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User Guide
Table of Contents
Safety Information
Warnings.......................................................................................................2
Important Notes............................................................................................4
Certification...................................................................................................5
Registration...................................................................................................5
Important Harness Adjustments....................................................................6
Child Seat Features...........................................................................................8
Vehicle Compatibility
Vehicle Safety Belts........................................................................................10
Vehicle Buckle Positions.................................................................................11
Vehicle Seating Positions...............................................................................11
Installation : Rear-facing
LATCH Installation.........................................................................................12
Lap-Shoulder Belt Installation . .....................................................................14
Lap-Belt Installation . ....................................................................................16
Installation : Forward-facing
LATCH Installation.........................................................................................18
Lap-Shoulder Belt Installation........................................................................20
Lap-Belt Installation . ....................................................................................22
Aircraft Installation............................................................................................24
Installation : Versa-Tether
Safety Information.........................................................................................25
Using the Versa-Tether..................................................................................26
Tether Connector Strap.................................................................................27
Child Seat Functions
Switching the LATCH Connectors.................................................................28
Storing the LATCH Connectors.....................................................................29
Recline Adjustment.......................................................................................29
Infant Body Pillow.........................................................................................29
Chest Clip......................................................................................................30
Harness Buckle..............................................................................................30
How to Adjust Harness Height......................................................................31
Securing Your Child.......................................................................................31
Care and Maintenance......................................................................................33
Warranty............................................................................................................37
©2008 Britax Child Safety Inc,. All rights reserved.
This product and its components are subject to change without notice.
Printed in USA P312900_R1_06_08
WARNING!
DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY can occur if the following
are not observed :
• Use only with children who weigh between 5 – 40 lbs (2.3 – 18.1
kg) and whose height is 40 in. (101.6 cm) or less.
• Use rear-facing for children who weigh between 5 – 35 lbs (2.3 –
15.9 kg).
• Use forward-facing for children who weigh between 20 – 40 lbs (9.1
– 18.1 kg).
• This child seat must be in the recline position when installed rearfacing.
• Adjust the belts provided with this child seat so they fit snugly around
your 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 tether strap provided with this child seat.
• Secure this child seat with vehicle’s child seat Lower Anchors and Tethers
for CHildren (LATCH) system if available or with a vehicle belt.
• Follow all instructions on the child seat labels and in this user guide.
• Register your child seat with the manufacturer, Britax Child Safety,
Inc. by visiting www.BritaxUSA.com/registration, OR complete and
return the registration card that was shipped with this child seat.
• To prevent injury due to deterioration or hidden damage, discontinue
use of a child seat that is older than six years or has been in a
moderate or severe crash. See date of manufacture located on child
seat (page 9).
• This child seat must not be used in the home, in boats, or in other
non-certified applications.
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• Based on crash statistics, the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) recommends that parents select the back
seat as the safest location for a properly installed child seat. Please
study the Vehicle Compatibility section on pages 10-11 to ensure
your child’s safety and consult your vehicle owner’s manual.
• Secure this child seat even when it is not occupied. In a crash, an
unsecured child seat may injure vehicle occupants.
• When using in a vehicle with air bags, refer to your vehicle owner’s
manual for child seat installation instructions and precautions.
• Never use adjuster strap to lift or carry this child seat. Doing so could
cause damage to harness adjuster and webbing. Always carry this
child seat by its shell or tether straps.
• The primary protection for occupants of a vehicle in a collision is
the body of the vehicle itself. A child seat will not protect a child
when a vehicle is seriously impacted. However, correctly installed, a
child seat will substantially improve the chances for survival in most
crashes. Make sure all users fully understand the correct ways to use
this child seat in a vehicle.
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Safety Information
Safety Information
Important Notes
Certification
• Verify that the child seat is securely installed and that the harness is
properly adjusted around the child each time the child seat is used.
• Adjust the harness to fit the clothes the child is wearing. Remove
bulky coats and/or jackets before putting the child in child seat.
• Cover the child seat when the vehicle is parked in direct sunlight.
Parts of child seat could become hot enough to burn a child.
• Store the child seat in a safe place when it is not being used. Avoid
placing heavy objects on top of it.
• 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 seat or change the way the harness or vehicle’s
seat 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 the event of a
sudden stop, a loose seat back could cause the child seat not to
perform as intended.
• Do not allow children to play with this child seat.
• Do not use anything to raise the child seat off vehicle seat except as
described in these instructions. In a crash, this could cause the child
seat not to perform as intended.
This child seat system conforms to all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle
Safety Standards. This child seat is certified for use in motor vehicles
and aircraft
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Registration
Child seats can be recalled for safety reasons. You must register
this child seat to be reached in a recall. Send your name, address,
and the child seat’s model number and manufacturing date to
Britax Child Safety, Inc., 13501 South Ridge Drive Charlotte,
NC 28273, or call 1-888-4BRITAX, or register online at www.
