Britax Roundabout G4.1 Convertible Car Seat, Onyx – Reviews, Questions & Answers

Britax Roundabout G4.1 Convertible Car Seat, Onyx
Britax Roundabout G4.1 Convertible Car Seat, Onyx features

  • Safe cell impact protection is an integrated system of safety components that work together to protect your child beyond the federal safety standards, this includes our impact absorbing base and complete side impact protection plus
  • Safe cell complete side impact protection plus provides an advanced level of protection: a deep, foam-lined shell absorbs crash forces and shields your child from debris, and an energy-absorbing headrest keeps your child’s head and neck secure
  • Tangle-free, 5-point harness prevents the straps from twisting making it easier to load your child into the seat and ensuring a safer ride

Britax Roundabout G4.1 Convertible Car Seat, Onyx 

The roundabout convertible car seat is a smart choice for keeping your little one safe and sound as you head out on life’s travels. Safe cell impact protection surrounds your child in safety components that work together to protect well beyond the established federal safety standards. And complete side impact protection shields your little one in a deep protective shell designed to absorb crash forces and protect from debris. To ensure the right fit the roundabout comes with a 2-position buckle to keep up with your growing child and plush foam padding provides premium comfort at every touch point.

Britax Roundabout G4.1 Convertible Car Seat, Onyx 

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Q:How easy is the installation? Is it easy to move between cars, if needed? How does it fit in a smaller car?

A:I use the latch system and it’s very easy to remove and move between cars. Just unhook the latch and hook to the other car’s latch system. Pull on the strap to tighten. I could do this myself and I am a petite 90 lb. woman. I have it in my Corolla, which is a smaller car and I like that it seemed not as big as some o…

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I use the latch system and it’s very easy to remove and move between cars. Just unhook the latch and hook to the other car’s latch system. Pull on the strap to tighten. I could do this myself and I am a petite 90 lb. woman. I have it in my Corolla, which is a smaller car and I like that it seemed not as big as some of the other car seats out there. Overall I think it’s a great seat that my baby is safe and comfortable in.

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Q:How much leg room for toddler when in rear facing position?

A:My children are pretty large for their ages, and we have 2 of these seats. My almost 1-year old is about 23 pounds and 31 in. tall, rear-facing, and he has plenty of leg room. My almost 3-year old has the same seat, and he’s forward facing at 41 inches and 40 lbs. I think there are several recline positions, so you can…

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My children are pretty large for their ages, and we have 2 of these seats. My almost 1-year old is about 23 pounds and 31 in. tall, rear-facing, and he has plenty of leg room. My almost 3-year old has the same seat, and he’s forward facing at 41 inches and 40 lbs. I think there are several recline positions, so you can adjust what would fit your toddler’s height/legs better. Even if your toddler’s legs are a little too long for the seat, it’s not a safety matter. My oldest rested his feet/legs on the seat and back of the car seat when rear-facing even when they were a little too long and didn’t seem uncomfortable in a semi-reclined position. We really like these seats because they are sturdy (they don’t feel cheap), safe, and more affordable than some out there. These are our experiences – hope it helps!

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Q:Whats the fabric like? Is it breathble?
A:The fabric is a combination of Nylon and Fleece. It’s not particularly breathable, but with all the messes a baby can make that is not really what you want. The combination of fabrics is easy to clean. My daughter is usually warm but not sweaty when I take her out of the seat.

Q:Does this seat have a “one-click” latch system where latches unbuckle with the push of a button (like unhooking a seat belt)?
A:Yep! It does! Very easy to get child into and out of. There is also a buckle that goes across the chest.

Q:has anyone used this car seat in a new VW Beetle? I am afraid it won’t fit.
A:Yes! I have a 2002 New Beetle and it fits in the back. It’s a tight fit, and the passenger seat is pretty far forward (it would be tough to have a person ride in the front passenger seat), but it will fit. You can adjust the angle of the seat in the front and make it more “upright” so that it takes up less real estate.

Q:When your child is forward facing and is napping, does there head bobble forward or does it stay to the side
A:It does both!

Q:This is isofix car seat or not?
A:Yes. It is referred to as LATCH though since it is a US spec car seat. And it is actually one of the easier LATCH setups that I’ve dealt with.

Q:Is this seat easy to unlatch? The seat we just bought is very difficult for me to unlatch – the bottom button is so tight.
A:Yes

Q:has anyone used this for air travel? is it narrow? aircraft aproved?

A:It has not been used for air travel. It isn’t narrow, but I think that it would be able to be used for air travel. It is not light though, you would need an accessory to carry or wheel it. It’s very well made. And find it easy to use. I have one for my grandson and this was purchased for my daughters car. And they actu…

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It has not been used for air travel. It isn’t narrow, but I think that it would be able to be used for air travel. It is not light though, you would need an accessory to carry or wheel it. It’s very well made. And find it easy to use. I have one for my grandson and this was purchased for my daughters car. And they actually would like another one for other vehicle.

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Q:Is the fabric washable?
A:Yes.

 

Q:Does this car seat have a steel frame?
A:Yes

Q:Does this car seat fit a 2013 mazda 3 rear facing?
A:I’m not sure. But I drive a VW Passat and it fits rear facing just fine. You would have to get the dimensions of your back seat to know for sure.

Q:What’s the expiration of Britax Roundabout? Does it fit a cup holder?
A:Expires 6 years from manufacture date. Will not fit a cup holder.

