Table of Contents
1. Safety Information
2. Vehicle Compatability
Safety Belts
Vehicle Seating Positions
Checking Vehicle Buckle Position
3. Aircraft Installation
4. Features
5. Recline Adjustment
6. Wedge Positioning System
7. Vehicle Installation
Rear-Facing
Forward-Facing
8. Versa-Tether®
9. Securing a Child
Fastening and Releasing the Buckle
HUGS™ and Comfort Pads
Fastening and Releasing the Chest Clip
Securing the Harness
Checking Harness Height
Harness Height Adjustment
10. Care and Maintenance
11. Warranty Information
INSTRUCTION BOOKLET
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This product and its components are subject to change without notice.
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Safety Information
Safety Information
WARNING!
DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY can occur:
• Infants should remain in a rear-facing child restraint as long as
possible. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends rearfacing until at least 1 year of age and 20 pounds.
• Use only with children whose weight is between 5 and 65 pounds
(2.3 and 29 kg) and whose height is 49 inches (124 cm) or less. Use
rear facing 5–33 pounds (2.3–15 kg) and forward facing maximum
65 pounds (29 kg). (Upper weight limits refer to casted weight.)
• Snugly adjust the belts provided with this restraint around child. A
snug strap should not allow any slack. It lies in a relatively straight
line without sagging. It does not press on the child’s flesh or push
the child’s body into an unnatural position.
• Secure the top anchorage strap provided with this child restraint.
• Secure this child restraint with the vehicle’s child restraint anchorage
system if available or with a vehicle belt.
• Follow all instructions on this child restraint and in the written
instructions located on lanyard, under cover in front of seat.
• Register your child restraint with the manufacturer.
• Use vehicle belt (not LATCH hooks) for installations with children
weighing more than 48 pounds* (21 kg). Refer to the vehicle
owner’s manual or contact the vehicle manufacturer for the
maximum weight rating for their LATCH anchors. Unless specified
otherwise by the vehicle manufacturer, assume a 48-pound child is
the vehicle LATCH anchor limit.
• For casted children, caregivers should consult with a medical
professional for proper positioning.
• This child restraint must not be used in the home, in boats, or other
non-certified applications.
• Based on crash statistics, the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration recommends that parents select the rear seat as the
safest location for a properly installed child restraint. Please study
the section on Vehicle Safety Belts in this booklet to ensure the
child’s safety. If in doubt about installing the child restraint, consult
the vehicle owner’s manual.
• Secure this child restraint even when it is not occupied. In a crash,
an unsecured child restraint may injure vehicle occupants.
• When using in vehicle with air bags, refer to the vehicle owner’s
manual for child restraint installation instructions and precautions.
• Restraint must be in the full upright position when installed in
forward-facing mode with children over 40 pounds* (18 kg).
• Never use the adjuster strap to lift or carry this child restraint. Doing
so could cause damage to the harness adjuster and webbing. Always
carry this child restraint by the shell or tether strap.
• The primary protection for occupants of a vehicle in a collision is the
structure of the vehicle itself; a child restraint will not protect a child
when the vehicle is seriously impacted. However, correctly installed,
a child restraint will substantially improve the chances for survival in
most crashes. Make sure that all users fully understand the correct
ways to use this child restraint in a vehicle.
* Casted Weight
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Safety Information
Safety Information
• This child restraint system conforms to all applicable Federal Motor
Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). This restraint is certified for use
in motor vehicles and aircraft.
• Child restraints could be recalled for safety reasons. You must
register this restraint to be reached in a recall. Send your name,
address, and the restraint’s model number and manufacturing
date to: Britax Child Safety, Inc., 13501 South Ridge Drive
Charlotte, NC 28273 or call 1-888-427-4829 or register
online at www.BritaxUSA.com. For recall information, call the
U.S. Government’s Auto Safety Hotline at: 1-888-327-4236
(TTY 1-800-424-9153) or go to http://www.NHTSA.gov.
• The Hippo is distributed by Snug Seat, Inc. For customer service call
1-800-336-7684 or write: Snug Seat, Inc., PO Box 1739 Matthews,
NC 28106.
WARNING! Do not place a child
restraint in the front seat of a
vehicle with a passenger air bag.
DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY can
occur. The back seat is the safest
place for children under 12.
Weight Range
Rear-Facing
Weight 5 – 33 pounds (2.3 – 15 kg). (Upper
weight limit refers to casted weight)
Forward-Facing
Weight 20 pounds (and 1 year) – 65 pounds
(9 – 29 kg). (Upper weight limit refers to
casted weight)
Maximum Height
Rear-Facing
The child is too tall when the top of the head
is 1 inch from the top of the restraint
Forward-Facing
Use of the seat should be discontinued when
any one of the following occurs:
• The tops of the ears are above the top of
the restraint
• The top harness slots fall below the child’s
shoulders
• The child exceeds the weight capacity of the seat
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Safety Information
IMPORTANT:
• Verify child restraint is secure and harness is properly adjusted
around child each time child restraint is used.
