Toddler Car Seat
This product meets or exceeds FMVSS213
Before You Begin
Terms You Need to Know
Your Child’s Safety Depends on You
Product Information and Expiration Date
Registering Your Car Seat and Recall Information
Usage Recommendations Important Warnings
Weight and Height Recommendations for Your Child Choosing a Vehicle Seating Location
Choosing an Installation Method
Overview
Installing with the LATCH Anchorage System
Installing with Vehicle Seat Belt
Need Help Securing Your Car Seat?
Installing the Car Seat Rear-facing 4
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Choosing Installation Options
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Installing the Car Seat on the Car Seat Base Overview38
Docking the Car Seat on the Car Seat Base 39
Rotating and Removing the Car Seat from the Car Seat Base
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Installing the Car Seat without the Car Seat Base
Overview
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Attaching the Side Impact Braces to the Seat, Rear-facing
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Removing the Side Impact Braces 50
Installing the Car Seat: With LATCH 51
Un-installing the Car Seat: With LATCH
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Un-installing the Car Seat: With Vehicle Seat Belt
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Installing the Car Seat Forward-facing
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Choosing Installation Options
Installing the Car Seat
Overview
Attaching the Side Impact Braces to the Seat, Forward-facing
Removing the Side Impact Braces Installing the Car Seat: With LATCH Un-installing the Car Seat: With LATCH
Installing the Car Seat Base: With Vehicle Seat Belt
Un-installing the Car Seat: With Vehicle Seat Belt
Installing the Top Tether
Un-installing the Top Tether
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Securing Your Child
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Sizing the Restraint Harness to Your Child
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Adjusting the Headrest98
Securing Your Child with the Restraint Harness
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Using and Traveling with Your Car Seat
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Terms You Need to Know: Stroller
Using the Car Seat on the Stroller
Terms You Need to Know: Rocker
Using the Car Seat on the Rocker Using the Car Seat on an Aircraft
Using the Sunshade (sold separately)
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Maintaining Your Car Seat
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Removing the Upholstery Cleaning the Upholstery
Re-installing the Upholstery
Other Cleaning Instructions
Limited Customer Warranty (United States)
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Before You Begin
Terms You Need to Know
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Sunshade Slot
Adjustable Headrest
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Restraint Harness
Car Seat Shell
Welcome to the Orbit Baby family!
Congratulations on the purchase of your Orbit Baby Toddler Car Seat.
Please take the time to read through this instruction manual carefully and
make sure anyone else using the Orbit Baby Toddler Car Seat reads it
carefully as well.
Side Impact Braces™
(Installed Rear-facing in Photo)
Before You Begin
Before You Begin
Terms You Need to Know
Your Child’s Safety Depends on You
Product Information and Expiration Date
Registering Your Car Seat and Recall Information
Brace Locking Knob
Brace Indicator
This child restraint system conforms to all applicable Federal Motor
Vehicle Safety Standards. This Restraint is Certified For Use in
Motor Vehicles and Aircraft.
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Not all photos in this manual include the most up-to-date product specifications.
Front Access Panel
Note: The restraint harness is made up of the shoulder straps, crotch belt and adjuster strap.
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Terms You Need to Know
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Before You Begin
Top Tether
Rear Access
Panel
Carry Handles
Release Levers
LATCH Connectors
Forward-facing
Lock-off Clamp
LATCH storage pockets
Car Seat Base
(Not Included)
Adjustable Headrest
Shoulder Pads
Chest Clip
Upper Upholstery Panel
(Under Headrest, denoted by
Red Dot)
Crotch Buckle
Before You Begin
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Crotch Pad
Lower Upholstery Panel
(Denoted by Blue Dot)
Adjuster Strap Lock
(Under Lower Upholstery Panel)
Adjuster Strap
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Your Child’s Safety Depends on You
No child restraint system can guarantee protection from injury in every
situation. However, proper use of the Orbit Baby Toddler Car Seat reduces the
risk of serious injury or death to your child. Your child’s safety depends on
you installing and using this child restraint system correctly every time. This
instruction manual guides you in detail through the following steps:
Before You Begin
Important Steps You Must Follow:
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1. Register your Toddler Car Seat with Orbit Baby and take note of the
expiration date. For your records, enter the serial number and date of
manfacture on page 10. Orbit Baby will help you keep track of safety
updates and product recalls when you register with us.
2. Select a seating location in your car. An important overview of vehicle
seating locations is in the Usage Recommendations section. There, you can
find information about air bags and different types of vehicle seat belts.
3. Securely install Toddler Car Seat. There are three ways to install the car
seat:
1. Rear-facing with the Orbit Baby car seat base following the instructions
in your Infant Car Seat and Car Seat Base manual and the Installing the Car
Seat on the Car Seat Base section of this manual.
2. Rear-facing with the Side Impact Braces (without the Orbit Baby car
seat base) following the instructions in the Installing the Car Seat without the
Car Seat Base section in the blue portion of this manual.
3. Forward-facing with the Side Impact Braces (without the Orbit Baby car
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seat base) following the instructions in the Installing the Car Seat section in
the red portion of this manual.
The best choice for your child’s safety depends on your child’s weight and
height: review the Usage Recommendations section of this manual.
Note: According to accident statistics, children have less chance of
injury when properly restrained in rear vehicle seats. In addition, safety
technicians and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend keeping
children rear-facing for as long as possible and at least until your child is
age 2. The switch to forward-facing will depend on your child’s age and size.
4. Secure your child. The sections in Securing Your Child provide you with
instructions to secure and adjust the restraint harness to the proper fit for
your child.
Before You Begin
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5. Maintenance and cleaning. The last section provides you with instructions
to clean the Toddler Car Seat. This section also explains the limited
customer warranty.
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Product Information and
Expiration Date
Storing your instruction manual:
Store this instruction manual in the pocket of the
rear access panel on the back of the car seat for
future use (Photo A).
Before You Begin
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Product information and expiration date
for your car seat:
The product information label is located behind
the rear access panel on the car seat (Photo B).
DO NOT use the car seat after the expiration
date, which can be found on the product
information label.
The product information label also shows its
specific serial number and date manufactured.
For your convenience and future reference, you
can copy this information into the boxes below.
G3 Toddler Car Seat - Model Number ORB837000
Serial Number
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Manufacture Date
Expiration Date
Registering Your Car Seat and Recall Information
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Child restraints could be recalled for safety reasons. You must register this
restraint to be reached in a recall. Send your name, address, email address
if available (optional), and the restraint’s model and serial number and date
manufactured to Orbit Baby at the address below or call the number below or
register online at the address below.
For customers in the United States:
log onto:
www.orbitbaby.com/register
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or mail:
Orbit Baby, Inc, 8445 Central Ave., Newark, CA 94560 USA
or call:
1-877-672-2229
or e-mail:
support@orbitbaby.com
For recall information in the United States:
• Call Orbit Baby Customer Service at 1-877-672-2229 or write to
support@orbitbaby.com.
• Call the U.S. Government’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236
1-800-424-9153).
• Visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website at
www.NHTSA.gov.
(TTY:
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Usage Recommendations
Important Warnings
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⚠WARNING⚠
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Important Warnings
Weight and Height Recommendations for Your Child Choosing a Vehicle Seating Location
Choosing an Installation Method
Overview
Installing with the LATCH Anchorage System
Installing with Vehicle Seat Belt
Need Help Securing Your Car Seat?
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FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS AND THE
PRODUCT LABELS CAN RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR
DEATH TO YOUR CHILD.
To avoid serious injury or death, proper use is required. DO
NOT let others install or use the car seat or car seat base
without reading all the instructions first.
Keep this instruction manual for future use. Store it inside the rear access
panel of the car seat. If the instruction manual is missing, visit www.orbitbaby.
com/support to download a copy. U.S. customers can email support@
orbitbaby.com or call 1-877-ORB-BABY (1-877-672-2229) for a replacement.
Usage Recommendations
Usage Recommendations
Death or Serious Injury Can Occur
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Important Warnings cont’d
Usage Recommendations
⚠WARNING⚠
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⚠WARNING⚠
Death or Serious Injury Can Occur
Death or Serious Injury Can Occur
If using the car seat base, securely install it in the vehicle either
with the vehicle’s LATCH anchorage system or the vehicle
seat belt, and then lock the car seat onto the car seat base,
as shown in this manual. If installing the car seat without the
car seat base, secure the car seat using the vehicle’s LATCH
anchorage system or the vehicle seat belt, as shown in this
manual. Always check the security of your car seat installation
by pulling side to side, and front to back on the car seat base belt
guides or the car seat near the belt path in use. The car seat base
or car seat should not move more than 1 in (2.5 cm) in any direction.
Use the car seat only with children who weigh between 15-65
lbs (7-30 kg), whose ears are not visible above the top of the
restraint, and who can be properly secured in the restraint
harness. Ensure the restraint harness is properly sized and can be
snugly adjusted to your child.
If not properly secured, your child can be injured in a vehicle
even if you are not in a crash. Sudden braking and sharp turns
can injure your child if the car seat or car seat base are not properly
installed or if your child is not properly secured in the car seat.
Car seat and car seat base must be secured at all times, even
when not occupied. The car seat and car seat base must be firmly
secured to the vehicle by means of a LATCH or vehicle seat belt, as
applicable for the type of system and the seating location in which
the system is to be installed. Unsecured items can cause injury in a
sharp turn, sudden stop, or crash.
To prevent ejection or breathing difficulties, proper recline
is required. When installing the car seat on the car seat base,
check the level of the car seat base, as shown in the car seat base
manual. When installing the car seat without the car seat base,
check the level of the car seat, as shown in this manual.
Never leave your child unattended in the car seat.
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SUFFOCATION HAZARD: The car seat can roll over on soft
surfaces and suffocate child. NEVER place the car seat on beds,
sofas or other soft surfaces.
PROPERLY SECURE THE RESTRAINT HARNESS. Child MUST
be secured properly by the restraint harness at all times, whenever
the car seat is used in a vehicle or outside of a vehicle.
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Important Warnings cont’d
⚠WARNING⚠
Usage Recommendations
Death or Serious Injury Can Occur
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STRANGULATION HAZARD: Children have STRANGLED in loose
or partially buckled harness straps. Fully restrain the child even
when carrier is used outside the vehicle. Never leave a child in the
car seat with straps loose or undone.
FALL HAZARD: Only use the car seat secured to a SmartHub or
with the Side Impact Braces. The car seat is not a stand-alone
product. The car seat is not stable unless docked into a SmartHub
or with the Side Impact Braces attached.
FALL HAZARD: Child’s movement can slide the car seat. NEVER
place the car seat near edges of counter tops, tables, or other
elevated surfaces.
Do not modify your car seat or car seat base. Only use
products and accessories approved by Orbit Baby to ensure the
safety of your child. Follow the accompanying instruction manuals
for these products and accessories carefully. Contact Orbit Baby
for replacement parts.
Do not allow any re-use of the car seat or car seat base after
a motor vehicle collision of any kind. A collision can cause
damage to the child restraint that you cannot see. Contact Orbit
Baby regarding the After-Impact Exchange Program.
Do not use the car seat if any component is damaged, broken,
or missing parts.
Do not use this car seat in a shopping cart.
Weight and Height Recommendations for Your Child
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Use this car seat only with children who meet ALL the following requirements:
þ WEIGHT þ HEIGHT þ HARNESS between 15-65 lbs (7-30 kgs), and
such that the child’s ears are not visible above the top of the headrest when they are seated in the car seat, and
that can be snugly adjusted around your child.