BritaxUSA.com/registration. For recall information, call the U.S.
Government’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY
1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.NHTSA.gov.
WARNING! DO NOT place child seat
rear-facing in the front seat of a vehicle with a
passenger air bag unless deactivated. DEATH
or SERIOUS INJURY can occur. See your vehicle
owner's manual for child seat installation
instructions. The back seat is the safest place for children 12
and under.
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Safety Information
Safety Information
Important Harness Adjustments
Forward-Facing
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics:
All infants should ride rear-facing until they have reached at least 1
year of age and weigh at least 20 pounds. That means that if your
infant reaches 20 pounds before her first birthday, she should remain
rear-facing at least until she turns 1 year old. It is best for children
to ride rear-facing to the highest weight or height allowed by the
manufacturer.
Rear-Facing
1
2. in
5 ch
cm
Weight 5 – 35 lbs (2.3 – 15.9 kg).
Only use rear-facing with children:
• who weigh between 5 – 35 lbs (2.3 – 15.9 kg) and
• when the top of the child’s head is 1 in. (2.5 cm) A Rear-Facing
or more below the top of the child seat shell (Fig.
A) and
• when the harness straps are at or slightly below the child’s shoulders
(Fig. A)
If the child cannot be secured within these requirements because the
child exceeds height or weight requirements, review the forward-facing
guidelines on page 7.
If the child cannot be snugly secured within these requirements because
the child is too small, selection of a different child seat (such as an infant
carrier) may be required.
IMPORTANT: See How to Adjust Harness Height on page 31.
Weight 20 pounds (and 1 year) – 40 pounds (9.1
– 18.1 kg).
Only use forward-facing with children :
• who are at least one year of age and
• who weigh between 20 – 40 lbs. (9.1 – 18.1 kg)
and
b Forward-Facing
• who are 40” (101.6 cm) or less in height and
• when the top of the child’s ears are below the top of the child seat
shell and
• when the harness straps are at or above the child’s shoulders (Fig. B)
IMPORTANT: See How to Adjust Harness Height on page 31.
•
•
•
•
•
•
WARNING! Do NOT use the child seat forward-facing if
any of the following apply :
the child is less than one year of age or
the child is less than 20 lbs (9.1 kg) in weight or
the child exceeds 40 lbs (18.1 kg) in weight or
the child exceeds 40 in. (101.6 cm.) in height or
the top of the ears are above the top of the child seat shell or
the harness straps are below the child’s shoulders
WARNING! Do NOT use the child seat rear-facing if any of the
following apply :
• the child is less than 5 lbs (2.3 kg) in weight or
• the child exceeds 35 lbs (15.9 kg) in weight or
• the top of the head is less than 1 in. (2.5 cm) from the top of the child seat
shell (Fig. A) or
• the harness straps are above the child’s shoulders
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Child Seat Features
Child Seat Features
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7
8
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2
3
9
10
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4
20
21
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5
13
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Head Restraint
Head Restraint Adjustment Knob
Cover
Shell
Rear-Facing Lock-Off
Comfort Pad
Chest Clip
8 Harness Straps
9 Harness Buckle
10 Belly Pad
11 Infant Body Pillow
12 Harness Adjuster Release Button
13 Harness Adjuster Strap
14 Recline Handle (Front of Base)
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23
24
25
15 Serial Number and Manufactured Date
(under cover)
23 LATCH Adjuster
16 Versa-Tether
24 LATCH Connector
(Top Anchorage Strap) -in pouch
(Stored under cover)
17 Forward-Facing Lock-Off
25 LATCH Connector Release Button
18 Base
19 Harness Yoke
20 Belt Guard
21 LATCH Connector Strap
22 LATCH Adjuster Release Button
IMPORTANT: When not in use, this user guide should be
stored under the cover. DO NOT discard the foam inserts
found under the cover.
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Vehicle Compatibility
Vehicle Compatibility
Vehicle Safety Belts
Vehicle Buckle Positions
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 owner’s manual for specific information about vehicle
safety belts and their use with child seats. Some vehicles have no seating
positions which are compatible with this child seat or any other child seat.
If in doubt, contact the vehicle manufacturer for assistance.
This child seat can fit securely in most vehicles using existing vehicle belts.
However, some vehicle designs prevent a secure fit of the child seat.
The vehicle owner’s manual 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 the Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH).
WARNING! The following types of vehicle
A
If the buckle lies near the position marked wrong
( ) when the vehicle belt is tightened, try fitting the
child seat in another seating position in the vehicle
OR consult your vehicle owner’s manual to see if you
can lower the vehicle buckle position by twisting the
vehicle buckle stalk.
If it is not possible to achieve the correct position ( )
for the buckle, then another seating position MUST
be used.
