Instruction Manual Para instrucciones en Español, llamar al: 1-800-837-4044 www.centuryproducts.com PM-1634AB 6/01 Avoid injury or death Read and understand this manual! TABLE OF CONTENTS Operations and Adjustments......................... 12 • Harness Straps • Harness Tie • Buckle • Recline / Upright Positions • Changing Harness Strap Slots Instruction manual is for: SmartMove 5-Point Newborn/Toddler Car Seat ® ❃ Before You Begin ❃ Special Information Important Information.....................................1 Warnings.........................................................2 Basic Information.............................................4 ❃ Use Height & Weight Limits.....................................5 Rear-facing Installation.................................... 6 Forward-facing Installation................................8 Placing Child in Car Seat...............................10 Vehicle Seat Belts........................................... 16 • Locking Clip........................................ 21 Additional Information ...................................22 • Installation of Anchor Hardware • Tether Storage • Care and Cleaning • Aircraft Use • Second Hand Car Seat Storage.....................................Back • Locking Clip • Instruction Manual Cover Help Information.......................Back Cover IMPORTANT INFORMATION No car seat can guarantee protection from injury in every situation, but proper use helps reduce the risk of serious injury or death. ❃ Safety First Check List ✔ Read and understand instruction manual and car seat labels. ❃ Registration Information Child restraints (car seats) could be recalled for safety reasons. You must register this restraint to be reached in a recall. Fill out the registration card attached to car seat and mail today or send your name, address, and the restraint’s model number and manufacturing date to: Century Products P.O. Box 551 Elverson, PA 19520-9973 or call 1-888-224-6549 For recall information: • Call the U.S Government’s Auto Safety Hotline at 1-800-424-9393 (202-366-0123 in D.C. area) ✔ Infants less than 20 lbs. (9.1 kg) must use car seat rear-facing. ✔ Do not use car seat rear-facing in vehicle seat with air bag. ✔ Secure children in back seat whenever possible. ✔ Never leave child unattended. ✔ Install car seat securely. ✔ Do not use after date shown on back of car seat. ✔ Do not allow anyone (babysitter, relatives, etc.) to use car seat without first understanding all instructions. • www.nhtsa.dot.gov • Call Century Products at 1-800-837-4044 1 WARNINGS - Prevent serious injury or death: Failure to follow these instructions and car seat labels can result in child striking the vehicle’s interior during a sudden stop or accident. Secure child restraint with a vehicle seat belt as shown in this manual. Infants less than 20 lbs. (9.1 kg) must use this car seat rear-facing. Serious crippling injury or death can result if infant faces front of vehicle. Vehicle seat belt system MUST hold car seat securely. Not all vehicle seat belts can be used with a car seat. If vehicle seat belt does not hold car seat securely, read “Vehicle Seat Belts” section. 2 DO NOT use rear-facing child restraint in a vehicle seating position equipped with an air bag. Child’s head and neck may be seriously injured when an inflating air bag hits back of child restraint. Never put a car seat in a front vehicle seat unless recommended by vehicle owner’s manual. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) alerts vehicle owners that according to accident statistics, children up to age 12 are safer in the back seat. For vehicles with air bags, refer to vehicle owner’s manual for child restraint installation information. If car seat is in a crash, it must be replaced. DO NOT use it again! A A crash can cause unseen damage and using it again could result in serious injury or death. WARNINGS - Prevent serious injury or death (continued): DO NOT use car seat if it is damaged or has missing parts. DO NOT use accessories or parts other than those provided by Century or Graco. Their use could alter the performance of the car seat. Rear-facing car seat must be properly leveled: • Too reclined can result in injury or ejection. • Too upright can result in breathing difficulties. Never leave child unattended, even when sleeping. Child may become tangled in harness straps and suffocate. 3 BASIC INFORMATION ❃ Certification ❃ Unoccupied Car Seat This car seat meets or exceeds all applicable requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213 for use in motor vehicles and aircraft. ❃ Warm Weather ❃ Car Seat Useful Life DO NOT use after date shown on back of car seat due to changing requirements and normal wear and tear. Look for: Do not use this car seat after December ❃ Dangerous Vehicle Seats Do not use car seat on rear-facing or side-facing vehicle seats. 