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Britax Car Seat User guide
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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
Installation: Aircraft..............................................................................................24
Installation: Versa-Tether®
Safety Information..........................................................................................................25
Using the Versa-Tether®.................................................................................................26
Tether-Connector Strap..................................................................................................27
Energy-Absorbing Tether...............................................................................................28
Child Seat Functions
Switching the LATCH Mode..........................................................................................29
Storing the LATCH Connectors.....................................................................................30
Recline Adjustment........................................................................................................30
Chest Clip.......................................................................................................................30
Harness Buckle..............................................................................................................31
Adjusting the Harness Slot Height................................................................................32
Securing Your Child.............................................................................................32
Care and Maintenance.........................................................................................34
Warranty................................................................................................................38
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This product and its components are subject to change without notice.
WARNING!
DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY can occur if the following
are not observed:
• Use only with children who weigh between 5 and 40 pounds (2.3 and
18.1 kg.) and whose height is 40 inches (101.6 cm.) or less. Use rearfacing for children 5 – 35 pounds (2.3 –15.9 kg.) and forward-facing
20 – 40 pounds (9.1 – 18.1 kg.).
• 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.
• 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 Safety Belts section in this booklet 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.
• Secure the top tether strap provided with this child seat.
• When using in a vehicle with air bags, refer to your vehicle owner’s
manual for child seat installation instructions and precautions.
• Secure this child seat with vehicle’s child seat Lower Anchors and
Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) system if available or with a vehicle
belt.
• 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.
• Follow all instructions on the child seat labels and in this user guide.
• The primary protection for vehicle occupants 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.
• Register your child seat with the manufacturer, Britax Child Safety,
Inc. by visiting www.BritaxUSA.com/registration, OR fill out 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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• 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 Safety Standards or not
perform as intended in a crash.
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Safety Information
Safety Information
Important Notes
Certification
• Verify that the child seat is secure and the harness is properly
adjusted around the child each time the child seat is used.
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.
• 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.
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.
• Do not leave loose objects, e.g. books, bags, etc., in the back of
a vehicle. In the event of a sudden stop, loose objects will keep
moving, potentially causing serious injuries.
• Do not leave folding vehicle seats unlatched. In event of a sudden
stop, a loose seat back could cause the child seat not to perform as
intended.
• Do not allow children to play with this or any 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.
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WARNING! 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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Safety Information
Important Harness Adjustments
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 their first birthday, they should remain rearfacing at least until they turn 1 year old. It is best for children to ride
rear-facing to the highest weight or height allowed by the manufacturer.
Rear-Facing
Weight 5 – 35 pounds (2.3 – 15.9 kg).
Use rear-facing only with children:
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2. in
• who weigh between 5 and 35 lbs. (2.3 –
5 ch
cm
15.9 kg.) and
• the top of the child’s head is 1” (2.5 cm.)
or more below the top of the child seat
(Fig. A) and
• the harness straps are in the nearest slots
at or below the child’s shoulders.
A Rear-Facing
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 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 Adjusting the Harness Slot Height on page 32.
Safety Information
Forward-Facing
Weight 20 pounds (and 1 year) – 40 pounds
(9.1 – 18.1kg.)
Use forward-facing only with children:
• who are at least one year of age and
• who weigh between 20 and 40 lbs. (9.1 –
18.1 kg.) and
b Forward-Facing
• 40” (101.6 cm) or less in height and
• the top of the child’s ears are below the top of the child seat and
• the harness straps are in the nearest slots at or above the child’s
shoulders (Fig. B)
IMPORTANT: See Adjusting the Harness Slot Height on page 32.
WARNING!
Do NOT use the child seat forward-facing if:
• 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” (101.6 cm) in height or
• the top of the ears are above the top of the child seat or
• the top harness slots fall below the child’s shoulders.
WARNING!
Do NOT use the child seat rear-facing if:
• 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” (2.5 cm.) from the top of the
child seat (Fig. A) or
• the harness straps are in a slot above the child’s shoulders.
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Child Seat Features
Child Seat Features
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10
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5
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6
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13
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1 Cover
2 Serial Number and Manufactured
Date (Under Cover)
3 Shell
4 Forward-Facing Lock-Off
5 Forward-Facing Belt Path
6 Rear-Facing Belt Path
7 Rear-Facing Lock-Off
8 Base
8
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15
16
8
9 Versa-Tether® (Top Anchorage
Strap)-in pouch
10 Harness Straps
11 Harness Yoke
12 Belt Guard
13 LATCH Adjuster Release Button
14 LATCH Adjuster
15 LATCH Connector Release Button
16 LATCH Connector (Stored Under
Cover)
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19
20
21
22
Chest Clip
Harness Holders
Harness Buckle
Harness-Adjuster Release Button
Harness Adjuster Strap
Recline Handle (Front of Base)
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 Safety Belts
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 Lower Anchors and Tethers for
CHildren (LATCH).