WARNING! Forward-facing vehicle seats MUST be used with
this child seat. Side-facing or rear-facing seats CANNOT be used. See
diagram below.
WARNING!
b
NOTE: Refer to your vehicle owner’s manual to determine the kind of
retractors used in your vehicle and how to operate them.
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belt buckle can adversely affect the stability
of the child seat.
Vehicle Seating Positions
belts are not compatible with this child seat :
• Front vehicle belts with top or bottom anchorage
points in the door. (Fig. A & B)
• 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.
WARNING! The position of the vehicle
DO NOT place a child seat
rear-facing in the front
seat of a vehicle with a
passenger air bag unless
deactivated. DEATH or
SERIOUS INJURY can
occur. See your vehicle
owner's manual for child
seat installation instructions. The back seat is the
safest place for children 12
and under.
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Installation : Rear-facing
Installation : Rear-facing
LATCH Installation
• Figure A illustrates a typical rear-facing LATCH
installation.
• Verify that your vehicle is equipped with LATCH
anchors. If LATCH anchors are not available, you
must use vehicle belt installation methods.
1 If stored, remove the LATCH strap and connectors
from the storage slots under the cover. See page 29.
2 Press and hold one LATCH adjuster release button,
then pull to extend LATCH strap to full length.
Repeat for the remaining LATCH connector.
3 Thread each LATCH connector through the
adjacent rear-facing belt slot (Fig. B).
• The LATCH strap must rest behind the child seat
buckle strap.
• The LATCH connector is not in an upright position
(Fig. D).
• The LATCH strap is twisted.
• A positive click is not heard when the LATCH
connector and LATCH anchor are connected.
A
Rear-Facing
b
4 Recline the child seat and place it sideways on
the vehicle seat with the front facing you.
WARNING! This child seat must be in the
recline position when installed rear-facing. See
Recline Adjustment on page 29.
5 Attach the closest LATCH connector to the farthest
LATCH anchor (Fig. C).
• Check that the LATCH connector strap is not
twisted, and that the LATCH connector is in an upright
position (Fig. D) to ensure proper installation.
C
Release
Button
Top
6 Rotate the child seat into the rear-facing
position.
7 Attach the remaining LATCH connector to the D
adjacent LATCH anchor (Fig. E).
NOTE: It may be necessary to switch the LATCH connectors as shown on
page 28 if ANY of the following conditions exist :
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NOTE: If a positive click is not heard, but the LATCH
connector is in an upright position, you should not
switch the LATCH connectors. The strap may be
too tight or twisted, or there may be debris in the
LATCH connector.
8 Push the child seat firmly into the vehicle seat while
pulling the LATCH adjuster strap tight (Fig. F).
9 Verify all connections are secure and that the
child seat is stable.
• The child seat is secure when it cannot be moved more
than 1 in. (2.5 cm) front-to-back or side-to-side at the
belt path. If the child seat is not secure, repeat the
procedure or use an alternate seating location.
• When properly installed in the rear-facing position, the
back angle of the child seat should be 30º – 45º from
vertical (not to exceed 45º) when the car is parked on
a level surface (Fig. G).
• If necessary, the proper recline angle can be achieved
by placing a rolled towel or pool noodle in the crease
of the vehicle seat to level the child seat’s base.
e
f
0º
30–45º
g
90º
WARNING! Do not raise the child seat off the front edge of the
vehicle seat. This could cause your child seat not to perform as
intended.
• Rear-facing installation can be improved by the use of the Versa-Tether. See
pages 25 – 27.
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Installation : Rear-facing
Installation : Rear-facing
Lap-Shoulder Belt Installation
• Figure A illustrates a typical rear-facing, lap-shoulder
belt installation.
• When not in use, always store LATCH connectors in
storage slots. See page 29.
1 Recline the child seat and place it rear-facing on
the vehicle seat.
A Rear-Facing
e
8 Verify that the vehicle belt is tight and that the
child seat is secure.
WARNING! This child seat must be in the
recline position when installed rear-facing. See
Recline Adjustment on page 29.
2 Lift the child seat cover and open the rear-facing
lock-off farthest from where the vehicle belt will
be buckled (Fig. B).
3 Pull the vehicle belt out then pass it through the
rear-facing belt slot (Fig. C).
• To prevent breakage, never extend the lock-off arm
beyond its normal open position and always keep
the 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 locked. Check your vehicle
owner’s manual to determine what type of retractor
your vehicle has and how to lock the retractor.
b
• Vehicle belt can be routed over or under the cover.
4 Route the vehicle belt across the child seat then
through the opposite rear-facing belt slot.
• The vehicle belt must rest behind the child seat
buckle strap.
5 Verify that the vehicle belt is not twisted, position c
the lap belt portion through the open lock-off,
then buckle (Fig. D).
