Graco Baby Automotive Seats Instruction Manual

TRANZITIONS/WAYZ
CHILD RESTRAINT/BOOSTER SEAT
Do not install or use
this child restraint until you read
and understand the instructions in
this manual.
PD316986D 9/16
FAILURE TO PROPERLY USE THIS
CHILD RESTRAINT INCREASES
THE RISK OF SERIOUS INJURY
OR DEATH IN A SUDDEN STOP OR
CRASH.
1 Important
1-A
1-B
1-C
1-D
Pages 6-22
Quick Guide to Your Manual
Welcome to the Graco Family
Right Mode of Use
Before You Begin
Register This Car Seat
If You Need Help
Certification
Car Seat’s Useful Life
Vehicle Seat Protection
Warm Weather Use
1-E Safety Warnings
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2 Features
Pages 23-29
2-A Cup Holder
2-B Car Seat Features
3 Forward-Facing
Pages 30-41
3-A Forward-Facing Use
3-B Install Forward-Facing with LATCH Straps
3-C Install Forward-Facing with the Vehicle Seat Belt
4 Booster
Pages 42-52
4-A Booster Use
4-B Install Backed Booster
4-C Install Backless Booster
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5 Securing Child
Pages 53-69
5-A Securing Child 5-Point Harness
5-B Securing Child Backed Booster
5-C Securing Child Backless Booster
6 Accessories
Page 70
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7 Vehicle Information
7-A
7-B
7-C
7-D
Pages 71-81
How to Remove LATCH and Top Tether
Choosing Vehicle Seat Location
Unsafe Vehicle Seat Location
Vehicle Seat Belts
8 Care & Cleaning
Pages 82-86
8-A Cleaning Seat Pad
8-B Cleaning Buckle Strap
8-C Cleaning Harness and LATCH Strap
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1-A Quick Guide to Your Manual
This car seat is for children: Forward-Facing: 22-65 lb (10-30 kg)
Booster: 30-100 lb (14-45 kg)
Get to Know Your Car Seat
Review section 2-B to see all of the features of this car seat.
What Seating Location Should I Use?
The best seating location for this car seat is one that:
• Is recommended by your vehicle owner’s manual, and
• Results in a secure installation of this car seat.
Some vehicles have specific requirements for where the car seat can be installed, so
be sure to check your vehicle owner’s manual for available seating positions, if any.
For example, sometimes the center rear seat has a lap belt only vehicle seat belt, which
cannot be used when this car seat is in Booster mode.
Review section 7-B, 7-C of this manual AND your vehicle owner’s manual.
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According to accident statistics, the safest place
for your child in any vehicle is the back seat. The
center of the back seat can be the safest during a
possible side impact.
Which Installation Method Should I Use?
This car seat can be installed in your vehicle using either the vehicle seat belt OR the
lower anchor attachment. DO NOT USE BOTH AT THE SAME TIME.
Vehicle Seat Belt: Review section 7 and your vehicle owner’s manual to learn how to
install your car seat with the vehicle seat belts.
LATCH: The LATCH system allows you to securely attach your car seat in your car
without using the vehicle seat belt. All 2003 and newer model year vehicles are required
to have lower anchor bars, although some manufacturers began including them earlier.
Some vehicle owner manuals use the term ISOFIX to identify them.
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What is LATCH?
LATCH consists of lower anchor bars and a tether anchor bar, which are built-in to
your vehicle, and connecting hooks that are built-in to your car seat. Lower anchors
are used INSTEAD of the vehicle’s seat belt to secure the child seat to the vehicle. The
tether is used IN ADDITION to the lower anchors OR the vehicle’s seat belt to secure a
forward-facing car seat to the vehicle.
Review your vehicle’s owner manual for exact location and use.
Typical seat in a passenger
vehicle. Other vehicle types
may have different lower
anchor bar locations.
Vehicle Tether
Anchorage Points
Vehicle Lower
Anchor Points
Vehicle Seat Bight
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Using The Car Seat Correctly
To make sure your child is secured properly, review section 3 and 4 to fit your child.
When Installing Forward-Facing
LATCH System
LATCH consists of lower anchors, which are built-in
to your vehicle, and connecting hooks that are built-in
your car seat.
Review section 3-B of this manual AND your vehicle
owner’s manual.
Vehicle Seat Belt
There are two types of vehicle seat belts that can be
used. Lap/Shoulder Seat Belt or Lap Only Seat Belt.
