Britax Child Safety Traveller Plus User guide

Traveller Plus® EL
User Guide
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Table of Contents
Safety Information
Warnings................................................................................................................2
Important Notes ....................................................................................................4
Certification............................................................................................................5
Registration............................................................................................................5
Important Harness Adjustments...........................................................................6
Child Seat Features..............................................................................................8
Vehicle Compatability..........................................................................................10
Installation for Children 22-40 lbs......................................................................12
LATCH – Long Route.............................................................................................12
Lap-Shoulder Belt – Long Route..........................................................................15
Lap Belt – Long Route...........................................................................................17
Installation for Children 40-105 lbs....................................................................19
LATCH – Short Route............................................................................................19
Lap-Shoulder Belt – Short Route..........................................................................22
Lap Belt – Short Route..........................................................................................24
Using the Versa-Tether®.......................................................................................26
Using Child Seat Features...................................................................................28
Using the Recline Bar............................................................................................28
Using the Chest Clip ............................................................................................29
Using the Buckle ..................................................................................................29
Seat Extension.......................................................................................................30
Pad Inserts.............................................................................................................30
Head Pad...............................................................................................................31
Pommel..................................................................................................................31
Securing Your Child.............................................................................................32
Adjusting the Harness...........................................................................................34
Adjusting the Buckle.............................................................................................35
Extra Length Buckle..............................................................................................35
Care and Maintenance.........................................................................................36
Warranty................................................................................................................40
©2009 Britax Child Safety, Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A P327400 R2:02.09
This product and its components are subject to change without notice.
WARNING!
DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY can occur if the following are not observed:
• Use only with children who weigh between 22 and 105 pounds (10
and 47.6 kg) and whose height is 56 inches (142.2 cm) or less.
• Snugly adjust the belts provided with this child restraint around your
child.
• Secure the top anchorage strap provided with this child restraint.
• Always use the recline bar with this child restraint.
• Secure this child restraint with the vehicle's child restraint anchorage
system if available or with a vehicle belt.
• Follow all instructions on this child restraint and in the written
instructions located on lanyard, under the cover in front of the child
restraint.
• Register your child seat with the manufacturer, Britax Child Safety,
Inc. by visiting www.BritaxUSA.com/registration, OR complete and
return the registration card that was shipped with this child seat.
• Use this restraint forward facing only.
• Refer to your vehicle owner’s manual or contact the vehicle
manufacturer for the maximum weight rating for their LATCH
anchors. Use vehicle belt (not LATCH connectors) for installations
with children who weigh more than the vehicle LATCH anchor limit.
Unless specified otherwise by the vehicle manufacturer, assume a 40
pound (18.1 kg.) child is the vehicle LATCH anchor limit.
• The HUGS™ chest pads must be used at all times.
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• This child seat must not be used in the home, in boats, or other noncertified applications.
• Secure this child seat even when it is not occupied. In a crash, an
unsecured child seat may injure vehicle occupants.
• Never use the adjuster strap to lift or carry this child seat. Doing so
could cause damage to the harness adjuster and webbing. Always
carry this child seat by the shell or tether straps.
• Never route the vehicle belt over the child.
• Based on crash statistics, the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) recommends that parents select the back
seat as the safest location for a properly installed child seat. Please
study Vehicle Compatibility on pages 10 – 11 to ensure your child’s
safety and consult your vehicle owner’s manual.
• The primary protection for occupants of a vehicle in a collision is the
body of the vehicle itself; a child seat will not protect a child when
a vehicle is seriously impacted. However, correctly installed, a child
seat will substantially improve chances for survival in most crashes.
Make sure all users fully understand the correct ways to use this child
seat in a vehicle.
• When using in vehicle with air bags, refer to the vehicle owner’s
manual for child seat installation instructions and precautions.
• To prevent injury due to deterioration or hidden damage, discontinue
use of a child seat that is older than six years or has been in a
moderate or severe crash. See date of manufacture located on the
child seat.
• The use of non-Britax Child Safety, Inc. covers, inserts, toys,
accessories, or tightening devices is not approved by Britax. Their
use could cause this child seat to fail Federal Safety Standards or not
perform as intended in a crash.
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Safety Information
Safety Information
IMPORTANT NOTES
Certification
• Verify that the child seat is secure and the harness is properly
adjusted around the child each time the child seat is used.
This child seat system conforms to all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle
Safety Standards. This child seat is NOT certified for use in aircraft.
• Adjust the harness to fit the clothes the child is wearing. Remove bulky
coats and/or jackets before putting the child in the child seat.
Registration
• Cover the child seat when the vehicle is parked in direct sunlight. Parts
of the child seat could become hot enough to burn a child.
• Store the child seat in a safe place when it is not being used. Avoid
placing heavy objects on top of the child seat.
• Do not leave children alone in a vehicle, even for a short time.
• Do not, except as described in this booklet, attempt to disassemble
any part of the child seat or change the way its harness or the
vehicle’s seat belts are used.