WARNING! The following types of
vehicle 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.
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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Vehicle Compatibility
Vehicle Buckle Positions
WARNING! The position of the
vehicle belt buckle can adversely affect the
stability of the child seat.
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.
Vehicle Seating Positions
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!
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.
• A ½ twist in the LATCH strap is typical of proper
installation.
1 If stored, remove the LATCH strap and
connectors from the storage slots under the
cover. See page 30.
2 Press and hold the LATCH adjuster release
button, then pull the LATCH strap to full
length.
IMPORTANT:
• Verify that the LATCH connector strap is
tight, and that the LATCH connectors are
in an upright position (Fig. C) to ensure
proper installation.
• The LATCH strap must rest behind the
child seat buckle strap.
3 Thread each LATCH connector through the
adjacent rear-facing belt slot (Fig. B).
4 Recline the child seat and place it sideways
on the vehicle seat with the front facing
toward you.
A
b
Top
c
WARNING! This child seat must
be in the recline position when installed rearfacing. See Recline Adjustment on page 30.
5 Verify that the LATCH strap does not have
more than a ½ twist in the LATCH strap and
attach the closest LATCH connector to the
vehicle seat to the farthest LATCH anchor
(Fig. D).
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Release
Button
• An audible click confirms attachment.
6 Rotate the child seat into the rear-facing
position.
7 Verify that the LATCH strap does not have
more than a ½ twist in the LATCH strap and
attach the remaining LATCH connector to
the adjacent LATCH anchor (Fig. E).
• An audible click confirms attachment.
e
NOTE: If an audible click is not heard when
connecting either LATCH connector, the LATCH
strap may have more than a ½ twist, or there
may be debris in the LATCH connector. Correct
either situation before continuing installtion.
8 Push the child seat firmly into the vehicle
seat while pulling the LATCH adjuster
strap tight (Fig. F).
9 Verify that the LATCH connectors are
f
properly attached to the LATCH anchors
and that the child seat is secure.
0º
30 – 45º
• The child seat is secure when it cannot be
moved more than one inch (2.5 cm) frontto-back or side-to-side at the belt path.
• When properly installed in the rear-facing
position, the back angle of the child seat
should be 30º – 45º from vertical (not to
90º
exceed 45º) when the car is parked on a
g
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.
• Rear-facing installation can be improved by the use of the Versa-Tether
see pages 25 – 28.
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Installation: Rear-Facing
Lap-Shoulder Belt Installation
• Figure A illustrates a typical rear-facing, lapshoulder belt installation.
• When not in use, always store the LATCH
connectors in the storage slots. See page 30.
1 Recline the child seat then place it rearfacing on the vehicle seat.
Installation: Rear-Facing
A
WARNING! This child seat must
be in the recline position when installed rearfacing. See Recline Adjustment on page 30.
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 first rear-facing belt slot (Fig. C).
• Vehicle belt can be routed over or under the
cover.
4 Route the vehicle belt across the child seat
and then through the second rear-facing
belt slot.
IMPORTANT: The vehicle belt must rest behind
the child seat buckle.
5 Verify that the vehicle belt is not twisted,
position the belt through the open lock-off,
and 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 the shoulder
portion (Fig. E).
7 Position the shoulder portion of the vehicle
belt through the open lock-off, tighten belt,
close the lock-off arm (Fig. F), and replace
the cover.
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b
c
• Lock-off is properly closed when an audible
click is heard.
• To prevent breakage, never extend the lockoff 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
e
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.
8 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 more than one inch (2.5 cm) front-tof
back or side-to-side at the belt path.
• When properly installed in the rear-facing
0º
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
g
seat to level the child seat’s base.
• Rear-facing installation can be improved by
the use of the Versa-Tether see pages 25 – 28.
30 – 45º
90º
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Installation: Rear-Facing
Lap-Belt Installation
• Figure A illustrates a typical rear-facing, lapbelt installation.
• When not in use, always store the LATCH
connectors in storage slots. See page 30.
