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Instruction
Manual
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Avoid injury or death Read and understand this manual!
Use rear-facing only!
TABLE OF CONTENTS
This instruction manual is for the SmartFit®;
SmartFit® Classic; SmartFit® Plus; SmartFit® PlusV;
SmartFit® Elite and SmartFit® Elite V Infant Car
Seats. Instructions for all models are the same
unless otherwise noted.
❃ Use
Height & Weight Limits.....................................5
Installation With Base.....................................
6
Installation Without Base................................7
❃ Before You Begin
Placing Child in Car Seat.................................. 8
Operations and Adjustments......................... 10
Important Information.....................................1
•
Harness Tie
Warnings.........................................................2
•
Adjustable Handle
•
Buckle System
•
Removing Car Seat from Base
•
Adjustable Base
•
Changing Harness Strap Slots
•
Changing Crotch Strap Positions
Basic Information.............................................4
❃ Special Information
Vehicle Seat Belts............................................ 14
Shopping Cart Use......................................... 20
Additional Information....................................21
IMPORTANT INFORMATION
No car seat can guarantee protection from
injury in every situation, but proper use helps
reduce the risk of serious injury or death.
❃ Safety First Check List
✔ Read and understand instruction manual
and car seat labels.
❃ Registration Information
Child restraints (car seats) could be recalled for
safety reasons. You must register this restraint
to be reached in a recall. Fill out the
registration card attached to car seat and mail
today or send your name, address, and the
restraint’s model number and manufacturing
date to:
Century Products
9600 Valley View Road
Macedonia, Ohio 44056-2096
or call 330-467-9671
For recall information, call the U.S Government’s
Auto Safety Hotline at 1-800-424-9393
(202-366-0123 in D.C. area).
✔ Use car seat rear-facing only.
✔ Do not use in vehicle seat with air bag.
✔ Secure children in back seat whenever
possible.
✔ Never leave child unattended.
✔ Install car seat securely.
✔ Only use a SmartFit® base when using
car seat with a base.
✔ Do not use after date shown on back of
car seat.
✔ Do not allow anyone (babysitter, relatives,
etc.) to use car seat without first
understanding all instructions.
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WARNINGS
Failure to follow these instructions and
car seat labels can result in child striking
the vehicle’s interior during a sudden
stop or accident. Secure child restraint
with a vehicle seat belt as shown in this
manual.
DO NOT use rear-facing child restraint in
a vehicle seating position equipped with
an air bag. Child’s head and neck may
be seriously injured when an
inflating air bag hits back of child
restraint.
Use this car seat rear-facing only.
Serious crippling injury or death can
result if infant faces front of vehicle.
Never put a car seat in a front vehicle
seat unless recommended by vehicle
owner’s manual. National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
alerts vehicle owners that according to
accident statistics children up to age 12
are safer in the back seat. For vehicle’s
with front passenger side air bags, refer
to vehicle owner’s manual for child
restraint installation information.
Vehicle seat belt system MUST hold
car seat securely. Not all vehicle seat
belts can be used with a car seat. If
vehicle seat belt does not hold car seat
securely, read “Vehicle Seat Belts”
section.
2
If this car seat is in an accident, it must
be replaced. DO NOT use it again! An
accident can cause unseen damage and
using it again could cause serious injury
or death.
DO NOT use car seat if it is damaged or
missing parts. DO NOT use accessories or
parts supplied by other manufacturers.
Their use could alter the performance of
the car seat and cause serious injury or
death.
Car seat must be properly leveled:
• Too reclined can result in injury or
ejection.
• Too upright can result in breathing
difficulties.
Avoid serious injury due to falls:
• Always keep infant buckled with
harness straps.
• Be sure handle “locks” into carrying
position and harness is buckled
before carrying infant. If handle is
not securely locked, car seat can flip
forward causing infant to fall and
be seriously injured.
• DO NOT use car seat on countertop.
• Always stay within reach of infant;
an infant’s wiggling may cause
car seat to move and fall off table.
Never leave infant unattended , even
when sleeping. Infant may become
tangled in harness straps and suffocate.
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BASIC INFORMATION
❃ Certification
This car seat meets or exceeds all applicable
requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety
Standard 213 for use in motor vehicles and
aircraft.