• Do not leave loose objects, e.g. books, bags, etc., in the back of
a vehicle. In the event of a sudden stop, loose objects will keep
moving, potentially causing serious injuries.
• Do not leave folding vehicle seats unlatched. In event of a sudden
stop, a loose seat back could cause the child seat not to perform as
intended.
Child seats could be recalled for safety reasons. You must register this
child seat to be reached in a recall. Send your name, address, and
the child seat’s model number and manufacturing date to Britax Child
Safety, Inc., 13501 South Ridge Drive, Charlotte, NC 28273, or call
1-888-4BRITAX, or register online at www.BritaxUSA.com/registration.
For recall information, call the U.S. Government’s Vehicle Safety Hotline
at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.NHTSA.
gov.
The Traveller Plus EL is distributed by Snug Seat, Inc. For customer
service call 1-800-336-7684 or write: Snug Seat, Inc., PO Box 1739
Matthews, NC 28106.
Serial Number:____________________________
Batch Number:____________________________
Date of Manufacture:_______________________
• Do not allow children to play with this or any child seat.
• Do not use anything to raise the child seat off the vehicle seat except
as described in these instructions. In a crash, this could cause the
child seat not to perform as intended.
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Safety Information
Safety Information
Important Harness Adjustments
WARNING! Do NOT use the child seat if any of the
Forward-Facing
Weight 22 pounds (and 1 year) – 105 pounds (10 – 47.6 kg.)
Only use forward-facing with children:
• who are at least one year of age and
• who weigh between 22 and 105 lbs. (10 – 47.6 kg.) and
• who are 56” (142.2 cm.) or less in height and
• when the top of the child’s ears are
below the top of the child seat shell (Fig.
A) and
• when the harness straps are located in
the nearest slots at or above the child’s
shoulders.
following apply:
• the child is less than one year of age
or
• the child is less than 22 lbs. (10 kg.)
in weight or
• the child exceeds 105 lbs. (47.6 kg.)
in weight or
b
• the child exceeds 56” (142.2 cm.) in
height or
• the top of the ears are above the top of the child seat shell
(Fig. A) or
• the harness straps are in slots below the child’s shoulders
A
IMPORTANT: See Adjusting the Harness on page 32.
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Child Seat Features
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Head Pad
Cover
Harness Holder
Harness Slots
Comfort Pads
Chest Clip
HUGS™ Chest Pads
Child Seat Features
8 Buckle
9 Pommel
10 Belly Pad
11 User Guide (under cover)
12 Manufactured Date label (under
cover)
13 Harness Adjuster (under flap)
14 Harness Adjuster Strap
15 Extra Length Buckle (Only
for use above 65 lbs)
16 Head Pad Straps
17 LATCH Storage Pouch
18 Harness Straps
19 Harness Yoke
20 Recline Bar
21 LATCH Strap
22 LATCH Hooks
23 LATCH Adjuster Strap
24 LATCH Adjuster
25 Versa-Tether® Assembly
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Vehicle Compatability
Vehicle Safety Belts
NOTE: The information in this section only applies to installation with
vehicle safety belts.
IMPORTANT: Vehicle seats and safety belts differ from vehicle to vehicle.
Refer to your vehicle owner’s manual for specific information about vehicle
safety belts and their use with child seats. Some vehicles have no seating
positions which are compatible with this child seat or any other child seat. If
in doubt, contact the vehicle manufacturer for assistance.
This child seat can fit securely in most vehicles using existing vehicle
belts. However, some vehicle designs prevent a secure fit of the child
seat.
The vehicle owner’s manual will have information on the types of
vehicle belts in your vehicle. If your belt type is listed below, select
another seating position or use Lower Anchors and Tethers for
CHildren (LATCH).
Vehicle Compatability
Vehicle Seating Positions
WARNING! Forward-facing vehicle seats MUST be used with
this child seat. Side-facing or rear-facing seats CANNOT be used.
See diagram below.
WARNING!
The back seat is the safest
place for children 12 and
under.
WARNING! The following types of
vehicle belts are not compatible with this
child seat:
• Front vehicle belts with top or bottom
anchorage points in the door. (Fig. A & B)
• Motor-driven, automatic vehicle belts.
(Fig. B)
• Lap-shoulder belts that have separate
retractors for shoulder section and lap
section in which lap section retractor
does not lock.
• Non-locking, two-point Emergency
Locking Retractor (ELR) vehicle belts
without the use of a belt-shortening clip.
• Lap-shoulder ELR vehicle belts without
the use of a locking clip.
NOTE: Refer to your vehicle owner’s manual to determine the kind of
retractors used in your vehicle and how to operate them.
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Installation for Children 22-40 lbs
Installation for Children 22-40 lbs
LATCH – Long Route
• Figure A illustrates a Long Route LATCH
installation. The restraint is shipped with the
LATCH strap and hooks in the long route
configuration.
• If choosing to use LATCH verify that your
vehicle is equipped with LATCH anchors (Fig.
B). If LATCH anchors are not installed, you must
use vehicle belt installation methods.
WARNING!