Discontinue use of the car seat when your
child grows beyond either the height or
weight requirements listed above.
Please refer to the Securing Your
Child section of this manual for more
information about how your child should
fit in the car seat.
YES
Usage Recommendations
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NO
In this manual and on your Toddler Car Seat, rear-facing instructions and labeling are
denoted in blue, while forward-facing instructions and labeling are in red.
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Weight and Height Recommendations for Your Child cont’d
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Only use the Orbit Baby Toddler Car Seat according to the following usage
recommendations:
NOTE: Safety technicians and the American Academy of Pediatrics
recommend keeping your child in a rear-facing position for as long as
possible and at least until your child is age 2.
Rear-facing 15-35 lbs (7-16 kg)
Keep children rear-facing as long as possible.
þ Only use the three lowest sets of
harness slots for rear-facing installations.
þ Harness slots must be below the child’s shoulders.
Forward-facing 25-65 lbs (11-30 kg)
Usage Recommendations
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NO
YES
Rear-facing Installation Modes: When used rear-facing, the Toddler Car Seat
can be docked on the Orbit Baby car seat base or installed by itself with the
addition of the included Side Impact Braces.
Car Seat Base Installation
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þ
Orbit Baby
car seat base
(not included)
Side Impact Brace Installation
Side Impact
Braces
(included)
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Ears are not visible above the top of
the restraint.
Only use the three higher sets
of harness slots for forward-facing installations.
Harness slots must be above the child’s shoulders.
YES
NO
Forward-facing Installation: In the forward-facing orientation, the Toddler Car
Seat can only be used with the included Side Impact Braces. It is not possible
to dock the Toddler Car Seat into the Orbit Baby car seat base forward-facing.
Usage Recommendations
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Side Impact Brace Installation
Side Impact
Braces
(included)
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Choosing a Vehicle Seating Location
Weight and Height Recommendations for Your Child cont’d
You will notice an overlap of the rear- and forward-facing weight ranges. This is so
that you have flexibility to make the transition when your child is ready.
Usage Recommendations
Safety technicians and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend
keeping children in a rear-facing position for as long as possible and at least
until your child is age 2, provided they still meet the requirements above.
Important Notice: The G3 Toddler Car Seat is not approved for use with the
generation-one base. You can only use your car seat base with your G3 Toddler
Car Seat if it has the G2 or G3 logos shown below. All Car Seat Base G2s and
G3s are updated and compatible with G3 Toddler Car Seat.
G3 Car Seat Base
Car Seat Base G2
G3 or G2
Logo
APPROVED
for G3 Toddler Car Seat Use
Generation-one
(Orbit Baby logo
only)
NOT APPROVED
For Toddler Car Seat G2 or
Generation-one use only
Generation-one Base
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⚠WARNING⚠
Death or Serious Injury Can Occur
Do not place this car seat in a vehicle seating location with a
front air bag.
Improper placement of the car seat in a vehicle will increase
the risk of serious injury or death.
• Some seating positions in your vehicle may not be safe for this child restraint, especially those with side airbags. Check your
vehicle owner’s manual.
• Some vehicles do not have any seating positions where a car seat can be installed securely.
WARNING⚠
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Death or Serious Injury Can Occur
DO NOT place rear-facing child seat on front
seat with air bag. DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY
can occur. The back seat is the safest place for
children 12 and under.
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Choosing a Vehicle Seating Location cont’d
Usage Recommendations
The Orbit Baby G3 Toddler Car Seat is certified for use with or without the
Orbit Baby Car Seat Base G2 or G3 Car Seat Base.
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Installing the car seat rear-facing WITH the car seat base
AND YOUR CHILD WEIGHS UP TO 25 lbs (11 kg):
If you are installing the car seat with the car seat base, first
install the base, and then lock the car seat on the base. You
should choose a seating location in your vehicle with either:
1. a lower anchorage system, if your vehicle is equipped
with the LATCH system. LATCH is a term used in the
United States and stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers
for Children.
2. a vehicle seat belt. If your vehicle does not have LATCH,
you must install the car seat base in a seating location in
your vehicle that has an acceptable vehicle seat belt.
Installing the car seat rear-facing WITH the car seat base
AND YOUR CHILD WEIGHS MORE THAN 25 lbs (11 kg):
If you are installing the car seat with the car seat base, first
install the base, and then lock the car seat on the base. You
should choose a seating location in your vehicle with:
1. a vehicle seat belt. You must install the car seat base in
a seating location in your vehicle that has an acceptable
vehicle seat belt.
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Installing the car seat rear-facing WITHOUT the car seat base:
If you are installing the car seat without the car seat base, rearfacing, you must use Side Impact Braces and should choose a
seating location in your vehicle with either:
1. a lower anchorage system, if your vehicle is equipped with
the LATCH system. LATCH is a term used in the United
States and stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for
Children.
2. a vehicle seat belt. If your vehicle does not have LATCH,
you must install the car seat in a seating location in your
vehicle that has an acceptable vehicle seat belt.
Installing the car seat forward-facing AND YOUR CHILD
WEIGHS UP TO 40 lbs (18 kg):
If you are installing the car seat forward-facing, you must use Side
Impact Braces and should choose a seating location in your vehicle
with either:
1. a lower anchorage system, if your vehicle is equipped with
the LATCH system. LATCH is a term used in the United
States and stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for
Children.
2. a vehicle seat belt. If your vehicle does not have LATCH,
you must install the car seat in a seating location in your
vehicle that has an acceptable vehicle seat belt.
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Usage Recommendations
Installing the car seat forward-facing AND YOUR CHILD
WEIGHS MORE THAN 40 lbs (18 kg):
If you are installing the car seat forward-facing, you must use Side
Impact Braces and should choose a seating location in your vehicle
with:
1. a vehicle seat belt. You must install the car seat in a
seating location in your vehicle that has an acceptable
vehicle seat belt.
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According to accident statistics, children are safer when properly
restrained in the rear seating position than in the front seating position
of a vehicle. If you are not sure where to install this car seat in your vehicle, refer
to your vehicle owner’s manual for seating locations recommended for car seat
use and for specific instructions about child restraint use, or contact the vehicle
manufacturer for guidance.
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General Guidelines:
• Never secure this car seat rear-facing
in a seating location with a front air bag
(Figure A). Check your vehicle owner’s
manual regarding all other air bag
locations and compatibility with child
restraints.
• Never secure the car seat in a vehicle
seating location unless recommended
by the vehicle owner’s manual.
• Only install the car seat in forward-facing
vehicle seats. Never install the car seat
in side-facing or rear-facing vehicle seats
(Figure B & C).
• Never secure the car seat in vehicle
seating locations where the vehicle seat
back does not lock in an upright position.
In addition, the center-rear seating location
is considered the best location if ALL the
following conditions are met:
B
C
þ Installation in this seating location is
permitted by the vehicle manufacturer.
þ LATCH belt or vehicle seat belt provides
a secure installation and remains tightly
adjusted around the car seat,
þ The vehicle seat contour allows the car
seat to be properly leveled once installed,
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Usage Recommendations
Choosing a Vehicle Seating Location cont’d
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þ If the vehicle seat back is adjustable, the vehicle seat back is locked into the
upright position.
If all of these conditions are not met, install the car seat in a different seating location.
After you have chosen a seating location, follow the car seat information in your
vehicle owner’s manual, and the instructions in this manual, for installation using
LATCH or a vehicle seat belt.
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Choosing an Installation Method: Overview
Your car seat base can be installed with either LATCH or a vehicle seat belt. Your car
seat can be installed without the car seat base using either LATCH or a vehicle seat belt.
Usage Recommendations
1. With the LATCH Anchorage System:
See Installing with the LATCH Anchorage System.
2. With Vehicle Seat Belt:
See Installing with Vehicle Seat Belt.
Installing with the LATCH Anchorage System
⚠WARNING⚠
Death or Serious Injury Can Occur
Never attach two LATCH connectors to one LATCH anchorage
in a vehicle, unless recommended by the vehicle owner’s
manual for your vehicle.
If the LATCH belt does not remain tight or the car seat base
can move more than 1 in (2.5 cm) in any direction, do not use
this seating location. Your child could be seriously injured in a
sharp turn, sudden stop, or crash.
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Never use both the lower LATCH system and the vehicle seat
belt system at the same time to secure the car seat base or
Toddler Car Seat.
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Refer to your vehicle owner’s manual regarding requirements for using
the vehicle’s LATCH anchorages with the car seat, or contact the vehicle
manufacturer for guidance.
The LATCH anchorage system makes car seat installation in a vehicle easier, and
does not use vehicle seat belts. LATCH stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for
Children.
All 2003 and newer model year vehicles are required to have built-in LATCH anchorage systems. Some manufacturers began including LATCH with their 2000
model year vehicles.
For convertible car seat installations, the applicable parts of the vehicle LATCH
system are:
1. the two lower anchorages (horizontal bars) located in the vehicle seat bight
between the seat back and the seat cushion. These anchorages
are typically indicated by the symbol to the right or the
word, ISOFIX.
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2. the top tether anchorage (horizontal bar) located either on the shelf behind
the rear seat, on the back side of the rear seat, on the floor of the cargo area or
on the ceiling behind the rear seat. These anchorages are typically
indicated by the symbol to the right.
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Installing with the LATCH Anchorage System cont’d
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⚠WARNING⚠
Death or Serious Injury Can Occur
Usage Recommendations
LATCH connectors must be secured to the vehicle LATCH
anchorages only. Connections to other vehicle components
could result in an unsafe installation of the car seat.
This car seat can be installed on the car seat base or by itself using the
LATCH belt and connectors and top tether. LATCH belt and connectors are
included with the car seat base and can be found in their storage location in
the car seat base upright. LATCH belt and connectors, and the top tether are
also included with the car seat and can be found in their storage location in
the rear access panel.
The following diagrams show how to properly install and remove the LATCH
connectors included on the car seat base and car seat.
To Secure:
Lower LATCH
anchorages identified
by this symbol
Top tether anchorages
(behind seat) identified
by this symbol
• Slide LATCH connector completely onto the vehicle
LATCH anchorage. You should hear a CLICK when
the connector locks onto the LATCH anchorage.
• Check that the LATCH connector is locked onto the
vehicle LATCH anchorage by pulling out on it.
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To Remove:
• Press and hold the red release button on the LATCH
connector.
• Slide LATCH connector off the LATCH anchorage.
seat bight
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Installing with the LATCH Anchorage System
cont’d
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Pay careful attention to the type of LATCH
anchors and vehicle seat belts that are
in your vehicle; some cargo anchors that
are unsafe to use with child restraints
look the same as LATCH anchors. Read
your vehicle owner’s manual for LATCH
anchorage locations.
Close-up of typical Lower
LATCH symbol, found just
above the vehicle seat
crease where the LATCH
anchorage is located.
The following diagram shows how to properly route the top tether when
installing the car seat forward-facing. The top tether should not be used when
installing the car seat rear-facing.
To Secure:
Only install the car seat with LATCH
anchors if using a vehicle seating location
that is recommended by the vehicle
manufacturer. For rear-center seating
positions that have a center-to-center
LATCH anchor spacing between 11 and 20
inches (280 mm and 500 mm) (See Figure
A), only use if recommended by the vehicle
manufacturer.
Figure A
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• Remove the top tether from the rear access panel on the car seat. Route
it through the opening at the top of the panel and close the panel using the
black clip.
• Determine the shortest path from the car seat to the anchorage and route
the tether along this path. This may involve raising the headrest so the
tether travels directly over the top of the seat.