6 Push the child seat firmly into the vehicle seat
while removing slack first from the lap portion of
the vehicle belt, then from the shoulder portion
(Fig. E).
7 Position the shoulder portion of the vehicle belt d
through the open lock-off, tighten belt, close the
lock-off arm (Fig. F), and replace the child seat cover.
• The child seat is secure when it cannot be moved
more than 1 in. (2.5 cm) front-to-back or side-toside at the belt path. If the child seat is not secure,
repeat the procedure or use an alternate seating
location .
• When properly installed in the rear-facing position,
the back angle of the child seat should be 30º – 45º
from vertical (not to exceed 45º) when the car is
parked on a level surface (Fig. G).
• If necessary, the proper recline angle can be
achieved by placing a rolled towel or pool noodle
in the crease of the vehicle seat to level the child
seat’s base.
WARNING! Do not raise the child seat off
the front edge of the vehicle seat. This could
cause your child seat not to perform as intended.
f
0º
30–45º
g
90º
• Rear-facing installation can be improved by the use of the Versa-Tether.
See pages 25 – 27.
• The lock-off is properly closed when a positive click is heard.
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Installation : Rear-facing
Installation : Rear-facing
Lap-Belt Installation
• 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 locked. Check your vehicle
owner’s manual to determine what type of retractor
your vehicle has and how to lock the retractor.
• Figure A illustrates a typical rear-facing, lap-belt
installation.
• When not in use, always store the LATCH connectors
in storage slots. See page 29.
1 Recline the child seat and place it rear-facing on
the vehicle seat.
A
Rear-Facing
WARNING! This child seat must be in the
recline position when installed rear-facing. See
Recline Adjustment on page 29.
2 Lift the child seat cover and open the rear-facing
lock-off farthest from where the vehicle belt will
be buckled (Fig. B).
3 Pull the vehicle belt out then pass it through the
rear-facing belt slot (Fig. C).
b
4 Route the vehicle belt across the child seat then
through the opposite rear-facing belt slot.
5 Verify that the vehicle belt is not twisted, position
the belt through the open lock-off, then buckle
(Fig. D).
6 Push the child seat firmly into the vehicle seat
while removing the slack from the vehicle belt.
7 Tighten the belt, close the lock-off arm (Fig. E)
and replace the cover.
locking, two-point Emergency Locking Retractor
(ELR) vehicle belt.
e
0º
30–45º
8 Verify that the vehicle belt is tight, locked, and
that the child seat is secure.
• The vehicle belt can be routed over or under the
child seat cover.
• The vehicle belt must rest behind the child seat
buckle strap.
WARNING! Do not use this seat with a non-
c
• The child seat is secure when it cannot be moved
more than 1 in. (2.5 cm) front-to-back or side-to90º
side at the belt path. If the child seat is not secure,
repeat the procedure or use an alternate seating
location.
• When properly installed in the rear-facing position, the back angle of the
child seat should be 30º – 45º from vertical (not to exceed 45º) when the
car is parked on a level surface (Fig. F).
• If necessary, the proper recline angle can be achieved by placing a rolled
towel or pool noodle in the crease of the vehicle seat to level the child
seat’s base.
f
WARNING! Do not raise the child seat off the front edge of
the vehicle seat. This could cause your child seat not to perform as
intended.
d
• Rear-facing installation can be improved by the use of the Versa-Tether.
See pages 25 – 27.
• The lock-off is properly closed when a positive click
is heard.
• To prevent breakage, never extend the lock-off arm beyond its normal
open position and always keep the lock-off closed when not in use.
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Installation : Forward-Facing
Installation : Forward-Facing
LATCH Installation
• Check that the LATCH connector strap is not twisted,
and that the LATCH connectors are in an upright
position (Fig. E) to ensure proper installation..
• Figure A illustrates a typical forward-facing LATCH
installation.
• Verify that your vehicle is equipped with LATCH
anchors. If LATCH anchors are not available, you
must use vehicle belt installation methods.
WARNING!
• This child seat must NOT be used forward-facing for
children less than one year of age OR who weigh
less than 20 lbs (9.1 kg).
NOTE: It may be necessary to switch LATCH
connectors as shown on page 28 if ANY of the
following conditions exist :
A Forward-Facing
1 Remove the LATCH connectors from storage slots
under the cover. See page 29. Pull both LATCH
connectors completely through the child seat’s
right-side, rear-facing belt slot (Fig. B) so they are on
the outside of the shell.
b
NOTE: The child seat is assembled with the LATCH
connectors in rear-facing mode. LATCH connectors
may need to be switched to forward-facing mode.
See Switching the LATCH Connectors on page 28.
2 Press and hold one LATCH adjuster release
button, then pull to extend LATCH strap to full
length. Repeat on the other end of the strap.
c
3 Thread the appropriate LATCH connector through
forward-facing belt path (Fig. C) at the back of the child seat.