• Refer to your vehicle owner’s manual or
contact the vehicle manufacturer for the
maximum weight rating for their LATCH
anchors. Use vehicle belt (not LATCH
hooks) for installations with children who
weigh more than the vehicle LATCH
anchor limit. Unless specified otherwise
by the vehicle manufacturer, assume a
40 pound (18.1 kg) child is the vehicle
LATCH anchor limit.
a
LATCH anchors
b
1 The recline bar must be used at all times with this seat. Insert
the recline bar into the holes on the rear of the child seat. Use
a rubber mallet to tap the recline bar ends into the holes. See
page 28 for details.
2 Verify the LATCH strap is routed under the child seat cover in the
long route configuration. (Fig. A)
3 If you need to re-route the LATCH strap from the short route to the
long route configuration, follow the steps below. If it is not necessary
to re-route the LATCH strap, skip to step 4.
a Uninstall the child seat if installed.
b Loosen the harness and pull the top of the child seat cover away from
the seat shell.
c Pull each LATCH hook through the closest belt slot to the front of the
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child seat shell (Fig. C).
d Press the LATCH adjuster release
button and pull the webbing to fully
extend the LATCH strap.
e Route the child’s left LATCH hook
around to the outside of the seat
shell.
f Route the child’s right LATCH
hook through child’s left belt slot
from the front to the back of the
child seat shell.
g Route the child’s right LATCH hook across the
back of the child seat shell.
h The LATCH strap must route over the harness
straps on the rear of the child seat.
i Route the child’s right LATCH hook through
the child’s right belt slot to the front of the
child seat.
j Route the child’s right LATCH hook around to
the outside of the child seat shell.
k Refit the child seat cover onto the child seat
shell. Verify the LATCH strap is routed under
the child seat cover.
c
d
4 Place the child seat sideways on the vehicle
seat with the back of the child seat facing you.
5 You must always use the Versa-Tether when e
installing this child seat. Loosen the VersaTether and place it up and over the child seat back.
6 If stored, remove the LATCH hooks from the LATCH storage
pouches on the rear of the child seat.
7 Verify that the LATCH strap is not twisted and attach the closest
LATCH hook to the vehicle seat back to the farthest LATCH anchor
(Fig. D)
• The LATCH strap must be routed on the outside of recline bar.
• The LATCH hook MUST hook over the LATCH anchor (Fig. E).
• Pull on the hook to confirm attachment.
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Installation for Children 22-40 lbs
8 Rotate the child seat into the forward-facing
position. Ensure the bottom of the child seat
shell is in full contact with the vehicle seat and
the recline bar is resting against the vehicle
seat back.
9 Verify that the LATCH strap is routed under the
child seat cover and is not twisted. Attach the
remaining LATCH hook to the adjacent LATCH
anchor. (Fig. F)
• The LATCH strap must be routed on the
outside of the recline bar.
• The LATCH hook MUST hook over the LATCH
anchor (Fig. G).
• Pull on the LATCH hook to confirm attachment
Installation for Children 22-40 lbs
Lap-Shoulder Belt – Long Route
f
10 Attach one Versa-Tether® hook to the
g
designated tether anchor for the chosen
seating position. Remove all slack from the
tether strap to secure. Ensure any excess tether strap webbing is
stored within your vehicle. See pages 26 – 27
11 Verify that all connections are secure, the LATCH strap is tight, and
the child seat is secure.
• The child seat is secure when it cannot be moved more than 1 inch
front-to-back or side-to-side at the belt path. If the child seat is not
secure, repeat this procedure or use an alternate seating position.
• Figure A illustrates a Long Route lap-shoulder
belt installation.
1 The recline bar must be used at all times with
this child seat. Insert the recline bar into the
holes on the rear of the child seat. Use a rubber
mallet to tap the recline bar ends into the holes.
See page 28 for details.
a
2 You must always use the Versa-Tether when installing this child
seat. Loosen the Versa-Tether and place it up and over the child
seat back.
3 Place the child seat in the forward-facing position on the vehicle
seat. Ensure the bottom of the child seat shell is in full contact with
the vehicle seat and the recline bar is resting against the vehicle
seat back.
4 Pull the vehicle belt out and route through the belt slot farthest from the
vehicle buckle from the front to the rear of the child seat.
• The vehicle belt must route over the child seat cover and outside
of the recline bar.
5 Route the vehicle belt across the back of the
child seat continuing through the belt slot
closest to the vehicle buckle, to the front of the
child seat shell (Fig. B).
• The vehicle belt must be routed over the
harness straps on the rear of the child seat.
6 Route the vehicle belt around to the outside of
the child seat near the vehicle buckle, routing
over the child seat cover (Fig. B).
b
• The vehicle belt must be routed on the outside of the recline bar.
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Installation for Children 22-40 lbs
Installation for Children 22-40 lbs
7 Verify that the vehicle belt is not twisted and
then buckle (Fig. C).
Lap Belt – Long Route
• The shoulder portion of the vehicle belt must be
routed over the front of the child seat (Fig. D).