• Adjust harness to fit clothes the child is wearing. Remove bulky
coats and/or jackets before putting child in restraint.
Cover restraint when vehicle is parked in direct sunlight. Parts of
child restraint could become hot enough to burn a child.
Store child restraint in a safe place when it is not being used. Avoid
placing heavy objects on top of it.
To prevent injury due to deterioration or hidden damage,
discontinue use of a child restraint that is older than six years or
has been in a severe crash. See date of manufacture, located on
restraint.
Do not leave children alone in a vehicle, even for a short time.
Do not, except as described in this booklet, attempt to disassemble
any part of the child restraint or change the way its harness or
vehicle’s restraint belts are used.
Do not leave loose objects, e.g. books, bags, etc., in the back of
a vehicle. In the event of a sudden stop, loose objects will keep
moving, potentially causing serious injuries.
Do not leave folding vehicle seats unlatched. In event of a sudden
stop, a loose seat back could prevent child restraint from protecting
the child as well as it should.
Do not allow children to play with this or any child restraint.
Do not use anything to raise restraint off vehicle seat except as
described in these instructions. In a crash, restraint could slide and
may not protect the child as well as it should.
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Vehicle Compatability
NOTE: The information in this section only applies to installation with
vehicle safety belts.
IMPORTANT: Vehicle seats and safety belts differ from vehicle to
vehicle. Refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual for specific information
about vehicle safety belts and their use with child restraints. Some
vehicles have no seating positions which are compatible with this child
restraint or any other child restraint. If in doubt, contact the vehicle
manufacturer for assistance.
This child restraint can fit securely in most vehicles using existing
vehicle belts. However, some vehicle designs prevent a secure fit of
the child restraint due to position of the vehicle-belt lower anchorage
points.
The owner’s manual for your vehicle will have
information on the types of vehicle belts in your vehicle.
If your belt type is listed below, select another seating
position or use Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children A
(LATCH) connectors.
The following types of vehicle belts are not compatible
with this child restraint:
Front vehicle belts with top or bottom anchorage points in B
the door. (Fig. A)
Motor-driven, automatic vehicle belts. (Fig. B)
Lap-shoulder belts that have separate retractors for shoulder section and
lap section in which lap-section retractor does not lock.
Non-locking, two-point Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) vehicle belts.
Lap-shoulder ELR vehicle belts without use of the lock-off.
NOTE: Refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual to determine the kind of
retractors used in your vehicle and how to operate them.
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Vehicle Compatability
Aircraft Installation
Vehicle Seating Positions
Aircraft Installation
This child restraint is certified for aircraft use. Most
airlines in the U.S. and Canada will allow the use
of a child restraint if it is labeled as an approved
child restraint for airline use and fits properly on
the plane. Contact the airline about their policy
prior to traveling.
• The FAA recommends that a child weighing up
to 40 pounds use
a certified, harnessed child restraint
while traveling on an aircraft.
• Install your child restraint in a window
seat to avoid blocking the aisle.
• If the aircraft lap belt is too short,
ask the flight attendant for a belt
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extender.
WARNING! Forward-facing vehicle seats MUST be
used with this child restraint. Side-facing or rear-facing
seats CANNOT be used. See diagram below.
Checking Vehicle Buckle Position
WARNING! The position of the vehicle belt buckle can
affect the stability of the child restraint. In a crash, an
improperly positioned buckle could become loose and
the child would be unprotected.
Rear-Facing Installation
For rear-facing aircraft installation
(Fig. D), follow Rear-Facing Lap-Belt
Installation instructions on pages 18-21.
Forward-Facing Installation
For forward-facing aircraft installation
(Fig. E), follow Forward-Facing Lap-Belt
Installation instructions on pages 22-26.
If buckle lies near position marked as wrong
( ) when vehicle belt is tightened, try fitting
child restraint in another seating position in
vehicle.
E
If it is not possible to achieve correct position
( ) for buckle, another seating position
MUST be used.