1 Recline the child seat and then place it rearfacing on vehicle seat.
Installation: Rear-Facing
A
WARNING! This child seat must
be in the recline position when installed rearfacing. See Recline Adjustment on page 30.
2 Lift the child seat cover and open rear-facing
lock-off farthest from where the vehicle belt
will be buckled (Fig. B).
3 Pull the vehicle belt out and pass it through
b
the closest rear-facing belt slot (Fig. C).
• The vehicle belt can be routed over or
under the child seat cover.
4 Route the vehicle belt across the child seat then
through the second rear-facing belt slot.
IMPORTANT: The vehicle belt must rest behind
the child seat buckle.
5 Verify that the vehicle belt is not twisted,
position the belt through the open lock-off,
c
and then buckle (Fig. D).
6 Push the child seat firmly into the vehicle seat while removing slack
from the vehicle belt.
7 Position the shoulder portion of the vehicle belt through the open
lock-off, tighten the belt, close the lock-off arm (Fig. E), and replace
the cover.
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• The lock-off is properly closed when an
audible click is heard.
• To prevent breakage, never extend the lockoff 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
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.
WARNING! Do not use this seat
with a two-point Emergency Locking Retractor
(ELR) vehicle belt that does not lock.
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e
0º
30 – 45º
8 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 more than one inch (2.5 cm) front-toback or side-to-side at the belt path.
• When properly installed in the rear-facing
90º
position, the back angle of the child seat
f
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.
• Rear-facing installation can be improved by the use of the VersaTether see pages 25 – 28.
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Installation: Forward-Facing
Installation: Forward-Facing
LATCH 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.
• A ½ twist in the LATCH strap is typical of
proper installation.
A
WARNING! This child seat must not be used forwardfacing for children less than one year of age OR who weigh less
than 20 lbs (9.1 kg).
1 If stored, remove LATCH connectors from
storage slots under cover. See page 30.
NOTE: Britax child seats are shipped with the
LATCH connectors in rear-facing mode. See
page 29. If the LATCH connectors are already in
forward-facing mode, proceed to step 5.
2 Pull both connectors completely through
b
the child seat’s right-side, rear-facing belt
slot (Fig. B) so they are on the outside of the
shell.
3 Press the LATCH adjuster release button and
pull the LATCH adjuster strap to full length.
4 Thread the LATCH connectors through
forward-facing belt path (Fig. C) at the back
of the child seat.
c
5 Place the child seat sideways on the vehicle
seat with the back facing you.
• The child seat may be in the upright or reclined position. See Recline
Adjustment on page 30.
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• Verify that the LATCH connector strap is
Top
Release
tight, and that the LATCH connectors are in
Button
an upright position (Fig. D) to ensure proper
installation.
6 Remove the Versa-Tether® from the pouch
and it place up and over the child seat back.
7 Verify that the LATCH strap does not have
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more than a ½ twist in the LATCH strap and
attach the closest LATCH connector to the
vehicle seat back to the farthest LATCH
anchor (Fig. E).
• An audible click confirms attachment.
8 Rotate the child seat into the forward-facing
position.
9 Verify that the LATCH strap does not have
e
more than a ½ twist in the LATCH strap and
attach the remaining LATCH connector to the
adjacent LATCH anchor (Fig. E).
• An audible click confirms attachment.
NOTE: If an audible click is not heard when
connecting either LATCH connector, the LATCH
strap may have more than a ½ twist, or there may
be debris in the LATCH connector. Correct either
situation before continuing installtion.
f
10 Push the child seat into the vehicle seat
while pulling the LATCH adjuster strap tight
(Fig. G).
11 Attach the Versa-Tether® hook to an approved
tether anchor. Remove all slack from the
tether to secure. Store excess webbing in the
tether pouch. See pages 25 – 28.
12 Verify that the LATCH connectors are
g
properly attached to the LATCH anchors and
that the child seat is secure.
• The child seat is secure when it cannot be moved more than one
inch (2.5 cm) front-to-back or side-to-side at the belt path.
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Installation: Forward-Facing
Installation: Forward-Facing
Lap-Shoulder Belt Installation
• Figure A illustrates a typical forward-facing
lap-shoulder belt installation.
• When not in use, always store LATCH
connectors in storage slots. See page 30.
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
Versa-Tether 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
anchor locations.
A
b
1 Place the child seat forward-facing on the
vehicle seat.
• Child seat may be in upright or recline
position. See Recline Adjustment on page 30.
2 If the vehicle is equipped with an approved
c
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 and thread it through the forward-facing belt
path (Fig. B).
