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Britax MARATHON CS User guide
Marathon 70
TM
User Guide
IMPORTANT: Thoroughly read and follow all instructions before installing
this child seat. Store this user guide in the pocket behind the cover (See
features pages for reference).
Table of Contents
Safety Information .......................................................................................2
Warnings ...............................................................................................................2
Important Notes....................................................................................................4
Certification ...........................................................................................................5
Registration ...........................................................................................................5
Important Child Seat Usage Information ............................................................6
Vehicle Compatibility ..................................................................................8
Compatible Vehicle Seat Belts ............................................................................8
Incompatible Vehicle Seat Belts ..........................................................................12
Vehicle Seating Positions.....................................................................................13
Child Seat Features.....................................................................................14
Child Seat Functions ...................................................................................16
Harness Height Adjustment.................................................................................16
Adjusting Buckle Position ....................................................................................17
Fastening the Buckle ...........................................................................................18
Releasing the Buckle ...........................................................................................18
Using the Chest Clip ...........................................................................................18
Using the Lock-Offs ..............................................................................................19
Infant Body Pillow .................................................................................................19
Recline Positions ..................................................................................................20
Using Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) ..................................22
Using the Lower Connectors ...............................................................................23
Using the Versa-Tether® .......................................................................................24
Rear-Facing Installation ..............................................................................28
LATCH Installation ................................................................................................28
Lap-Shoulder Belt Installation..............................................................................32
Lap Belt Installation ..............................................................................................36
Forward-Facing Installation........................................................................40
LATCH Installation ................................................................................................40
Lap-Shoulder Belt Installation..............................................................................44
Lap Belt Installation ..............................................................................................48
Aircraft Installation ......................................................................................52
Securing Your Child ....................................................................................53
Care and Maintenance................................................................................56
Tips and Troubleshooting...........................................................................65
Warranty .......................................................................................................66
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WARNING!
Section Title
DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY can occur:
• Use only in a rear-facing position when using it with an infant
weighing less than 20 lbs (9.1 kg) OR is less than 1 year of age.
• Use only with children who weigh between 5 and 70 lbs (2.3 –
31.8 kg) and whose height is 49 in. (124.5 cm) or less. Use rearfacing for children who weigh between 5 and 40 lbs (2.3 – 18.1
kg). Use forward-facing for children who weigh between 20 and
70 lbs (9.1 – 31.8 kg) AND are at least 1 year of age.
• Snugly adjust the belts provided with this child restraint around
your child. A snug strap should not allow any slack. It lies in a
relatively straight line without sagging. It does not press into the
child’s flesh or push the child’s body into an unnatural position.
• Secure the top anchorage strap provided with this child seat.
• Secure this child restraint with the vehicle’s child restraint
anchorage system if available, or with a vehicle seat belt.
• Follow all instructions on this child restraint and in the written
instructions located in the pocket behind the cover.
• Register your child restraint with the manufacturer.
• This child seat must be reclined to position 3 when installed rearfacing (see page 20).
• Use the inner buckle slot when installed rear-facing.
• Use the outer buckle slot when installing the child seat forwardfacing with a child weighing 30 lbs (13.6 kg) and above or if the
buckle is under the child in the inner position.
• When installing in forward-facing mode this child seat must be in
position 1 or position 2 (see page 20).
• HUGS™ chest pads must be used in forward-facing mode.
Removal of HUGS is optional only for rear-facing mode.
• To prevent injury due to deterioration or hidden damage,
discontinue use of this child seat if it is older than seven years or
has been in a moderate or severe crash (see page 4). See Serial
Number and Manufactured Date Label on child seat (page 15).
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Section Title
• This child seat must not be used in the home, in boats, or other
non-certified applications.
• 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 Vehicle Seating Positions on page 13 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 the harness 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 chances for
survival in most crashes. Make sure all users fully understand the
correct ways to use this child seat in a vehicle.
• Refer to your vehicle owner’s manual or contact the vehicle
manufacturer for the maximum weight rating for their lower
anchors. Use vehicle seat belt (not lower connectors) for
installations with children who weigh more than the vehicle
lower anchor limit. Unless specified otherwise by the vehicle
manufacturer, assume a 40 lb (18.1 kg) child is the vehicle
lower anchor limit.