• Connect the top tether’s snap hook to the vehicle anchorage. You should
hear a CLICK when the connector locks onto the anchorage.
• Check that the top tether is secured onto the anchorage by pulling up on it.
• Tighten the top tether by pulling on the adjustment loop.
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To Remove:
• Release tension on the tether by pressing the grey adjustment button.
• Unhook the tether’s snap hook from the vehicle anchorage and store the
tether in the rear access panel.
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Installing with Vehicle Seat Belt
⚠WARNING⚠
Death or Serious Injury Can Occur
Usage Recommendations
Some vehicle seat belts are not safe to use with the car seat.
The vehicle seat belt must hold the car seat tightly at all times.
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Belt Tail
Safe Vehicle Seat Belt Systems:
The following vehicle seat belt systems
CAN be used with this car seat if the seating location meets all the requirements of
these instructions and those in the vehicle
owner’s manual.
If the vehicle seat belt does not remain tight or the car seat
can move more than 1 in (2.5 cm) in any direction, do not use
this seating location. Your child could be seriously injured in a
sharp turn, sudden stop, or crash. If the car seat is loose, move
to another seating location and re-install.
1. Vehicle lap belt – manually adjusted:
The lap belt is tightened by manually
pulling on the belt’s tail once it is
buckled (Figure D).
Refer to your vehicle owner’s manual for specific instructions on which
seat belts in your vehicle can be safely used with your car seat, or contact
the vehicle manufacturer for guidance.
2. Vehicle lap belt with Automatic Locking
Retractor (ALR): The seat belt’s
retractor remains locked once the belt
is pulled out and buckled. It maintains
a fixed seat belt length during use
(Figure E).
There are many types of vehicle seat belts. You must determine if your vehicle
seat belts are compatible with the car seat.
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D
3. Combination lap-shoulder belt: with
locking latch plate or sliding latch plate
used in combination with the belt lockoffs on the car seat or car seat base
(Figure F).
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E
F
Latch Plate
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G
H
I
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Need Help Securing Your Car Seat?
Installing with Vehicle Seat Belt cont’d
Unsafe Vehicle Seat Belt Systems:
The following types of vehicle seat belts are
NOT compatible with this car seat. DO NOT
install the child restraint using any of the vehicle
seat belt systems listed below. Select another
seating location or install using LATCH.
The following resources can provide assistance or check whether your car
seat is properly installed:
1. Vehicle Lap-only Belt with Emergency
Locking Retractors (ELR) without
additional locking hardware: The seat
belt will remain loose and will only lock
in the event of a crash.
2. Passive Restraint System: Lap or shoulder
belt mounted to the vehicle door: Do not
use a vehicle seat belt that is attached to the
door. Belts will not stay tight when driving.
3. Passive Restraint: Lap belt with motorized
shoulder belt: Do not use a vehicle seat belt
that moves along a track to automatically
surround the passenger (See Figure G).
4. Combination lap-shoulder belt with two
retractors: Do not use a vehicle lap
and shoulder belt that have separate
retractors for the shoulder section and
the lap section (See Figure H).
5. Lap belts forward of the seat bight (See
Figure I).
6. Inflatable lap-shoulder belts.
• Your vehicle dealer may help you locate a child safety seat inspection
station in your area.
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In the U.S., contact:
• Orbit Baby at support@orbitbaby.com or 1-877-672-2229.
• Visit www.NHTSA.gov and select “Child Passenger Safety.”
• Call 1-866-SEAT CHECK (1-866-732-8243) or visit www.seatcheck.org.
• A certified child passenger safety technician in your area.
Usage Recommendations
Usage Recommendations
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Installing the Car Seat Rear-facing
Choosing Installation Options
37
Installing the Car Seat on the Car Seat Base Overview38
Docking the Car Seat on the Car Seat Base 39
Rotating and Removing the Car Seat from the Car Seat Base
42
Installing the Car Seat without the Car Seat Base
Overview
44
Attaching the Side Impact Braces to the Seat, Rear-facing
47
Removing the Side Impact Braces 50
Installing the Car Seat: With LATCH 51
Un-installing the Car Seat: With LATCH
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58
Un-installing the Car Seat: With Vehicle Seat Belt
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Choosing Installation Options
The Orbit Baby Toddler Car Seat is certified for use WITH or WITHOUT the Orbit
Baby car seat base*.
1. Installing the car seat WITH the car seat base with child weight
UP TO 25 lbs (11 kg) :
The car seat base allows convenient rear-facing installation of your
car seat. The car seat base can be installed EITHER using the
included LATCH belt, or with a vehicle seat belt following instructions
in your car seat base manual (not included). The car seat can then
be locked onto the car seat base following the instructions in the
Either LATCH belt
Installing the Car Seat on the Car Seat Base section.
or vehicle seat belt
Only vehicle
seat belt
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NOTE: Safety technicians and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend
keeping your child in a rear-facing position for as long as possible and at
least until your child is age 2 provided they still meet the Weight and Height
Recommendations listed on pages 17-19.
2. Installing the car seat WITH the car seat base with child weight
MORE THAN 25 lbs (11 kg):
The car seat base allows convenient rear-facing installation of your
car seat. The car seat base can ONLY be installed with a vehicle
seat belt following instructions in your car seat base manual (not
included). The car seat can then be locked onto the car seat base
following the instructions in the Installing the Car Seat on the Car
Seat Base section. Do not use the lower anchors of the child restraint
anchorage system (LATCH system) to attach the car seat base with
the Toddler Car Seat when restraining a child weighing more than 25
lbs (11 kg) with the internal harnesses of the Toddler Car Seat.
*NOTE: Your Orbit Baby car seat base must be either a G2 or G3 base to use it with the G3
Toddler Car Seat. See page 20 for details.
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Rear-facing Installation
Rear-facing Installation
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Installing the Car Seat on the Car Seat Base: Overview
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Either LATCH
belt or vehicle
seat belt
3. Installing the car seat WITHOUT the car seat base:
If you do not own a car seat base, or are traveling without
your car seat base, the car seat can be installed EITHER
using the included LATCH belt, or a vehicle seat belt following
instructions in the Installing the Car Seat without the Car Seat
Base section.
Once the car seat base is installed (see your car seat base manual), the car seat
can be conveniently docked and locked onto the car seat base using the Orbit
Baby SmartHub®. The car seat MUST be locked on the car seat base in the
rear-facing position when the vehicle is in motion.
1. Installing the car seat on
the car seat base:
See Docking the Car Seat
on the Car Seat Base.
WARNING⚠
⚠
Death or Serious Injury Can Occur
DO NOT place rear-facing child seat on front
seat with air bag. DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY
can occur. The back seat is the safest place for
children 12 and under.
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WARNING⚠
⚠
Death or Serious Injury Can Occur
Never operate your vehicle unless the car seat is LOCKED into
the rear-facing position. Check both rotation indicators on the car
seat base. If either rotation indicator is red, re-secure the car seat to
properly lock it on the car seat base.
When a release lever on the car seat is pulled, the car seat is not
secured properly to the car seat base. Only use the release levers
when rotating or removing the car seat. Do not allow children to
operate the release levers.
Rear-facing Installation
Rear-facing Installation
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A
Docking the Car Seat on the
Car Seat Base
Rear-facing Installation
WARNING⚠
⚠
Death or Serious Injury Can Occur
B
PINCH HAZARD:
• Ensure that your child’s fingers
and hands are clear of release
levers and other moving parts.
• When installing the car seat,
make sure the hands of other
vehicle occupants are clear of
the SmartHub area.
Securing the car seat to the car seat base
requires first lowering the car seat to snap
into the SmartHub, then rotating the car
seat to lock into the rear-facing position.
1. Make sure the top of the car seat base
and SmartHub are clear of objects
(Photo A) before docking the car seat.
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2. Grasp the car seat firmly (Photo B).
Dock the bottom of the car seat into the
Docking the Car Seat on the Car Seat Base
cont’d
C
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SmartHub of the car seat base until you
hear and feel a CLICK (Photo C).
For increased comfort and ease of
use, the car seat can be docked onto
the car seat base from almost any
angle.
3. Once the car seat is locked on the
SmartHub, rotate the car seat until you
hear and feel another CLICK as it locks
into the rear-facing position. The car
seat will only lock when rotated into the
rear-facing position (Photo D). Note
that it will only lock when the release
levers are not pulled.
WARNING⚠
⚠
Death or Serious Injury Can Occur
The car seat must always be
locked in the car seat base in
the rear-facing position when
the vehicle is in motion.
D
Rear-facing Installation
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E
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F
4. CHECK that the car seat is locked into
rear-facing position by looking at the
rotation indicators on either side of the
car seat base (Photo E). If they show
red (Photo F), the car seat is not locked
rear-facing. Re-dock the car seat.
Rear-facing Installation
G
5. RECHECK that the car seat is locked
into the rear-facing position by pushing
down firmly on both sides of the car
seat and pulling in several directions
(Photo G) to be certain it is locked. It
should not rotate out of the rear-facing
position. If the car seat rotates out of
rear-facing position, do not use the car
seat and contact Orbit Baby.
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If the rotation indicators show red
with every docking attempt, do not
use the car seat or car seat base,
and contact Orbit Baby.
NOTE: A small amount of rotational
movement is normal, but the car seat
should not rotate out of rear-facing
position and the rotation indicators
should not be showing red.
Rotating and Removing the Car
Seat from the Car Seat Base
A
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WARNING⚠
⚠
Death or Serious Injury Can Occur
FALL HAZARD: Grasp the car
seat firmly as shown in Photo A
when removing it from the car seat
base.
PINCH HAZARD: Clear your
child’s fingers and hands from the
carry handle area before removing
the car seat.
B
1. Grasp the car seat firmly with one hand
holding a carry handle and the other
positioned near the padded front of the
seat (Photo A).
2. Squeeze either release lever (Photo B).
As you squeeze the release lever, the
car seat can be rotated.
3. While still squeezing the release lever(s),
lift the car seat off of the car seat base
(Photo C) and remove it carefully from
the vehicle.
Rear-facing
Rear-facingInstallation
Installation
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C
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Installing the Car Seat without the Car Seat Base: Overview
2. With vehicle lapshoulder belt:
See Installing the Car
Seat: With Vehicle Seat
Belt
Rear-facing Installation
If you do not own a car seat base, or are traveling without your car seat base,
the car seat can be secured in a vehicle without the car seat base using the Side
Impact Braces with the included LATCH belt or an acceptable vehicle seat belt.
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3. With vehicle lap belt:
See Installing the Car
Seat: With Vehicle Seat
Belt
1. With LATCH:
See Installing the Car
Seat: With LATCH
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Rear-facing Installation
44
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Attaching the Side Impact
Braces to the Seat, Rear-facing
⚠WARNING⚠
Rear-facing Installation
Death or Serious Injury Can Occur
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The car seat, without the car seat base, can fit securely in most
vehicles using a vehicle seat belt. However, some vehicle belt
systems are not acceptable for use with a car seat system.
If the vehicle seat belt does not remain tight or the car seat can
move more than 1 in (2.5 cm) in any direction, your child could be
seriously injured in a sharp turn, sudden stop, or crash. Move the
car seat to another seating location and re-install. If in doubt, refer
to the vehicle owner’s manual for specific instructions regarding car
seat use.
When installing the car seat without the car seat base, always
use the Side Impact Braces. Failure to use the braces will result
in an unsafe installation. If you have misplaced your braces, visit
www.shoporbitbaby.com or call 1-877-ORB-BABY (1-877-6722229).
