Britax Pioneer 70 Toddler Car Seat Review

So your little one is growing up and it’s time to choose a new child’s car seat. Have you already tried a seat but found it to be unsatisfactory? Perhaps it made your child uncomfortable or was difficult to install or adjust? Maybe you have had a rear-facing seat that your child has now outgrown? Let’s take a look at Britax’s Pioneer 70 Toddler Car Seat to see if it captures your interest!

The basics 

This seat doesn’t have a rear-facing position, so it’s not recommended for children under two years of age. If your child isn’t two years old yet, you can check out other options here:

This seat does, however convert to a booster seat which is suitable for kids at the older end of the spectrum. It comes with an easy-to-use five-point harness which can actually be used by children who weigh up to 70 pounds – eliminating any difficulties in keeping your child upright in the booster seat.

Britax’s safety innovations, coupled with the energy absorbing tether, deep side walls and head restraint provide good protection for your child’s head and neck in the event of a collision.

Cup holders are a nice and practical feature which minimize the risk of drinks getting splashed around the back of your car.

Reasons to buy it

This is the first seat I have seen which has a harness for kids up to 70 pounds. With most child car seats, as kids grow and get heavier, they have to switch to the belt positioning booster seat. This can cause problems for some kids in staying upright and safely restrained. After 70 pounds, the American-made Pioneer does convert into a booster seat, for kids up to 110 pounds.

It’s easy to adjust the harness and can be reclined in order to help your child relax or sleep.

Reasons to pass

Unfortunately, unlike some other children’s car seats on the market, the Pioneer is not approved by the FAA for use on planes. Of course, if you’re not a regular flier, this probably won’t bother you too much.

Although the Pioneer only weighs 25 pounds and measure 21 x 19 x 28 inches, some customers have reported difficulties in moving the seat from one vehicle to another. This is something that you should consider if you use more than one vehicle or have carers for your child.

Others have mentioned that the seat is not convenient for especially tall or large kids as the harness is outgrown at around 19 inches.

Furthermore, some customers have complained about the product material – the flimsy cover and easily-broken plastic. If you have a little Mike Tyson, you might want to think twice about buying this particular chair.

My overall view

The Britax Pioneer 70 Toddler Car Seat is a product I rate quite highly, but only if your child is of the right age, height and weight for it! Perhaps you should get the scales and tape rule out before you decide to go ahead with your purchase!

Amazon customers currently rate this seat with 4.4 stars out of a possible five, so there are plenty of happy parents and toddlers driving around out there!