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Our History

50 Years of Safety Heritage

We’ve been leading the way in child safety technology for
more than 50 years now. From Europe’s best-selling car seat
manufacturer, we’ve become one of the brands most trusted by
American families since we launched here in 1996.

Vintage Britax Truck

Britax formed out of British Accessories

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Acquired RÖMER in Germany. RÖMER was founded in 1971 and initially concentrated on manufacturing vehicle seat belts. In 1973 RÖMER launched their first child seat.

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Acquired Safe-n-Sound in Australia. Safe-n-Sound is the premier child seat manufacturer serving Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific.


Acquired Steelcraft in Australia. Steelcraft has been manufacturing superior nursery products for more than 65 years.

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Acquired the child safety seat business in New Zealand

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ISOFIX emerged through co-operation between international experts of the vehicle industry and child seat manufacturers (such as RÖMER), who engaged in the development of a standardized anchorage standard for child protection systems in cars. This work became the foundation for the LATCH system in the United States.


Britax Child Safety, Inc. established in the United States. The Freeway was the first seat brought to the U.S. market.

The Freeway was a forward-facing only seat for children 20 to 40 pounds.

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Britax launches the first convertible car seat in the U.S. – the Roundabout.

The Roundabout was launched with a 5-point harness, built-in lock-offs, energy-managing foam, and the patented Britax® Versa-tether, paving the way for the entire child seat industry.


Britax launches their first U.S. belt-positioning booster seat, the Starriser Comfy.

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The first product to feature ISOFIX (the precursor to the LATCH system) was launched by RÖMER in Germany.

The RÖMER Prince ISOFIX, the first child seat by RÖMER in co-operation with VW, is shown at the International Automobile Fair with the introduction of the VW Golf IV.


Britax launches it's first U.S. infant car seat – the Britax Handle With Care.

The Handle with Care infant car seat accommodated infants up to 20 pounds rear-facing.

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Beginning September 1, 2000, all new vehicles were required to come equipped with a top tether anchor to be used with top tethers on child seats.

The Roundabout was launched with a top tether, the patented Britax® Versa-tether, prior to it being mandatory for all child seat manufacturers to include a top tether.


The Advantage convertible car seat is launched in the U.S. The Advantage is the first Britax seat to feature a no re-thread harness height adjustment knob.

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Britax® equips the Roundabout with LATCH connectors to be used with the vehicle LATCH system in July.

The Roundabout equipped with lower LATCH connectors in the retired Puppy fashion.


Britax launches the Marathon convertible car seat in the U.S. with LATCH in August.

The Marathon is the first Britax high-weight capacity seat accommodating children up to 65 pounds.


The Britax Husky is launched – replacing its predecessor, the Super Elite.

The Super Elite was launched in 2001 and was the first child seat available to the general public that allowed children to remain in a 5-point harness to 80 pounds. Once lower LATCH connectors were added to the seat, it was called the Husky (later to be renamed the Regent).


The Britax Companion is launched in the U.S. and the first U.S. infant car seat with True Side Impact Protection.


The Bodyguard, the first Britax belt-positioning booster seat featuring True Side Impact Protection, is launched.


The Parkway belt-positioning booster seat replaced the Britax® Bodyguard and featured True Side Impact Protection.


The Monarch belt-positioning booster seat was launched and featured True Side Impact Protection.

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The Britax® Diplomat is launched offering parents a compact convertible seat that provides the same True Side Impact Protection as the Boulevard.

The Diplomat's compact size is ideal for rear facing in vehicles with limited space, and accommodates children up to 40 pounds.


The Click & Safe Snug Harness Indicator is launched with the Boulevard Car Seat.

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The Britax® Frontier combination Harness-2-Booster seat is launched – the first Britax® combination seat to launch in North America.

The Frontier combination Harness-2-Booster seat allows your child to ride in a 5-point harness from 2 years and 25 pounds, up to 80 pounds, and then converts into a belt-positioning booster seat.


Britax® launches the Advocate CS, the first seat in the world to feature Side Impact Cushion Technology.

The Advocate CS convertible car seat accommodates children up to 65 pounds.

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Britax® launches a redesigned line of convertible car seats featuring SafeCell Technology.

The Boulevard 70 CS convertible car seat features SafeCell Technology.

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Extended base with SafeCell Technology and integrated steel bars across entire harnessed car seat line.

Click Tight

Revolutionized car seat installation with ClickTight®. This self-tensioning system helps parents install with confidence in three simple steps: open, buckle, and click it closed.

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Relocated headquarters of the Americas to Fort Mill, South Carolina.

Launched B-Safe® 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite infant car seats.

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Launched the One4Life all-in-one car seat, which grows with children from birth to ten years old.

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Launched the B-Safe Gen2 infant car seat line, made with spacious seating and tagless, smooth touch knit fabrics.