4 Place the child seat sideways on the vehicle seat, with the back of the
child seat facing you.
• Child seat can be used in the recline position when installed in forwardfacing mode with children up to 40 lbs (18.1 kg).
5 Remove the Versa-Tether from the pouch and place it up and over the
child seat back.
6 Attach the closest LATCH connector to the vehicle seat to the farthest
LATCH anchor (Fig. D).
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D
• The LATCH connector is not in an upright position
(Fig. E).
• The LATCH strap is twisted.
Release
• A positive click is not heard when LATCH connector Button
and LATCH anchor are connected.
Top
NOTE: If a positive click is not heard, but the LATCH
connector is in an upright position, you should not
switch the LATCH connector. The strap may be too
tight or twisted, or there may be debris in the LATCH E
connector.
7 Rotate the child seat into the forward-facing
position. Ensure the bottom of the child seat base
is in full contact with the vehicle seat.
8 Attach the remaining LATCH connector to the
adjacent LATCH anchor (Fig. D).
9 Push the child seat into the vehicle seat while
F
pulling each LATCH adjuster strap tight (Fig. F).
®
10 Attach the Versa-Tether hook to the designated tether anchor for the
chosen seating position. Remove all the slack from the tether to secure.
Store any excess webbing in the tether pouch. See pages 25 – 27.
11 Verify that all connections are secure and that the child seat is stable.
• The child seat is secure when it cannot be moved front-to-back or side-toside more than 1 in. (2.5 cm) at the belt path. If the child seat is not secure,
repeat the procedure or use an alternate seating location.
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Installation : Forward-Facing
Installation : Forward-Facing
Lap-Shoulder Belt Installation
• Figure A illustrates a typical forward-facing lapshoulder belt installation.
• When not in use, always store the LATCH connectors
in storage slots. See page 29.
WARNING!
• This child seat must NOT be used forward-facing for
children less than one year of age OR who weigh
less than 20 lbs (9.1 kg).
• IMPORTANT: Britax recommends that the VersaTether be used at all times. Using the tether will
improve the stability of the child seat and reduce the
risk of injury. Check your vehicle owner’s manual
for approved tether locations.
A Forward-Facing
2 If the vehicle is equipped with a designated tether
anchor for the chosen seating position, remove
the Versa-Tether from the pouch and place it up
and over the child seat back.
3 Rotate the lock-off lever to open the forwardfacing lock-off farthest from where the vehicle
belt will be buckled.
4 Pull the vehicle belt out, then pass it through the
forward-facing belt path (Fig. B) to the opposite
side of the child seat.
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e
• 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 locked. Check your
vehicle owner’s manual to determine what type of retractor your vehicle
has, and how to lock the retractor.
b
1 Place the child seat forward-facing on the vehicle
seat. Ensure the bottom of the child seat base is in
full contact with the vehicle seat.
• Child seat can be used in the recline position when
installed in forward-facing mode with children up
to 40 lbs (18.1 kg).
5 Verify that the vehicle belt is not twisted and then
buckle (Fig. C).
6 Push the child seat firmly into the vehicle seat
while removing slack first from the lap portion of
the vehicle belt, then from the shoulder portion
(Fig. D).
7 Hold the shoulder belt tight and rotate the lockoff until the vehicle belt is secured (Fig. E).
8 Attach the Versa-Tether® hook to the designated tether anchor (if
available according to the vehicle owner’s manual) for the chosen
seating position. Remove all the slack from the tether to secure. Store
any excess webbing in the tether pouch. See pages 25 – 27.
9 Verify that the vehicle belt is tight and that the child seat is secure.
• The child seat is secure when it cannot be moved front-to-back or side-toside more than 1 in. (2.5 cm) at the belt path. If the child seat is not secure,
repeat the procedure or use an alternate seating location.
c
d
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Installation : Forward-Facing
Installation : Forward-Facing
Lap-Belt Installation
• Figure A illustrates a typical forward-facing, lapbelt installation.
• When not in use, always store the LATCH
connectors in the storage slots. See page 29.
WARNING!
• This child seat must NOT be used forward-facing for
children less than one year of age OR who weigh
less than 20 lbs (9.1 kg).
1 Place the child seat forward-facing on the vehicle
seat. Ensure the bottom of the child seat base is in
full contact with the vehicle seat.
• Child seat can be used in the recline position when
installed in forward-facing mode with children up
to 40 lbs (18.1 kg).
A Forward-Facing
6 Attach the Versa-Tether® hook to the designated tether anchor (if
available according to the vehicle owner’s manual) for the chosen
seating position. Remove all the slack from the tether to secure. Store
any excess webbing in the tether pouch. See pages 25 – 27.
7 Verify that the vehicle belt is tight, locked, and that the child seat is
secure.