Review section 3-C of this manual AND your vehicle
owner’s manual.
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For Forward-Facing, You Need to Adjust:
Harness Height, Forward-Facing (A)
Harness straps at or just above the child’s shoulders and
top of child’s ears below top of headrest (B). Review
section 5.
A
Buckle Position (C)
The correct slot is the one that is closest to your child
without being underneath them. Review section 5.
C
Harness Tightness (D)
If your fingers slide off the harness straps without
pinching the straps, it is tight enough. Review section 5.
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D
B
Forward-Facing Installation
A
Use the tether when using forwardfacing (A)
When used properly, the tether helps reduce
injury in a sudden stop or crash.
Review section 5
Car Seat Does Not Move More than 1”
(2.5 cm) at the Belt Path (B)
Review section 5
Harness Straps at or Just
Above Child’s Shoulders (C)
Review section 5
Chest Clip Even With Armpits (D) Review
section 5
Cannot Pinch Harness Straps
at the Shoulder (E)
Review section 5
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B
C
D
E
When Installing As a Booster
Vehicle Seat Belt
Only use the Lap/Shoulder seat belt
configuration.
Review section 4-B, 4-C of this manual AND
your vehicle owner’s manual.
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For Booster, You Need to Adjust:
Use Lap/Shoulder Belt Only
Highback
Position Lap Belt
Lap belt must go in front of armrest and lie
low across your child’s hips and thighs.
Position Shoulder Belt
Shoulder belt lies across shoulder between
neck and edge of shoulder.
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Backless
Booster Installation
Never Use Lap Belt Only
Review section 4
Lap Belt In Front of Armrest and Lies Low
Across Hips and Thighs
Review section 4
Shoulder Belt Lies On the Shoulder, Between
the Neck and Edge of Shoulders
Review section 4
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Highback
Backless
1-B Welcome to the Graco Family!
Your child’s safety depends on you. No car seat can guarantee protection from injury in
every situation, but proper use helps reduce the risk of serious injury or death.
Even if this car seat seems easy to figure out on your own, you must follow the
detailed instructions in this instruction manual to ensure the steps below are performed
correctly.
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1-C Right Mode of Use
22 lb
(10 kg)
30 lb
(14 kg)
40 lb
(18.1 kg)
65 lb
(30 kg)
100 lb
(45 kg)
Forward-Facing with 5-Point Harness 22-30 lb
(10-14 kg) and can sit upright unassisted MUST
be forward facing. 30-65 lb (14-30 kg) SHOULD be
forward-facing with 5-Point Harnes.
High Back Booster Mode with Vehicle Lap/Shoulder Seat
Belt 30-65 lb (14-30 kg) CAN be in high back booster
mode. Over 65 lb (30 kg) MUST be in booster mode.
Backless Booster Mode with Vehicle Lap/
Shoulder Seat Belt 40-65 lb (18.1-30 kg) CAN
be in booster mode. Over 65 lb (30 kg) MUST be
in booster mode.
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For future reference or if you change addresses, record the model name, model number,
date of manufacture and purchase date of this car seat on the below. You can find this
information either on the registration card if you still have it or on the date label located on
the back of the car seat.
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Certification
This child restraint meets or exceeds all applicable requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety
Standard 213 for use in motor vehicles.
This child restraint is certified for use in aircraft only when used with the internal harness
system. Use only on forward-facing aircraft seats. Follow the instructions for vehicle
installation. See section 3-C and 7-D Lap Belt Installation except don’t use the top tether.
This child restraint is NOT certified for use in aircraft when used as a booster seat
because aircrafts do not have shoulder belts.
Contact the airline for their specific polices.
Car Seat’s Useful Life
STOP using this car seat and throw it away 7 years after the date of manufacture. Look for date
of manufacture label on back of the car seat.
Graco Children’s Products Inc. advises against loaning or passing along a car seat unless you
know the complete history of the product. We also advise against purchasing a car seat second
hand.
Vehicle Seat Protection
Protect vehicle seat. Use a car seat mat, towel, or thin blanket under and behind car seat.
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Warm Weather Use
Car seat parts can get very hot in the sun or warm weather. To avoid burns, always
check before putting child in car seat.
1-E Safety Warnings
No car seat can guarantee protection from injury in every
situation, but proper use helps reduce the risk of serious injury
or death. READ THIS MANUAL CAREFULLY.
