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PM-1663AB
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Instruction manual is for:
• 1000 STE™ 5-Point
Newborn/Toddler Car Seat
• 2000 STE™ T-Shield Newborn/Toddler
Car Seat
• Room-to-Grow Overhead Shield
Newborn/Toddler Car Seat
Instructions for these models are the same unless
otherwise noted.
❃ Before You Begin
Important Information.....................................1
Warnings......................................................2
Basic Information.............................................4
❃ Car Seat Use
Height & Weight Limits.....................................5
6
Forward-facing Installation................................7
Placing Child in Car Seat.................................. 8
Operations and Adjustments......................... 10
Rear-facing Installation....................................
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•
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Harness Straps
Harness Tie
Buckle
Recline / Upright Positions
5-Point Crotch Strap Adjustment
Overhead Shield Adjustment
Changing Harness Strap Slots
❃ Special Information
Vehicle Seat Belts........................................... 14
• Locking Clip........................................ 19
Additional Information ...................................20
• 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
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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 crash. 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.
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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 22 lbs. (10 kg)
• Infants from birth to 20 lbs. (9.1 kg) MUST
be rear-facing.
• Infants or toddlers 20 to 22 lbs. (9.1 to
10 kg) may be rear-facing.
Rear-facing
20 lbs.
Birth
(9.1 kg)
Infants
A preterm infant or low birth weight infant may
be at special risk in a vehicle or aircraft.
According to the American Academy of
Pediatrics, these infants may suffer breathing
difficulties if improperly reclined in a car seat.
22 lbs. 40 lbs.
(10 kg) (18.1 kg)
Forward-facing
Forward-facing: 20 to 40 lbs. (9.1 to 18.1 kg)
• Toddlers 20 to 22 lbs. (9.1 to 10 kg) who
are capable of sitting upright unassisted
. If unable to sit
may be forward-facing
unassisted, use rear-facing.
*
• Toddlers 22 to 40 lbs. (10 to 18.1 kg)
and up to 40 inches (101.6 cm) tall MUST
be forward-facing.
*
❃ Preterm or Low Birth Weight
The American Academy of Pediatrics
recommends that children should be at least
one year of age before being positioned
forward facing.
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.
❃ Outgrowing Car Seat
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.
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REAR-FACING INSTALLATION
1
Adjust car seat to recline position and place
rear-facing on vehicle seat.
2
Thread vehicle seat belt through openings and
buckle belt.
3
Press down firmly in center of car seat to
compress vehicle seat cushion while tightening
vehicle seat belt (fig. a).
4
Pull front to back and left to right to check for
secure installation (fig. b). Vehicle lap belt
MUST stay tight.
Openings
If not secure, see “Vehicle Seat Belts” section.
5
Towels
Check level indicator on car seat.
Ball MUST be entirely in green zone (fig. c). 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.
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(fig. a)
(fig. b)
(fig. c)
FORWARD-FACING INSTALLATION
1
2
3
4
Adjust car seat to upright position and place
forward-facing on vehicle seat.
Tether
Strap
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.
Openings
If not secure, see “Vehicle Seat Belts” section.
5
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.
Stand
Pull to
tighten
(A)
(B)
(fig. a)
(fig. b)
(fig. c)
(fig. d)
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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 tongue(s) 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 tongue(s) 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.
5-Point Models Only:
• Crotch strap must be in opening closest to
but not under child.
T-Shield Models Only:
• Latch tongue must be in opening closest
to but not under child.
Overhead Shield Models Only:
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• Harness tongue must be in opening closest
to but not under child.
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).
For 5-Point models, 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
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(fig. b)
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OPERATIONS and ADJUSTMENTS
1
2
Harness Straps (fig. a):
4
Rear-facing - MUST use Recline position.
• To loosen: Lift adjuster lever and pull
harness straps out.
Forward-facing - MUST use Upright position
Upright Position: Rotate stand out and push
into car seat.
Harness Tie (fig. b):
Recline Position: Pull stand out and rotate
into car seat.
• To open: Unhook harness tie from child’s
left side of harness straps.
• To close: From backside of harness tie,
slide harness strap over harness tie tongue.
3
Buckle:
MUST be in opening closest to but not under
child.
5-Point Models
• 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.
T-Shield & Overhead Shield Models
• To buckle: Push tongue into opening.
Pull up on tongue to be sure it is locked.