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Features
Features
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1 Harness Slots
2 Comfort Pads
3 Chest Clip
4 HUGS™
Shoulder Pads
5 Harness Straps
6 Harness Adjuster
Lever (Under Flap)
7 Buckle and Belly Pad
8 Perma-Book® (Under Cover)
9 Rear-Facing Lock-Offs
10 Recline Handle
11 LATCH Adjuster
12 LATCH Hooks
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13 Harness Adjuster Strap
14 LATCH Harness
15 Wedge Positioning
System (optional)
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16 Cover
17 Versa-Tether® (in Pouch)
18 Forward-Facing Lock-off
19 Elastic Harness Holder
20 Harness Yoke
21 Pouch for LATCH Hooks
(Under Cover)
22 LATCH Bar
23 Base
24 Serial/Model Number Label
(Lift Cover)
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Recline Adjustment
Wedge Positioning System
Wedge Positioning System
A wedge positioning system has been provided to assist in achieving
a snug fit. Consult a medical professional for proper use. See
illustrations for profile view of possible configurations.
Recline Adjustment
Pull the recline handle, then tilt the restraint
shell into the desired position. Release the
recline handle, then verify that the child
restraint has locked into position.
• It will be necessary to loosen the tether and
vehicle seat belt before adjusting the recline position.
Recline Criteria
Restraint
Orientation
Casted Child
Weight
Position
Rear-Facing
Must be reclined
Max. 33 pounds (15 kg)
Forward-Facing
Reclined/Upright
Max. 40 pounds (18 kg)
Forward-Facing
Must be Upright
40–65 pounds (18–29 kg)
A
WARNING! Always use the Versa-Tether® in the
following conditions:
• Forward-facing recline. The restraint can only be
reclined up to 40 pounds (18kg) (casted weight).
• For children weighing more than 40 pounds (18kg)
(casted weight).
B
Britax® recommends that the tether always be used forward-facing.
Using the tether will improve the stability of your child restraint and
reduce the risk of injury.
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Vehicle Installation: Rear-Facing
Vehicle Installation: Rear-Facing
Rear-Facing: LATCH Installation
• Figure A illustrates a typical rear-facing
LATCH installation.
1 Verify that your vehicle is equipped with
LATCH anchors.
• If LATCH anchors are not installed, you
must use standard vehicle belt installation
methods.
2 If stored, remove LATCH hooks from
storage pouches under cover.
3 Press and hold the LATCH adjuster release
button, then pull to lengthen each LATCH
harness to full length.
4 Fully recline the restraint and place it
sideways on the vehicle seat, with the front
facing toward you.
5 Verify that the LATCH harness is not
twisted, then attach the farthest hook to
LATCH anchor (Fig. B).
6 Rotate seat into rear-facing position.
7 Verify that the LATCH harness is not
twisted, then attach the closest hook to
LATCH anchor (Fig. C).
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8 Push the child restraint firmly into the
vehicle seat while pulling each LATCH
harness tight (Fig. D).
9 Verify that the LATCH harness is tight and
the child restraint is secure. A secure restraint
should allow no more than 1 inch (2.5 cm)
of side-to-side or front-to-back movement D
at the belt path.
IMPORTANT:
• Britax recommends use of the Versa-Tether® to
improve installation. See pages 27-30.
• The back angle of the child restraint should
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be 30º-45º from vertical (not to exceed 45º
from vertical) when the car is parked on a level
E
surface (Fig. E).
• The proper recline angle can be achieved by placing a rolled towel or
pool noodle in the crease of the vehicle seat to help level the child
restraint’s base.
• If there is a problem stabilizing the restraint, tighten the tether as
described on page 28 using anchor point 3.
WARNING! Do not raise the base beyond horizontal
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or off of the vehicle seat; doing so will reduce the
protection for the child.
Removal
• Disconnect the versa-tether from the tether anchor, if attached.
• Release each LATCH harness from the LATCH anchor by
depressing the hook release and disengaging the hook from
the LATCH anchor.
• When not in use, always store the LATCH hooks in storage
pouches sewn in cover above rear-facing lock-offs.
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Vehicle Installation: Rear-Facing
Vehicle Installation: Rear-Facing
Rear-Facing: Lap-Shoulder Belt Installation
• Figure A illustrates a typical rear-facing lap-shoulder belt installation.
• When not in use, always store the LATCH hooks in storage pouches
sewn in cover above rear-facing lock-offs.
1 Place the child restraint rear-facing and in full recline position on
the vehicle seat.
2 Lift cover to access rear-facing lock-offs (Fig. B). Open rear-facing
lock-off farthest from where the vehicle belt will be buckled.
3 Pull the vehicle belt out, then pass it through the first rear-facing
belt slot (Fig. C).
• The vehicle belt can be routed over or under the cover.
4 Route vehicle belt behind the buckle, then through the opposite
rear-facing belt slot (Fig. D).
5 Verify that the vehicle belt is not twisted, then buckle (Fig. E).
6 Push the restraint firmly into the seat while removing slack from
the lap portion of the vehicle belt, then the shoulder portion.