Failure to follow these instructions and child restraint’s
labels can result in child striking the vehicle’s interior
during a sudden stop or crash.
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eview your vehicle owner’s manual for more information about air
bags and car seat use.
! If your vehicle does not have a back seat, review your vehicle
owner’s manual.
! Select a suitable location for the car seat in your vehicle.
! Secure car seat with a vehicle seat belt or LATCH that is properly
routed as shown in this manual.
! Vehicle seat belt system MUST hold car seat securely. Not all vehicle
seat belts can be used with a car seat.
! If vehicle seat belt does not hold car seat securely, read “Vehicle
Seat Belts” section 7-D and your vehicle owner’s manual.
! Always secure car seat with LATCH or a vehicle seat belt, even when
unoccupied. In a crash, an unsecured car seat can injure passengers.
! If car seat is in a crash, it must be replaced. DO NOT use it again! A
crash can cause unseen damage and using it again could result in
serious injury or death.
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! DO NOT use car seat if it is damaged or missing parts.
! DO NOT use accessories or parts other than those provided by
Graco. Their use could alter the performance of the car seat.
! DO NOT remove the lower anchor attachment from car seat.
If using vehicle seat belt to secure car seat, lower anchor
connectors must be stored.
! Never leave child unattended, even when sleeping. Child may
become tangled in harness straps and suffocate or strangle.
! Never attach two LATCH hooks to
one vehicle lower anchor bar unless
specifically allowed by the vehicle
manufacturer.
! Do not use both the vehicle seat belt and LATCH strap at the
same time when using the car seat forward-facing.
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2-A Cup Holder
Cup Holder
To install cup holder, lift cup half out of the cup holder.
Rotate cup. Align cup holder tabs with T-slots in shell and
slide cupholder into place.
2 Features
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2-B Car Seat Features
A
B
C
2 Features
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
J
K
L
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2 Features
A Height Adjust Lever
B Head Support
CShoulder Belt Guide
DHarness Strap
E Harness Covers
F Chest Clip
G Body Pillow
HBuckle
I Buckle Strap
J Cup Holder
K Harness Adjuster Lever
(Under Seat Pad)
L Harness Adjustment Strap
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2 Features
A
B
C
D
E
F
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
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Tether Storage Ring
Tether Hook
Tether Strap
LATCH Storage Ring
LATCH Strap
LATCH Adjuster
Cup Holder
2 Features
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
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2 Features
A
B
C
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A Belt Positioning Clip (Inset)
B Harness Straps
C Splitter Plate
2 Features
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3-A Forward-Facing Use
3 Forward
Facing
Forward-Facing:
22-65 lb (10-30 kg) and 49” (125 cm) or less
LATCH with Top
Tether
Do not install by this
method for a child
weighing more than
45 lb (20 kg)
• Place car seat forward-facing in the vehicle back seat.
• Make sure LATCH strap or vehicle seat belt is routed
through the forward-facing belt path marked with a orange
label.
• Attach and tighten the tether. When used properly, the
tether helps reduce injury in a sudden stop or crash.
• Install this car seat tightly in your vehicle. Car seat should
not move at the forward-facing belt path more than 1” (2.5
cm) from side to side, front to back.
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• Harness straps need to be even with or just above the
top of child’s shoulders and chest clip is at armpit level.
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Vehicle Lap/Shoulder
Belt with Tether
Strap
Vehicle Seat Lap Belt
with Tether Strap
3 Forward
Facing
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and NHTSA
recommend that children should use the built-in harness
system for as long as possible until they reach the maximum
forward-facing weight and height for their car seat. This car
seat can remain forward-facing using the built-in harness
system for children up to 65 lb (30 kg) and 49” (125 cm).
3-B Install Forward-Facing with LATCH Straps
2.
Review your vehicle’s owner manual for LATCH location and use. Do not install
by this method for a child weighing more than 45 lb (20 kg)
3 Forward
Facing
1. Remove LATCH and Tether Hook from Storage
Locations
Unhook tether and lay it in the seat.
3.
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2. Place Car Seat Forward-Facing in Back Seat of
the Vehicle
Place forward-facing in vehicle seat. The bottom of the
seat should sit as flat as possible on the vehicle seat.
For easier installation, extend the LATCH strap to its
maximum length by pressing the grey button and pull out
on the strap.