A
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The Side Impact Braces are two supports
(left and right) that ensure a stable and
secure installation of the Toddler Car Seat
when installed in the car without the car
seat base. They come nested together in
your Orbit Baby Toddler Car Seat.
Before starting the installation, pull the
two braces apart so they are ready to be
attached (Photo A) .
On each side of the car seat, you will see
two brace plugs - small grey, figure-8
shapes. Each plug has an opening that
will accept one of the metal rods extending
from the brace (Photo B).
1. Ensure that the locking knob on
each brace is turned to UNLOCKED.
(Photo C). Push in and turn to change
position of locking knob if needed.
2. Position each brace on the appropriate
side of the car seat for rear-facing use:
Make sure that the BLUE strip on the
brace is aligned with the BLUE rear-
B
Brace Bag
Rear-facing Installation
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C
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D
facing strip at the back of the car seat,
and that the FRONT OF VEHICLE arrow
will face the front of your vehicle (Photo
D).
Rear-facing Installation
3. Slide both brace rods evenly into the
brace plug openings in the shell until
the brace is fully inserted and you
cannot see the brace rods anymore
(Photos E and F).
E
NOTE: A small amount of
movement is normal, but the
brace should not pull off.
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4. To lock the brace, first push the locking
knob in, then turn (Photo G). Pull on
the brace to ensure that it is locked in
position.
5. Install the remaining brace on the other
side of the car seat by following steps
1-4.
NOTE: The Toddler Car Seat can
still be used on the Orbit Stroller
when the braces are installed.
Place the car seat either
forward- or rear-facing.
However, the braces prevent the car
seat from rotating on the stroller
and can interfere with the Stroller
Panniers accessory. To restore full
rotation on the Orbit Stroller, remove
the braces and store for future use in
an accessible location. Do not throw
these braces away.
NOTE: The Toddler Car Seat cannot
dock onto the Orbit Baby car seat
base when the braces are attached.
G
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Rear-facing Installation
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49
A
Removing the Side Impact
Braces
Rear-facing Installation
1. Un-install your Toddler Car Seat from
your car or have the car seat docked
securely either directly forward- or rearfacing on the Orbit Stroller.
B
3. Pull out evenly on both sides of the
brace until the brace rods disengage
completely from the car seat shell
(Photo B).
C
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2. Turn the locking knob on the Side
Impact Brace to the UNLOCKED
position by first pushing it in, then
turning (Photo A).
4. By rotating one brace around, you can
nest the braces together in their storage
position (Photo C). Store braces for
future use in an accessible location. Do
not throw these braces away.
Installing the Car Seat:
With LATCH
rear access panel
Before you install the car seat in your
vehicle, make sure the vehicle is parked on
level ground.
back clip
1.Attach the Side Impact Braces in a rearfacing position: see pages 47-49.
2.To access the LATCH belt, open the rear
access panel by unclipping the back clip
(Photo A).
B
3.Remove the LATCH connectors from
their pockets (Photo B). The LATCH belt
is permanently attached to the car seat
by a black strap called the LATCH leash.
4.For ease of installation, lengthen the
LATCH belt by pressing the grey pushbutton adjusters on the buckles and
pulling on the belt.
5.When closing the rear access panel,
look for the notches on the sides near
the bottom of the panel (photo C).
Position the LATCH leash in either the
left or right notch so that the panel
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A
LATCH connectors
Rear-facing Installation
50
C
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D
Installing the Car Seat: With LATCH cont’d
Rear-facing Installation
closes. The LATCH leash will wrap
around the car seat on this same side.
Close the clip on the back of the rear
access panel to secure.
E
7. Open the upholstery lower panel
marked by the blue dot (Photo D).
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6.Position the car seat rear-facing on the
vehicle seat. The car seat should face
the rear of the vehicle. The FRONT OF
VEHICLE arrow on the braces should
point to the front of your vehicle.
8.Fully open both arms of the blue belt
lock-off clamp that will be closest to
the center of the vehicle in the final
installation (Photo E).
NOTE: If installing the seat in the
center position, open both arms of
either lock-off clamp. Only one clamp
is needed for a secure installation.
9.Feed the LATCH belt through the rearfacing belt path in the car seat shell
G
and the open arms of one of the blue
lock-off clamps. Start at the outside of
the shell and finish on the other side of
the car seat. Ensure that the logo on the
LATCH connectors face the outside of
the vehicle and the UP arrows face the
roof of the vehicle (Photo F). Center the
colored stitch line of the LATCH Belt on
the car seat shell (Photo G).
H
NOTE: If the crotch belt is in one
of the two shell slots closest to the
seat back, the LATCH belt should
run in front of the crotch belt. With
the crotch belt in the most forward
shell slot, the LATCH belt should be
positioned behind the crotch belt.
10. Close the lock-off clamp to secure the
LATCH belt by pressing down both
clamp arms firmly and locking them in
place. (Listen for a CLICK) (Photo H).
11. If the vehicle seat back is adjustable,
lock the vehicle seat back into the
upright position.
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Rear-facing Installation
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J
Installing the Car Seat: With LATCH cont’d
Rear-facing Installation
12. Center the car seat on the vehicle seat
between the vehicle LATCH anchorages
(Photo I), making sure the area between
the vehicle LATCH anchorages and the
areas under and behind the car seat are
clear of obstructions.
K
L
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13. Check that the car seat is level by
looking at the level indicator on the
Side Impact Brace (Photo J). The white
indicator ball must be in the blue level
zone on the brace (Photo K). If the white
indicator ball is not in the blue level zone
(Photo L), try any of the following:
a. Remove the car seat. Position a
rolled towel under the back of the
M
brace (Photo M), The towel should
be compressed as the LATCH belt is
tightened.
b. Install the car seat in a different
vehicle seating position.
c. Seek assistance from one of the
resources in the Need Help Securing
Your Car Seat? section.
14. Attach both LATCH connectors to their
corresponding vehicle anchorages on
each side of the car seat. With the
connectors oriented with the logo facing
outward and the UP arrows facing the
roof of the vehicle, push them straight
onto the metal bars until you hear and
feel a CLICK (Photo N).
WARNING⚠
⚠
Death or Serious Injury Can Occur
15. Pull out on each LATCH connector to
be sure it is locked onto the vehicle’s
anchorage point.
To prevent ejection, the car
seat must be properly reclined.
The white level indicator ball in
the Brace must be in the blue
level zone when installed.
16. Tighten the LATCH belt around the car
seat by pushing down on alternating
sides of the car seat rim while pulling on
the LATCH belt loop to remove all of the
slack (Photo O).
N
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Rear-facing Installation
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O
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P
Installating the Car Seat: With LATCH cont’d
Rear-facing Installation
You know that you have reached the
optimal tightness when you tug on
the car seat at the belt path (Photo P),
and the car seat does not move more
than 1 in (2.5 cm) in any direction.
Q
17. RE-CHECK the following to make sure
that the car seat installation is secure:
a. CHECK that the car seat installation
is not loose. It should not move
by more than 1 in (2.5 cm) in any
direction when checked at the belt
path.
b. CHECK that the car seat is level by
making sure that white indicator ball
is in the blue level zone on the Side
Impact Brace (Photo Q).
If the car seat is loose or if the white
indicator ball is not in the blue level
zone, remove and re-install the car seat
beginning at Step 11.
Un-installing the Car Seat:
With LATCH
A
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To un-install the car seat and remove it
from your vehicle:
1. Lengthen the LATCH belt by pressing
the grey push-button adjuster on the
buckle and pulling on the belt (Photo
A).
2. Push and hold the red button on each
LATCH connector and pull it off the
vehicle LATCH anchorage (Photo B).
Store the LATCH connectors in the rear
access panel or in the LATCH pockets
if using the car seat on the Orbit Stroller
(Photo C).
3. Grasp the car seat firmly with one hand
holding a carry handle and the other
positioned near the padded front of the
seat.
B
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C
18. Close the lower upholstery panel.
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A
Installing the Car Seat:
With Vehicle Seat Belt
Before you install the car seat in your
vehicle, make sure the vehicle is parked on
level ground.
Rear-facing Installation
1.Attach the Side Impact Braces in a rearfacing position: see pages 47-49.
B
3. If the vehicle seat back is adjustable,
lock the vehicle seat back into the
upright position.
C
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2.Position the car seat rear-facing on the
vehicle seat. The car seat should face
the rear of the vehicle. The FRONT OF
VEHICLE arrow on the braces should
point to the front of your vehicle (Photo
A).
4. Center the car seat on the vehicle seat
(Photo B), making sure the areas under
and behind the car seat are clear of
obstructions.
5. Check that the car seat is level by
looking at the level indicator on the Side
Impact Brace (Photo C). The white
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indicator ball must be in the blue level
zone on the brace (Photo D). If the white
indicator ball is not in the blue level zone
(Photo E), try any of the following:
a. Remove the car seat. Position a
rolled towel under the back of the
brace (Photo F). The towel should
be compressed as the LATCH belt is
tightened.
b. Install the car seat in a different
vehicle seating position.
c. Seek assistance from one of the
resources in the Need Help Securing
Your Car Seat? section.
WARNING⚠
⚠
Death or Serious Injury Can Occur
To prevent ejection, the car
seat must be properly reclined.
The white level indicator ball in
the brace must be in the blue
level zone when installed.
E
Rear-facing Installation
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F
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G
Installing the Car Seat: With Vehicle Seat
Belt cont’d
6. Open the upholstery lower panel marked
by the blue dot (Photo G).
Rear-facing Installation
7. Fully open both arms of the blue belt lockoff clamp that will be closest to the center
of the vehicle in the final installation (Photo
H).
H
If using a lap-shoulder vehicle belt to
secure the car seat base, continue to Step
8. If using a vehicle lap belt, skip to Step 11.
If using a lap-shoulder vehicle belt:
I
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NOTE: If installing the seat in the center
position, open both arms of either lockoff clamp. Only one clamp is needed for
a secure installation.
8. Feed both the shoulder and lap portions
of the belt through the rear-facing belt
path openings in the shell (Photo I) and
the open arms of the blue lock-off clamp.
Buckle the seat belt buckle.
NOTE: If the crotch belt is in one
of the two shell slots closest to the
J
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seat back, the vehicle belt should
run in front of the crotch belt. With
the crotch belt in the most forward
shell slot, the vehicle belt should be
positioned behind the crotch belt.
9. Tighten the vehicle belt around the car
seat by pushing down on alternating
sides of the car seat rim while pulling on
the shoulder portion of the vehicle belt to
remove all of the slack (Photo J).
10. While continuing to hold the shoulder
portion of the vehicle belt, push down both
arms of the open blue clamp firmly until
they lock (Listen for a CLICK) (Photo K).
Ensure that the belts are centered over the
clamp cams. Pushing down on the clamp
arm with the Orbit logo will make it easier
to lock the blue arm of the clamp in place.
Continue on to step 14.
NOTE: The blue lock-off clamp is
recessed in the car seat shell and will
do the final tightening when you push
down the arms of the blue clamp. It
may be difficult to close the clamp if
you have pulled the belts overly tight.
K
Rear-facing Installation
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L
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M
Rear-facing Installation
If using a lap vehicle belt:
N
O
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Installing the Car Seat: With Vehicle Seat
Belt cont’d
11. Feed the lap belt through the rear-facing
belt path openings in the shell (Photo
L) and the open arms of the blue lockoff clamp. Buckle the seat belt buckle.
NOTE: If the crotch belt is in one of the
two shell slots closest to the seat back,
the vehicle belt should run in front of
the crotch belt. With the crotch belt in
the most forward shell slot, the vehicle
belt should be positioned behind the
crotch belt.