❃ Car Seat Useful Life
DO NOT use after date shown on back of
car seat due to changing requirements and
normal wear and tear.
Look for:
❃ Unoccupied Car Seat
Always secure car seat with a vehicle seat belt,
even when unoccupied.
Do not use this car
seat after December
Year
❃ Vehicle Seat Protection
Protect vehicle seat cover. Use a car seat mat,
towel or thin blanket under car seat.
An unsecured car seat can injure passengers.
❃ Dangerous Vehicle Seats
Do not use on rear-facing or side-facing
vehicle seats.
❃ Warm Weather
Car seat parts can get very hot in the sun
or warm weather.
To avoid burns, always check before putting
child in car seat.
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HEIGHT & WEIGHT LIMITS
This car seat is designed for rear-facing use
only by an infant whose:
❃ Preterm or Low Birth Weight
Infants
• Weight is less than 20 lbs. (9 kg) and;
• Height is 27 inches (69 cm) or less
A preterm or low birth weight infant may
be at special risk in a vehicle or aircraft.
According to the American Academy of
Pediatrics, these infants may suffer breathing
difficulties if improperly reclined in a car seat.
Century advises that you have your physician or
hospital staff evaluate your infant and
recommend the proper car seat or car bed
before you and your infant leave the hospital.
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INSTALLATION WITH BASE
1
Place base rear-facing on vehicle seat.
2
Thread vehicle lap belt through base belt Tabs
and buckle belt.
NOTE: Vehicle shoulder belt must NOT be
placed under belt Tabs.
3
Press down firmly on base to compress vehicle
seat cushion while tightening vehicle lap belt
(fig. a).
4
Pull front to back and left to right to check for
secure installation (fig. b).
Tabs
If not secure, see “Vehicle Seat Belts” section.
5
6
Put car seat in base and pull up on car seat to
be sure it is locked in base.
Foot
Ball MUST be in green zone (fig. c). If
necessary adjust Foot (if available)
or place rolled towels under
base at vehicle seat crease.
NOTE: Vehicle must be on
level ground and child in
car seat when leveling.
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6
Adjust handle to a position
behind car seat.
(fig. a)
(fig. b)
(fig. c)
INSTALLATION WITHOUT BASE
1
Place car seat rear-facing on vehicle seat.
2
Thread vehicle lap belt through car seat Slots
and buckle belt.
NOTE: Vehicle shoulder belt must NOT be
placed through car seat Slots.
Slots
3
Press down firmly on car seat to compress
vehicle seat cushion while tightening vehicle
lap belt (fig. a).
4
Pull front to back and left to right to check for
secure installation (fig. b).
If not secure, see “Vehicle Seat Belts” section.
Towels
5
Ball MUST be in green zone (fig. c). If
necessary place rolled Towels under car seat
at vehicle seat crease.
NOTE: Vehicle must be on level
ground and child in car seat
when leveling.
6
Adjust handle to a position
behind car seat.
(fig. a)
(fig. b)
(fig. c)
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PLACING CHILD IN CAR SEAT
1
Place child in car seat with child’s back flat
against back of car seat.
2
Place harness straps over child’s shoulders and
lock buckle.
WARNING
To prevent serious injury or death:
• Keep harness straps snug and
positioned on shoulders. Periodically
check adjustments.
• Do not use strap covers, blankets, thick
cushions, or padding under harness
straps or child.
Pull up on buckle to be sure it is locked.
3
Close harness tie:
• Position harness tie at mid-chest, about
3 inches (8 cm) below child’s chin.
• Baby must be dressed in clothing with
arms and legs that will not interfere
with buckling harness.
4
Adjust harness system:
• Harness straps must be through slots at or
just below shoulders.
Check that harness straps are snug with just
enough room to insert one finger between
child’s chest and harness straps (fig. a).
For 5-Point models, check that harness straps
on chest and thigh are snug.
5-Point Models Only:
• Crotch strap must be through opening
closest to but not under child.
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5
A rolled towel can be used on each side to
support small children (fig. b). Be sure towels
do not interfere with harness system.
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OPERATIONS and ADJUSTMENTS
1
Harness Tie:
3
• To buckle: Push buckle down on tongue.
Pull up on buckle to be sure it is locked.
• To open: Squeeze tabs and pull apart.
• To close: Snap halves together. Make
sure harness tie is locked by pulling out
on each half.