7 Lift cover to access rear-facing lock-off farthest
from vehicle buckle. Position both sections of
vehicle belt through the lock-off, then close
lock-off arm (Fig. F) and replace cover.
• Lock-off is properly closed when a positive
click is heard.
• To prevent breakage, never bend the lockoff arm beyond its natural open position and
always keep lock-off closed when not in use.
• If your vehicle is equipped with an automatic
locking retractor (ALR), use of lock-offs is not
required as long as the ALR is activated. Check
your vehicle’s owner’s manual to determine
the type of retractor your vehicle has.
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G
8 Verify that the vehicle belt is tight and the child restraint is secure.
A secure restraint should allow no more than 1 inch (2.5 cm) of
side-to-side or front-to-back movement at the belt path.
IMPORTANT:
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B
C
• The back angle of the child restraint should be 30º-45º from vertical
(not to exceed 45º from vertical) when car is parked on a level
surface (Fig. F).
• The rear-facing installation can be improved by use of the VersaTether® (pages 27-30).
• The proper recline angle can be achieved by placing a rolled towel or
pool noodle in crease of vehicle seat to help level child restraint’s base.
• If there is a problem stabilizing restraint, tighten tether as described
on page 28 using anchor point 3.
WARNING! Do not raise the base beyond horizontal or
off of the vehicle seat; doing so will reduce the protection
for the child.
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Removal
Reverse the above directions.
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Vehicle Installation: Rear-Facing
Rear-Facing: Lap-Belt Installation
• Figure A illustrates a typical rear-facing lap-belt installation.
• When not in use, always store the LATCH hooks in storage pouches
sewn in cover above rear-facing lock-offs.
1 Place the child restraint rear-facing and in full-recline position on
the vehicle seat.
2 Lift cover to access rear-facing lock-off (Fig. B). Open rear-facing lock-off
farthest from where the vehicle belt will be buckled and replace cover.
3 Pull the vehicle belt out, then pass it through the closest rearfacing belt slot (Fig. C).
• The vehicle belt can be routed over or under the restraint cover.
4 Route vehicle belt behind the buckle, then through the opposite
rear-facing belt slot (Fig. D).
5 Verify that the vehicle belt is not twisted, then buckle (Fig. E).
Vehicle Installation: Rear-Facing
6 Push the restraint firmly into the vehicle seat
while removing slack from the vehicle belt.
7 Lift cover to access remaining rear-facing
lock-off. Position the vehicle belt through the
rear-facing lock-off farthest from the vehicle
buckle, then close lock-off arm (Fig. F) and
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replace cover.
• Lock-off is properly closed when a positive click is heard.
• To prevent breakage, never extend the lock-off arm beyond its natural
open position and always keep lock-off closed when not in use.
• If your vehicle is equipped with an automatic locking retractor (ALR),
use of the lock-offs is not required as long as the ALR is activated.
Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual to determine the type of retractor
your vehicle has.
8 Verify that the vehicle belt is tight and the child restraint is secure.
A secure restraint should allow no more than 1 inch (2.5 cm) of
side-to-side or front-to-back movement at the belt path.
IMPORTANT:
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B
C
• The back angle of the child restraint should be
30˚-45˚ from vertical (not to exceed 45˚ from
vertical) when car is parked on a level surface
(Fig. G).
• The rear-facing installation can be improved
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by use of the Versa-Tether® (pages 27-30).
• The proper recline angle can be achieved by placing a rolled towel or
pool noodle in crease of vehicle seat to help level child restraint’s base.
• If there is a problem stabilizing restraint, tighten tether as described on
page 28 using anchor point 3.
WARNING! Do not raise the base beyond horizontal or
off of the vehicle seat; doing so will reduce the protection
for the child.
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Removal
Reverse the above directions.
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Vehicle Installation: Forward-Facing
Vehicle Installation: Forward-Facing
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Forward-Facing: LATCH Installation
• Figure A illustrates the forward-facing
LATCH installation.
1 Verify that your vehicle is equipped with
LATCH anchors.
• If LATCH anchors are not installed, you
must use standard vehicle belt installation
methods.
• If using Versa-Tether®, remove from pouch
and loosely attach to an approved tetheranchorage point (page 28).
2 If stored, remove LATCH hooks from
storage pouches under cover and VersaTether® from pouch on rear of cover.
3 Press and hold the LATCH adjuster release
button, then pull to lengthen each LATCH
harness to full length.
4 Place the restraint sideways on the vehicle
seat, with the back facing toward you.
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8 Install Versa-Tether as instructed on
page 27-30.
9 Push the restraint firmly into vehicle seat
while pulling each LATCH harness tight
(Fig. D).