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3 Forward
Facing
3. Extend the LATCH Strap.
4. Attach LATCH to Vehicle’s Lower LATCH Bars.
3 Forward
Facing
LATCH strap should not be twisted.
5. Tighten the LATCH Strap
Press down firmly in the center of the car seat while
tightening the LATCH strap.
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6. Attach Top Tether Hook
Extend the tether by pressing the grey
button and pulling out on the strap and
attach.
Consult vehicle’s owner manual for
specific location.
3 Forward
Facing
7. Tighten Tether Strap
Remove all the slack.
8. Test For Tightness
Grab the sides of the seat where the lower anchor strap is
and slide the car seat side-to-side and front-to-back.
If the seat moves less than 1” (2.5 cm), it is tight enough.
See section 5-A to secure your child.
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Is Everything Correct?
Car Seat Does Not Move More than 1” (2.5 cm) at
the Belt Path
1.
3 Forward
Facing
Harness Straps at or Just Above the Child’s
Shoulders.
Review section 5
2.
Chest Clip Even With Armpits
Review section 5
Cannot Pinch Harness Straps at the Shoulder
Review section 5
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3.
3-C Install Forward-Facing with Vehicle
Seat Belt
1. Store LATCH Strap
Attach LATCH hooks to the plastic rings as shown.
3 Forward
Facing
2. Unhook Top Tether Hook From
Storage Location and Lay it
in the Seat
3. Place Car Seat ForwardFacing in Back Seat of the
Vehicle
Place forward-facing in vehicle seat. The bottom of the
seat should sit as flat as possible on the vehicle seat.
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Review your vehicle’s owner manual for vehicle seat belt use
5.
3 Forward
Facing
4. Route the Vehicle Seat Belt
Thread vehicle seat belt through the forward-facing belt
path (marked with a orange label) and out the other side.
Buckle it. The seat belt should lie as flat as possible and
not be twisted.
6.
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5. Lock the Vehicle Seat Belt
In most vehicles today, slowly pull the shoulder belt all the
way out and then let it go back in. You will hear a clicking
sound. Slowly pull out on the belt and it should be locked.
If not, review your car’s owner manual and section 7-D.
Press down firmly in the center of the car seat. Pull on the
shoulder belt to tighten while feeding the slack back in the
retractor.
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3 Forward
Facing
6. Tighten the Vehicle Seat Belt
7. Attach Top Tether Strap
3 Forward
Facing
Extend the tether by pressing
the grey button and pulling out
on the strap and attach.
Consult vehicle’s owner manual
for specific location.
8. Tighten Tether
Remove all the slack.
9. Test For Tightness
Grab the sides of the seat where the vehicle seat belt is
and slide the car seat side-to-side and front-to-back.
If the seat moves less than 1” (2.5 cm), it is tight
enough.
See section 5-A to secure your child.
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Car Seat Does Not Move More than 1” (2.5 cm)
at the Belt Path
Harness Straps at or Just Above the Child’s
Shoulders.
Review section 5
Chest Clip Even With Armpits
Review section 5
Cannot Pinch Harness Straps at the Shoulder
Review section 5
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3 Forward
Facing
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Is Everything Correct?
4-A Booster Use
Booster Use With Back:
30-100 lb (14-45 kg) 38-57 in.
(96-145 cm) at least 3 years old
Booster Use Without Back: 40-100 lb (18.1-45
kg) 43-57 in. (110.1-145 cm) at least 4 years old
4 Booster
Vehicle Lap/Shoulder
Seat Belt
Vehicle Seat Lap/
Shoulder Belt
• Place car seat forward-facing in the vehicle back seat.
• Make sure vehicle seat’s lap belt is adjusted snugly and
lays low on the child’s hip and is routed in front of the
armrest in the booster’s belt path.
• Vehicle belts MUST lie flat against child and MUST NOT
be twisted.
• Vehicle seat’s shoulder belt is adjusted snugly and should
lie between child’s neck and edge of shoulder.
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Never Use a Vehicle
Lap-Only Belt Across
Front of Child
4 Booster
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ever use a vehicle lap-only belt across front of child.
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O NOT position vehicle shoulder belt under the child’s arm
or back.
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O NOT allow child to slouch or slide down in the booster
seat.
•D
O NOT position vehicle belt over top of armrests.
• Vehicle’s seat headrest SHOULD NOT create a gap between
vehicle seat and booster seat.
• The front of booster seat MUST NOT hang over front of
vehicle seat.