12. Tighten the vehicle belt around the car
seat by pushing down on alternating
sides of the car seat rim while pulling
on the loose end of the lap belt to
remove all of the slack (Photo M).
13. Push down both arms of the open blue
clamp firmly until they lock (Listen for a
CLICK) (Photo N). Ensure that the belt is
centered over the clamp cams. Pushing
down on the clamp arm with the Orbit
logo will make it easier to lock the blue
arm of the clamp in place. Continue on
to Step 14. NOTE: The blue lock-off
clamp is recessed in the car seat shell
and will do the final tightening when you
push down the arms of the blue clamp. It
may be difficult to close the clamp if you
have pulled the belt overly tight.
14. Check the seat for a tight installation.
You know that you have reached
the optimal tightness when you
tug on the car seat at the belt path
(Photo O) and the car seat does not
move more than 1 in (2.5 cm) in any
direction.
15. RE-CHECK the following to make sure
that the car seat installation is secure:
a. CHECK that the car seat installation
is not loose. It should not move
by more than 2.5 cm (1 in) in any
direction when checked at the belt
path.
b. CHECK that the car seat is level by
making sure that the white indicator
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P
Installing the Car Seat: With Vehicle Seat
Belt cont’d
ball is in the blue level zone on the
Side Impact Brace (Photo P).
Rear-facing Installation
Q
If the car seat is loose or if the white
indicator ball is not in the blue level
zone (Photo Q), remove and re-install
the car seat beginning at Step 2.
16. Lap-shoulder vehicle belt systems
in some vehicles have an Automatic
Locking Mode which locks the shoulder
portion of the belt and keeps it from
becoming a strangulation hazard to
older children or siblings. Orbit Baby
recommends engaging this mode by
pulling the shoulder portion of the belt
out completely from the vehicle, then
letting go. You should hear a soft clicking
sound as you allow the belt to retract
back into the vehicle. Check that you
are in the locking mode by tugging on
the shoulder portion of the belt and
verifying that it doesn’t extend.
Un-installing the Car Seat:
With Vehicle Seat Belt
A
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To un-install the car seat and remove it
from your vehicle:
1.Unbuckle the lap-shoulder or lap vehicle
belt (Photo A).
2.Open the lower upholstery panel
marked by the blue dot (Photo B).
3. Open both arms of the blue lock-off
clamp to release the vehicle belt
(Photo C).
B
4. Close both arms of the blue lock-off
clamp and close the lower upholstery
panel.
5. Grasp the car seat firmly and remove it
carefully from the vehicle.
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C
17. Close the lower upholstery panel.
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Installing the Car Seat Forward-facing
Choosing Installation Options
Installing the Car Seat
Overview
Attaching the Side Impact Braces to the Seat, Forward-facing
Removing the Side Impact Braces Installing the Car Seat: With LATCH Un-installing the Car Seat: With LATCH
Installing the Car Seat: With Vehicle Seat Belt
Un-installing the Car Seat: With Vehicle Seat Belt
Installing the Top Tether
Un-installing the Top Tether
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NOTE: In the forward-facing orientation, the Toddler Car Seat must be used with
the included Side Impact Braces. It is not possible to dock the Toddler Car Seat
onto the Orbit Baby car seat base forward-facing.
NOTE: Safety technicians and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend
keeping your child in a rear-facing position for as long as possible and at
least until your child is age 2 provided they still meet the Weight and Height
Recommendations listed on pages 17-19.
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1. Installing the car seat forward-facing with child weight UP
TO 40 lbs (18 kg):
The car seat can be installed EITHER using the included
LATCH belts, or with a vehicle seat belt following instructions
in the Installing the Car Seat section of this manual.
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NOTE: Safety technicians also recommend always using the top tether.
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Choosing Installation Options
Either LATCH belt
or vehicle seat belt
Only vehicle
seat belt
2. Installing the car seat forward-facing with child weight
MORE THAN 40 lbs (18 kg):
The car seat can ONLY be installed using a vehicle seat belt
following instructions in the Installing the Car Seat section
of this manual. Do not use the lower anchors of the child
restraint anchorage system (LATCH system) to attach the
Toddler Car Seat when restraining a child weighing more than
40 lbs (18 kg) with the internal harnesses of the Toddler Car
Seat.
WARNING⚠
⚠
Death or Serious Injury Can Occur
DO NOT place child seat on front seat with air
bag. DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY can occur.
The back seat is the safest place for children 12
and under.
Forward-facing
Before You Installation
Begin
Before You
Begin
Forward-facing
Installation
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Installing the Car Seat: Overview
Before You
Begin
Forward-facing
Installation
The car seat can be secured in a vehicle using the Side Impact Braces with the
included LATCH belt or an acceptable vehicle seat belt.
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2. With vehicle lapshoulder belt:
See Installing the Car
Seat: With Vehicle Seat
Belt
3. With vehicle lap belt:
See Installing the Car
Seat: With Vehicle Seat
Belt
1. With LATCH:
See Installing the Car
Seat: With LATCH
Forward-facing
Before You Installation
Begin
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69
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Attaching the Side Impact Braces
to the Seat, Forward-facing
⚠WARNING⚠
Before You
Begin
Forward-facing
Installation
Death or Serious Injury Can Occur
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The car seat, without the car seat base, can fit securely in most
vehicles using a vehicle seat belt. However, some vehicle belt
systems are not acceptable for use with a car seat system.
If the vehicle seat belt does not remain tight or the car seat can
move more than 1 in (2.5 cm) in any direction, your child could be
seriously injured in a sharp turn, sudden stop, or crash. Move the
car seat to another seating location and re-install. If in doubt, refer
to the vehicle owner’s manual for specific instructions regarding car
seat use.
When installing the car seat forward-facing, always use the
Side Impact Braces. Failure to use the braces will result in the car
seat not being securely held in place. If you have misplaced your
braces, visit www.shoporbitbaby.com or call 1-877-ORB-BABY
(1-877-672-2229).
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The Side Impact Braces are two supports
(left and right) that ensure a stable and
secure installation of the Toddler Car Seat
when installed in the car without the car
seat base. They come nested together in
your Orbit Baby Toddler Car Seat.
Before starting the installation, pull the
two braces apart so they are ready to be
attached (Photo A) .
B
On each side of the car seat, you will see
two brace plugs - small grey, figure-8
shapes. Each plug has an opening that
will accept one of the metal rods extending
from the brace (Photo B).
1. Ensure that the locking knob on
each brace is turned to UNLOCKED.
(Photo C). Push in and turn to change
position of locking knob if needed.
2. Position each brace on the appropriate
side of the car seat for forward-facing
use: Make sure that the RED strip
on the brace is aligned with the RED
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C
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D
Attaching the Side Impact Braces, forwardfacing cont’d
Forward-facing Installation
forward-facing strip at the back of
the car seat, and that the FRONT OF
VEHICLE arrow will face the front of
your vehicle (Photo D).
E
3. Slide both brace rods evenly into the
brace plug openings in the shell until
the brace is fully inserted and you
cannot see the brace rods anymore
(Photos E and F).
4. To lock the brace, first push the locking
knob in, then turn (Photo G). Tug on
the brace to ensure that it is locked in
position.
F
NOTE: A small amount of
movement is normal, but the
brace should not pull off.
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braces are installed. Place the car seat
either forward- or rear-facing.
However, the braces prevent the car
seat from rotating on the stroller and
can interfere with the Stroller Panniers
accessory. To restore full rotation on
the Orbit Stroller, remove the braces
remove the braces and store for future
use in an accessible location. Do not
throw these braces away.
NOTE: The Toddler Car Seat cannot
dock onto the Orbit Baby car seat base
when the braces are attached.
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5. Install the remaining brace on the other
side of the car seat by following Steps
1-4.
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NOTE: The Toddler Car Seat can still
be used on the Orbit Stroller when the
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A
Removing the Side Impact
Braces
Forward-facing Installation
1. Un-install the Toddler Car Seat from
your car or have the car seat docked
securely either directly forward- or rearfacing on the Orbit Stroller.
B
C
2. Turn the locking knob on the Side
Impact Brace to the UNLOCKED
position by first pushing it in, then
turning (Photo A).
Installing the Car Seat:
With LATCH
Do not use the lower anchors of the
child restraint anchorage system (LATCH
system) to attach the Toddler Car Seat
when restraining a child weighing more
than 40 lbs (18 kg) with the internal
harnesses of the Toddler Car Seat.
1. Attach the Side Impact Braces in a
forward-facing position: see pages 71-73.
3. Pull out evenly on both sides of the
brace until the brace rods disengage
completely from the car seat shell
(Photo B).
2. To access the LATCH belt, open the rear
access panel by unclipping the back clip
(Photo A).
4. By rotating one brace around, you can
nest the braces together in their storage
position (Photo C). Store braces for
future use in an accessible location. Do
not throw these braces away.
3. Remove the LATCH connectors from their
pockets (Photo B). The LATCH belt is
permanently attached to the car seat by a
black strap called the LATCH leash.
If you will be attaching the top tether later
(recommended; refer to page 87), unclip
and remove the tether hook from pocket.
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A
rear access panel
back clip
B
LATCH connectors
Forward-facing Installation
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C
4. For ease of installation, lengthen the
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D
Installing the Car Seat: With LATCH
cont’d
Forward-facing Installation
LATCH belt by pressing the grey pushbutton adjusters on the buckles and
pulling on the belt.
E
F
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5. When closing the rear access panel,
look for the notches on the sides near
the bottom of the panel (Photo D).
Position the LATCH leash in either the left
or right notch so that the panel closes.
The LATCH leash will wrap around the car
seat on this same side. If using the top
tether (recommended, refer to page 87)
fully pull the it out of the pocket. Close
the rear access panel and secure it with
the clip.
6. Position the car seat forward-facing on
the vehicle seat. The car seat should
face the front of the vehicle. The FRONT
OF VEHICLE arrow on the braces should
point to the front of your vehicle. If using
the top tether, drape it over the rear of the
vehicle seat; it will be secured later.
7. Unbuckle the restraint harness on the seat.
Lift the upper upholstery panel marked
by the red dot (Photo E). It will stay out of
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the way by wedging it into the sides of the
upholstery (Photo F).
8. Fully open both arms of the red belt lockoff clamp that will be closest to the center
of the vehicle in the final installation (Photo
G).
NOTE: If installing the seat in the center
position, open both arms of either lockoff clamp. Only one clamp is needed
for a secure installation.
9. Feed the LATCH belt through the forwardfacing belt path in the car seat shell and
the open arms of one of the red lock-off
clamps. Start at the outside of the shell
and finish on the other side of the car
seat. Ensure that the logo on the LATCH
connectors face the outside of the vehicle
and the UP arrows face the roof of the
vehicle. (Photo H). Center the colored
stitch line of the LATCH Belt on the car
seat shell (Photo I).
10. Close the lock-off clamp to secure the
LATCH belt by pressing down both
H
Forward-facing Installation
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I
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J
Installing the Car Seat: With LATCH
cont’d
clamp arms firmly and locking them in
place (Listen for a CLICK) (Photo J).
Forward-facing Installation
11. If the vehicle seat back is adjustable, lock
the vehicle seat back into the upright
position.
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L
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12. Center the car seat on the vehicle seat
between the vehicle LATCH anchorages
(Photo K), making sure the area between
the vehicle LATCH anchorages and the
areas under and behind the car seat are
clear of obstructions.