4 Verify that the vehicle belt is not twisted and buckle (Fig. C).
5 Rotate lever downward to open the forward-facing lock-off farthest
from where the vehicle belt is buckled.
6 Remove slack from the lap portion of the vehicle belt.
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7 Push the child seat firmly into the vehicle
seat while pulling the shoulder portion of
the vehicle belt tightly through the lock-off
(Fig. D).
8 Hold the shoulder belt tight and rotate the
lock-off upward until secured (Fig. E).
• If your vehicle is equipped with an
automatic locking retractor (ALR), use of
d
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.
9 If the vehicle is equipped with an approved
tether anchor, attach the Versa-Tether® hook
to an approved tether anchor. Remove all
slack from the tether to secure. Store excess
e
webbing in the tether pouch. See pages
25 – 28.
10 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-to-side more than 1 inch (2.5 cm.) at the belt path.
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Installation: Forward-Facing
Installation: Forward-Facing
Lap-Belt Installation
• Figure A illustrates a typical forward-facing,
lap-belt installation.
• When not in use, always store the LATCH
connectors in storage slots. See page 30.
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).
A
5 Push the child seat firmly into vehicle seat while tightening the
vehicle belt.
6 If the vehicle is equipped with an approved tether anchor, attach the
Versa-Tether® hook to an approved tether anchor. Remove all slack
from tether to secure. Store excess webbing in the tether pouch.
See pages 25 – 28.
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-to-side more than 1 inch (2.5 cm.) at the belt path.
IMPORTANT: Britax recommends that the
Versa-Tether be used at all times. Using the
tether will improve the stability of the child
seat and reduce the risk of injury. Check your
b
vehicle owner’s manual for approved tether
anchor locations.
1 Place the child seat forward-facing on the
vehicle seat.
• Child seat may be in upright or recline
position. See Recline Adjustment on page
30.
2 If the vehicle is equipped with an approved
tether anchor for the chosen seating
position, remove the Versa-Tether® from the c
pouch and place it up and over the child
seat back.
3 Pull the vehicle belt out and thread it through the forward-facing belt
path (Fig. B).
4 Verify that the vehicle belt is not twisted and buckle (Fig. C).
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Installation: Aircraft
Installation: Versa–Tether
Safety Information
Aircraft Installation
This child seat is certified for aircraft use. Most
airlines in the U.S. and Canada will allow use of a
child seat as long as it is labeled as an approved
child seat for airline use and fits properly on plane.
Contact the airline about their policy prior to
traveling.
The FAA recommends that a child weighing up to 40 pounds use a
certified, harnessed child seat while traveling on an aircraft.
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.
Rear-Facing Installation
For rear-facing aircraft installation (Fig.
A), follow Rear-Facing Lap-Belt Installation
instructions on pages 16 – 17.
NOTE: To aid installation on aircraft, open the
rear-facing lock-offs to allow routing of large
buckles.
Forward-Facing Installation
For forward-facing aircraft installation (Fig.
B), follow Forward-Facing Lap-Belt Installation
instructions on pages 22 – 23.
A
WARNING!
• When using the child seat in forward-facing mode, attach the
Versa-Tether only to tether anchors identified 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:
• 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.
Rear-Facing
b Forward-Facing
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Installation: Versa–Tether
Using the Versa-Tether
1 Consult your vehicle owner’s manual for
approved tether-anchorage locations.
2 Locate the tether on the rear of the child
OR
seat and remove the tether components
from the pouch. Place the tether up and
over the child seat back.
3 Install the child seat using the LATCH
A
system or the vehicle belts based on the
instructions in this manual.
4 Lift the tether release tab; then pull to fully
extend the tether strap into a “V” shape.
5 Locate the hook on the strap and loosely
OR
attach the tether to an anchor point.
• See figure A for forward-facing installation.
• See figures B and C for rear-facing
installations.
b
6 Secure the child seat by a seat-belt OR with
the LATCH connectors.
7 Pull the tether adjuster strap to remove all
slack.
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 inch (2.5 cm.) at the belt path.
c
NOTE:
• The rear-facing recline angle of the child seat should be 30º– 45º
from vertical (not to exceed 45º) when car is parked on a level
surface (Figs. B and C).
• The rear-facing recline angle can be adjusted by placing a rolled
towel or pool noodle in the crease of the vehicle seat.
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Installation: Versa–Tether
Tether Connector Strap
WARNING! Only use the tether connector strap for rear-facing
tether installation.
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.