• The child seat is secure when it cannot be moved front-to-back or side-toside more than 1 in. (2.5 cm) at the belt path. If the child seat is not secure,
repeat the procedure or use an alternate seating location.
b
2 If the vehicle is equipped with a designated
tether anchor for the chosen seating position,
remove the Versa-Tether from the pouch and
place it up and over the child seat back.
3 Pull the vehicle belt out, then pass it through the
c
forward-facing belt path to the opposite side of
the child seat (Fig. B).
4 Verify that the vehicle belt is not twisted, then buckle (Fig. C).
5 Push the child seat firmly into vehicle seat while removing slack from
the vehicle belt.
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Aircraft Installation
Installation : Versa-Tether
This child seat is certified for aircraft use. Most airlines
in the U.S. and Canada will allow the use of a child
seat as long as it is labeled as an approved child
seat for airline use and fits properly on the aircraft
seat. 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
seat while traveling on an aircraft.
Rear-Facing Installation
For rear-facing aircraft installation (Fig.
A), follow Rear-Facing Lap-Belt Installation
instructions on pages 16 – 17.
WARNING!
• When using the child seat in forward-facing mode, attach the VersaTether only to tether anchors designated by the vehicle manufacturer
as tether anchorage points. Use of other locations is not approved
or permitted.
• DO NOT modify the vehicle without advice from the vehicle
manufacturer if a tether anchorage is not available.
IMPORTANT:
Install your child seat in a window seat to avoid
blocking the aisle.
If the aircraft lap belt is too short, ask the flight
attendant for a belt extender.
Safety Information
A
Rear-Facing
b
Forward-Facing
• Britax recommends that the tether be used at all times. Using
the tether will improve the stability of the child seat and reduce
the risk of injury.
• If your vehicle does not currently have a tether anchor
attachment, refer to your vehicle owner’s manual or contact the
vehicle manufacturer for assistance.
Forward-Facing Installation
For forward-facing aircraft installation (Fig.
B), follow Forward-Facing Lap-Belt Installation
instructions on pages 22 – 23.
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Installation : Versa-Tether
Installation : Versa-Tether
Using the Versa-Tether
1 Consult your vehicle owner’s manual for
designated tether anchorage locations.
2 Locate the tether on the rear of the child
seat and remove the tether from the
pouch.
3 Place the tether up and over the child seat
back.
4 Install the child seat using the LATCH or the
vehicle belts according to the instructions in
this manual.
5 Tilt the tether release tab then pull the
tether strap to fully extend it into a “V”
shape.
6 Locate the hook on the strap and loosely
attach the tether to the vehicle’s designated
tether anchor.
• Attach the hook over the vehicle anchor.
• See figure A for a forward-facing installation.
• See figures B and C for a rear-facing
installation.
7 Pull the tether adjuster strap to remove all
slack. Roll up any excess webbing and store
in tether pouch.
8 Verify there is tension in the tether strap
and that the child seat is properly secured.
• The child seat is secure when it cannot be
moved front-to-back or side-to-side more
than 1 in. (2.5 cm) at the belt path.
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Tether Connector Strap
OR
Because every vehicle model is different,
sometimes you cannot find a location to
properly anchor the tether. Use the tether
connector strap to assist in creating an anchor
point (Fig. D).
1 Find a fixed vehicle anchor point that is
bolted to the floor.
A
OR
b
WARNING! Only use tether connector strap for rearfacing tether installation.
• If you cannot find an acceptable location to
create an anchor point, contact the vehicle
manufacturer to identify a suitable tether
connection point.
2 Route the strap around the fixed vehicle
anchor point.
3 Take the metal D-ring and thread it through
the webbing loop on the other end of the
strap (Fig. D).
4 Pull the metal D-ring all the way through
until the strap is tight.
5 Use the D-ring as an attachment point for
the hook on the tether strap.
• Attach the hook over the D-ring (Fig. E).
c
NOTE: Store the tether connector strap in
the tether pouch when not in use.
d
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Child Seat Functions
Child Seat Functions
Switching the LATCH Connectors
The LATCH strap may need to be switched to
the proper belt path in rear-facing (Fig. A) versus
forward-facing (Fig. B) installations. If a proper
connection of the LATCH connectors to the LATCH
anchors cannot be achieved, complete the following
procedure to switch the connectors.
1 Lift the front of the child seat cover to access the
LATCH connectors.
Storing the LATCH Connectors
a Rear-facing
• Verify that the harness is not twisted.
• When installing this child seat in the rear-facing
mode, the LATCH strap must rest behind the child
seat buckle strap.
NOTE: To ensure LATCH connector is properly
aligned with vehicle’s LATCH anchor, the connector’s
red release button should face away from vehicle
seat back, and the larger of the two connector
sections is on top (Fig. D).
4 Replace the cover and continue with the
installation procedure.
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e
Recline Adjustment
• LATCH straps are located in storage compartments
under the child seat cover at the rear of the seating
area.