• If child will not keep vehicle belt properly positioned, DO
NOT use this booster seat. Use a different car seat.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and NHTSA
recommend that children should use the built-in harness
system for as long as possible until they reach the maximum
forward-facing weight and height for their car seat. This car
seat can remain forward-facing using the built-in harness
system for children up to 65 lb (30 kg) and 49” (125 cm).
4-B Install Backed Booster
A
C.
Ha
1. Remove The Harness System
A. Loosen Harness Straps
(A) Push down on the harness release lever while pulling
out on the harness straps.
4 Booster
B
D.
B. Remove Straps From Metal
Splitter Plate
Face the rear of the seat and remove the belt straps from
metal splitter plate as shown.
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E.
C. Remove the Buckle Strap and
Harness Straps
From bottom of car seat, rotate
metal retainers to side in order to
push them through slot easier.
D. Pull Restraint System Out of
the Seat
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4 Booster
E. Push on Back Support to Release and Remove
F. Detach Lower Seat Elastic Straps
On the rear of the seat, detach 2 lower seat
pad elastic straps from hooks as shown.
G. Store Metal Splitter Plate
4 Booster
On the rear of the seat, lift the flap and fit
the splitter plate into the holder. Pull the
adjustment strap to tighten in place.
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H. A
ttach Seat Elastic Straps
Attach 2 elastic straps onto the hooks on the rear of the
seat as shown.
I. Place Seat Back Hooks Into Gutters and Raise
Seat Back
4 Booster
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2. Unhook Tether
From Storage
location and
Lay it in the
Seat
4 Booster
3. Place Car Seat Forward-Facing in
Back Seat of the Vehicle
Place forward-facing in vehicle seat. The
bottom of the seat should sit as flat as
possible on the vehicle seat.
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Graco allows the securing of the car seat with LATCH system in
the booster mode. The child still MUST BE SECURED with the
vehicle lap/shoulder seat belt. LATCH can be used in the booster
mode regardless of the weight of the child up to 100 lb (45 kg).
Verify the following before using LATCH in the booster mode:
• The LATCH hook DOES NOT interfere with any vehicle seat belts
or buckles.
If the LATCH interferes with the vehicle seat belts or if the chosen
seating position does not have LATCH bars, you MUST store the
LATCH strap. Always secure car seat with LATCH or a vehicle seat
belt, even when unoccupied. In a crash, an unsecured car seat can injure passengers.
Skip to Step 9 if Not Using LATCH
For easier installation, extend the LATCH strap to its
maximum length by pressing the grey button and
pull out on the strap.
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4 Booster
4. Extend the LATCH Strap.
5. Attach LATCH Hooks to Vehicle’s Lower
Anchors.
Lower Anchor strap should not be twisted.
6. Tighten the LATCH Strap
Remove all the slack from the LATCH strap
4 Booster
7. Attach The Tether
Extend the tether by pressing the grey button and pulling
out on the strap and attach.
Consult vehicle’s owner manual for
specific location.
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8. Tighten Tether
Remove all the slack.
9. Thread the Vehicle Seat Shoulder Belt Through
Seat Belt Guide on the Headrest
See section 5-B to secure your child.
4 Booster
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4-C Install Backless Booster
1. Remove the Back Support
See section 4-B for instructions on how to remove back
support.
Once back support is removed, store with harness straps
in a safe place.
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2. Place the Booster Seat Forward-Facing in the
Back Seat of Vehicle
Place forward-facing on a vehicle seat that has a lap/
shoulder seat belt. The base should sit as flat as possible
on the vehicle seat.
See section 5-C to secure your child.
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5 Securing
Child
WARNING! Do not put snowsuits or bulky garments on your child
when placing them in the car seat. Bulky clothing can prevent the
harness straps from being tightened properly. To keep child warm, buckle your
child in the car seat and place a blanket around the child or place the child’s
coat on backwards after buckling in.
5-A Securing Child 5-Point Harness
A
1. Loosen Harness Straps
(A) Push down on the harness
release lever while pulling out on the
harness straps at the chest clip.
B
(B) Unbuckle the chest clip and
the buckle strap. (C) Place harness
straps off to the sides.
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2. Place Your Child in the Seat
5 Securing
Child
Make sure their back is flat against the car seat back.
3. Place Harness Straps Over Child’s Shoulders
and Buckle
Click!