4 Always secure car seat with a vehicle seat belt, even when unoccupied. An unsecured car seat can injure passengers. Year Car seat parts can get very hot in the sun or warm weather. To avoid burns, always check before putting child in car seat. ❃ Vehicle Seat Protection Protect vehicle seat. Use a car seat mat, towel or thin blanket under and behind car seat. HEIGHT & WEIGHT LIMITS Rear-facing: Birth to 30 lbs. (13.6 kg) • Infants from birth to 20 lbs. (9.1 kg) MUST be rear-facing. ❃ Preterm or Low Birth Weight Infants • Infants or toddlers 20 to 30 lbs. (9.1 to 13.6 kg) may be rear-facing. A preterm infant or low birth weight infant may be at special risk in a vehicle or aircraft. IMPORTANT: This car seat is certified for use rear-facing with children up to 30 lbs. (13.6 kg). However, some children approaching 30 lbs. (13.6 kg) may be too tall to fit comfortably rear-facing. When child can no longer comfortably fit and knees remain bent, child should use car seat forward-facing, only if child is over 20 lbs. (9.1 kg) and can sit upright unassisted . According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, these infants may suffer breathing difficulties if improperly reclined in a car seat. Century advises that you have your physician or hospital staff evaluate your infant and recommend the proper car seat or car bed before you and your infant leave the hospital. * Rear-facing 30 lbs. 40 lbs. 20 lbs. Birth (9.1 kg) (13.6 kg)(18.1 kg) ❃ Outgrowing Car Seat Forward-facing Forward-facing: 20 to 40 lbs. (9.1 to 18.1 kg) • Toddlers 20 to 30 lbs. (9.1 to 13.6 kg) who are capable of sitting upright unassisted . If unable to sit may be forward-facing unassisted, use rear-facing. * • Toddlers 30 to 40 lbs. (13.6 to 18.1 kg) and up to 40 inches (101.6 cm) tall MUST be forward-facing. * The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children should be at least one year of age before being positioned forward facing. WARNING Prevent serious injury or death: • Top of child’s ears must be below top edge of car seat. • Child’s shoulders MUST not be above top harness slots. 5 REAR-FACING INSTALLATION 4 WARNING To prevent serious injury or death: Do not allow anything in vehicle interior or in base of car seat to obstruct rotation in a crash. When using car seat rear-facing, car seat MUST be able to rotate freely from a reclined to an upright position on impact. • Test by moving car seat through all seating angles. 1 2 3 6 Adjust car seat to reclined or semi-reclined position and place rear-facing on vehicle seat. Thread vehicle seat belt through openings over recline lever on front of car seat and buckle belt (fig. a). Press down firmly in center of car seat to compress vehicle seat cushion while tightening vehicle seat belt (fig. b). Because of car seat design, you may experience some movement of the pointer in positions 1 & 2 during vehicle seat belt tightening. This is normal. Make sure you start installing car seat with pointer in the locked position 1 or 2 and adjust the vehicle belts keeping the pointer within the colored zone (fig. c). Pull front to back and left to right to check for secure installation (fig. d). Vehicle lap belt MUST stay tight. If not secure, see “Vehicle Seat Belts” section. 5 Check level indicator on car seat. Ball MUST be entirely in green zone (fig. e). If necessary, place rolled towels under car seat, at vehicle seat crease, until entire ball is in green zone. Then re-check level indicator. NOTE: Vehicle must be on level ground and child in car seat when checking level indicator. REAR-FACING INSTALLATION (continued) Openings Towels (fig. e) (fig. a) (fig. b) (fig. c) (fig. d) 7 FORWARD-FACING INSTALLATION 1 2 3 4 Adjust car seat to upright or semi-upright position and place forward-facing on vehicle seat. Thread vehicle seat belt through openings and behind harness straps (fig. a). Buckle belt. Press down firmly in center of car seat to compress vehicle seat cushion while tightening vehicle seat belt. HINT: Use your knee to press down in center of car seat (fig. b). Pull front to back and left to right to check for secure installation (fig. c). Vehicle lap belt MUST stay tight. If not secure, see “Vehicle Seat Belts” section. 5 8 Attach tether strap hook (A) to anchor hardware (B) and tighten strap to remove any slack (fig. d). If tether anchor hardware (B) is not available, see “Installation of Anchor Hardware“ section. FORWARD-FACING INSTALLATION (continued) Openings Pull to tighten (A) (B) (fig. a) (fig. b) (fig. c) (fig. d) 9 PLACING CHILD IN CAR SEAT 1 Place child in car seat with child’s back flat against back of car seat. 2 Place harness straps over child’s shoulders and insert tongues into buckle. WARNING To prevent serious injury or death: • Keep harness straps snug and positioned on shoulders. • Do not use strap covers, blankets, cushions, or padding under harness straps or child unless provided by Century or Graco. • Child must be dressed in clothing with arms and legs that will not interfere with buckling harness. Pull up on tongues to be sure they are locked. 3 Position harness tie at arm pit level. 4 Check harness system: • Rear-facing - Harness straps must be through bottom or middle slots at or below shoulders. • Forward-facing - Harness straps MUST be through top slots. 