Britax has maintained a strong following with their ClickTight convertible and combination car seats – ClickTight is a feature that makes most installations a breeze! We have watched the ClickTight product line grow from the now-retired Frontier and Pinnacle to a variety of combination and convertible car seats including the Boulevard and Advocate. That product line has grown again with the addition of the Grow With You ClickTight and Grow With You ClickTight Plus forward facing only combination car seats!
CSFTL Quick Stats
- Age Requirement: two year old minimum
- Harness weight range: 25- 65 pounds
- Harness height range: 34-49 inches
- High Back Booster weight range: 40-120 pounds
- High Back Booster height range: 44-63 inches
- CSFTL recommends that children be at least 5 years old before moving to a booster seat.
- Lower anchor weight limit: 40 pounds
- Expiration: 9 years Note: some labels listed a 6 expiration for this seat. Please refer to your user guide to confirm your seat’s lifespan.
- Inflatable Seat Belt Compatibility: NOT compatible with inflatable vehicle seat belts.
- Crash replacement policy: Britax follows the NHTSA guidelines for reuse following a minor crash, replacement after a moderate or severe crash.
- Weight (with harness): 24.6 pounds
- Weight (without harness): 24.2 pounds
- Highest Harness Position: 20 inches
- Highest Booster Guide Position: 22 inches
- Width at the widest point (shoulders and cupholders): 19 inches
- Crotch buckle positions: 7 inches and 9.5 inches from the back of the seat pan
- Internal Seating Width: 11.5 inches
- Seat Pan Depth: 14 inches
The Grow With You ClickTight includes Britax’s ClickTight lockoff panel – this panel locks the vehicle seat belt during installation for a secure installation with less effort than traditional car seats. Since the vehicle seat belt is locked by the ClickTight panel, there is no need to engage the vehicle’s seat belt locking mechanism when the seat is installed with ClickTight.
Impact Absorbing Tether – with Crash Indicators!
The Grow With You includes a V-shaped “Impact Absorbing Tether” that also doubles as a crash indicator. According to the manual, one way to determine if the Grow With You ClickTight needs to be replaced following a crash is to look at the tether. If any of the following things have happened, the seat must be replaced:
- the tether label is torn
- either of the fabric loops have pulled through the back of the shell
- any of the colored stitching has ripped
This set of indicators is in addition to the NHTSA crash replacement guidelines that should be considered as part of Britax’s crash policy
NOTE: We always recommend that the top tether be used for forward facing harnessed car seat installations. The manual is a little unclear about the use of the tether for the Grow With You ClickTight. Britax has confirmed that the tether is recommended for use whenever there is a vehicle tether anchor available for the seating position where the car seat will be installed since the top tether reduces head excursion during a crash, reducing the risk of injury.
Impact Absorbing Chest Pads
The Grow With You includes rubber impact-absorbing chest pads on each harness strap. These pads are similar to the pads we’ve seen on some other Britax car seats. These impact-absorbing chest pads help reduce the child’s forward movement during a crash.The manual explicitly states to not remove these pads from the harness.
Grow With You Lineup
The Grow With You lineup has grown to include three versions of this seat – Grow With You, Grow With You ClickTight, and Grow With You ClickTight Plus.
There are a few key differences between each version of this seat.
The Grow With You version does not include the ClickTight panel that makes seatbelt installation easier. Otherwise, this version is identical to the Grow With You ClickTight.
Another difference is the cover. The Grow With You and Grow With You ClickTight versions are available with a variety of colorful covers that are hand-wash only, while the Grow With You ClickTight Plus includes a SafeWash cover that can be machine washed. In most instances, we’d consider this a key difference that’s worth the extra investment!
The other difference between the versions is the side impact protection. The Grow With You and Grow With You ClickTight includes two layers of side impact protection – the energy-absorbing shell and the foam lined headrest – while the Grow With You ClickTight Plus includes a third layer of side impact protection in the form of external cushions.
Preparing to Install
Lower Anchor Storage Location
Here’s the scene: your brand new Britax Grow With You ClickTight has arrived! You open the box, pull out the seat, and start preparing to install the seat in your vehicle. Wait! Something seems to be missing. Where are the lower anchors?Federal regulations require that manufacturers include lower anchors on all harnessed child restraints, though they may not be easy to find. On the Grow With You ClickTight, the lower anchors are hidden in a small compartment in the seat pan area, under where the child’s bottom would sit. They’re kind of hidden because this seat installs MUCH EASIER with the vehicle seat belt.
The Grow With You ClickTight has two recline positions — fully upright or reclined. To adjust the recline, pull the handle on the front and gently adjust the seat to the desired recline position. Either recline position can be used at any time while the seat is used in harness mode. When used as a high back booster, the seat must be in the upright position.