You will hear a “click” when buckle tongues are securely
attached. Pull up on each buckle tongue to make sure it is
securely attached.
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Forward-Facing: Harness straps must be at or just
above the child’s shoulders and top of child’s ears must
be below top of headrest.
5. To Raise or Lower Headrest/Harness
Lift adjustment lever and lift or lower headrest for the
proper harness height.
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5 Securing
Child
4. Be Sure the Harness Straps Are at the Proper
Height
Forward-Facing
5 Securing
Child
6. Check the Buckle Position
The correct slot the one that is closest to your child
without being underneath your child.
7. Remove the Buckle Strap
From bottom of car seat, rotate metal retainer to side in
order to push it through slot easier.
8. Pull buckle strap from child restraint as shown.
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Reach underneath the car seat and pull the metal retainer
through.
10. Pull Up on Buckle Strap to Make Sure it is
Secured
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5 Securing
Child
9. Insert Metal Retainer in the
New Buckle Strap Slot
5 Securing
Child
11. Buckle the Chest Clip
You will hear a “click” when the chest clip is securely
buckled.
Click!
12. Pull All the Slack Out From Around the Waist
Pull up on the harness strap while pushing the chest clip
down. Do this to both sides.
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A snug harness 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.
When you are not able to pinch any of the harness
webbing at your child’s shoulder, the harness is tight
enough.
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5 Securing
Child
13. Tighten the Harness by Pulling the Harness
Adjustment Strap
5 Securing
Child
14. Raise the Chest Clip to Child’s Armpit Level
15. Check Tightness Again, Tighten More if
Needed
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Use only the vehicle lap and shoulder belt system
when restraining the child in the booster seat.
1. Place Child In Seat
Have your child sit in the booster seat, with his/her back
flat against the back of the booster seat.
2. Thread Vehicle’s Shoulder Belt Into Seat Belt
Guide in the Headrest
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5 Securing
Child
5-B Securing Child Backed Booster
5 Securing
Child
3. Buckle the Vehicle Lap/Shoulder Seat Belt
Be sure the lap portion of the vehicle seat belt goes in
front of the armrests.
Be sure the lap portion of the vehicle seat belt lies low
across your child’s hips.
Be sure the shoulder belt lies across your child’s
shoulders, between the neck and edge of shoulder.
The belt guides should be even with or just above the
shoulders.
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5 Securing
Child
Is Everything Correct?
Never Use Lap Belt Only
Lap Belt in Front of Armrest and Lies Low Across
Hips and Thighs
Shoulder Belt Lies On the Shoulder, Between the
Neck and Edge of Shoulders
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5 Securing
Child
5-C Securing Child Backless Booster
Use only the vehicle lap and shoulder belt system
when restraining the child in the booster seat.
1. Place Child In Seat
Have your child sit in the booster seat, with his/her back
flat against the back of the vehicle seat.
2. Ears Must Be Below the Top of the Vehicle
Seat Back or Headrest.
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Be sure the lap portion of the vehicle seat belt goes in
front of the armrests.
Be sure the lap portion of the vehicle seat belt lies low
across your child’s hips.
Be sure the shoulder belt lies across your child’s
shoulders, between the neck and edge of shoulder.
You may need to use the belt positioning clip to help get
a good fit. See “Using Belt Positioning Clip”
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5 Securing
Child
3. Buckle the Vehicle Lap/Shoulder Seat Belt
5 Securing
Child
Is Everything Correct?
Never Use Lap Belt Only
Lap Belt in Front of Armrest and Lies Low Across
Hips and Thighs
Shoulder Belt Lies On the Shoulder, Between the
Neck and Edge of Shoulders
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1. Make Sure Vehicle’s Seat Shoulder Belt Lays in
the Red Zone As Shown
If the vehicle’s seat shoulder belt lays outside this zone,
you MUST use the belt positioning clip.
2. Attach Belt Positioning Clip
The shoulder belt positioning clip MUST be attached to
the slot on the bottom of the base. Insert the loop end of
strap through the slot on bottom of seat exactly where
shown.
3. Push Clip and Strap
Through Loop
Pass the clip and the strap
through the loop end as shown and pull strap up.
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5 Securing
Child
Using Belt Positioning Clip
5 Securing
Child
4. Free End of Strap Should Face Front of Seat
5. Place Child in Seat, Buckle
Child In Seat and Attach Belt
Positioning Clip
With child’s back flat against the back
of the vehicle seat, buckle child in. Then
slide the clip onto the vehicle’s seat
shoulder belt as shown.