8 Push the child seat firmly into the vehicle seat
while removing slack first from the lap portion
and then the shoulder portion of the vehicle
belt.
c
9 Lock the vehicle belt according
to the instructions in your vehicle
owner’s manual.
10 Attach one Versa-Tether® hook to
the designated tether anchor for the
chosen seating position. Remove
all slack from the tether strap to
secure. Ensure any excess tether
strap webbing is stored within your
vehicle. See pages 26 – 27
d
11 Verify the vehicle belt is routed over the child seat cover.
12 Verify that all connections are secure, the vehicle belt is tight, and
the child seat is secure.
• The child seat is secure when it cannot be moved more than 1 inch
front-to-back or side-to-side at the belt path. If the child seat is not
secure, repeat this procedure or use an alternate seating position.
• Figure A illustrates a Long Route lap belt
installation.
1 The recline bar must be used at all times
with this child seat. Insert the recline bar into
the holes on the rear of the child seat. Use a
rubber mallet to tap the recline bar ends into
the holes. See page 28 for details.
a
2 You must always use the Versa-Tether when installing this child
seat. Loosen the Versa-Tether and place it up and over the child
seat back.
3 Place the child seat in the forward-facing position on the vehicle
seat. Ensure the bottom of the child seat shell is in full contact with
the vehicle seat and the recline bar is resting against the vehicle
seat back.
4 Pull the vehicle belt out and route under the child
seat cover, around front of seat shell and through
the belt slot furthest from the vehicle buckle, from
the front to the rear of the child seat (Fig. B).
• The vehicle belt must be routed on the outside
of the recline bar.
b
5 Route the vehicle belt across the back of the
child seat continuing through the belt slot
closest to the vehicle buckle, from the rear to the front of the child
seat shell.
• The vehicle belt must be routed over the harness straps on the rear
of the child seat.
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Installation for Children 22-40 lbs
Installation for Children 40-105 lbs
6 Route the vehicle belt under the child seat
cover, around to the outside of the seat shell
near the vehicle buckle (Fig. C).
• The vehicle belt must be routed on the
outside of the recline bar.
7 Verify that the vehicle belt is not twisted and
then buckle (Fig. D).
c
8 Push the child seat firmly into the vehicle seat
while removing slack from the vehicle belt.
9 Lock the vehicle belt according to the
instructions in your vehicle owner’s manual.
10 Attach one Versa-Tether® hook to the designated
tether anchor for the chosen seating position.
Remove all slack from the tether strap to secure.
Ensure any excess tether strap webbing is
stored within your vehicle. See pages 26 – 27.
d
11 Verify that all connections are secure, the vehicle belt is tight, and
the child seat is secure.
• The child seat is secure when it cannot be moved more than 1 inch
front-to-back or side-to-side at the belt path. If the child seat is not
secure, repeat this procedure or use an alternate seating position.
LATCH – Short Route
• Figure A illustrates a Short Route LATCH
installation. The restraint is shipped with the
LATCH strap and hooks in the long route
configuration.
• If choosing to use LATCH, verify that your
vehicle is equipped with LATCH anchors. If
LATCH anchors are not installed, you must use
vehicle belt installation methods.
WARNING!
• Refer to your vehicle owner’s manual or
contact the vehicle manufacturer for the
maximum weight rating for their LATCH
anchors. Use vehicle belt (not LATCH
hooks) for installations with children who
weigh more than the vehicle LATCH
anchor limit. Unless specified otherwise
by the vehicle manufacturer, assume a
40 pound (18.1 kg) child is the vehicle
LATCH anchor limit.
a
LATCH anchors
b
1 The recline bar must be used at all times with this child seat. Insert
the recline bar into the holes on the rear of the child seat. Use a
rubber mallet to tap the recline bar ends into the holes. See page 28
for details.
2 Verify the LATCH strap is routed under the child seat cover and the
comfort foam in the short route configuration (Fig. A).
3 If you need to re-route the LATCH strap from the long route to the
short route configuration follow the steps below. If it is not necessary
to re-route the LATCH strap, skip to step 4.
a Uninstall the child seat.
b Loosen the harness and pull the top of the child seat cover away from
the seat shell.
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Installation for Children 40-105 lbs
Installation for Children 40-105 lbs
c Route the child’s right LATCH
hook through the child’s right
belt slot to the rear of the child
seat shell continuing through the
child’s left belt slot to the front of
child seat shell (Fig. C).
d Route the child’s left LATCH hook
through the child’s left belt slot to
the rear of the child seat.
e Route the child’s right LATCH
hook under the child seat cover,
between the comfort foam and the child seat
shell, then through the child’s right belt slot to
the rear of the child seat (Fig. D).
f Refit the child seat cover onto the child seat
shell.
c
4 Place the child seat sideways on the vehicle
seat with the back of the child seat facing you.
5 You must always use the Versa-Tether when
installing this child seat. Loosen the VersaTether and place it up and over the child seat
back.
6 If stored, remove the LATCH hooks from the
storage pouch on the rear of the child seat.