• To unbuckle: Press red button and pull
buckle off tongue.
1-Piece:
5-Point Models
• To open: Unhook harness tie from child’s
left side (fig. a) of harness strap.
• To buckle: Insert both tongues into
buckle. Pull up on tongues to be sure
they are locked.
• To close: From backside of harness tie,
slide harness strap over harness tie
tongue.
2
Adjustable Handle:
• To unbuckle: Press red button and pull
harness tongues out of buckle.
4
Removing Car Seat from Base:
• Place handle in “locked” upright carrying
position.
• Handle has four adjustment positions.
• Push in red buttons on each side of
handle, rotate and release red buttons.
Continue rotating handle to desired
position until you hear a “click” sound.
• IMPORTANT: Before lifting car seat, place
handle in “locked” upright carrying
position.
Buckle:
3-Point Models
2-Piece (available on some models):
• Squeeze red release lever in base (fig. b).
• Lift car seat out of base.
5
Adjustable Base (available on some models):
• Pull blue adjustment Handle out (fig. c).
• Adjust Foot to desired position.
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• Release adjustment handle. Be sure it
retracts into slot.
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Handle
Foot
(fig. a)
(fig. b)
(fig. c)
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OPERATIONS and ADJUSTMENTS continued
6
Changing Harness Strap Slots (fig. d):
Harness straps must be through slots at or just
below shoulders.
• Press Tab to release metal Rod and lift Rod
out of side Pockets.
• Slide metal Rod out of Loops of harness
straps.
• Pull harness strap out of current Slots and
thread through desired Slots.
IMPORTANT: Straps MUST be through
matching Slots of seat pad and car seat.
• Adjust strap length by inserting metal Rod
into any Loop that will provide proper
snugness.
• Replace metal Rod into side Pockets and
slide Rod down below Tab.
Make sure Tab holds metal Rod securely.
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7
Changing Crotch Strap Positions (fig. e):
5-Point Models Only
• From bottom of car seat, remove crotch
strap Clip.
• From top of car seat, rethread crotch strap
through desired Opening.
• Re-attach crotch strap Clip exactly as
shown.
Pull on buckle to make sure it is held
securely.
Tab
Loops
Rod
Pockets
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Slots
Openings
Clip
(fig. d)
(fig. e)
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VEHICLE SEAT BELTS
WARNING
Not all vehicle seat belts can be used
with a car seat. The car seat must be
held securely at all times by a lap belt
(or lap belt portion of a lap/shoulder
belt) that will not change length while
driving.
To provide the most secure installation of the
car seat:
• Read the vehicle owner’s manual regarding
car seat installation and seat belt use with
car seat.
• Follow all instruction labels on vehicle seat
belt and car seat.
If car seat is not held securely after following
instructions in this manual, vehicle seat belt
labels, and vehicle owner’s manual:
• Move car seat to another seating location
and try again, or
• Contact vehicle dealer for possible seat
belt modification parts.
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❃ Belts Forward of Seat Crease
Vehicle seat belts located forward of seat
crease may not securely hold car seat. Check
vehicle owner’s manual or see vehicle dealer for
car seat installation requirements.
Seat Crease
• If approved for use with car seat, install
car seat and check for secure installation by
pulling car seat front to back. If car seat
slides forward, DO NOT use these seat belts.
Seat Crease
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VEHICLE SEAT BELTS continued
❃ Lap Belts - Manually Adjustable
The locking latch plate on some seat belts may
slip and loosen after being buckled on car seat if
positioned at a certain angle. If this happens,
flip latch plate over (fig. a) and re-buckle. Test
installation again to see if this works. If not,
move car seat to another seating position.
Flip
❃ Lap Belts - With Retractor
Lap belts with retractors may or may not hold
a car seat securely.
(fig. a)
Follow these steps to determine if you have a
retractor system that will hold car seat securely:
a. Pull belt all the way out.
b. Allow belt to retract about 6 inches (15 cm).
c. Pull out on belt again.
If belt is locked and you cannot pull the belt out
any further, you have an Auto Locking Retractor
which may be used with a car seat. Remember,
when installing a car seat, pull belt all the way
out, buckle belt, and then tighten.
If you can pull the belt out again (step c), you
have an Emergency Locking Retractor which
must not be used with a car seat.