10 Verify that the LATCH harness is tight and
the child restraint is secure. A secure
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restraint should allow no more than 1 inch
(2.5 cm) of side-to-side or front-to-back movement at the
belt path.
WARNING! Use vehicle belt (not LATCH hooks) for
B
installations with children whose casted weight is more
than 48 pounds (21 kg). Refer to the vehicle owner’s
manual or contact the vehicle manufacturer for the maximum
weight rating for their LATCH anchors. Unless specified otherwise
by the vehicle manufacturer, assume a 48-pound (21 kg) casted
child is the vehicle LATCH anchor limit.
WARNING! Always use the Versa-Tether® in the
following conditions:
• Forward-facing recline. The restraint can only be
reclined up to 40 pounds (18kg) (casted weight).
• For children weighing more than 40 pounds (18kg)
(casted weight).
• Restraint must be in the full upright
position when installed in forward-facing
mode with children over 40 pounds* (18 kg). C
5 Verify that LATCH harness is not twisted,
then loosely attach the farthest hook to LATCH anchor (Fig. B).
6 Rotate seat into forward-facing position.
7 Verify that LATCH harness is not twisted, then loosely attach the
closest hook to LATCH anchor (Fig. C).
Removal
• Disconnect the Versa-Tether® from the tether anchor, if attached.
• Release each LATCH harness from the LATCH anchor by depressing
the hook release and disengaging the hook from the LATCH anchor.
• When not in use, always store the LATCH hooks in storage pouches
sewn in cover above rear-facing lock-offs.
* Casted Weight
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Vehicle Installation: Forward-Facing
Vehicle Installation: Forward-Facing
Forward-Facing: Lap-Shoulder Belt Installation
• Figure A illustrates the forward-facing
lap-shoulder vehicle belt installation.
• When not in use, always store the LATCH
hooks in storage pouches sewn in cover
above rear-facing lock-offs.
1 Place the child restraint forward-facing on
the vehicle seat.
• If using Versa-Tether®, remove from pouch
A
and loosely attach to an approved tetheranchorage point (page 28).
WARNING! If the seat is reclined
or the child’s weight is over 40
pounds* (18 kg), Versa-Tether®
must be used. Install Versa-Tether® as
instructed on pages 27-30.
2 Pull the vehicle belt out, then pass it over
the LATCH bar, through the forward-facing
belt path, then over the LATCH bar on the
other side (Fig. B).
3 Verify that the vehicle belt is not twisted,
then buckle (Fig. B).
4 Rotate the forward-facing lock-off down
to open.
6 Push the restraint firmly into the vehicle
seat while pulling the shoulder portion of
the vehicle belt tightly through the lock-off
to remove slack (Fig. D).
7 Hold the shoulder belt tight, then rotate the
lock-off upward until it clicks in place
(Fig. E).
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8 Verify that the vehicle belt is tight and the
child restraint is secure. A secure restraint
should allow no more than 1 inch (2.5 cm)
of side-to-side or front-to-back movement
at the belt path.
• See Checking Vehicle Buckle Position on
page 28.
• Installation can be improved by the use of
B
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the Versa-Tether® (see pages 27-30).
WARNING! Always use the Versa-Tether® in the
C
• Only use lock-off farthest from where the vehicle belt is buckled.
following conditions:
• Forward-facing recline. The restraint can only be
reclined up to 40 pounds (18kg) (casted weight).
• For children weighing more than 40 pounds (18kg)
(casted weight).
Removal
Reverse the above directions.
5 Remove slack from the lap portion of the vehicle belt.
* Casted Weight
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Vehicle Installation: Forward-Facing
Versa-Tether®
Forward-Facing: Lap-Belt Installation
WARNING! The Versa-Tether® must be used in the
• Figure A illustrates the forward-facing,
following conditions:
• Forward-facing recline. The restraint can only be
reclined up to 40 pounds (18kg) (casted weight).
• For children weighing more than 40 pounds (casted
weight).
lap-belt only vehicle belt installation.
• When not in use, always store the LATCH
hooks in storage pouches sewn in cover
above rear-facing lock-offs.
1 Place the child restraint forward-facing on
the vehicle seat. (See Recline table on
page 14).
A
• Restraint must be in the full upright
position when installed in forward-facing
mode with children over 40 pounds
(18 kg) casted weight.
• If using Versa-Tether®, remove from pouch
and loosely attach to an approved tetheranchorage point (page 28).
B
2 Pull the vehicle belt out, then pass it under
(Fig. B) the LATCH bar, through the
forward-facing belt path, then under the
LATCH bar on the other side (Fig. C).
3 Verify that the vehicle belt is not twisted,
then buckle.
C
4 Push the restraint firmly into the vehicle seat
while removing slack from the vehicle belt.