7 Verify that the LATCH strap is not twisted and
attach the closest LATCH hook to the vehicle
seat back to the farthest LATCH anchor (Fig. E)
• The LATCH strap must be routed inside the
recline bar. See page 28.
• The LATCH hook must hook over the LATCH
anchor (Fig. F).
• Pull on the LATCH hook to confirm attachment.
d
e
8 Rotate the child seat into the forward-facing
position. Ensure the bottom of the child seat
shell is in full contact with the vehicle seat and
the recline bar is resting against the vehicle
seat back.
9 Verify that the LATCH strap is routed under the
child seat cover and comfort foam and is not
g
twisted. Attach the remaining LATCH connector
to the adjacent LATCH anchor. (Fig. G)
• The LATCH strap must be routed inside the
recline bar. See page 28.
• The LATCH hook must hook over the LATCH
anchor (Fig. H).
• Pull on the LATCH hook to confirm attachment.
10 Reach through the belt slots to access the loop
h
end of the LATCH connector strap (Fig. I).
11 Pull the LATCH strap loop while pushing the
child seat firmly into the vehicle seat to tighten
the LATCH strap.
12 Attach each Versa-Tether® hook to separate
vehicle designated tether anchors. Remove
all slack from the tether to secure. Store any
excess tether strap webbing within your vehicle.
i
See pages 26 – 27.
13 Verify that all connections are secure, the
LATCH strap is tight, and the child seat is secure.
• The child seat is secure when it cannot be moved more than 1 inch
front-to-back or side-to-side at the belt path. If the child seat is not
secure, repeat this procedure or use an alternate seating position.
f
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Installation for Children 40-105 lbs
Installation for Children 40-105 lbs
Lap-Shoulder Belt – Short Route
• Figure A illustrates a Short Route lap-shoulder
belt installation.
1 The recline bar must be used at all times
with this child seat. Insert the recline bar into
the holes on the rear of the child seat. Use a
rubber mallet to tap the recline bar ends into
the holes. See page 28 for details.
A
2 You must always use the Versa-Tether when installing this child
seat. Loosen the Versa-Tether and place it up and over the child
seat back.
3 Place the child seat in the forward-facing position on the vehicle
seat. Ensure the bottom of the child seat shell is in full contact with
the vehicle seat and the recline bar is resting against the vehicle
seat back.
4 Pull the vehicle belt out and route through the
belt slot furthest from the vehicle buckle, from
the rear to the front of the child seat (Fig. B).
• The vehicle belt must be routed on the
outside of the recline bar.
b
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5 Route the vehicle belt under the child seat
cover, between the comfort foam and the child
seat shell, and through the belt slot closest to
the vehicle buckle from front to rear of the child
seat (Fig. C).
• The vehicle belt must be routed on the
outside of the recline bar.
c
6 Verify that the vehicle belt is not twisted and
then buckle (Fig D).
7 Push the child seat firmly into the vehicle seat
while removing slack first from the lap portion
and then the shoulder portion of the vehicle
belt.
8 Lock the vehicle belt according to the
instructions in your vehicle owner’s manual.
d
9 Attach each Versa-Tether® hook to separate
vehicle designated tether anchors. Remove
all slack from the tether to secure. Store any excess tether strap
webbing within your vehicle. See pages 26 – 27.
10 Verify that all connections are secure, the vehicle belt is tight, and
the child seat is secure.
• The child seat is secure when it cannot be moved more than 1 inch
front-to-back or side-to-side at the belt path. If the child seat is not
secure, repeat this procedure or use an alternate seating position.
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Installation for Children 40-105 lbs
Installation for Children 40-105 lbs
Lap Belt – Short Route
• Figure A illustrates a Short Route lap belt
installation.
1 The recline bar must be used at all times
with this child seat. Insert the recline bar into
the holes on the rear of the child seat. Use a
rubber mallet to tap the recline bar ends into
the holes. See page 28 for details.
a
2 You must always use the Versa-Tether when installing this child
seat. Loosen the Versa-Tether and place it up and over the child
seat back.
3 Place the child seat in the forward-facing position on the vehicle
seat. Ensure the bottom of the child seat shell is in full contact with
the vehicle seat and the recline bar is resting against the vehicle
seat back.
4 Pull the vehicle belt out and route through the
belt slot furthest from the vehicle buckle, from
the rear to the front of the child seat (Fig. B).
• Vehicle belt must route on the inside of the
recline bar.
b
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5 Route the vehicle belt under the child seat
cover, between comfort foam and the child seat
shell, then through the belt slot closest to the
vehicle buckle from front to rear of the child
seat (Fig. C).
• Vehicle belt must route on the inside of the
recline bar.
c
6 Verify that the vehicle belt is not twisted and
then buckle (Fig. D).
7 Push the child seat firmly into the vehicle seat
while removing slack from the vehicle belt.
8 Lock the vehicle belt according to the
instructions in your vehicle owner’s manual.