Rear View
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Lengthen or shorten the belt length as shown.
Clip should fit right at the top of shoulder as shown.
Be sure the lap portion of the vehicle seat belt lies low
across your child’s hips.
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Lengthen
Shorten
5 Securing
Child
6. Adjust the Belt Positioning Clip to Fit Your
Child
6-A Accessories
(on select models)
Harness Covers
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Accessories
Make sure that harness covers do not interfere with
placement of the chest clip at armpit level.
To remove, undo the fastening strips and remove.
Body Support
To remove, thread buckle through pad.
Cup Holder
Refer to section 2-A to install cup holder.
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7-A How to Remove LATCH and Top Tether
LATCH
Press in on the hook’s spring. Push hook in, lift hook up,
twist and pull out away from anchor point.
Top Tether
To remove, press the grey button and pull out on the strap
to release the tension.
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Press in on the hook’s spring. Push tether hook in, then
lift up and pull away from tether anchor.
7-B Choosing Vehicle Seat Location
Review your vehicle’s owner manual for Seating Locations
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The best seating location for this car seat is one that:
• Is recommended by your vehicle owner’s manual, and
• Results in a secure installation of this car seat
In the event there is no available back seat and / or you have no other option, the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends that you take the following steps:
• Ensure the child is properly restrained according to their age and size
• Move the seat as far back as possible
• Make sure the child is not leaning out of position, such as leaning forward into the deployment
path of the air bag
• Set the air bag ON-OFF switch, if available, to the OFF position
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7-C Unsafe Vehicle Seat Location
Never install this car seat in any of the following vehicle seating locations:
rear-facing or sidefacing vehicle seats
rear-facing with an
active front air bag
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booster mode with vehicle
lap belt only seat belt
7-D Vehicle Seat Belts
Review your vehicle’s owner manual for vehicle seat belt use
This car seat can be installed using a vehicle seat belt. To do this, you will need to change
the seat belt to a locked mode for use with car seats. With some vehicle seat belts, this is
done with the latchplate; with other vehicle seat belts, this is done with the retractor.
Vehicle Seat Belt Terms
Retractor
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A device that winds up the unused vehicle seat belt.
It is often hidden inside the panels on the walls of the
vehicle or in the vehicle seatback.
Latch Plate
The male end of the seat belt with the silver tongue.
Seat Bight
The crease where the vehicle seat back
and seat bottom meet.
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Identify Your Seat Belt Type
There are two different types of vehicle seat belts that can be used with this car seat:
Lap Belt Only
2 connection points. Can
ONLY be used in harness
mode.
Lap/Shoulder Belt
3 connections points.
Can be used in all car
seats modes of use.
The following types of vehicle seat belts CANNOT be used safely with this car seat:
Lap Belt or Shoulder
Belt Mounted on Door
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Belts Forward of the
Seat Bight
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Lap Belt with Motorized
Shoulder Belt
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Lap/Shoulder Belt Installation - Forward Facing Modes
Always review your vehicle owner’s manual for specific information about your vehicle seat belts.
There are three types of retractors: ELR (Emergency Locking Retractor), ALR (Automatic
Locking Retractor) , and Switchable (ELR switch to ALR). To determine your type of
retractor, follow these steps:
1. Slowly pull the belt out about halfway and stop.
2. Let the belt retract back several inches.
3. Try to slowly pull the belt out more. If the belt cannot be pulled any
further, it is ALR. If it can be pulled further, go to the next step.
4. S
lowly pull the belt all the way out, and then allow it
to retract several inches.
5. Try to pull the belt all the way out again. If it cannot be pulled out, it is
Switchable. If it can still be pulled out freely, it is ELR.
Note: Most vehicles manufactured after 1996 will have Switchable retractors in the back seat.
If you have any questions about your retractor type, consult your vehicle owner’s manual or
call Graco for assistance.
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How to Lock Your Lap and Shoulder Vehicle Seat Belt
Sliding Latch Plate and Switchable Retractor
A latchplate that slides freely on the belt webbing and cannot,
by itself, hold the belt snug around a car seat.
When installing the car seat, route the vehicle seat belt
through the proper belt path and buckle it in. Slowly pull
the shoulder belt all the way out to switch it to locking
mode. Then, as you pull the vehicle seat belt tight, feed all the
slack back into the retractor.