5 Verify that the vehicle belt is tight and the child restraint is secure.
A secure restraint should allow no more than 1 inch (2.5 cm) of
side-to-side or front-to-back movement at the belt path.
• See Checking Vehicle Buckle Position on page 10.
• Installation can be improved by the use of the Versa-Tether® (see
pages 27-30).
WARNING! When using the restraint in forwardfacing mode, attach the Versa-Tether® only to tether
anchors identified by the vehicle manufacturer as tetheranchorage points. Use of other locations is not approved
or permitted.
If a tether anchorage is not available, DO NOT modify the vehicle
without advice from the vehicle manufacturer.
DO NOT hook the Versa-Tether to the bottom of a vehicle seat
adjuster!
IMPORTANT:
• Britax recommends that the tether be used forward-facing. Using the
tether will improve the stability of the child restraint and reduce the
risk of injury.
• When using the restraint in forward-facing mode, attach the VersaTether only to tether anchors identified by the vehicle manufacturer
as tether anchorage points. Use of other locations is not approved or
permitted.
• If the vehicle does not currently have a tether anchor attachment,
refer to the vehicle owner’s manual or contact the vehicle
manufacturer for assistance.
• If a tether anchorage is not available, do not modify the vehicle
without advice from the vehicle manufacturer.
• Do not hook the Versa-Tether to the bottom of a vehicle
seat adjuster!
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Versa-Tether®
Using the Versa-Tether
1 Consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual for
approved tether-anchorage locations.
2 Locate the tether on rear of restraint and place
up and over seat back while securing restraint.
3 Secure the child restraint by a seat-belt or
LATCH system.
4 Press and hold the tilt-lock adjuster, then pull
to fully extend tether strap into a "V" shape.
5 Locate the hook on the strap and loosely attach
the tether to an approved anchor point.
Versa-Tether®
Rear-Facing Tether Connector Strap
WARNING! Only use the tether connector strap for
rear-facing tether installation.
A
B
• See Fig. A for forward-facing installation.
• See Fig. B and C for rear-facing installation.
Rear-facing installation may also require use
of the Tether Connector Strap, as described
on page 29.
C
6 Pull the Versa-Tether strap to remove all
slack. Roll up excess webbing and store in tether pouch.
7 Verify there is no slack in the Versa-Tether strap and that child
restraint is properly secured. The restraint is secure when it cannot
be moved front-to-back or side-to-side more than 1 inch (2.5 cm.)
at the belt path. If the restraint is not secure, repeat procedure or
use an alternate seating location.
NOTE:
• The rear-facing recline angle of the child restraint should be 30º-45º from
vertical (not to exceed 45º from vertical) when the car is parked on a level
surface.
• The rear-facing recline angle can be adjusted by placing a rolled towel or pool
noodle in the crease of the vehicle seat, and the restraint can be stabilized by
tightening the tether as shown in Figure C, using anchor point 3.
• It may be necessary to loosen the tether and vehicle seat belt before adjusting
the recline position.
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Because every vehicle model is different, sometimes you cannot find a location to properly
anchor the tether or the structural part of the
seat is too large for the hook. Use the rearD
facing tether connector strap (Fig. D) to assist
in creating an anchor point.
1 Find a fixed vehicle seat belt anchor or vehicle seat leg (that is
bolted to the floor) to which the strap can be wrapped around.
2 If you cannot find an acceptable location to create an anchor
point, contact the vehicle manufacturer to identify a suitable
tether connection point.
3 Loop the strap around the metal anchor.
4 Take the metal D-ring and thread it through the webbing loop on
the other end of the strap.
5 Pull the metal D-ring all the way through until the strap is tight
around the metal anchor.
6 Use the D-ring as an attachment point for hook on tether strap.
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Versa-Tether®
Securing a Child
Fastening the Buckle
Energy-Absorbing Tether
WARNING! The energy-absorbing tether has been
designed to help indicate when child restraint has been in
a severe crash and replacement of child restraint is necessary.
Figure A shows the tether when the child
restraint is acceptable for continued use.
The colored stitching will be intact and the
webbing will be held to the sides between
the shell and EPS foam.
Figures B shows examples of when the child
restraint is unacceptable for continued use. If
one or both of the loops have pulled through
the back side of the shell, or if the colored
stitching has ripped, the child restraint is no
longer acceptable for use. Discontinue use
of the child restraint and contact Snug Seat®
Consumer Services for further instruction.
• Hold the buckle with one hand.
• Use the other hand to insert one
tongue at a time into the buckle.
Proper connection is confirmed with a
positive click after inserting the second
buckle tongue (Fig. A).
Releasing the Buckle
• Brace the rear of the buckle
A
with hand.