10 Close harness tie: Adjust harness straps to be snug with just enough room to insert one finger between child’s chest and harness straps (fig. a). Check that harness straps on chest and thighs are snug. 5 A rolled towel can be used on each side to support small children (fig. b). Be sure towels do not interfere with harness system. PLACING CHILD IN CAR SEAT (continued) 3 2 4 (fig. a) (fig. b) 11 OPERATIONS and ADJUSTMENTS 1 Harness Straps (fig. a): • To tighten: Pull lower belt tab. • To loosen: Pull and hold upper belt tab while pulling harness straps out. 2 Harness Tie: • To open: Press tab and pull apart. • To close: Snap halves together. Make sure harness tie is locked by pulling out on each half. 3 Buckle: • To buckle: Insert both tongues into buckle. Pull up on tongues to be sure they are locked. • To unbuckle: Press red button and pull tongues out of buckle. 12 4 Recline / Upright Positions: Rear-facing - MUST use Reclined (#1) or Semi-reclined (#2) position. Forward-facing - MUST use Semi-upright (#3) or Upright (#4) position. • Squeeze lever located under front (fig. b) or rear (fig. c) of car seat. • Move car seat to desired position by aligning pointer to desired position. Be sure car seat locks into position. Harness straps MUST move freely. Make sure harness straps are not pinched between lever and car seat shell. OPERATIONS and ADJUSTMENTS (continued) 1 2 3 4 Upper Lower (fig. a) (fig. b) (fig. c) 13 OPERATIONS and ADJUSTMENTS 7 Changing Harness Strap Slots: A Loosen harness straps: Pull and hold upper belt tab. (continued) D Re-attach harness strap loops to Splitter Plate (fig. e): • For Infants or Small Toddlers: Pull harness straps out. Put Top right strap loop on Splitter Plate first, then attach Top left strap loop. B Remove both harness strap loops from Splitter Plate on back of car seat. NOTE: Make sure ends of straps are in front of Splitter Plate as shown. C Change harness strap slots. • For Toddlers: Make sure harness straps are threaded through matching slot of seat pad and car seat. It may be necessary to remove seat pad from top of car seat. Put Bottom right strap loop on Splitter Plate first, then attach Bottom left strap loop. NOTE: • Make sure both strap loops are securely attached within Splitter Plate hook. • Make sure strap is NOT twisted and is routed between adjuster lever and car seat shell (fig. f). 14 OPERATIONS and ADJUSTMENTS Top Loop (continued) Splitter Plate Bottom Loop Rear Recline Lever (fig. e) (fig. f) 15 VEHICLE SEAT BELTS WARNING Not all vehicle seat belts can be used with a car seat. The car seat must be held securely at all times by a lap belt (or lap belt portion of a lap/shoulder belt) that will not change length while driving. To provide the most secure installation of the car seat: • Read the vehicle owner’s manual regarding car seat installation and seat belt use with car seat. • Follow all instruction labels on vehicle seat belt and car seat. If car seat is not held securely after following instructions in this manual, vehicle seat belt labels, and vehicle owner’s manual: • Move car seat to another seating location and try again, or • Contact vehicle dealer for possible seat belt modification parts. 16 VEHICLE SEAT BELTS (continued) ❃ Belts Forward of Seat Crease Vehicle seat belts located forward of seat crease may not securely hold car seat. Check vehicle owner’s manual or see vehicle dealer for car seat installation requirements. Seat Crease • If approved for use with car seat, install car seat and check for secure installation by pulling car seat front to back. If car seat slides forward, DO NOT use these seat belts. Seat Crease 17 VEHICLE SEAT BELTS (continued) ❃ Lap Belts - Manually Adjustable The locking latch plate on some seat belts may slip and loosen after being buckled on car seat if positioned at a certain angle. If this happens, flip latch plate over (fig. a) and re-buckle. Test installation again to see if this works. If not, move car seat to another seating position. Flip ❃ Lap Belts - With Retractor Lap belts with retractors may or may not hold a car seat securely. (fig. a) Follow these steps to determine if you have a retractor system that will hold car seat securely: a. Pull belt all the way out. b. Allow belt to retract about 6 inches (15 cm). c. Pull out on belt again. If belt is locked and you cannot pull the belt out any further, you have an Automatic Locking Retractor which may be used with a car seat. Remember, when installing a car seat, pull belt all the way out, buckle belt, and then tighten. If you can pull the belt out again (step c), you have an Emergency Locking Retractor which must not be used with a car seat. 18 Retractor VEHICLE SEAT BELTS (continued) ❃ Passive Restraint - Lap Belt with Motorized Shoulder Belt DO NOT use with any car seat. ❃ Passive Restraint - Lap or Shoulder Belt Mounted on Door DO NOT use with any car seat. Belts will not stay tight while driving. 