Vehicle Seat Overhang
In harness mode, the Grow With You ClickTight permits up to three inches of the base to exceed the edge of the vehicle seat. If there are more than three inches of overhang, be sure that the car seat is in the upright position or try a different seating position within the vehicle.
Britax does not permit any vehicle seat overhang with the Grow With You ClickTight when it’s used in high back booster mode.
As the Child Grows: Moving the Crotch Buckle
The Grow With You ClickTight has two settings for the crotch buckle. The buckle should be in the slot closest to, but not under, the child.To move the crotch buckle, open the ClickTight panel by squeezing the two release levers together. Next, locate the two small clips inside the ClickTight area that hold the seat cover in place and unclip them. Pull the seat cover forward while pushing the crotch buckle and EZ-Buckle belly pad through the slot in the cover. Hold the crotch buckle, turn it slightly, then pull it along the path to the desired slot in the shell. Then, place the crotch buckle and EZ-Buckle belly pad back through the cover, replace the cover on the shell, and clip the cover back inside the ClickTight area.
Note: During the course of this review, I had a pretty tough time when attempting to unclip those retaining clips. Over the course of many transitions from booster to harness mode while reviewing the seat, the retaining clips ended up stuck on the seat’s shell at one point. It took some time and effort to remove the clips by sticking a hand into the reclined base and pushing the clips out from the back.
We’d suggest that caregivers pay special attention to these clips’ location when removing and reattaching them.
Installation: Harness Mode
Vehicle Seat Belt
The Grow With You ClickTight is designed for simple installation with the vehicle seat belt. The vehicle seat belt is listed in the manual as the preferred installation method for this seat. To install the Grow With You ClickTight with the vehicle seat belt, start by placing the car seat on the vehicle seat. Lengthen the tether strap, lay it over the back of the vehicle seat and loosely attach it to the tether anchor for easy access later. Next, extend the harness, then unbuckle the chest clip and crotch buckle, and drape each side over each armrest to keep the harness out of the way.
There are two small slots in the cover — they’re located toward the bottom of the seat, right about where the child’s lower back would be. Reach through those slots in the cover to access the find the ClickTight release levers.
Squeeze the levers together to open the ClickTight panel.
Once the panel is open, you’ll see a belt path indicated by green labels. Route the vehicle seat belt through the belt path and buckle the seat belt. Pull gently to remove most of the slack from the vehicle seat belt (but not all — the ClickTight panel will do the rest of the work for you!), then close the ClickTight panel firmly – an audible click should confirm that the panel is closed securely.
Check for a secure installation by giving the car seat a firm handshake at the belt path with your non-dominant hand. The seat should not move more than one inch in any direction. After the seat is properly installed, turn your attention to the final step – removing the slack from the top tether anchor’s webbing.
Lap Belt Alert!
NOTE: When installing the Grow With You ClickTight with a lap and shoulder vehicle seat belt, the vehicle seat belt should remain UNLOCKED. When installing with a now-very rare lap only vehicle seat belt, the car seat manual does instruct to make sure the seat belt is LOCKED before closing the ClickTight panel.
Installation: Lower Anchors
While the vehicle seat belt is the preferred installation method for the Grow With You ClickTight, it is possible to install with the lower anchors.
To install the Grow With You ClickTight with the lower anchors, start by placing the car seat on the vehicle seat. Lengthen the tether strap, lay and place it over the back of the vehicle seat and loosely attach it to the tether anchor for easy access later. Next, extend the harness, then unbuckle the chest clip and crotch buckle, harness and drape each side it over each armrest to keep the harness it out of the way.
Locate the two small slots in the cover — they’re located toward the bottom of the seat, right about where the child’s lower back would be. Reach through those slots in the cover to access the ClickTight release levers. Squeeze the levers together to open the ClickTight panel.
Please take a moment here to note that both Britax and CSFTL would suggest that you use the vehicle seat belt to install this seat instead of lower anchors.
Once the panel is open, you’ll see a belt path indicated by green labels. Route the lower anchor webbing through the belt path that is marked by green labels and attach the lower anchors on each side of the car seat to the lower anchors that are mounted inside your vehicle. Pull gently to remove most of the slack from the webbing (but not all — the ClickTight panel will do the rest of the work for you!) only, then close the ClickTight panel firmly – an audible “click!” should confirm that the panel is closed securely.
The Grow With You ClickTight has FAA approval for use on board aircraft when used in harness mode. According to the instruction manual, the ClickTight panel should be bypassed when installing the seat on airplanes. If you take the Grow With You on a flight, we recommend reading the airplane installation instructions prior to your trip.