9 Attach each Versa-Tether® hook to separate
vehicle designated tether anchors. Remove
d
all slack from the tether to secure. Store
any excess tether strap webbing within your
vehicle. See pages 26 – 27.
10 Verify that all connections are secure, the vehicle belt is tight, and
the child seat is secure.
• The child seat is secure when it cannot be moved more than 1 inch
front-to-back or side-to-side at the belt path. If the child seat is not
secure, repeat this procedure or use an alternate seating position.
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Using the Versa-Tether
WARNING!
• Always use the Versa-Tether. Using the tether will improve the
stability of your child seat and reduce the risk of injury.
• Attach the Versa-Tether only to tether anchors designated by
your vehicle manufacturer as tether anchorage points. Use of
other locations is not approved or permitted.
• Do NOT modify the vehicle without advice from the vehicle
manufacturer if a tether anchor is not available.
• Do NOT hook the Versa-Tether to the bottom of a vehicle seat
adjuster.
IMPORTANT: If your vehicle does not currently have a tether anchor
attachment, refer to your vehicle owner’s manual or contact your vehicle
man­u­fac­tur­er for assistance.
Using the Versa-Tether
1 Consult your vehicle owner’s manual for approved tether anchorage
locations.
2 Locate the tether on the back of the child seat. Place the tether
components up and over the child seat back.
3 Install the child seat using the LATCH system or the vehicle seat
belts according to the instructions in this manual.
4 Lift the tether adjuster tab to release the tether straps, then pull to
fully extend the tether into a “V” shape.
5 Locate the hooks on the strap.
6 Attach the tether hooks to tether
anchor(s) in vehicle (Fig. A).
* For occupants less than 40 lbs
(18.1 kg): attach one tether hook to
the designated tether anchor for the
chosen seating position.
* For occupants more than 40 lbs
(18.1 kg): attach BOTH tether hooks
to separate vehicle designated
tether anchors (Fig. A).
OR
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WARNING! Never attach more than one tether hook to a
single tether anchor.
7 Pull the tether adjuster belt to remove all slack and ensure any
excess tether strap webbing is stored within your vehicle.
8 Verify that there is no slack in the tether strap and that the child seat
is properly secured.
• The child seat is secure when it cannot be moved front-to-back or
side-to-side more than 1 inch (2.5 cm) at the belt path.
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Using Child Seat Features
Using Child Seat Features
Using the Recline Bar
Using the Chest Clip
Open the chest clip by squeezing the middle tabs
(Fig. A), while pulling the two pieces apart (Fig. B).
IMPORTANT: The correct height for the chest clip
is at the middle of the chest, level with the armpit.
WARNING! The recline bar must be
installed before using this child seat.
1 Insert the recline bar into the holes in lower
rear of child seat prior to installation in vehicle
(Fig. A).
2 Use a rubber mallet to tap the recline bar ends
into holes (Fig. A).
• Do not strike the center of the recline bar near
the label as this may bend the recline bar.
3 Ensure that the bottom of the child seat shell
is in full contact with the vehicle seat and the
recline bar is resting against the vehicle seat
back (Fig. B).
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Fastening the Buckle
1 Hold the buckle with one hand.
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2 Use your other hand to insert one tongue at
a time into the buckle. Proper connection is
confirmed with an audible click after inserting
the second buckle tongue (Fig. C).
Releasing the Buckle
1 Hold the buckle with one hand.
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2 Use thumb to press release button to eject the
tongues from buckle (Fig. D).
Belt Routing with the Recline Bar
The recline bar is provided to improve stability of
the child seat. Proper installation is key to ensuring
the best performance of the child seat.
Using the Buckle
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NOTE: Periodically clean the buckle to ensure
proper operation. See page 39.
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Long Route Installation
When using the long route installation, the LATCH
strap or vehicle belt strap must pass outside of the
recline bar. (Fig. C)
Short Route Installation
When using the short route installation, the LATCH
strap or vehicle belt strap must pass through the
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inside of the recline bar. (Fig. D)
EXCEPTION: When using the lap-shoulder belt
however, the strap must pass on the outside of the recline bar.
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Using Child Seat Features
Seat Extension
The seat extension is intended to provide extra
leg support for taller children. Use the seat
extension when a child’s legs have grown too
long to allow a comfortable seating position in
the child seat alone.
Attaching the Seat Extension
Pull the cover back from the bottom of the child
seat. Insert the seat extension into the holes in
front of the child seat prior to installation in the
vehicle (Fig. A). Replace the cover.
Pad Inserts (Optional)
The pad inserts (Fig. B) are designed to be
adjusted to offer the child more or less support
as needed.
The two flat pads are intended for use under the
cover on the sides of the child seat. The four
foam cylinders are intended for use under the
cover and are secured by elastic loops.
Using Child Seat Features
Seat
Extention
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Flat Pads
Cylinder Pads
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Head Pad (Optional)
The head pad should be used to provide
additional padding and support for the child’s
head.
Attaching the Head Pad
Route the straps through the top slots, then
over the top of the child seat (Fig. C). Fasten the
head pad straps using the snap buttons.