Q:Does this have a tether belt for the top?
A:Yes it does! You will love this seat!

Q:Does this fit in an extended cab 2013 Ford f150?
A:yes

Q:Does the silver lake cover get dirty easily? Like, does it show dirt from kid’s shoes and have to be washed a lot?
A:I questioned this too as the original color I got was darker but this is a great color too, doesn’t show much at all and a bit darker than it looks.

Q:I’m noticing that this seat doesn’t have the head support/pillow. is this a problem for anyone? i will be rf my 16 month old.
A:HiNo it’s does not!You can always buy a child’s neck pillow.

Q:Our old Britax Roundabout seat cover keeps slipping off the seat. Has anyone experienced this with this newer car seat?
A:I haven’t experienced this personally at all with eithet of our britax seats. Maybe an older carseat generation issue?

Q:Does this car seat have a separate base?
A:No… It’s a convertible car seat not an infant carrier seat. It can be used for an infant but it’s not the type that has a base. To move from car to car.

Q:is there any way to adjust the strap that goes in between the babies legs to make it longer? (the the red button strap)
A:There are different slots as the child grows, you move the strap out to another slot.

 

Q:g4 vs g4.1
A:I have one of each. I would go with the G4-1. Better to have the newest version in my opinion. If you have a G-4, it is fine, but if you’re buying a new chair, the G4-1 would be my choice.

Q:how high is the seat base (from bottom of base to where the child sits) ?
A:It varies as the child sits at a tilt. It is about 4 inches in the front, going back to 7 inches in the back.

Q:Cup holders
A:No cup holders included. They might be available as an accessory you can purchase separately, but not totally sure on that.

Q:Does this seat have any other cushion (for head/neck area) other than what is show in the picture?
A:No but my grand baby does good in it at 11 months

Q:Does this take up a lot of space? Seat needed for a Chevy 2500 pickup, extended cab- VERY narrow backset.
A:We have a 1500 and we have this rear facing in the middle of the truck. Ours is an extended cab, but still will not fit behind the passenger seat without the passenger seat being useless. I assume there will be more room once we can face forward.

Q:when was the date of manufacture, britax says it expires 6 years after manufacture date.
A:The car seat is installed in my husband’s truck and too difficult to take out. And I’m not sure where I would find that information on the car seat. Sorry, I couldn’t be more helpful.

Q:Can the car seat cover be removed and machine washed?
A:I am pretty sure it can be washed.

Q:Does this seat recline when forward facing?
A:I believe it is suppose to, I tried once and it didn’t seem like it was moving and I haven’t needed to recline it.

Q:Does this seat recline?
A:Yes, 3 recline positions

Q:Does the seat come with a table?
A:does not come with tray or cup holder.

 

Q:what is the max weight for this car seat?
A:Rear facing weight range 5-40 lbs. Forward facing – 20-55 lbs.

Q:Does this seat work for newborns as well?

A:I would recommend the Britax Marathon G4 as opposed to the Roundabout. The Marathon has more cushion near the head/neck area which is plus for newborns if you want to go straight into the convertible car seat. What worked for me as a 1st time Mom was the Britax infant car seat- it’s so much easier when shopping, runni…

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I would recommend the Britax Marathon G4 as opposed to the Roundabout. The Marathon has more cushion near the head/neck area which is plus for newborns if you want to go straight into the convertible car seat. What worked for me as a 1st time Mom was the Britax infant car seat- it’s so much easier when shopping, running errands. You can just attach it to your stroller and not have to worry about waking your baby or the hassle of unbuckling and rebuckling as you worry about all the other stuff you worry about as a 1st time Mom!

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Q:Say your child falls asleep in the car seat, can he stay in the car seat when you detach the car seat from the base?
A:No

Q:For those who use this seat: Do you transition your children directly to backless booster seats once they reach the weight/size limit of this seat?
A:No

Q:How wide is the bottom of the car seat? We want to fit three car seats across the back, because this seat is raised by a base, how much narrower isit
A:The widest portion of the base measures 16″ but the widest portion of the car seat measures 18.5″ which is what you need to keep in mind when trying to install 3 car seats in the back of the car.

Q:how bulky is the seat? Is it good for flying?
A:I wouldn’t say it’s bulkier than any of the other convertible seats out there. It is kind of awkward due to the shape and size, but it’s easily moveable. My girlfriend only has Britax seats and flys back and forth between CA and CO regularly and has no problem taking hers!

Q:Can we install this seat using car seat belt system? My car doesnt have latch system
A:Yes. The manual has instructions for using the seat belt for rear-facing and forward-facing configurations.

Q:This car seat can be used forward or back facing? is it reclinable at all?
A:The seat can be used in either a forward-facing or rear-facing installation. It has three recline positions.

Q:Does this car seat come with the base? Or is the base sold separately?
A:There is no base for this car seat. It’s a one piece car seat. It’s not like the click connect infant seats.

Q:this is item can used for new-born baby?
A:Yes, the infant must be at least 5 pounds.

 

Q:does the car seat come loose from the base to make it easier to use in other cars?
A:The seat does not come loose from the base.

Q:Is the bottom of the seat flat? The sharp edges on our other seat have started to tear our cars seat cushion fabric. Looking for a flat bottom seat!
A:It is flat on bottom and has a nice rubbery feel. I don’t think this seat base would tear the car seats :)

Britax Roundabout G4.1 Convertible Car Seat, Onyx