2 If you cannot find an acceptable location to
create an anchor point, contact the vehicle
manufacturer to identify a suitable tether
connection point.
3 Loop the strap around the metal anchor.
4 Take the metal D-ring and thread it through
the webbing loop on the other end of the
strap.
5 Pull the metal D-ring all the way through
until the strap is tight around the metal
anchor.
6 Use the D-ring as an attachment point for
hook on tether strap.
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Installation: Versa–Tether
Child Seat Functions
Energy-Absorbing Versa-Tether
Switching the LATCH Mode
The energy-absorbing Versa-Tether was designed to enhance the
performance of the child seat tether by introducing a staged release
of the tether webbing through a series of threaded loops to delay
the forward movement of the restraint while reducing the amount
of energy transferred to the child seat during a crash. A secondary
benefit of the energy-absorbing Versa-Tether is to help indicate
when the child seat has been involved in a moderate or severe
crash and replacement of the child seat is necessary.
Figure A shows the tether when the child seat
is acceptable for continued use (provided the
child seat has not been involved in a crash). The
colored stitching will be intact and the webbing
will be looped inside the shell.
Figures B and C show the tether when the child
seat is unacceptable for continued use. If one
or both of the loops have pulled through the
back side of the shell and/or any of the colored
stitching has ripped on either side, the child seat
is no longer acceptable for use. Discontinue use
of the child seat.
IMPORTANT: Regardless of whether loops have
pulled through the back side of the shell and the
colored stitching has been ripped, discontinue
use of the child seat if it has been involved in a
moderate or severe crash.
a
b
The LATCH connector strap must be switched
to the correct belt path for rear-facing (Fig. D)
versus forward-facing (Fig. E) installation modes.
NOTE: A ½ twist in the LATCH strap is typical of
proper installation.
d
Complete the following procedure to switch the
LATCH mode.
1 Lift the front of the child seat cover to access
the LATCH connectors.
2 Pull the LATCH strap and connectors from
the child’s right side of the child seat.
3 Thread the LATCH strap and connectors
through the appropriate belt path for the
installation procedure you wish to use.
e
• Ensure that there is not more than a ½ twist
Top
Release
in the LATCH strap.
Button
IMPORTANT: When installing this child seat in
rear-facing mode, the LATCH strap must rest
behind the child seat buckle.
NOTE: To ensure LATCH connector is properly
aligned with vehicle’s LATCH anchor, the
connector’s red release button should face away
f
from vehicle seat back, and the larger of the two
connector sections is on top (Fig. F).
4 Replace the cover and continue with LATCH installation procedure.
c
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Child Seat Functions
Child Seat Functions
Storing the LATCH Connectors
Harness Buckle
When the LATCH connectors are not in use, lift
the child seat cover to access LATCH storage
slots (Fig. A). Fold each end of the LATCH
strap and slide each LATCH connector into the
adjacent slots.
NOTE: Child seats are shipped from Britax with
LATCH connectors in the storage slots.
Recline Adjustment
Fastening the Harness Buckle
Hold the harness buckle with one
hand. Use the other hand to insert
one buckle tongue at a time into the
harness buckle (Fig. E).
Proper connection is confirmed with
a positive click after inserting each
buckle tongue.
Pull the recline handle then slide the child seat
shell into the desired position. (Fig. B) Release
the recline handle and verify the child seat has
locked into position.
NOTE: It will be necessary to loosen the tether,
vehicle seat belt, and/or LATCH strap before
adjusting the recline position. The tether,
vehicle seat belt, and/or LATCH strap must be
properly re-tightened after adjusting the recline
position.
Chest Clip
Fastening the Chest Clip
Fasten the chest clip by pushing the two
halves together until a positive click is heard
(Fig. C).
Releasing the Chest Clip
Squeeze the middle tab together and pull apart
the two pieces (Fig. D).
A
b
Releasing the Harness Buckle
Brace the rear of the harness buckle
with one hand. Press the release
button and slide both tongues to
remove from the buckle (Fig. F).
IMPORTANT: Periodically clean
the harness buckle to ensure safe
operation. See page 37.
e
x2
f
c
Adjusting the Chest Clip
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.
d
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Child Seat Functions
Child Seat Functions
Adjusting the Harness Slot Height
IMPORTANT: See Important Harness Adjustments
on pages 6 – 7 for instructions on proper harness
fit based on your child’s height and weight.
1 Loosen the harness by pressing the harnessadjuster button while pulling both shoulder
straps forward as far as possible (Fig. A).