• 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 not perform as intended in a crash.
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Safety Information
Important Notes
• Verify that the child seat is securely installed and the harness is
properly adjusted around the child each time the child seat is used.
• Discontinue use of this child seat if it has been in a moderate
or severe crash. It is not necessary to replace a car seat after a
minor crash defined by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) as:
* The vehicle is driveable from the crash site.
* The vehicle door nearest the child seat was not damaged.
* No vehicle occupants were injured.
* There is no visible damage to the child seat.
* The airbags (if present) did not deploy.
• 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.
Metal 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 unsecured or 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.
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Safety Information
Certification
This child restraint system conforms to all applicable Federal Motor
Vehicle Safety Standards. This Restraint is Certified For Use in
Motor Vehicles and Aircraft.
Registration
Child restraints could be recalled for safety reasons. You must
register this restraint to be reached in a recall. Send your name,
address, e-mail address if available and the restraint’s model
number and manufacturing date to Britax Child Safety, Inc. P.O.
Box 91167 Allentown, PA 18109-9925, or call 1-888-427-4829,
or register online at www.Britax.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.
For your convenience, record all the information about your
child seat below. Refer to the Serial Number & Manufactured
Date Label for all information, see page 15.
Model Name and Number: ________________________________________
Serial Number: __________________________________________________
Batch Number: __________________________________________________
Date of Manufacture: _____________________________________________
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Safety Information
Important Child Seat Usage Information
All infants must ride rear-facing at least until they have reached 1
year of age and weigh 20 lbs (9.1 kg).
An infant positioning insert may be necessary for small infants to
achieve a snug fit if the child is under 12 lbs and the lowest harness
slots fall above the infants shoulders. The Infant positioning insert is
sold separately at select retailers and on www.britaxusa.com.
Britax advises that parents strongly consider the following when using
this child seat.
• Children should be secured with a harness system until they exceed
the weight or height limits specified.
• Britax recommends that children ride rear-facing to the highest weight
or height specified.
WARNING! REAR-FACING use of this child seat is ONLY for
children who meet ALL of the requirements below. If the child cannot
be secured within these requirements because they are too small, use
of the infant positioning insert or selection of a different child seat (such
as an infant car seat) may be required. If the child cannot be secured
within these requirements because the child is too large, review the
forward-facing guidelines on page 7.
Rear-Facing: 5 – 40 lbs (2.3 – 18.1 kg)
Use rear-facing with children:
• who weigh between 5 and 40 lbs (2.3 –
18.1 kg) and
• when the top of the child’s head is at
least 1 in. (2.5 cm) 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).
1
2. in
5 ch
cm
A
Rear-Facing
IMPORTANT: See Harness Height Adjustment on page 16.
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Safety Information
Forward-Facing: 20 – 70 lbs (9.1 – 31.8 kg) and at least 1 year of age
WARNING! FORWARD-FACING use of this child seat
is ONLY for children who meet ALL of the requirements below.
If the child cannot be secured within these requirements
because they are too large, another type of child seat (such
as a booster) may be required. If the child cannot be secured
within these requirements because the child is too small,
review the rear-facing information on page 6.
Use forward-facing only with children:
• who are at least one year of age and
• who weigh between 20 and 70 lbs (9.1 – 31.8 kg) and
• who are 49 in. (124.5 cm) or less in height and
• when the top of the ears are below the top of the child seat
shell or
• when the harness straps are at or above the child’s shoulders,
parallel to level ground (Fig. B).
IMPORTANT: When using position 2, it may be necessary to adjust
the harness to a higher position than when the seat is in position 1.
See Harness Height Adjustment on page 16.
Above Shoulder Level
Below Shoulder Level
Position 1
Position 2
Shoulder Level
b
Forward-Facing Harness Height
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Vehicle Compatibility
Compatible Vehicle Seat Belts
NOTE: The information in this section only applies to installation
with vehicle seat belts.