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Recline / Upright Positions (fig. c:):
• To tighten: Pull lower belt.
• To unbuckle: Press red button, pull
tongue out of opening and lift shield
over top of car seat.
Harness straps MUST move freely. Make sure
harness straps are not pinched by recline stand.
5
5-Point Crotch Strap Adjustment (fig. d):
• From bottom of car seat, pull crotch strap
clip out and remove clip from crotch
strap loop.
• From top of car seat, pull crotch strap out
and thread through desired slot. Make
sure red button is facing away from child.
• From bottom of car seat, re-attach clip to
crotch strap loop exactly as shown.
OPERATIONS and ADJUSTMENTS
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Clip
Adjuster
Lever
Upright
Lower
Belt
Recline
(fig. a)
(fig. b)
(fig. c)
(fig. d)
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OPERATIONS and ADJUSTMENTS
6
Overhead Shield Adjustment (fig. e):
• To adjust: Press both buttons down and
move shield to desired position closest to
child. Release buttons to lock shield into
place. Check by pulling out on shield.
NOTE: Shield does not need to contact
child when in closest position; harness
system restrains child.
7
D Re-attach harness strap loops to Splitter
Plate:
Slide each harness strap loop onto
Splitter Plate.
NOTE:
• Make sure both strap loops are securely
attached within Splitter Plate hook.
• Make sure straps are NOT twisted and
are routed behind stand (fig. f).
Changing Harness Strap Slots:
A Loosen harness straps:
Lift adjuster lever and pull
harness straps out (see 1 ).
B Remove both harness strap loops from
Splitter Plate on back of car seat.
C Change harness strap slots.
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.
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(continued)
OPERATIONS and ADJUSTMENTS
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Splitter Plate
Stand
(fig. e)
(fig. f)
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Flip
(fig. b)
VEHICLE SEAT BELTS
(continued)
❃ Locking Clip
WARNING
5
Test installation to see if car seat is secure.
If not secure, additional belt tightening may be
required:
• Unbuckle vehicle seat belt.
Avoid serious injury or death:
• Hold belts together and remove locking
clip.
• 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.
• Remove locking clip from seat belts
when not being used with car seat.
• DO NOT use locking clip as a vehicle
seat belt shortener.
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.
1
Install car seat and tighten vehicle seat belt.
2
Hold seat belts together at latch plate (fig. a)
then unbuckle.
3
Slide locking clip on seat belts approximately
1/2 inch (1 cm) away from latch plate.
4
Re-buckle seat belt.
• 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.
1/2 inch (1 cm)
(fig. a)
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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.
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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
(continued)
❃ Tether Storage
DO NOT anchor tether strap to the vehicle
when using car seat rear-facing.
Tether Hook
Tether hook must be stored on car seat for
rear-facing use.
For storage of tether hook:
• Attach tether hook to back of car seat
as shown.
• Pull loose end of strap to remove any
slack.
• Roll loose end of strap up and secure
with a rubber band.
Back of Car Seat
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
(continued)
❃ Care & Cleaning
1
Unhook “J” hooks from car seat shell.
2
Unhook harness straps from splitter plate.
3
Pull harness straps out of harness slots.
4
Press red button to release tongue(s).
5
For 5-Point harness system:
• Unhook harness tie and remove from
harness straps.
• Pull seat pad up over harness straps leaving
harness straps in car seat.
For T-Shield Model:
• Remove T-Shield.
• Pull seat pad off.
For Overhead shield model:
• Pull seat pad off.
Removing Overhead Shield Pad:
6
Pull 2 button clips out of shield and remove
pad (fig. a).
Reverse above steps for replacing pads.
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(fig. a)
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
(continued)
Seat Pad and Overhead Shield Pad:
Machine-wash separately on gentle cycle and
drip dry.
WARNING
Prevent serious injury or death:
• Buckle must be properly latched.
Harness Straps & T-Shield:
Surface wash only with mild soap and damp
cloth.
• Periodically inspect and clean buckle
to remove objects or debris that could
prevent latching.
If harness straps are frayed or heavily soiled,
they MUST be replaced.
Shell:
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.
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
❃ 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.
❃ Second Hand Car Seat
Century advises against loaning or passing
along car seat.
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(continued)
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
Store locking clip
behind instruction
manual.
Attention: Customer Service
Department
Century Products
Graco Children’s Products Inc.
A Division of Newell Rubbermaid
Macedonia, Ohio 44-56-2096
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