this seat can be used. I’m not really one to use an infant seat as a carrier, so I definitely see a huge advantage in having a seat that can used with a child from when they are a newborn all the way up to 70 lbs.

  • Colleen Maurina August 15, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    I really love that you can use this carseat from birth to 70 lbs! It saves so much money and Britax has such quality products.

  • Christina G August 15, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    I am most excited about the weight range! I love that you can use it from birth!

  • Robyn Galloway August 15, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    The weight limits and the easy adjust straps!

  • D Schmidt August 15, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    My favorite feature is that it is suitable from 5-40 pounds rear-facing, and up to 70 pounds forward facing.

  • Katie O August 15, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    The tangle free harness!

  • blue racer August 15, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    the quick adjusting tangle free harness

  • Beth Rees August 15, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    I love the tangle free harness. I despise constantly untangling the harnesses of my kids’ carseats

  • Aura August 15, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    it goes to 40 lbs rear facing

  • Carrie August 15, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Oh I wish this giveaway was open to Canada!!! :(

  • Janalyn August 15, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Britax is on our short list of favorites! I love that the cover is removable for washing, and the high weight limits.

  • brooke t August 16, 2012 at 6:03 am

    safe cell technology!!

  • Bekah Kuczenski August 16, 2012 at 9:01 am

    I like all the safety features of this carseat especially the true side impact protection!

  • shay August 16, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Weight limit!!!!

  • rebecca August 16, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I like that the seat is Certified for Aircraft Travel

  • Theresa N August 16, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    The design of the straps.

  • Chris August 16, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    How safe it is, of course!

  • kelly August 16, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    The 70lb limit

  • Amanda Hoffman August 16, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    the Base with SafeCell Technology

  • Rita M August 17, 2012 at 12:27 am

    I love that between rear-facing & forward-facing this seat will take a child all the way up to 70 lbs.!

  • Alyssa August 17, 2012 at 6:51 am

    I love the high weight limit too- and tangle free harness?? Yes PLEASE!

  • Ellie K August 17, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    I love the E-Z buckle system and the harness holders.

  • nannypanpan August 17, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    i like that it goes up to 70 lbs

  • Jenn K. August 17, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    I like the Snug Harness Indicator

  • Arthur Caudill August 17, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    The Lower Latch System.

  • Judi Roode August 18, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    It has steel bars, is safe, adjusts to infants & is made in the USA!

  • Beverly August 18, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Love the many adjustments!

  • Cassandra Eastman August 18, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    I’m most excited about the True Side Impact Protection! Knowing my daughter is safe is #1 when buying a carseat! Great review!

  • Christina August 19, 2012 at 7:58 am

    I love that this seat has Built-in Lock-Offs and the Harness Holders

  • Shannon August 19, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    The Quick-Adjust Harness!

  • Sabrina C August 19, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    It’s hard to pick but my favorite feature is probably the ability to sit rear-facing to 40 pounds!

  • Tamra H August 19, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Really like that it can be Rear and Forward Facing

  • Kelly D August 19, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    I like the Anti-Slip, Contoured Base that grips and protects the vehicle seat . Sometimes it is hard to get carseats secured properly, and they dent or leave imprints on the seat.

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