Vehicle seats and seat belts differ from vehicle to vehicle. Refer to
your vehicle owner’s manual for specific information about your
vehicle seat belts and their use with child seats.
Lap-Shoulder (3-Point) Belt
1. ALR (Automatic Locking Retractor) with Sliding Latch Plate
a
Has a latch plate that freely
slides along the vehicle seat
belt webbing.
Latch
plate
b
Has a retractor that stops the
belt from being pulled out
again once the belt webbing
has been pulled out at least
24 in. (61 cm).
c
Tightens by feeding the
belt webbing back into the
retractor.
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Vehicle Compatibility
2. ELR (Emergency Locking Retractor) with Locking Latch Plate
a
Has a latch plate that locks
the vehicle belt.
* This type of latch plate locks
the vehicle belt when the
vehicle belt and latch plate
lie flat. When using this
type of vehicle belt with a
child seat, ensure the latch
plat and vehicle belt lie flat
against the child seat or
the vehicle belt may remain
unlocked.
b
Latch
plate
Has a retractor that locks
only in an emergency
situation such as sudden
stop or crash.
3. Switchable Retractor in ALR Mode with Sliding Latch Plate
a
Has a latch plate that freely
slides along the vehicle seat
belt webbing.
Latch
plate
b Has a retractor that can be
switched to function as an
ALR. Pull the belt all the way
out of the retractor to set the
automatic locking function.
* To use a child seat with this
type of vehicle seat belt, you
will need to switch to the
ALR mode or use child seat
lock-offs.
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Vehicle Compatibility
4. ELR (Emergency Locking Retractor) with a Sliding Latch Plate
a
b
Has a latch plate that freely
slides along the vehicle
seat belt webbing.
Has a retractor that locks
only in an emergency
situation such as sudden
stop or crash.
IMPORTANT: This belt type requires
the use of the lock-offs built into the
seat for rear- and forward-facing
installations. See page 19 for information on using the lock-offs.
Lap Belt
5. ALR (Automatic Locking Retractor)
a
Has a latch plate that is
sewn into the webbing.
Latch
plate
b
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Has a retractor that stops the
belt from being pulled out
again once the belt webbing
has been pulled out at least
24 in. (61 cm).
Vehicle Compatibility
c
Tightens by feeding the
belt webbing back into the
retractor.
6. Locking Latch Plate
a
Has a latch plate that
prevents the webbing from
becoming loose.
Latch
plate
b
Tightens by pulling on the
belt webbing.
Adjuster
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Vehicle Compatibility
Incompatible Vehicle Seat Belts
WARNING! The following types of vehicle seat belts are NOT
compatible with this child seat. If any of the belt types listed below are
in the chosen seating position, choose another vehicle seating position
or check your vehicle owner’s manual for information on installing a car
seat in your vehicle.
1 Lap-shoulder belts
2 Motorized,
3 Lap-shoulder
4 Inflatable lap-
5 Lap belts forward
6 Lap belts with a
with top or bottom
anchor points on
the vehicle door.
shoulder belts.
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automatic vehicle
seat belts.
of the vehicle seat
bight.
belts that have a
separate retractor
each for the
lap section and
shoulder section.
sewn-in latch plate
that have a retractor
that locks only in case
of a sudden stop.
Vehicle Compatibility
Vehicle Seating Positions
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.
Some vehicles have no seating positions which are compatible
with this child seat. If in doubt, contact the vehicle manufacturer
for assistance.
Forward-facing vehicle seats MUST be used with this child
seat. Side-facing or rear-facing seats CANNOT be used. See
the diagram below.