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Retractor
❃ Passive Restraint - Lap Belt
with Motorized Shoulder Belt
DO NOT use with any car seat.
❃ Passive Restraint - Lap or
Shoulder Belt Mounted on Door
DO NOT use with any car seat. Belts will not
stay tight while driving.
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VEHICLE SEAT BELTS continued
❃ Combination Lap/Shoulder Belt
with Sliding Latch Plate
Pull on latch plate (fig. a). If belt slides freely
through latch plate, a locking clip MUST
be used (see Locking Clip section).
Pull
Some combination lap/shoulder belts with
sliding latch plates may be converted into an
“automatic locking mode” that will allow use
without a locking clip. See vehicle owner’s
manual and label on vehicle belts for
instructions.
(fig. a)
❃ Combination Lap/Shoulder Belt
with Locking Latch Plate
The locking latch plate on some seat belts may
slip and loosen after being buckled on car seat if
positioned at a certain angle. If this happens,
flip the latch plate over (fig. b) and re-buckle.
Test installation again to see if this works. If
not, move car seat to another seating position.
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Flip
(fig. b)
❃ Locking Clip
WARNING
Avoid serious injury or death:
• Failure to use locking clip where
required will result in car seat not
being securely held in place.
• Remove locking clip from seat belts
when not being used with car seat.
4
Re-buckle seat belt.
5
Test installation to see if car seat is secure. If
not secure, additional belt tightening may be
required.
Remove locking clip and repeat steps 1
through 5.
HINT: Tighten vehicle seat belt by pressing
base or car seat further down into vehicle seat
cushion.
You MUST use locking clip provided with
car seat with a vehicle seat belt that slides
freely through the latch plate or the lap belt
cannot be tightly secured.
1
Install car seat and tighten vehicle seat belt.
(fig. a)
2
Hold seat belts together at latch plate (fig. a)
then unbuckle.
1/2 inch (1 cm)
3
Slide locking clip on seat belts approximately
1/2 inch (1 cm) away from latch plate.
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SHOPPING CART USE
WARNING
Prevent injuries from falls:
• Make sure car seat locks onto cart.
• Avoid tip over of cart. Use caution on
turns and irregular and ramped surface.
• Never leave child unattended.
Car seat may not fit all shopping carts.
DO NOT use if it will not lock onto cart.
Deep Basket Shopping Cart:
Lower car seat into child seat area of
shopping cart and position hook to lock
over cart wire (fig. a).
(fig. a)
Press down firmly on car seat back to lock.
Shallow Basket Shopping Cart:
Lower car seat into large basket area of
shopping cart and position hook to lock
over front cross wire (fig. b).
(fig. b)
Press down firmly on car seat back to lock.
Press
To remove car seat, press in hook on back of
car seat and remove from shopping cart (fig. c).
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(fig. c)
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
❃ Care & Cleaning
Seat Pad:
Machine-wash separately on gentle cycle and
machine-dry on cool air setting or line dry.
WARNING
Prevent serious injury or death:
• Buckle must be properly latched.
• Periodically inspect and clean buckle
to remove objects or debris that could
prevent latching.
Harness Straps:
Surface wash only with mild soap and damp
cloth.
If harness straps are frayed or heavily soiled,
they MUST be replaced.
Shell:
Wipe with mild solution of soap and water.
Avoid wetting labels.
Never use “household detergents”: they can
weaken plastic.
Buckle:
Rinse buckle with warm water. DO NOT use
household detergents. Never lubricate
buckle.
❃ Aircraft Use
This car seat is certified for use on aircraft (see
label on car seat). Contact airline about their
policy.
Use this car seat only on forward-facing aircraft
seats.
Install car seat on an aircraft the same way it is
installed in a vehicle.
❃ Second Hand Car Seat
Century advises against loaning or passing
along car seat.
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behind these tabs.
If a part is damaged,
missing, or you need help
or replacement parts,
DO NOT return car seat
to the store.
CALL US FIRST
Call toll-free 1-800-837-4044 or
330-963-2800
8:00 AM to 6:00 PM E.S.T.
Monday through Friday.
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Behind Instruction
Manual (fig. a).
(Location may vary
slightly.)
or write us at:
Century Products
9600 Valley View Road
Macedonia, Ohio 44056-2096
(fig. a)
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