Adjusting the Head Pad
To adjust the height of the head pad, slide it up
or down as needed (Fig. D).
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Pommel (Optional)
The pommel (Fig. E) is intended for extra
comfort with older children. While the pommel is
optional, the belly pad should always be used.
Removing the Pommel
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To remove, slide the belly pad and pommel off
of the buckle. Replace the belly pad.
Pommel
Installing the Pommel
To install, slide the belly pad off the buckle to
remove. Slide the pommel, and then the belly
pad onto the buckle.
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Securing Your Child
Once the child seat has been installed in the
vehicle, follow these instructions to secure your
child in the child seat.
IMPORTANT: Before securing your child in the
child seat, always check the adjuster area for
debris (e.g., food, coins, toys, etc.). If debris is
present, it must be removed to prevent interference
with the adjuster mechanism.
1 Loosen the harness by lifting the adjuster lever
located in front of the child seat, then pull the
shoulder straps forward (Fig. A).
2 Open the chest clip by squeezing the middle
tabs, while pulling the two pieces apart (Fig. B).
3 Unfasten the buckle by pressing down on the
middle button.
4 Move the harness straps to the side of the
child seat. To aid in holding the straps, insert
the pieces of the chest clip into the harness
retainers on the cover.
5 Place the child in the child seat.
6 Position the harness straps around the child
and fasten the child seat buckle (Fig. C).
Proper connection is confirmed with a positive
click after inserting the second buckle tongue.
7 Gently pull up on the harness straps to tighten
the lap section of the harness, which should fit
low on your child’s body.
8 Fasten the chest clip by connecting the two
halves together (Fig. D).
Securing Your Child
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9 Slowly pull the adjuster strap to tighten the
harness around the child (Fig. E).
• The correct height for the chest clip is at the
middle of the chest, level with the child’s armpit
(Fig. F).
• The HUGS pads may be placed in any position
that is comfortable for the child, within the
range of the correctly placed chest clip.
10 Verify that harness is not twisted and child is
properly secured.
See Safety Information on pages 6 – 7.
WARNING! HUGS™ chest pads must
be used at all times.
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IMPORTANT:
• Always pull on the harness after securing the child to ensure the
buckle tongues are secure in the harness buckle. If the buckle
will not fasten with an audible click after insertion of each buckle
tongue, the harness buckle or adjuster area may be clogged
with debris that needs to be removed. See page 39 for cleaning
instructions.
• Adjust the belts provided with the child seat so they fit snugly
around your child. A snug strap should not allow any slack. It lies
in a relatively straight line without sagging. It does not press on the
child’s flesh or push the child’s body into an unnatural position.
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Securing Your Child
Securing Your Child
Adjusting the Harness
Adjusting the Buckle
1 Loosen the harness by lifting the harness
release lever while pulling the shoulder straps
forward as far as possible (Fig. A).
2 From the rear of the child seat, unhook the
shoulder harness straps from the yoke (Fig. B).
3 Pull the harness straps through the shell, foam and
cover to the front of the child seat.
4 Thread the harness straps through the
appropriate harness slots in the cover, foam and
seat shell. (Fig. C).
The buckle has two positions and should be
adjusted to fit your child.
WARNING! HUGS™ chest pads must
be used at all times.
5 Reattach the harness straps to the harness yoke.
6 Pull harness adjuster strap to tighten the
harness.
7 Verify that all straps are threaded at the same
height and are not twisted.
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IMPORTANT: Select the slot closest to, but not
under, the child (Fig. D).
See page 38 for buckle removal and rethreading
instructions.
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Extra Length Buckle
b
There are two buckles available for use with this child seat. If your child
requires more length in the buckle strap to comfortably ride in the child
seat, uninstall the buckle and rethread the alternate buckle included
with the child seat in the appropriate position.
WARNING! Do not use the longer buckle until the child
reaches 65 lbs (29.5 kg).
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Care and Maintenance
Cover Removal
WARNING! Do not take apart the harness. Never remove
the buckle tongues from the harness. They cannot be reattached
after removal. If reassembled incorrectly, the child seat may not
perform as intended.
1 Loosen the harness by lifting the harness
adjuster lever while pulling the shoulder straps
forward as far as possible.
2 Unhook the shoulder straps from the harness
yoke on the rear of the child seat (Fig. A).
3 Pull the upper harness straps through the shell
and cover to the front of the child seat.
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4 Remove the buckle and belly pad. See page
38.
5 Gently remove the upper portion of the cover. Be careful not to
damage the energy-absorbing foam.
6 Pull the lower harness straps, buckle tongues, HUGS™ chest pads,
and chest clip through the lower slots in cover.
7 Remove the entire cover from the child seat.
Refitting the Cover
To refit the cover, reverse the above directions. Make sure that the
shoulder straps are not twisted, and are threaded properly through the
chest clips, cover, foam, and shell.
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Care and Maintenance
Cleaning the Cover
• HAND WASH using cold water and mild soap.