2 From the rear of the child seat, unhook the
shoulder harness from the harness yoke
(Fig. B).
3 Pull straps through the shell, foam, and
cover to the front of the child seat.
4 Thread the harness straps through the
appropriate harness slots in the cover, foam,
and child seat shell (Fig. C).
5 Reattach harness straps to the harness yoke
(Fig. B).
6 Pull harness-adjuster strap to tighten the
harness.
7 Verify all straps are threaded at the same
height and are not twisted.
Securing Your Child
1 Once the child seat has been installed in the
vehicle and adjustments have been made,
follow these instructions to secure the child.
2 Loosen the harness by pressing the harnessadjuster button while pulling both shoulder
straps forward (Fig. A).
3 Release the chest clip by squeezing the tabs
and sliding pieces apart (Fig. D).
4 Unfasten the harness buckle by pressing the
release button and sliding the tongues out.
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A
b
5 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.
6 Place child in the child seat.
7 Position the harness straps around the child
and fasten the harness buckle (Fig. E) and
chest clip (Fig. F).
8 Proper connection of the harness buckle is
confirmed with a positive click after inserting
each buckle tongue.
9 Gently pull up on the harness straps to
tighten the lap section of the harness, which
should fit low on the child’s body.
10 Slowly pull the adjuster strap to tighten the
harness around the child (Fig. G).
e
f
NOTE: Pull the harness adjuster away from the
child seat (parallel to the ground) to tighten. Do not
pull at a sideways angle.
c
d
11 Position the chest clip at the middle of the
child’s chest, level with the armpits (Fig. H).
12 Verify that harness is not twisted and child is
properly secured.
IMPORTANT:
g
• 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 an audible
click after inserting each buckle tongue, the harness
buckle or adjuster area may be clogged with food,
drink or other debris that must be removed. See
page 37 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.
h
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Care and Maintenance
Child Seat Cover Removal
WARNING! Do not take apart the harness. Never remove
the buckle tongues from the harness. They cannot be reattached
after removal. If assembled incorrectly, the child seat may not
perform as intended.
1 Loosen the harness by pressing the harness
adjuster button while pulling the shoulder
straps forward as far as possible.
2 Unhook the shoulder straps from the
harness yoke on rear of child seat (Fig. A).
3 Pull the upper harness straps through the
shell and cover to the front of child seat.
4 Gently remove the upper portion of the
A
cover. Be careful not to damage the energyabsorbing foam.
5 Remove the buckle and belly pad by turning
the metal buckle strap retainer of the buckle
on the underside of the child seat so the
short side will slide through the child seat
shell (Fig. B).
6 Push the retainer through the slots in the
shell and cover to the top of the child seat.
b
7 Pull the lower harness straps, buckle
tongues, and chest clip through lower slots
in cover.
8 Remove the entire cover from child seat.
For additional demonstration please visit www.BritaxUSA.com.
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Care and Maintenance
Refitting the Cover
To refit the cover, reverse the previous directions. Make sure the
shoulder straps are properly threaded through the chest clips and the
harness is not twisted.
Cleaning the Cover
• HAND WASH using cold water and mild soap.
• LINE or LIE-FLAT DRY to prevent cover from shrinking.
• DO NOT bleach, machine wash, machine dry, or iron the cover.
Cleaning the Shell
• SPONGE CLEAN using warm water and mild soap.
• TOWEL DRY
• DO NOT use solvents, abrasive cleaners, or disassemble the
harness.
Cleaning the Harness
• SPONGE CLEAN using warm water and mild soap.
• TOWEL DRY
• DO NOT bleach, machine wash, machine dry, iron or disassemble
the harness.
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Care and Maintenance
Harness Buckle Removal
1 Fully 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.
Care and Maintenance
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 go 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.
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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 36.
• THOROUGHLY RINSE using warm water
(Fig. A).
• TEST THE HARNESS BUCKLE by fastening
and unfastening until an audible click is heard
after inserting each buckle tongue (Fig. B). If
either click is not heard, repeat the cleaning
procedure.
• TOWEL DRY
• DO NOT lubricate, use solvents, abrasive
cleaners, soap or other household detergents
to clean the buckle.
A
b
x2
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Warranty
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.
PLEASE COMPLETE AND MAIL THE OWNER REGISTRATION CARD WITHIN
(30) DAYS OF PURCHASE OR VISIT WWW.BRITAXUSA.COM/REGISTRATION.
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 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.
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 belts connections to the
vehicle are tight and locked.

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 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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