2 Pass the LATCH connector strap through the
belt path on the child’s right side (Fig. C).
3 Pass one LATCH connector through the
appropriate belt path ensuring that the larger
part of the connector is on top for the installation
procedure you wish to use (Fig D).
When the LATCH connectors are not in use, lift the
child seat cover to access the LATCH storage slots
(Fig. E). Fold each end of the LATCH adjuster and
connector, then slide each set into the adjacent slot.
NOTE: Child seats are shipped from Britax with
LATCH connectors in storage compartments located
under the cover at the rear of the child seating area
(Fig. E).
b Forward-facing
Pull the recline handle (Fig. F) then slide the child
seat shell into the desired position. Release the
recline handle, then verify the child seat has locked
into position.
f
WARNING!
• This child seat must be in the recline position when
installed rear-facing.
NOTE:
c
Release
Button
d
• Child seat can be used in the recline position when
installed in forward-facing mode with children up
to 40 lbs (18.1 kg).
• It will be necessary to loosen the tether, the vehicle seat belt, and/or the
LATCH strap before adjusting the recline position. The tether, the vehicle
seat belt, and/or the LATCH strap must be properly re-tightened after
adjusting the recline position.
G
Top
Infant Body Pillow
The Infant Body Pillow is designed to provide better fit and comfort for
infants using this child seat. For additional side support, fold the side flaps
inward (Fig. G).
NOTE: Remove the Infant Body Pillow after child can sit comfortably in
the child seat without additional support.
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Child Seat Functions
Child Seat Functions
Chest Clip
How to Adjust Harness Height
Fastening the Chest Clip
Fasten the chest clip by pushing the two halves
together until a positive click is heard (Fig. A).
IMPORTANT: See Important Harness Adjustments
Releasing the Chest Clip
1 Squeeze the middle tabs together. (Fig. B).
2 Pull apart the two pieces.
A
Adjusting the Chest Clip
1 Slide chest clip up or down on harness so it is
positioned at the middle of the child’s chest,
level with the child’s armpits (Fig. C).
2 Slide the comfort pads to a comfortable location
for the child.
B
Harness Buckle
Fastening the Harness Buckle
1 Hold the harness buckle with one hand.
2 Use the other hand to insert one buckle tongue at
a time into the harness buckle (Fig. D).
• A proper connection is confirmed with a positive
click after inserting each buckle tongue.
Releasing the Harness Buckle
E
F
Securing Your Child
C
1 Brace the rear of the harness buckle with one
hand.
2 Use your thumb to press the release button and
slide both tongues to remove from the buckle D
x2
(Fig. E).
IMPORTANT: Periodically clean the harness buckle to ensure safe
operation. See page 36.
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on pages 6–7 for instructions on proper harness fit
based on your child’s height and weight.
1 Loosen the harness by lifting the harness adjuster
lever while pulling the harness straps forward as
far as possible (Fig. F).
2 Rotate the head restraint adjustment knob on
either side of the child seat to raise or lower the
head restraint and harness (Fig. G).
NOTE: DO NOT force the head restraint adjustment
knob in either direction. If the knob is difficult to
turn, the head restraint may be at maximum or
minimum height, the harness may be tight, or the
child’s weight is pressing against the head restraint
cover.
1 Loosen the harness by pressing the adjuster
button located on the front of the child seat, then
pull the shoulder straps forward (Fig. F).
2 Release the chest clip by squeezing the tabs and
sliding pieces apart (Fig. H).
3 Unfasten the harness buckle by pressing
the release button and sliding the tongues out
(Fig. E).
4 Move the harness straps to the side of the child
seat. Use the harness holder located on the straps
and side of the cover to aid in holding the straps.
G
H
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Child Seat Functions
Care and Maintenance
Cover Removal
5 Place child in the child seat.
6 Position the harness straps around the child and
fasten the harness buckle (Fig. A) and chest clip
(Fig. B).
• Proper connection of the harness buckle is confirmed
with a positive click after inserting each buckle
tongue.
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. C).
9 Position the chest clip at the middle of the child’s
chest, level with the armpits (Fig. D).
10 Verify that harness is not twisted and child is
properly secured.
IMPORTANT:
• Always pull on the harness after securing the child to
ensure the buckle tongues are secure in the harness
buckle. If the buckle will not fasten with a positive
click after inserting each buckle tongue, the harness
buckle or adjuster area may be clogged with food,
drink or other debris that needs to be removed. See
page 36 for cleaning instructions.
• Adjust the belts provided with this child seat so they
fit snugly around your 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.
The harness should have a comfortable but snug fit
around the child. You should not be able to pinch
excess webbing at the shoulder once the harness is
properly secured.
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a
b
c
WARNING! Do not take apart the harness. Never remove the
buckle tongues from the harness. They cannot be reattached after
removal. If reassembled incorrectly, the child seat may not perform as
intended.