13. Attach both LATCH connectors to their
corresponding vehicle anchorages on
each side of the car seat. With the
connectors oriented with the logo facing
outward and the UP arrows facing the
roof of the vehicle, push them straight
onto the metal bars until you hear and feel
a CLICK (Photo L).
14. Pull out on each LATCH connector to
be sure it is locked onto the vehicle’s
anchorage point.
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15. Tighten the vehicle belt around the car
seat by pushing down on alternating
sides of the car seat rim while pulling on
the LATCH belt loop to remove all of the
slack (Photo M).
You know that you have reached the
optimal tightness when you tug on the
car seat at the belt path (Photo N) and
the car seat does not move more than
1 in (2.5 cm) in any direction.
If the car seat is loose, remove and reinstall the car seat beginning at Step 11.
16. Close the upper upholstery panel and
install the top tether: See pages 87-88.
N
Forward-facing Installation
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A
Un-installing the Car Seat:
With LATCH
Forward-facing Installation
To un-install the car seat and remove it
from your vehicle:
1. Lengthen the LATCH belt by pressing
the grey push-button adjuster on the
buckle and pulling on the belt (Photo
A).
B
2. Push and hold the red button on each
LATCH connector and pull it off the
vehicle LATCH anchorage (Photo B).
Store the LATCH connectors in the rear
access panel or in the LATCH pockets
if using the car seat on the Orbit Stroller
(Photo C).
3. Grasp the car seat firmly and remove it
carefully from the vehicle.
C
Installing the Car Seat:
With Vehicle Seat Belt
rear access panel
1.Attach the Side Impact Braces in a
forward-facing position: see pages 7173.
2. If you will be attaching the top tether
later (recommended; refer to page
87), open the rear access panel by
unclipping the back clip (Photo A).
3. Fully pull the top tether out of the pocket
(Photo B). Close the rear access panel
and secure it with the clip.
4.Position the car seat forward-facing
on the vehicle seat. The car seat
should face the front of the vehicle.
The FRONT OF VEHICLE arrow on the
braces should point to the front of your
vehicle (Photo C). If using the top tether,
drape it over the rear of the vehicle seat;
it will be secured later.
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A
back clip
B
Forward-facing Installation
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C
5. If the vehicle seat back is adjustable, lock
the vehicle seat back into the upright
position.
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D
Installing the Car Seat: With Vehicle Seat
Belt cont’d
Forward-facing Installation
6. Center the car seat on the vehicle seat
(Photo D), making sure the areas under
and behind the car seat are clear of
obstructions.
E
If using a lap-shoulder vehicle belt to
secure the car seat, continue to Step 8. If
using a vehicle lap belt, skip to Step 12.
If using a lap-shoulder vehicle belt:
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7. Unbuckle the restraint harness on the seat.
Lift the upper upholstery panel marked
by the red dot (Photo E). It will stay out of
the way by wedging it into the sides of the
upholstery (Photo F).
8. Open both arms of both red belt lockoff clamps (Photo G). Pull the seat belt
through the forward-facing belt path in the
seat shell (Photo H).
9. Position only the lap portion of the seat
belt in the first clamp you pass (Photo I),
then position both the shoulder and lap
belts through second clamp (Photo J).
Buckle the belt.
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G
10. Tighten the vehicle belt around the car
seat by pushing down on alternating
sides of the car seat rim while pulling on
the shoulder portion of the vehicle belt to
remove all of the slack (Photo K).
NOTE: Ensure there is no slack in the
lap portion of the belt before tightening
the shoulder portion of the belt. This
will result in a tighter installation.
11. Ensure that the belts are centered in
the clamp. While continuing to hold the
shoulder portion of the vehicle belt, push
down both arms of the open red second
clamp firmly until it locks on the lap and
shoulder portions of the belt (Listen for a
CLICK) (Photo L). Next, push down both
arms of the red first clamp on only the
lap portion of the belt. Pushing down on
the clamp arms with the Orbit logo will
make it easier to lock the red arms of the
clamps in place. Continue on to Step
15.
Forward-facing Installation
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H
I
first clamp
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second clamp
J
Installing the Car Seat: With Vehicle Seat
Belt cont’d
Forward-facing Installation
If using a lap vehicle belt:
K
L
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12. Position the lap belt through the
forward-facing belt path openings in the
shell and fully open both arms of the red
belt lock-off clamp that will be closest
to the center of the vehicle in the final
installation (Photo M).
NOTE: If installing the seat in the
center position, open both arms of
either lock-off clamp. Only one clamp
is needed for a secure installation.
13. Tighten the vehicle belt around the car
seat by pushing down on alternating
sides of the car seat rim while pulling
on the loose end of the lap belt to
remove all of the slack (Photo N).
14. Ensure that the belt is centered in the
clamp. Push down both arms of the
open red clamp firmly until it locks
(Listen for a CLICK). Pushing down on
the clamp arm with the Orbit logo will
make it easier to lock the red arm of the
clamp in place.
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15. Check the seat for a tight installation.
You know that you have reached the
optimal tightness when you tug on the
car seat at the belt path (Photo O) and
the car seat does not move more than 1
in (2.5 cm) in any direction.
If the car seat is loose, remove and reinstall the car seat beginning at Step 4.
16. Lap-shoulder vehicle belt systems in
some vehicles have an Automatic Locking
Mode, which locks the shoulder portion
of the belt and keeps it from becoming
a strangulation hazard to older children
or siblings. Orbit Baby recommends
engaging this mode by pulling the shoulder
portion of the belt out completely from the
vehicle, then letting go. You should hear a
soft clicking sound as you allow the belt to
retract back into the vehicle. Check that
you are in the locking mode by tugging
on the shoulder portion of the belt and
verifying that it doesn’t extend.
17. Close the upper upholstery panel and
install the top tether: See pages 87-88.
N
Forward-facing Installation
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O
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A
Un-installing the Car Seat:
With Vehicle Seat Belt
To un-install the car seat and remove it
from your vehicle:
Forward-facing Installation
1.Unbuckle the lap-shoulder or lap vehicle
belt (Photo A).
2.Open the upper upholstery panel
marked by the red dot (Photo B).
B
3. Open both arms of the red lock-off
clamp(s) to release the vehicle belt
(Photo C).
4. Close both arms of the red lock-off
clamp(s) and close the upper upholstery
panel.
5. Grasp the car seat firmly and remove it
carefully from the vehicle.
C
Installing the Top Tether
A
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Orbit Baby recommends using the top
tether at all times while forward-facing if
you have a LATCH tether anchorage in
your car; using the tether will improve the
stability of the child restraint and will reduce
risk of injury.
The tether should only be used when the
child restraint is forward-facing. The tether
should only be anchored to approved
anchorage points. Some tether anchors are
identified by a tether anchor symbol (Photo
A); check your vehicle owner’s manual for
locations and more information. Older cars
may not have tether anchorage points. The
Toddler Car Seat should be fully installed
BEFORE attaching the tether.
1. If the tether is not already fully out of the
rear access panel, open the panel by
unclipping the back clip and remove the
top tether from the pocket (Photo B).
B
Forward-facing Installation
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C
2. Close the rear access panel (Photo C)
and clip the back clip.
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D
E
Un-installing the Top Tether
3. Determine the shortest path from the
child restraint to the tether anchorage.
This may involve raising the vehicle
headrest so the tether belt travels
directly over the top of the seat (Photo
D).
1. To remove the top tether, push in on
the tether buckle’s grey push-button
adjuster and loosen the tether (Photo A).
4. Clip the tether hook to the tether
anchorage (Photo E). For more slack,
push down on the grey push-button
adjuster and loosen the strap.
3. Close the rear access panel and secure
the panel with the clip.
5. Once the tether hook is clipped, pull on
the adjuster loop to remove all slack
from the tether (Photo F).
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Installing the Top Tether cont’d
6. Verify that the tether is tight by pulling
forward on the top of the child restraint.
The car seat should not move more than
1 in (2.5 cm) at the belt path.
2. Unclip the tether hook and store in the
pocket in the rear access panel.
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Forward-facing Installation
Forward-facing Installation
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Securing Your Child
Sizing the Restraint Harness to Your Child
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Adjusting the Headrest98
Securing Your Child with the Restraint Harness
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⚠WARNING⚠
Failure to properly position and adjust the shoulder straps to
your child’s size increases the risk of serious injury or death in
the event of a sharp turn, sudden stop or crash.
Securing Your Child
BELOW the top of the child’s shoulders.
• For forward-facing installations, the shoulder straps must be
ABOVE the top of the child’s shoulders
• The restraint harness must be snugly adjusted to your child.
NOTE: The restraint harness is made up of the shoulder straps, crotch belt and
adjuster strap.
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Death or Serious Injury Can Occur
• For rear-facing installations, the shoulder straps must be
NOTE: Safety technicians and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend
keeping your child in a rear-facing position for as long as possible and at
least until your child is age 2 provided they still meet the Weight and Height
Recommendations listed on pages 17-19.
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Sizing the Restraint Harness to Your Child
Securing Your Child
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It is important to check the position of the shoulder straps periodically as your
child grows to ensure they are in the correct position. You also must adjust
the straps when switching the car seat from rear-facing to forward-facing.
The shoulder and thigh portions of the restraint harness must be correctly
positioned on your child to properly secure your child in a sudden stop or crash.
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A
Sizing the Restraint Harness to Your Child
cont’d
C
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Positioning the shoulder strap height:
B
For a rear-facing installation, the shoulder
belts must be BELOW the top of your
child’s shoulders as shown in the blue
circles and in Photo A (shown without
shoulder pad for clarity). Use only the
lower three shoulder strap slots on the car
seat.
NO
YES
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For a forward-facing installation, the
shoulder belts must be ABOVE the top of
your child’s shoulders as shown in the red
circles and in Photo B. Use one of the top
three top shoulder strap slots on the car
seat.
YES
NO
After determining whether you will install
the car seat rear-facing or forward-facing,
place your child in the car seat, ensuring
that they are sitting up straight and
contacting both the seat back and seat
bottom. Determine which pair of shoulder
strap slots are the correct ones for your
child’s shoulder height (Photo C).
Securing Your Child
Securing Your Child
Determine whether you will be installing
your car seat rear- or forward-facing. Orbit
Baby recommends keeping your child in a
rear-facing position for as long as possible.
Shoulder straps not positioned in the
correct position will not hold your child
securely in a sudden stop or crash.
Changing shoulder strap position:
1. Loosen the restraint harness by
pressing the adjuster strap lock and
pulling on the shoulder straps (Photo D).
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D
Sizing the Restraint Harness to Your Child
cont’d
2. Open the rear access panel and pull on
the restraint harness from the front to
pull up the metal splitter plate, along
with the strap loops (Photo E).
Securing Your Child
3. Unhook each shoulder strap loop from
the metal splitter plate (Photo F).
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4. From the front of the car seat, pull the
shoulder straps out from their slots and
re-thread each shoulder strap through
the correct corresponding upholstery
slots and plastic shell slots (Photo
G). Note: It will be necessary to adjust
the headrest at the same time. See
Adjusting the Headrest on page 96.
5. CHECK that each shoulder strap is
threaded into slots at the same height
and that neither shoulder strap is
twisted.
6. Turn to the back of the car seat again
and secure each shoulder strap loop
entirely onto the splitter plate as shown
(Photo H).
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7. CHECK that the straps are secured by
pulling on the shoulder straps from the
front.
8. CHECK that the upholstery and
headrest around the shoulder strap slots
do not interfere with the free movement
of the restraint harness.