• Press release button until tongues
A
are released from buckle.
IMPORTANT: Periodically clean the buckle to ensure proper
operation. See section, Cleaning the Buckle, on page 39.
HUGS™ and Comfort Pads
B
IMPORTANT: Regardless of whether the tethers have pulled
through the back side of the shell, discontinue use of the restraint if
it has been involved in a moderate to severe crash.
IMPORTANT: HUGS™ (Harness Ultra Guard System) pads must be
installed for forward facing use. Removal of HUGS is optional for
rear-facing use.
Fastening the Chest Clip
Fasten the chest clip by pushing the
two halves together until a positive
click is heard.
IMPORTANT: The correct height for the
chest clip is at the middle of the chest,
level with the armpit.
B
Releasing the Chest Clip
Release the chest clip by squeezing the middle tabs, then pull the
two pieces apart (Fig. B).
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Securing a Child
Securing the Harness
1 Loosen the harness by lifting the adjuster
lever located in front of the restraint, then
pull the shoulder straps forward (Fig. A).
2 Unfasten the chest clip by squeezing the
middle tabs (Fig. B).
3 Unfasten the buckle by pressing the
release button.
4 Move the harness straps to the side of the
restraint.
Securing a Child
7 Gently pull up on the harness straps to
tighten the lap section of the harness,
which should fit low on the child’s body.
8 Slowly pull the adjuster strap to tighten the
harness around the child (Fig. E).
A
• Use the elastic harness holder located on
sides of the cover to aid in holding the straps.
5 Place child in the restraint.
6 Position the harness straps around the child
and fasten the child restraint buckle (Fig. C) B
and chest clip (Fig. D).
• Proper connection of the buckle is
confirmed with a positive click after
inserting the second buckle tongue.
IMPORTANT: Adjust the belts provided with
this child restraint so they fit snugly around
D
the child. A snug strap should not allow any
slack. It lies in a relatively straight line without
sagging. It does not press on the child’s flesh
or push the child’s body into an unnatural
position. For casted children, caregivers should
consult with a medical professional for proper
positioning.
9 Position the chest clip at the middle of
E
the child’s chest, level with the child’s
armpit (Fig. F).
10 Verify that harness is not twisted and child
is properly secured.
11 See Checking Harness Height on page 34.
IMPORTANT:
C
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• Always pull on the harness after securing the
F
child to make sure the buckle and harness
are locked. If not, the buckle or adjuster area
may be clogged with food, drink, or objects that need to be removed.
See page 39 for cleaning instructions.
• Always make sure that the harness is tight before each use, or after
any adjustments.
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Securing a Child
Checking Harness Height:
1 Place child in restraint, then secure harness
(see pages 32–33).
2 Observe where the shoulder harness is
positioned on the child.
• Rear-Facing Strap Height: Harness straps
should be located in the nearest slot at or
below the child’s shoulder.
• Forward-Facing Strap Height: Harness straps
should be located in the nearest slot at or
above the child’s shoulder.
3 If harness height is okay, continue using
child restraint without adjustment. If harness
height requires adjustment, refer to Harness
Height Adjustment on page 35.
IMPORTANT:
Use of the seat should be discontinued when
any one of the following occurs:
• The tops of the ears are above the
top of the restraint
• The top harness slots fall below the
child’s shoulders
• The child exceeds the weight
capacity of the seat
Securing a Child
WARNING! Do not take apart or attempt to take apart
the harness. It is unnecessary and dangerous to do so.
Never remove the buckle tongues from the harness.
They cannot be reattached after removal.
Harness Height Adjustment
1 Loosen the harness by lifting the harness
adjuster lever while pulling the harness
straps forward as far as possible (Fig. A).
2 From the rear of the child restraint, unhook
the shoulder harness from the yoke (Fig. B).
A
3 Pull straps through the shell and cover, to
the front of the restraint.
NOTE: Do not remove HUGS™ pads for
forward-facing use. Removal of HUGS is
optional for rear-facing use only.
4 Thread the harness straps through the
appropriate harness height slots (Fig. C).
5 Reattach harness straps to the yoke (Fig. B). B
6 Pull harness adjuster strap to tighten
the harness.
7 Verify that both harness straps are threaded
at the same height and are not twisted.
C
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Care and Maintenance
Cover Removal
1 Loosen the harness by lifting the harness adjuster lever while
pulling the harness straps forward as far as possible.
2 Unhook the shoulder straps from the yoke on the rear of
child restraint.
3 Remove the buckle (see page 38) and remove the belly pad from
the buckle.
4 Pull upper harness straps through the shell and cover to the front
of the restraint.
5 Gently remove the upper portion of the cover. Be careful not to
damage the energy-absorbing foam.