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Child Seat Features
1
2
3
4
13
14
5
6
15
16
17
18
7
8
9
10
11
12
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
14
Cover
Harness Height Adjuster
Head Pad
Comfort Pads
Infant Body Pillow
Harness Holder
Lower Connector Bar
Lower Connector Strap
(LATCH component)
Lower Connector Adjuster
Release Button (LATCH
component)
19
20
10 Lower Connector Adjuster
(LATCH component)
11 Lower Connector Release
Button (LATCH component)
12 Lower Connector (LATCH
component)
13
User Guide Storage (in
pocket behind cover)
14 HUGS™ (Harness Ultra Guard
System) Chest Pads
15 Chest Clip
16 Harness Buckle
Child Seat Features
1
29
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
30
31
7
32
28
33
17 Belly Pad
18 Harness Adjuster
Lever (under cover)
19 Harness Adjuster Strap
20 Recline Adjustment Handle
21 Shell
22 Serial Number & Manufactured
Date Label
23 Harness Slots
24 Forward-Facing Belt Slot
25 Forward-Facing Lock-Offs (Red
– under cover on front of shell)
26 Rear-Facing Lock-Offs (Blue –
under cover on front of shell)
27 Rear-Facing Belt Slot
28 Base
29 Versa-Tether® (Top Anchorage
Strap - LATCH component)
30 Harness Yoke
31 Harness Straps
32 Lower Connector Storage
33 Versa-Tether® Carry Clip
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Child Seat Functions
Harness Height Adjustment
1
Loosen the harness.
a Lift harness adjuster lever
b Pull both harness straps forward
b
a
2
Squeeze the harness height
adjuster, slide the harness
into the desired position and
release.
* Ensure the harness has locked
into position.
NOTE: In rear-facing mode, always position the harness straps at or
below your child’s shoulders. See page 6.
In forward-facing mode, always position the harness straps at or
above your child’s shoulders. See page 7.
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Child Seat Functions
Adjusting Buckle Position
IMPORTANT:
• ALWAYS position the buckle in the
ADJUSTMENT
inner slot for rear-facing use.
SLOT
• The vehicle belt must pass in front of
the buckle strap for rear-facing use.
• NEVER leave the buckle in the
adjustment slot.
• Use the outer buckle slot when installing the child seat forwardfacing with a child weighing 30 lbs (13.6 kg) and above or if the
buckle is under the child in the inner position.
1
Unbuckle the harness. Remove
the belly pad and push the
buckle through the cover.
3
Slide the buckle retainer into
the buckle slot, and ensure the
red release button faces out.
2
Turn the buckle webbing
and slide it between buckle
positions.
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Child Seat Functions
Fastening the Buckle
Releasing the Buckle
Insert one tongue at a time into
the buckle.
Press the release button and
pull the tongues from the
buckle.
NOTE: Proper connection is
confirmed with a click after
inserting each buckle tongue.
NOTE: Periodically clean
the buckle to ensure proper
operation. See Page 62.
Using the Chest Clip
1
18
Open the chest
clip.
a Press tabs
b Pull apart
Push together to fasten.
2
NOTE: Always position the chest clip at
armpit level.
Child Seat Functions
Using the Lock-Offs
IMPORTANT: Both parts of the lock-off must be opened to secure a
vehicle belt.
To Open:
To Close:
LOCKING
TAB
1
2
VEHICLE
BELT
LOCKING
TAB
CLAMP
2
CLAMP
1 Open the locking tab.
2 Open the clamp.
1
1 Close the clamp over the
vehicle belt.
2 Slide your palm or thumb
along the locking tab until a
click is heard.
Infant Body Pillow
The infant body pillow is
designed to provide better fit
and comfort for infants using
this child seat. Fold the flaps in
for additional side support.
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
Recline Positions
This child seat has 3 positions. To adjust, pull the recline handle then rotate
the child seat shell into the desired position. Release the recline handle,
then verify the child seat has locked into position.
NOTE: Set the recline position BEFORE installing.
0°
90°
Position 1
0°
90°
Position 2
Rear-Facing
When installed in the rear-facing position, the child
seat should be reclined at least 30˚ from vertical
for children and up to 45˚ from vertical for infants
unable to maintain head and neck control (not
to exceed 45˚) when the car is parked on a level
surface. When installing the seat in rear-facing
mode, recline the seat to position 3 and use the
guide line on the child seat to help achieve an
acceptable recline angle for rear-facing installations.