19 VEHICLE SEAT BELTS (continued) ❃ Combination Lap/Shoulder Belt with Sliding Latch Plate Pull on latch plate (fig. a). If belt slides freely through latch plate, a locking clip MUST be used (see Locking Clip section). Pull Some combination lap/shoulder belts with sliding latch plates may be converted into an “automatic locking mode” that will allow use without a locking clip. See vehicle owner’s manual and label on vehicle belts for instructions. (fig. a) ❃ Combination Lap/Shoulder Belt with Locking Latch Plate The locking latch plate on some seat belts may slip and loosen after being buckled on car seat if positioned at a certain angle. If this happens, flip the latch plate over (fig. b) and re-buckle. Test installation again to see if this works. If not, move car seat to another seating position. 20 Flip (fig. b) VEHICLE SEAT BELTS (continued) ❃ Locking Clip WARNING • Failure to use locking clip where required will result in car seat not being securely held in place. • Shorten length of lap belt portion slightly by pulling belt through latch plate. You MUST use locking clip provided with car seat with a vehicle seat belt that slides freely through the latch plate or the lap belt cannot be tightly secured. 3 4 If not secure, additional belt tightening may be required: • Unbuckle vehicle seat belt. • Hold belts together and remove locking clip. • DO NOT use locking clip as a vehicle seat belt shortener. 2 Test installation to see if car seat is secure. Avoid serious injury or death: • Remove locking clip from seat belts when not being used with car seat. 1 5 • Re-attach locking clip. • Buckle vehicle seat belt. HINT: Press car seat further down into vehicle seat cushion to help buckle vehicle seat belt. Test installation to see if car seat is secure. If not secure, repeat above step until secure. Install car seat and tighten vehicle seat belt. Hold seat belts together at latch plate (fig. a) then unbuckle. Slide locking clip on seat belts approximately 1/2 inch (1 cm) away from latch plate. 1/2 inch (1 cm) (fig. a) Re-buckle seat belt. 21 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ❃ Installation of Anchor Hardware Vehicle may already be equipped with a tether anchor (top strap anchor). See vehicle owner’s manual for location. If vehicle does not have a tether anchor, one must be installed: • Contact vehicle dealership for proper anchor location and installation. • Before installing anchor, install car seat on a vehicle seat and check that the lap belt portion of the vehicle belt will hold car seat securely. If not, move car seat to another seating position. If tether anchor hardware kit is not available at your vehicle dealership, one may be purchased at a local retailer or call Century at 1-800-837-4044. 22 WARNING Avoid serious injury or death: • Be sure anchor hole is properly sealed to prevent exhaust fumes and water from entering the vehicle. • If you wish to remove anchor once child outgrows car seat, make sure hole is properly plugged or sealed to prevent exhaust fumes from entering the vehicle. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ❃ Tether Storage (continued) Tether Hook DO NOT anchor tether strap to the vehicle when using car seat rear-facing. Tether hook must be attached to car seat for rear-facing use. For storage of tether hook: • Attach tether hook to back of car seat using one of the locations shown. Tether Hook • Pull loose end of strap to remove any slack. • Roll loose end of strap up and secure with a rubber band. 23 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (continued) ❃ Care & Cleaning 2 Removing Seat Pad: 1 2 3 Remove both harness strap loops from Splitter Plate on back of car seat. Pull harness straps out of harness slots. Remove tongues and from harness straps. 5 Unhook “J” hooks from car seat shell. 4 5 Pull seat pad up over harness straps leaving harness straps in car seat. Reverse above steps for replacing seat pad, and harness system. 24 5 Remove from harness tie from harness straps. 4 6 3 5 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Seat Pad: Machine-wash separately on gentle cycle and drip dry. Harness Straps: Surface wash only with mild soap and damp cloth. If harness straps are frayed or heavily soiled, they MUST be replaced. Shell: (continued) ❃ Aircraft Use This car seat is certified for use on aircraft (see label on car seat). Contact airline about their policy. Use this car seat only on forward-facing aircraft seats. Install car seat on an aircraft the same way it is installed in a vehicle. Wipe with mild solution of soap and water. Avoid wetting labels. Never use “household detergents”: they can weaken plastic. Buckle: Rinse buckle with warm water. DO NOT use household detergents. Never lubricate buckle. ❃ Second Hand Car Seat Century advises against loaning or passing along car seat. WARNING Prevent serious injury or death: • Buckle must be properly latched. • Periodically inspect and clean buckle to remove objects or debris that could prevent latching. 25 1 2 Fold instruction manual. Store instruction manual behind these tabs. If a part is damaged, missing, or you need help or replacement parts, DO NOT return car seat to the store. CALL US FIRST Call toll-free 1-800-837-4044 from anywhere in the U.S. or Canada or fax at 1-610-286-4555. or write us at: Century Products P.O.Box 100 Elverson, PA 19520-9974 Attention: Customer Service Department Store Locking Clip on bottom of car seat.