6 Pull the lower harness straps, buckle tongues, chest clip, and
buckle through the slots in the cover.
7 Remove the entire cover from the restraint.
Refitting the Cover
To refit the cover, reverse Cover Removal directions. Make sure that
the harness straps are threaded through the chest clip properly and
that the harness is not twisted.
Care and Maintenance
Cleaning the Cover
• HAND WASH, using cold water and mild soap.
• LINE DRY, to prevent cover from shrinking.
• Do not: Bleach, machine wash, machine dry, iron or
disassemble the harness.
Cleaning the Shell and Seat Pan
• REMOVE cover according to instructions
on page 36.
• REMOVE seat pan by pulling from top
of seat pan to separate hook and loop
attachment (Fig. A).
• SPONGE CLEAN, using warm water
and mild soap.
A
• TOWEL DRY.
• Do not: Use solvents, abrasive cleaners or disassemble the harness.
Cleaning the Harness
• SPONGE CLEAN, using warm water and mild soap.
• TOWEL DRY.
• Do not: Bleach, machine wash, machine dry or disassemble the
harness.
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Care and Maintenance
Cleaning the Harness Adjuster
Periodically check the adjuster area 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, using a soft bristled brush.
• SPONGE CLEAN, using warm water and mild soap.
• TOWEL DRY.
• Do not: Use solvents, abrasive cleaners, or disassemble the harness.
Buckle Removal
1 Fully recline the child restraint.
2 Locate the metal buckle strap
retainer on bottom of the
restraint.
3 Pull retainer away from child
restraint to loosen.
A
4 Turn the retainer so that the
short side will go through the slot in the restraint shell (Fig. A).
5 Push the retainer through slots in the shell and cover to the front
of the restraint.
Care and Maintenance
Cleaning the Buckle
If a child eats and drinks while in the restraint, the buckle may need
to be periodically checked and cleaned of any accumulated debris or
dried liquids.
• THOROUGHLY RINSE, using
warm water (Fig. B).
• SOAK, overnight if possible,
using warm water to loosen
hardened drinks or food.
• TEST THE BUCKLE, by fastening
and unfastening until a positive
B
click is heard after inserting
second buckle tongue
(Fig. C). If click is not heard,
repeat cleaning procedure.
• TOWEL DRY.
• Do not: Lubricate, use solvents,
abrasive cleaners, soap or
household detergents.
C
Rethreading the Buckle
1 Locate the buckle slot.
2 Turn the buckle retainer so that the short side will go through the
slot in the cover and restraint shell (Fig. A).
3 Pull buckle away from restraint until tight, then verify that the
strap is not twisted and the release button is facing outward.
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Warranty Information
This restraint was distributed by Snug Seat®. Snug Seat warrants this product to
the original purchaser as follows:
LIMITED ONE-YEAR WARRANTY
This product is warranted against defective materials or workmanship for one
year from the date of original purchase. Proof of purchase is required. The
exclusive remedy for this warranty is that Snug Seat will, at its option, provide
repair or replacement components for this product or refund the original
purchase price of the product. Snug Seat reserves the right to discontinue or
change fabrics, parts, models or products, or to make substitutions.
To make a claim under this warranty, contact Snug Seat, Inc. Consumer Services
at 1-800-336-7684 or write to: Snug Seat, Inc., PO Box 1739, Matthews, NC
28106. Proof of purchase is required.
PLEASE COMPLETE AND MAIL THE OWNER REGISTRATION CARD
WITHIN (30) DAYS OF PURCHASE.
WARRANTY LIMITATIONS
This warranty does not include damages which arise from negligence, misuse or
use not in accordance with the product instruction.
The use of non-Snug Seat covers, inserts, toys, accessories, or tightening devices
is not approved by Snug Seat. Their use could cause this restraint to fail Federal
Safety Standards or perform worse in a crash. Their use automatically voids the
Snug Seat warranty.
LIMITATION OF DAMAGES
The warranty and remedies as set forth above are exclusive and in lieu of all
others, oral or written, express or implied. In no event will Snug Seat, or the
retailer selling this product, be liable for any damages, including incidental or
consequential damages, arising out of the use or inability to use this product.
LIMITATIONS OF WARRANTIES AND OTHER WARRANTY TERMS AND STATE LAWS
Any implied warranties, including implied warranties of merchantability and
fitness for a particular purpose, shall be limited to the duration and terms of the
express written warranty. Some states do not allow limitations on how long an
implied warranty lasts or the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential
damages, so the above limitations may not apply. This warranty gives you specific
legal rights, and you may have other rights, which vary from state to state.
Neither Snug Seat, nor the seller of this product, authorizes any person to create
for it any other warranty, obligation, or liability in connection with this product.
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