Fit to Child: Harness Mode
3 Years Old
This model is 3 years old, weighs 34 pounds, and is 39 inches tall. She is very outspoken – especially when it comes to her car seats! She was thrilled when the Grow With You ClickTight arrived on our porch and she saw the bright purple fabric. She fit very well in this seat with plenty of room to grow, and hasn’t voiced any complaints. We take that as high praise.
4 Years Old
This model is 4 years old, weighs 42 pounds, and is 45 inches tall. Although he is on the larger size for his age, he has a lot of room still left before outgrowing the harness on the Grow With You ClickTight. He found the seat comfortable, and commented multiple times on how soft the fabric is.
Installation: Booster Mode
First, Store the Harness
The Grow WIth You ClickTight has two options for harness storage when the seat is converted to booster mode: one option leaves the harness stored on the seat and the other involves removing the harness altogether. We prefer the option that keeps all of the parts stored on the seat since we’re prone to losing things.
We’ll explore both ways with a reminder that we definitely found leaving the harness attached to the seat the best way to go.
First, make sure the harness is fully raised, loosened, and unbuckled. Drape the loose harness around the armrests to keep it out of the way. Open the ClickTight panel and locate the two small clips on the back of the seat cover. Unhook the seat cover and pull it forward while pulling the crotch buckle and EZ-Buckle belly pad through the slot in the cover. Lay the crotch buckle and EZ-Buckle belly pad forward so they are on top of the harness adjuster release lever.
Move the cover back into the in-use position, reattach the retaining clips the car seat’s shell, then close the ClickTight panel. Next, grab each harness straps and slide the chest pads, chest clip, and buckle tongues towards the top of the harness. Fold each harness strap to remove any slack, then tuck the harness strap, chest pads, chest clip, and buckle tongues under each side wing cover.
Note: To store the comfort pads with the seat, unhook one and pull it across towards the other side. Place the two pads together and slide them both under one side of the cover with the rest of the harness.
Removing the Harness
We’ll explore this harness storage option with a reminder that we definitely found leaving the harness attached to the seat the best way to go
To remove the harness, start by raising the headrest to the highest setting. Unhook the harness from the splitter plate on the back of the car seat and store the splitter plate in the base of the seat. Then, pull each harness strap through the slots in the seat.
Pro tip: if the harness straps get stuck on the way out, press the red handle and pull gently up on the headrest while pulling the harness strap.
Next, open the ClickTight panel and unhook each harness strap from the metal hip anchors. Finally, pull back the seat cover and pull the crotch buckle out of the slot by rotating it until the metal retainer slides through the slot.
Minimizing the Projectiles
When used in booster mode, the Grow With You ClickTight could potentially become a projectile in the event of a crash while unoccupied. There are two ways to prevent this – by buckling the vehicle seat belt around the booster while unoccupied or by using the lower anchors to hold the seat in place while unoccupied. While there is a 40 pound weight limit for using the lower anchors while the Grow With You ClickTight is in harness mode, that weight limit does not apply for booster mode.
Fit to Child: Booster Mode
6 Years Old
This model is 6 years old, weighs 56 pounds, and is 51 inches tall. He had no difficulty with buckling himself into the Grow With You ClickTight, and he has plenty of time left before outgrowing this seat.
9 Years Old
Here we see a 9 year old model who is 68 pounds and 57 inches tall. Although she is at the top of the chart for height, she still has some room left to grow before outgrowing the Grow With You ClickTight in booster mode.
Important Information – Where to Find
Date of Manufacture: The date of manufacture can be found on a white label located on the top of the shell on the child’s left side.
Expiration Date: The Grow With You ClickTight’s expiration date is conveniently located on the same label as the date of manufacture.
FAA Approval: The FAA approval label is on either side of the seat’s base, with English on the child’s left side and Spanish on the child’s right side.
Lower Anchor Storage: The lower anchors for the Grow With You ClickTight are hidden below a cover on the inside of the ClickTight panel.
Top Tether Storage Unlike many other car seats on the market, the Grow With You ClickTight does not have a dedicated top tether storage location. When the top tether is not in use, it hangs from the back of the seat. Remove all of the slack from the webbing and secure the tail with the included elastic to keep it from becoming a projectile!
Manual Storage: The Grow With You ClickTight includes a convenient pocket to store the manual, located on the back of the fabric located on the seat where the child’s back would be. The location is marked by a small label showing a person reading a book.
The Britax Grow With You ClickTight is yet another strong seat in Britax’s lineup. While it may share a lot of similarities with some other Britax Harness-2-Booster seats, it is great to have yet another reliable option available for caregivers to choose from. The ClickTight panel makes the seat to install, and it is able to provide a safe fit for children in a wide variety of sizes.