Grab the sides of the seat at the belt path and slide the seat
side-to-side and front-to-back. The seat should not move more
than 1” (2.5 cm).
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Locking Latchplate and ELR Retractor
A latchplate that holds the lap belt snug after it has been
adjusted; contains a metal bar on the underside of the
hardware that “locks” the belt in position.
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When installing the car seat, route the vehicle seat belt
through the proper belt path and buckle it in. Then, pull
upwards on the shoulder belt so that the lap belt gets tight
around the car seat.
Grab the sides of the seat at the belt path and slide the
seat side-to-side and front-to-back. The seat should not
move more than 1” (2.5 cm).
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Sliding Latch Plate and ALR Retractor
A latchplate that slides freely on the belt webbing and
cannot, by itself, hold the belt snug around a car seat.
Slowly pull the shoulder belt all the way out. Route
the vehicle seat belt through the proper belt path and
buckle it in. Then, as you pull the vehicle seat belt tight,
feed all the slack back into the retractor.
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Grab the sides of the seat at the belt path and slide the
seat side-to-side and front-to-back. The seat should not
move more than 1” (2.5 cm).
Sliding Latch Plate and ELR Retractor
A latchplate that slides freely on the belt webbing and
cannot, by itself, hold the belt snug around a car seat.
With this retractor, you will need to use the locking clip to
lock the vehicle seat belt.
Route the vehicle seat belt through the proper belt path
and buckle it in. Pull the vehicle seat belt tight. While
pushing down on seat, pinch the two straps together
behind the buckle tongue. Unbuckle the belt without
allowing it to slip.
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1” (2.5 cm)
Attach locking clip to lap and shoulder belts as shown.
Rebuckle belt. Check that lap belt does not move
by pulling hard. If belt loosens or lengthens, repeat
procedure.
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Lap Belt Installation - DO NOT use in Booster Mode
Always review your vehicle owner’s manual for specific information about
your vehicle seat belts.
Locking Latch Plate and No Retractor
When installing the car seat, route the lap seat belt
through the proper path and buckle it in. Then, pull
upwards on the tail of the belt so that the lap belt gets
tight around the car seat.
Sewn On Latch Plate and ALR
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Slowly pull the lap belt all the way out. Route the
vehicle seat lap belt through the proper belt path and
buckle it in. Then, pull the lap belt tight while feeding all
the slack back into the retractor.
Grab the sides of the
seat at the belt path
and slide the seat
side-to-side and frontto-back. The seat
should not move more
than 1 “ (2.5 cm).
8 Care &
Cleaning
8-A Cleaning Seat Pad
Refer to seat pad care tag for washing instructions.
Head Support Cover
Clean with a damp sponge using mild soap and cool
water. If needed, head support cover may be removed for
cleaning.
Remove harness and buckle strap. See section 4-B.
Remove head support cover as shown.
Machine wash cover in cold water on delicate cycle and
drip-dry. DO NOT USE BLEACH.
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Seat Cover
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8 Care &
Cleaning
Clean with a damp sponge using mild soap and cool
water. If needed, seat cover may be removed for cleaning.
To remove, unbutton snaps on seat back as shown.
Remove harness and buckle strap. See section 4-B.
Remove seat cover as shown.
Machine wash cover in cold water on delicate cycle and
drip-dry. DO NOT USE BLEACH.
Reverse the steps to reattach the seat cover.
8 Care &
Cleaning
See section 4-B for instructions on how to remove back
support.
On the rear of the seat, detach 2 lower seat pad elastic
straps from hooks as shown.
Remove seat cover as shown.
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8-B Cleaning Buckle Strap
WARNING! Inspect and clean buckle from
time to time to remove any objects or
debris that could prevent latching.
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8 Care &
Cleaning
From bottom of car seat, rotate metal retainer to side in
order to push it through slot easier. Pull buckle strap from
child restraint as shown.
To clean buckle, place in a cup of warm water and gently
agitate the buckle. Press the red button several times while
in the water.
DO NOT SUBMERGE THE BUCKLE STRAP. DO NOT USE
SOAPS, HOUSEHOLD DETERGENTS or LUBRICANTS.
Shake out excess water and allow to air dry. Repeat steps
as needed until it fastens with a click. Re-insert the buckle
into the same slot it was removed. Pull up on buckle strap to
make sure it is secured.
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