• LINE or LIE-FLAT DRY to prevent the cover from shrinking.
• DO NOT bleach, machine wash, machine dry or iron.
Cleaning the Shell
• SPONGE CLEAN using warm water and mild soap.
• TOWEL DRY
• DO NOT use solvents, abrasive cleaners or disassemble the harness.
Cleaning the Harness
• SPONGE CLEAN using warm water and mild soap.
• TOWEL DRY
• DO NOT bleach, iron, machine wash, machine dry or disassemble
the harness.
Cleaning the Harness Adjuster
Periodically check the adjuster area to be sure it is clean and free of
food, drink or other debris. If debris is present, it must be removed to
prevent interference with the adjuster mechanism.
• BRUSH AWAY LOOSE DEBRIS using a soft-bristled brush.
• SPONGE CLEAN using warm water and a mild soap.
• TOWEL DRY
• DO NOT use solvents, abrasive cleaners or disassemble the harness.
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Care and Maintenance
Buckle Removal
1 Locate the metal buckle strap
retainer on the bottom of the child
seat.
2 Pull retainer away from child seat to
loosen.
3 Turn the retainer so that the short
side will go through the slot in the
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child seat shell (Fig. A).
4 Push the retainer through slots in
the shell and cover, to the front of the child seat.
NOTE: Pull the belly pad over the metal buckle retainer to remove.
Rethreading the Buckle
1 Locate the necessary buckle slot.
2 Turn the buckle retainer so that the short side will fit through the slot
in the cover and child seat shell (Fig. A).
3 Push the retainer through the slots in the cover and shell to the
bottom of the child seat.
4 Pull buckle away from the child seat until tight, then verify that the
strap is not twisted and the release button is facing out.
5 Verify that the buckle retainer lies flat against the the child seat shell.
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Care and Maintenance
Cleaning the Buckle
If your child eats and drinks while in the child seat,
you may need to check the buckle periodically and
wash out any accumulated debris or dried liquids.
• THOROUGHLY RINSE, using warm water (Fig. B).
• SOAK, overnight if possible, using warm water to
loosen hardened drinks or food.
• TEST THE BUCKLE, by fastening and
unfastening until a positive click is heard after
inserting the second buckle tongue (Fig. C). If
click is not heard, repeat cleaning procedure.
• TOWEL DRY
DO NOT: Lubricate, use solvents, use soap or
household detergents.
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Warranty
Notes
This restraint was distributed by SnugSeat®. SnugSeat warrants this product to the
original purchaser as follows:
LIMITED ONE-YEAR WARRANTY
This product is warranted against defective materials or work­man­ship for one year from
the date of original purchase. Proof of purchase is required. Your exclusive remedy
for this warranty is that SnugSeat will, at its option, provide repair or replacement
components for this product or refund the original purchase price of the product.
SnugSeat reserves the right to discontinue or change fabrics, parts, models or products,
or to make substitutions.
To make a claim under this warranty, you must contact SnugSeat at 1-800-336-7684 or
write to us using the address on the back cover of this booklet. Proof of purchase is
required.
PLEASE COMPLETE AND MAIL THE OWNER REGISTRATION CARD WITHIN (30)
DAYS OF PURCHASE OR VISIT WWW.BRITAXUSA.COM/REGISTRATION.
WARRANTY LIMITATIONS
This warranty does not include damages which arise from negligence, misuse or use not
in accordance with the product instruction.
The use of non-Britax Child Safety, Inc. covers, inserts, toys, accessories, or tightening
devices is not approved by Britax. Their use could cause this child seat to fail Federal
Safety Standards or not perform as intended in a crash. Their use automatically voids the
Britax warranty.
LIMITATION OF DAMAGES
The warranty and remedies as set forth above are exclusive and in lieu of all others, oral or
written, express or implied. In no event will SnugSeat, or the retailer selling this product,
be liable to you for any damages, including incidental or consequential damages, arising
out of the use or inability to use this product.
LIMITATIONS OF WARRANTIES AND OTHER WARRANTY TERMS AND STATE
LAWS
Any implied warranties, including implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for
a particular purpose, shall be limited to the duration and terms of the express written
warranty. Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts
or the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above
lim­i­ta­tions may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you
may have other rights, which vary from state to state. Neither SnugSeat, nor the retailer
selling this product, authorizes any person to create for it any other warranty, obligation, or
liability in connection with this product.
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Notes
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Notes
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IMPORTANT:
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Double Check every time you use
this car seat.
Double Check Car Seat-to-Vehicle Installation:
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Check that the LATCH or vehicle seat belts connections to the
vehicle are tight and locked.
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Verify the car seat cannot be moved front-to-back or side-to-side more
than one inch at the belt path.
Double Check Child-to-Car Seat Installation:
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Tug on the buckle to ensure a proper connection.

Confirm harness straps are snug and over both shoulders and hips.
You should not be able to pinch excess harness strap webbing at
the child’s shoulder.
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Make sure the chest clip is properly fastened and positioned in the
middle of the child’s chest at armpit level.