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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  • Lilly August 19, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    I love everything about this car seat! It’s Britax and it is a brand everyone trusts! I know I definitely do!

  • christine jessamine August 20, 2012 at 10:43 am

    i am most excited about the Premium Lower LATCH Connectors

  • Crystal August 20, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I love the pavillion car seat! My two boys have one each and now we are going to need a third :) Ilove that we can use it forward and rear facing and the 70 Ib weight limit means they will be in it for a long time!! Love it!

  • Robert Pyszk August 20, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Rear and Forward Facing Recline for child comfort and positioning.

  • Jessica August 20, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    I love this car seat! It is a brand that is well known and very trusted.

  • Amanda valencia August 20, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    I love all britax products they are cute but mos important they are safe!!!!

  • Jessica August 20, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    I love the fact that it is convertible and up to 70 lbs

  • Whitney L August 20, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    I love that it can be from newborn to 70lbs! Also the no re-thread harness is AMAZING!

  • Ashley August 20, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    I love Britax and have been such a fan of their seats, unfortunately I did not know this before my son was born, so we had a different infant carrier that he out grew at 4 months!!! Next baby will Definitely have the Chaperone. Our 18 month old is currently in an older Roundabout 40 (it is not expired yet and it was from a family friend). I LOVE the 40 lb rear facing limit vs the 30 on the roundabout and of course the 70 lb forward facing is Amazing. We have been looking at the Frontier since it goes up to 85 lbs, but it is only a forward facing seat and a booster, so I love the versatility of this seat and it looks so comfortable, I’d ride in one if i fit!! :-)

  • Kerry August 20, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    I love that the harness goes to 70lbs

  • tess August 20, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    i like that it is certified for aircraft travel
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  • Brooke August 20, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    We own a Britax and I love it! Would never buy anything else!

  • Abbey August 20, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    We are on our first child and he is just growing out of his infant seat, so this is our first time getting a convertible seat. We are also huge on safety, and also found Britax to be the best option in that regard (and every regard as well, honestly!). Apart from the safety, I am most excited about the EZ Harness option. His current seat is a PAIN to buckle, so I’m definitely looking forward to that!!

  • lana August 21, 2012 at 7:05 am

    It being up to 70 pounds. both of my boys are big

  • Amber L. August 21, 2012 at 7:57 am

    I like the Energy-Absorbing Versa-Tether feature

  • Shelly Jones August 21, 2012 at 8:16 am

    I love the easy adjust no-rethread harness! We have this feature in the Britax Boulevard 70. We really need a second seat as soon as possible! I hope I win!

  • Regan S August 21, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    I love the high weight limits to keep baby RF longer and that you wouldn’t have to buy another seat until your child reaches 4’9 (provided it didn’t expire first, of course;)

  • Jodi J August 21, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    I think the EZ Buckle system looks great – my kids are ALWAYS sitting on the buckles in their seats.

  • Melissa August 21, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    I love the 70 pound weight limit…we have a Roundabout that only goes up to 55 pounds. #2 is on the way, so we need that extra seat with a higher weight limit, pronto!

  • Lily Ivey August 21, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    I really like the EZ-Buckle System.

  • Dorothy August 22, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    We bought the Chaperone and Boulevard for our unborn son. We cannot wait to use them. We also purchased the B-Ready 2012 stroller with the Bassinet attachment! I love all the safety features that Britax has!

  • hayley August 23, 2012 at 9:51 am

    i love the weight range of this carseat! i will need a new one soon!

  • Jaime N August 23, 2012 at 11:31 am

    no rethread

  • Megan August 23, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Love everything about britax seats!

  • LeeAnn August 23, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    I love that the weight limit goes all the way up to 70 pounds!

  • Lydia August 23, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Weight limit to 70# :)

  • Nikole H. August 23, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    I think 5 -70 pounds is quite impressive!

  • Christina August 23, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    I would love one of these for my 1.5 year old daughter! Britax car seats are the safest! Thank you for giving me this opportunity. (:

  • Cristi Martin August 23, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    i like that it has integrated steel bars

  • maria August 24, 2012 at 9:11 am

    the true side impact! thanks!

  • Amanda August 24, 2012 at 10:19 am

    I love the height adjustment! That’s really cool

  • Rochel S August 24, 2012 at 11:24 am

    I like that it could rear or forward facing and the weight limit!

  • amy August 24, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    The coolest thing about this carseat I think is the click and safe feature and of course I always love the non rethread strap adjusters.

  • Tina August 24, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    I must say the thing that caught my eye was that it is made in the USA. But I love all the safety features.

  • Sara Carr August 24, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    I love all of the safety features and that I can use it for extended rear facing.

  • courtney b August 25, 2012 at 10:43 am

    i like the safe chest pads… i always look at the quality of chest pads before i purchase a car seat

  • Fidiya August 25, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    The EZ-Buckle System! I have to tell my kid to move his butt back so I can fish the buckle from under him EVERY SINGLE TIME!

  • Lisa White August 25, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    I’m most excited about rwar facing to 40 pounds!

  • Laura Miller August 25, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    The classic Britax tangle free straps have always been my favorite feature!!!

  • Kari W August 25, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    I like the 70-pound Weight Capacity

  • Jay August 25, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    No rethread harness!

  • Whitney at It's Gravy, Baby! August 26, 2012 at 12:26 am

    the 70lb weight limit

  • Jodi Kershuk August 26, 2012 at 12:53 am

    I love that the weight limit is 70 pounds

  • Renee Simmons August 26, 2012 at 3:19 am

    The Integrated Steel Bars for safety mean a lot to me!!! Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  • suzette August 26, 2012 at 3:26 am

    I love Britax! I like the rubberized base it makes installing this carseat in a car with leather seats so easy.

  • Shaylyn P August 26, 2012 at 5:18 am

    I love the cLick&safe, because I never know how snug it should be!

  • Whitney blessed August 26, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    I love the extended weight range!

  • Jenny Lloyd August 26, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    i like the tangle-free, five point harness, the forward facing recline, the easy-remove cover and the quick-adjust harness

  • kelly August 26, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    I like the high weight limits.

  • Lauren Riccobono August 26, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    I love the Britax we have for our oldest and am currently shopping for our youngest. I love how this seat has a higher weight limit and the steel bars give me more peace of mind. :-)

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