1 Remove the infant body pillow.
2 Loosen the harness by lifting the harness adjuster
lever while pulling both shoulder straps forward
as far as possible.
3 Unhook the shoulder straps from the harness
yoke on the rear of the child seat (Fig. E).
4 Pull the upper harness straps through the head e
restraint and cover to the front of the child seat.
5 Remove the buckle and belly pad. See page 35.
6 Remove the head restraint portion of the cover. Be careful not to
damage the energy-absorbing foam.
7 Remove the energy-absorbing foam from the head restraint and set
aside.
8 Gently remove the upper portion of the cover by pulling it around the
head restraint to the front.
9 Pull the lower harness straps, buckle tongues, HUGS™ chest pads, and
chest clip through the lower slots in cover.
10 Remove the entire cover from the child seat.
d
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Care and Maintenance
Refitting the Cover
To refit the cover, reverse the above directions. Make sure that the
shoulder straps are not twisted, and are threaded properly through the
chest clips, cover, foam, and shell.
Cleaning the Cover
• HAND WASH using cold water and mild soap.
• LINE or LIE-FLAT DRY to prevent the cover from shrinking.
• DO NOT bleach, machine wash, machine dry or iron.
Cleaning the Shell
• SPONGE CLEAN using warm water and mild soap.
• TOWEL DRY
• DO NOT use solvents or abrasive cleaners.
Cleaning the Harness
• SPONGE CLEAN using warm water and mild soap.
• TOWEL DRY
• DO NOT bleach, machine wash, machine dry or disassemble the
harness.
Care and Maintenance
Harness Buckle Removal
1 Recline the child seat.
2 Locate the metal buckle strap retainer on the
bottom of the child seat.
3 Pull the retainer away from child seat to
loosen.
4 Turn the retainer so the short side will go
through the slot in child seat shell (Fig. A).
5 Push the retainer through slots in the shell
and cover to the top of the child seat.
A
Re-threading the Harness Buckle
1 Locate slot in cover and shell for harness buckle.
2 Turn the buckle retainer so the short side will fit through the slot in the
cover and child seat shell (Fig A).
3 Push the retainer through slots in the shell and cover, to the bottom
of the child seat.
4 Pull harness buckle away from child seat until tight and verify the strap
is not twisted and the release button is facing outward.
Cleaning the Harness Adjuster
Periodically check the adjuster area to be sure it is clean and free of
food, drink, and other debris. 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.
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35
Care and Maintenance
Warranty
Cleaning the Harness Buckle
If a child eats and drinks while in the child seat, the
harness buckle may need to be periodically checked
and cleaned of any food, drink, or other debris.
• REMOVE BUCKLE as described on page 35.
• THOROUGHLY RINSE using warm water (Fig. A).
• TEST THE HARNESS BUCKLE by fastening and
unfastening until a positive click is heard after
inserting each buckle tongue (Fig. B). If click is
not heard, repeat cleaning procedure.
• TOWEL DRY
• DO NOT lubricate, use solvents, abrasive
cleaners, soap or other household detergents.
This child seat was manufactured by Britax Child Safety, Inc. Britax® warrants this
product to the original retail 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 Britax will, at its option, provide repair or replacement components
for this product or refund the original purchase price of the product. Britax reserves
the right to discontinue or change fabrics, parts, models or products, or to make
substitutions.
To make a claim under this warranty, contact Britax Consumer Services at
1-888-427-4829 or write to us using the address on the back cover of this booklet. Proof
of purchase is required.
A
PLEASE COMPLETE AND MAIL THE OWNER REGISTRATION CARD WITHIN (30)
DAYS OF PURCHASE OR VISIT WWW.BRITAXUSA.COM/REGISTRATION.
B
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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-Britax Child Safety, Inc., covers, inserts, toys, accessories, or tightening
devices is not approved by Britax. Their use could cause this child seat to fail Federal
Motor Vehicle Safety Standards or not perform as intended in a crash. Their use
automatically voids the Britax 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 Britax, 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.
x2
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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 Britax, nor the retailer selling
this product, authorizes any person to create for it any other warranty, obligation, or
liability in connection with this product.
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IMPORTANT:
 Double Check every time you use
this car seat.
Double Check Car Seat-to-Vehicle Installation:

Check that the LATCH or vehicle seat belt connections to the
vehicle are tight and secure.

Verify the car seat cannot be moved front-to-back or side-to-side
more than one inch at the belt path.
Double Check Child-to-Car Seat Installation:

Tug on the buckle to ensure a proper connection.

Confirm that the harness straps are snug and over both shoulders
and hips. You should not be able to pinch excess harness strap
webbing at the child’s shoulder.

Make sure the chest clip is properly fastened and positioned in
the middle of the child’s chest at armpit level.
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