9. Close the rear access panel.
H
Adjusting the shoulder straps:
The shoulder straps can be adjusted using
the adjuster strap lock. It is located under
the lower upholstery panel denoted by the
blue dot at the front of the car seat.
Always pull on the adjuster strap in a
downwards direction.
1.To loosen shoulder straps, press down
on the adjuster strap lock and pull on
both shoulder straps (Photo D).
2.To tighten the shoulder straps, pull on
the adjuster strap that hangs from the
front of the car seat (Photo I).
Securing Your Child
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I
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J
Sizing the Restraint Harness to Your Child
cont’d
Securing Your Child
Adjusting the fit of the crotch belt:
K
crotch buckle
The crotch buckle itself cannot be
lengthened but its position can be
adjusted. When correctly positioned, it
should originate behind the child’s crotch
and fit snugly and comfortably. If the
crotch belt is positioned too far forward,
it will not hold your child securely in a
sudden stop or crash.
Moving the crotch belt to a different
slot:
1. Remove your child from the car seat.
front
access
panel
L
2. Remove the crotch pad from the crotch
belt.
3.Open the lower upholstery panel (Photo
J).
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M
the car seat (Photo L).
metal plate
6.Find the metal plate under the shell that
secures the crotch belt in its slot.
7.To remove the crotch buckle, turn
the metal plate vertical and feed it up
through the shell (Photo M).
8.Keeping the plate vertical, feed it back
down into the shell in the new slot.
N
9.Let go of the plate and feed the crotch
buckle up through the upholstery in the
correct slot (Photo N). Pull up on crotch
buckle to confirm it is properly secured.
10. Close the crotch buckle flap (Photo O)
in the lower upholstery and secure the
front access panel.
Securing Your Child
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O
4.Feed the crotch buckle down through
the upholstery (Photo K).
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5.Open the front access panel underneath
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A
Adjusting the Headrest
Securing Your Child
The headrest can be adjusted to the height
of your growing child and corresponds to
the position of the shoulder strap height.
B
C
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1. Remove the edge of the upholstery from
the car seat shell by pulling it out from
under the rim. Pull out the plastic side
tabs from the slots next to each carry
handle (Photo A). This will allow you
to access the back of the upholstery
where the headrest is attached with two
tabs.
2. Note which upholstery slots the two
tabs are in, so that you can change their
location. Then, pull these two tabs away
to free the adjustable headrest
(Photo B).
3. Pull the adjustable headrest away from
the upholstery (Photo C).
4. Feed the headrest tabs back into the
new slots, making sure that they are
both threaded through slots at the same
height as the restraint harness on both
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sides of the upholstery (Photo D).
When using the restraint harness on the
top harness slot, only the lower set of
headrest tabs can be attached.
5. Press the adjustable headrest tabs
firmly onto the corresponding hookand-loop fasteners on the back of the
upholstery (Photo E).
E
6. Replace the upholstery by stretching
it back over the top rim of the car seat.
Re-insert the plastic side tabs into the
slots by the carry handles (Photo F) and
pull the upholstery around the sunshade
openings in the car seat shell.
Securing Your Child
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F
99
Securing Your Child with the
Restraint Harness
A
Buckling the restraint harness:
Securing Your Child
⚠WARNING⚠
Death or Serious Injury Can Occur
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1.Unbuckle the restraint harness by
squeezing the tabs on the chest clip as
shown (Photo A).
Failure to properly position and
adjust the shoulder straps to
your child’s size increases the
risk of serious injury or death
in the event of a sharp turn,
sudden stop or crash.
• The shoulder straps must be
correctly positioned on your
child.
• The restraint harness must be
snugly adjusted to your child.
PINCH HAZARD: When buckling,
make sure all fingers and hands
are free from chest clip and
buckle tongues.
STRANGULATION HAZARD:
Never leave child in car seat when
restraint harness is loose or undone.
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2.Unbuckle both buckle tongues by
pushing the red button on the crotch
buckle (Photo B).
B
3.To hold the harness out of the way,
secure the buckle tongues to the
magnets on the outside of the car seat
(indicated with an open circle, Photo
C). Hold the crotch belt out of the way
by flipping it forward onto the lower
upholstery panel.
A
4.Place your child into the car seat,
making sure both the child’s back
and bottom are fully supported by the
seating surfaces.
5.Position the restraint harness around the
child’s shoulders and thighs. The crotch
pad should be between the child and
the crotch buckle.
Securing Your Child
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C
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C
D
E
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Securing Your Child with the Restraint
Harness cont’d
F
6.CHECK that there are no twists in the
restraint harness straps (Photo C).
12.CHECK again that the restraint harness
is not twisted (Photo C).
7.Insert both buckle tongues into the
crotch buckle (Photo D). You should
hear and feel a CLICK as each buckle
tongue is inserted into the buckle.
13.CHECK that the restraint harness
is snug on shoulder and thighs. At
your child’s shoulder, try to pinch the
webbing up and down; your fingers
should slide off. (Photo H). 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.
8. Pull up on the buckle tongues to CHECK that they are locked. DO NOT
use the car seat if the restraint harness
does not lock in place, and contact
Orbit Baby.
9.Gently pull up on the shoulder straps to
tighten the lap section of the restraint
harness (Photo E).
10.CLICK the chest clip pieces together
and position the chest clip at armpit
level, as shown (Photo F).
11.Slowly pull the adjuster strap to snugly
adjust the restraint harness onto the
child (Photo G).
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Securing Your Child
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H
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I
Securing Your Child with the Restraint
Harness cont’d
Notes
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Unbuckling the restraint harness:
J
2. Open the chest clip by squeezing the
tabs (Photo J).
3. Unbuckle the crotch buckle by pressing
the red button (Photo K).
Securing Your Child
Securing Your Child
1. Loosen the restraint harness by
pressing and holding the adjuster strap
lock, while pulling out on the shoulder
straps (Photo I).
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Using and Traveling with Your Car
Seat
Terms You Need to Know: Stroller
Using the Car Seat on the Stroller
Terms You Need to Know: Rocker
Using the Car Seat on the Rocker Using the Car Seat on an Aircraft
Using the Sunshade (sold separately)
Terms You Need To Know: Stroller (sold separately)
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112
113
115
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Orbit Baby
Toddler Car Seat
LATCH Connector
Pockets
Orbit Baby Stroller
Stroller SmartHub
Brake
Using and Traveling with Your Car Seat
Using and Traveling with Your Car Seat
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107
Using the Car Seat on the Stroller
Using and Traveling with Your Car Seat
Refer to the instruction manual that accompanied your Orbit Baby Stroller
for complete instructions on using and maintaining your stroller.
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⚠WARNING⚠
Death or Serious Injury Can Occur
When using the Helix SmartHub Attachment, never use the
Toddler Car Seat on the rear SmartHub. Use the Toddler Car
Seat only on the front SmartHub.
Always secure your child with the restraint harness when using
the car seat with the stroller.
Avoid injuries to your child during stroller use:
• Always fully support the car seat by firmly grasping both carry
handles when docking and undocking from the stroller.
• Always make sure the car seat is securely locked into the
SmartHub of the stroller.
• Only rotate the car seat when the stroller is stationary and the
parking brakes are locked.
• Always make sure that the car seat is locked in front- or rearfacing position before strolling. Side-facing positions are for
stationary use only.
PINCH HAZARD: Keep hands and fingers clear of moving parts,
the release levers, and the SmartHub.
A
Weight Restrictions
Your child must weigh 40 lbs (18 kg)
or less to use the Toddler Car Seat
on the Orbit Stroller G2 and 50lbs
(23kg) or less on Orbit G3 Stroller.
LATCH Connector Storage
For toddler car seats installed with LATCH
and then transferred to the stroller, you can
store LATCH connectors in side pockets
while strolling (Photo A).
B
Top Tether Storage
When transferring the Orbit Toddler Car Seat
to the stroller, always store the top tether
in the rear access panel so that it does not
drag on the ground or become tangled in the
stroller (Photo B).
Using the Stroller with Braces
The Toddler Car Seat can still be used on
the stroller when the Side Impact Braces are
installed (Photo C).
Note: Using the braces will not allow
rotation of the car seat on the stroller. To
rotate your car seat on the stroller, remove
the braces and store them for future use in
an accessible location. Do not throw these
braces away. The braces may be removed
while the car seat is docked on the stroller.
C
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A
Using the Car Seat on the Stroller cont’d
Terms You Need To Know: Rocker ( sold separately)
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B
3. Grasp the car seat firmly with one hand
holding a carry handle and the other
positioned near the padded front of the
seat (Photo A). Dock the bottom of the
car seat into the SmartHub until you
hear and feel a CLICK (Photo B).
4. Rotate the car seat to a locking
position. CHECK the security of the
docking by pulling up on the car seat.
5. To rotate the car seat, grasp the carry
handle, pull the release lever and rotate
to the next locking position (Photo C).
C
Undocking and removing the car seat:
1. Lock the parking brakes on the stroller.
2. Grasp the car seat firmly by both carry
handles.
3. Squeeze either release lever upwards.
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Orbit Baby
Toddler Car Seat
2. Lock the brakes on the stroller.
4. Lift the car seat out of the Stroller and
remove it carefully.
Rocker SmartHub
Orbit Baby Rocker
Refer to the instruction manual that accompanied your Orbit Baby Rocker
for complete instructions on using and maintaining your rocker.
⚠WARNING⚠
Traveling with Your Toddler Car Seat
Using and Traveling with Your Car Seat
Docking and rotating the car seat:
1. Make sure the stroller is unfolded,
and the SmartHub is clear of objects,
before docking the car seat.
Death or Serious Injury Can Occur
Always secure your child with the restraint harness when using
the car seat with the rocker.
PINCH HAZARD: Keep hands and fingers, especially of children,
clear of moving parts and the SmartHub.
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A
Using the Car Seat on the Rocker cont’d
Using the Car Seat on an Aircraft
Docking and rotating the car seat:
1. Make sure the rocker is fully assembled,
and the SmartHub is clear of objects,
before docking the car seat.
The Orbit Baby Toddler Car Seat is certified for use in aircraft when used with
the Side Impact Braces and without the Orbit Baby car seat base and is labeled
as such on the car seat side label in red lettering. Most airlines in the U.S.
will allow the use of a car seat that is labeled as an approved child restraint
for aircraft use. Always contact the airline about their car seat policy before
traveling, and follow their guidelines for car seat use.
2. Lock the anti-rock arms on the rocker.
B
3. Grasp the car seat firmly with one hand
holding a carry handle and the other
positioned near the padded front of the
seat (Photo A). Dock the bottom of the
car seat into the SmartHub until you
hear and feel a CLICK (Photo B).
4. Rotate the car seat to a locking position.
CHECK the security of the docking by
pulling up on the car seat.
5. To rotate the car seat, grasp the carry
handle, pull the release lever and rotate
to the next locking position (Photo C).
C
Undocking and removing the car seat:
1. Lock the anti-rock arms on the rocker.
2. Grasp the car seat firmly by both carry
handles.
3. Squeeze either release lever upwards.
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4. Lift the car seat out of the rocker and
remove it carefully.
The Orbit Baby Toddler Car Seat is certified for use in
aircraft when installed WITH the Side Impact Braces
and WITHOUT the car seat base. It cannot be used with
the car seat base.
To secure the car seat rear-facing in an aircraft seat: Follow the instructions
in the rear-facing section Installing the Car Seat: With Vehicle Seat Belt using a
vehicle lap belt.
To secure the car seat forward-facing in an aircraft seat: Follow the
instructions in the forward-facing section Installing the Car Seat: With Vehicle
Seat Belt using a vehicle lap belt.
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Using and Traveling with Your Car Seat
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1. You should choose the same orientation (either rear- or forward-facing) for an
aircraft installation as you would use in a car for your child at that time.
2. Make sure that the aircraft seat belt can be tightly secured around the car
seat. If the aircraft lap belt is too short, ask your flight attendant for a belt
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Using the Car Seat on an Aircraft cont’d
Using the Sunshade (sold
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separately)
3. Recline the aircraft seat back when installing the seat; then bring it back
upright for an even tighter installation.
Tips For using the car seat with your child on an aircraft:
1. Reserve a separate aircraft seat for your child and the car seat.
2. Contact the airline in advance to be sure this car seat complies with their
specific requirements, and to check whether they will provide discounted
tickets for children.
3. Familiarize yourself before the flight with the appropriate Installing the Car
Seat: With Vehicle Belt section of this manual, watch installation videos and
read FAQ’s on our website at www.orbitbaby.com/support, and practice the
installation at home.
4. Ensure your manual is in the pocket of the rear access panel on the back of
your car seat for your reference.
5. Bulkhead seats or business class seats are preferred, as they have more
room in front of them.
⚠WARNING⚠
Death or Serious Injury Can Occur
CRUSHING HAZARD: Never put
objects on top of the sunshade.
The weight of objects may cause
the sunshade to collapse.
FALL HAZARD: Never carry
the car seat by grasping the
sunshade. The sunshade could
detach and the seat could fall,
injuring your child.
A UV sunshade is available for the Toddler
Car Seat. This sunshade can be used in
the car to keep sun off your child and can
also be used when the Toddler Car Seat is
docked on the Orbit Stroller.
Using and Traveling with Your Car Seat
Using and Traveling with Your Car Seat
extender. Do not use the car seat if the aircraft seat belt does not hold the
car seat tightly.
6. Install your car seat in a window seat to avoid blocking egress from the row.
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7. Take advantage of pre-boarding for families with children. The extra time will
help to get the car seat installed securely.
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A
sunshade
fitting
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Notes
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To install the sunshade:
1.Insert the plastic fittings on the
sunshade into the slots on the shell
(Photo A). The fittings should softly
click when fully inserted.
B
2.Stretch the backside of the sunshade
over the rim of the car seat (Photo B).
3. Snap sides of the sunshade onto the
upholstery snaps (Photo C).
To remove the sunshade:
C
snap
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Using the Sunshade cont’d
Unsnap the sides of the sunshade.
Pull the backside of the sunshade out
from under the rim of the car seat.
Push each sunshade fitting out of its
slots from the back of the shell as you
squeeze the buttons on the fittings
(Photo D). Be careful as you remove
the sunshade because it will spring
outwards.
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Maintaining Your Car Seat
Removing the Upholstery Cleaning the Upholstery
Re-installing the Upholstery
Other Cleaning Instructions
Limited Customer Warranty (United States)
Removing the Upholstery
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A
The upholstery can be easily removed for
cleaning WITHOUT detaching the restraint
harness from the car seat. Replace
the upholstery once cleaned and dried
completely. DO NOT use the Toddler Car
Seat without the upholstery.
1. Remove the edge of the upholstery
from the car seat shell by pulling it out
from under the rim (Photo A).
B
Side
Tab
2. Pull out the plastic side tabs from the
slots next to each carry handle (Photo
B).
3. Remove the headrest by detaching
the hook and loop fasteners from the
behind the upholstery and pulling it
free from the upholstery (Photo C).
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C
4. Unbuckle the restraint harness. Open
the center panel from top to bottom by
freeing the sides where the shoulder
straps enter (Photo D).
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5. Remove the shoulder pads from
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D
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center
panel
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Cleaning the Upholstery
Removing the Upholstery cont’d
the restraint harness and pass the
shoulder straps through the now open
center panel to free the upholstery
from the seat back.
E
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1. Machine wash in cold water on a gentle
cycle with a mild detergent, such as
Orbit Baby’s Upholstery Wash. Washing
inside a pillow case and in a frontloading washer is recommended. DO
NOT USE BLEACH.
6. Pull the crotch buckle through the
slot in the bottom of the upholstery
(Photo E). This will completely free the
upholstery from the car seat shell.
2. Lay the upholstery flat to dry. Do not
machine dry. Machine drying may
cause excessive shrinkage and result
in the upholstery not fitting the car seat
properly.
3. Re-install the upholstery once cleaned
and completely dried. DO NOT use the
car seat without the upholstery.
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Maintaining Your Car Seat
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A
Re-installing the Upholstery
Maintaining Your Car Seat
1. Re-attach the headrest by inserting the
two headrest tabs into the upholstery
slots corresponding with the shell
slot you will be using for the restraint
harness. Press the hook and loop
fasteners together (Photo A).
B
3. Pull each side of the restraint harness
through the sides of center panel of
the upholstery (Photo B). Secure the
center panel closed.
C
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2. Ensure that the restraint harness
buckles are unbuckled, and that all
upholstery fasteners are pulled apart.
Position the upholstery within the car
seat.
D
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bottom of the center panel (Photo D).
Make sure the straps can move freely
through the slots.
4. Pull the crotch buckle back through the
opening in the bottom of the upholstery,
again making sure to use the same
corresponding upholstery slot as the
slot position used in the car seat shell
(Photo E).
E
5. Secure the elastic edges of the
upholstery by stretching them over the
rim of the car seat shell.
6. Insert the plastic side tabs into the slots
by the carry handles (Photo F).
4. CHECK that the shoulder straps are
threaded through the upholstery at
the same height as the corresponding
slots being used in the seat shell
(Photo C).
7. Re-attach the shoulder pads and
CHECK that the shoulder straps move
freely through the slots and are not
twisted.
5. Thread the lap portions of the straps
through the slots at the sides of the
8. CHECK that the restraint harness is not
twisted and pull on the straps to make
sure the restraint harness is secure.
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F
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Other Cleaning Instructions
Metal and plastic parts
Maintaining Your Car Seat
Metal and plastic parts on the car seat and car seat base may be wiped
clean with a mild soap and water solution. Towel dry. Do not use household
detergents, such as bleach or abrasive agents. These detergents can weaken
plastic parts and corrode metal parts. Orbit Baby’s Cream Scrub is approved for
use on all plastic and metal parts except for the car seat buckle.
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Restraint harness
• Shoulder straps: The shoulder straps may be spot cleaned with a mild
soap and water solution and towel dried. DO NOT immerse the shoulder
harness in water. Doing so may weaken them. If the harness is still heavily
soiled after spot cleaning, contact Orbit Baby for further instructions. Do not
disassemble the restraint harness.
• Adjuster lock and strap: Periodically check the adjuster lock to be sure it
is clean and free of food, coins, dirt, and other objects. If debris is present,
it must be removed to prevent interference with the adjuster mechanism.
Brush away loose debris and sponge clean using warm water and mild soap.
Towel dry. Do not use solvents or abrasive cleaners. Do not separate the
adjuster strap from the adjuster lock.
• Crotch buckle and buckle tongues: If a child eats and drinks in the car
seat, the crotch buckle and buckle tongues should be periodically checked
and cleaned of any accumulated debris or liquids. The crotch buckle may
be cleaned with a damp cloth or removed and thoroughly rinsed with warm
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water. Towel dry. Test the crotch buckle by fastening and unfastening until
a positive click is heard when inserting the buckle tongues. If a click is
not heard, repeat the cleaning procedure. Do not use lubricants, solvents,
abrasive cleaners, soap or other household detergents on the crotch buckle
or buckle tongues.
SmartHub, rotational check mechanism & hub locks
Keep the entire bottom hub area, and the hub locks specifically, clean and
free of foreign material in order for the car seat to function properly. Keep the
car seat base’s SmartHub and rotational indicators clean and free of foreign
material. Do not allow any liquids or particulate matter (such as sand or soil) to
enter any of these areas.
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Limited Customer Warranty (United States)
• What this limited warranty covers and for how long:
Orbit Baby, Inc. (“Orbit Baby”) warrants that the product accompanied by this
limited warranty is free from manufacturing defects in material or workmanship
for a period of two (2) years from the date of original purchase. This warranty
only applies to the original purchaser of the product and only to products
purchased and used in the United States of America. The limited warranty
period also applies to any implied warranties that may exist under applicable
law. Some States do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts,
so the above limitation may not apply to you.
• What this limited warranty does not cover:
This limited warranty does not apply to: (1) defects resulting from repair
(except by Orbit Baby or its authorized service representatives) or alteration of
the product, (2) defects resulting from use with covers, inserts, accessories,
tightening devices, or other components not supplied by or expressly approved
in writing by Orbit Baby, (3) defects resulting from misuse, including any use not
in accordance with the product instructions, abuse, accident, neglect, improper
maintenance or handling, or normal wear and tear, (4) defects resulting from
handling by airlines or airport staff, and (5) defects such as corrosion or molding
resulting from improper storage, such as storage outdoors, storage in damp
environments, or storage with moisture or salt on the product.
• What Orbit Baby will do:
If you believe the product is defective please return it to Orbit Baby in the
manner described below within the limited warranty period. If Orbit Baby
determines a defect is covered by this limited warranty, Orbit Baby will, at its
option, repair or replace the product or components of the product. This limited
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warranty extends to repaired and replacement products and components only
through the end of the original limited warranty period.
• What Orbit Baby and its distributors and retailers are not responsible for:
In no event will Orbit Baby or any of its retailers, dealers, distributors or retailers
be liable for incidental, indirect or consequential damages relating to the product
(including any repaired or replacement product or component) or its use. Some
states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential
damages, so the above limitation and exclusion may not apply to you.
• How state law applies:
This limited warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may have other
rights which vary from State to State.
• What you must do to get service under this limited warranty:
To make a claim under this limited warranty you must first contact Orbit Baby.
Please write to: Orbit Baby Inc.
8445 Central Ave.
Newark, CA 94560 USA
or call: 1-877-ORB-BABY (1-877-672-2229)
510-793-5007
or e-mail: support@orbitbaby.com
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You must provide proof of purchase in the form of your original sales receipt in
order to obtain service under this limited warranty.
If you would like to purchase spare parts, please visit www.shoporbitbaby.com.
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Keep this instruction manual for future use. It can be stored in the
pocket inside the rear access panel, at the rear of the Toddler Car
Seat. For the most updated version of this manual, scan this code.
After-Impact Exchange:
If your Orbit Baby Toddler Car Seat or car seat base were involved in a vehicle
collision, please contact Orbit Baby or go to www.orbitbaby.com/support to find
out if the products qualify under our After-Impact Exchange program.
Customer Service & Replacement Parts:
When you contact us, please have your product’s model number, serial number,
and date of manufacture ready. These numbers can be found on the product
information label behind the rear access panel on the car seat.
In the United States, contact customer service:
1. by internet: www.orbitbaby.com/support
2. by email: support@orbitbaby.com
3. by phone: 1-877-ORB-BABY (1-877-672-2229)
U.S.Pat.Nos. 7,740,313. The system, including the seat and base, are
covered by U.S. Patent No. 7,338,122, 7,559,606, and 8,235,465. Other
U.S. Patents Pending. European Patent Application No. 05751808.6. Orbit
Baby® and related logo, Orbit®, and SmartHub® are registered trademarks of
Orbit Baby, Inc. in the United States and certain other countries. Side Impact
Braces™, and orbitgreen™ are trademarks of Orbit Baby, Inc.
ORB300032 I Rev 2.0 | 2013NOV ©2013 Orbit Baby, Inc.
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