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0°
90°
Position 3
Child Seat Functions
Forward-Facing
IMPORTANT: In forward-facing installations, it is important that the base of
the child seat rests completely flat on the vehicle seat. As illustrated below,
it is permissible to allow up to 20% or 3 inches (7.6 cm) of the base to hang
over the edge of the vehicle seat. Some vehicle seats do not allow enough
of the child seat base to contact the vehicle seat. If this is the case, adjust
the recline angle to a more upright position. Not doing so could cause the
child seat not to perform as intended.
UP TO 3 INCHES
OF OVERHANG
ACCEPTABLE
Acceptable overhang
OVER 3 INCHES
OF OVERHANG
NOT ACCEPTABLE
Unacceptable overhang
WARNING: In some cases, the vehicle
head restraint can prevent the child seat head pad
from being raised high enough to properly adjust
the harness for the fit of your child when using a
forward facing reclined position. DO NOT force the
child seat head pad past the vehicle head restraint.
Doing so could cause the child seat not to perform
as intended. If the location of the vehicle head
restraint interferes with the child seat head pad,
raise or remove the vehicle head restraint. If the vehicle head restraint
cannot be removed, move the child seat to the upright position or try a
different seating location.
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Child Seat Functions
Using Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH)
Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children or LATCH, is a system
available on this child seat that offers an alternative to vehicle
seat belt installation methods. See pages 14 and 15 for LATCH
components on this child seat.
LATCH SYSTEM ANCHOR LOCATIONS
Lower Anchors
Tether
Anchor
Lower
Anchors
The figure above shows typical locations for lower anchors and
tether anchors in a vehicle. Check your vehicle owner’s manual to
learn if it is equipped with LATCH, the maximum weight rating for
the lower anchors, and for information on the lower anchor locations
and seating positions available for use with this child seat.
Standard vehicle seat spacing between LATCH anchors is 11 inches
(27.9 cm). This child seat can be used in a seating position with up
to 20 inches (50.8 cm) of space between the LATCH anchors if the
vehicle manufacturer allows.
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Child Seat Functions
Using the Lower Connectors
Where to find the Lower Connectors
The lower connectors are located in the back of the base of the
child seat. Store the connectors in the slots when not in use.
To remove the lower connector from the storage slot or lower
anchor:
1
Press and hold the red release
button.
2
Pull the lower connector
from the storage slot or lower
anchor.
To attach the lower connector to
the storage slot or lower anchor:
Firmly push the lower connector
into the slot or lower anchor until a
click is heard.
Top
NOTE: The lower connectors store
top down in the slots.
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Child Seat Functions
Using the Versa-Tether®
WARNING: Failure to follow the guidelines below may
cause the child seat not to perform as intended:
• Attach the Versa-Tether only to tether anchors identified by
your vehicle manufacturer as tether anchorage points. Only
use the designated tether anchor for each seating position.
• If your vehicle does not currently have a tether anchor
attachment, refer to your vehicle owner’s manual or contact
your vehicle manufacturer for assistance. DO NOT modify
your vehicle without advice from your vehicle manufacturer.
• Store the Versa-Tether in the pouch on the back of the child
seat when not in use. DO NOT install the child seat with the
Versa-Tether attached to the carry clip.
Tether anchor locations vary from vehicle to vehicle. Check your
vehicle owner’s manual and look for the tether anchor symbol
shown in the diagram to help identify
where the top tether anchor points
are located in your vehicle. Britax
recommends that the tether be used at
all times when installing the child seat.
Using the tether will improve the stability
of your child seat and reduce the risk of
injury. See the diagrams on page 25 for
possible rear- and forward-facing VersaTether installation configurations.
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Child Seat Functions
OR
OR
Rear-Facing
Rear-Facing
Forward-Facing
Rear-Facing Tether Connector Strap
Because every vehicle model is different, a
location to anchor the tether for rear-facing
installations may vary. Use the rear-facing tether
connector strap to assist in creating an anchor
point.
1
Find a fixed location in the vehicle that is
bolted to the floor.
* If you cannot find a location to create an
anchor point, contact the vehicle manufacturer to identify a tether
connection point.
2
3
4
5
Route the strap through the anchor point.
Thread the metal D-ring through the loop on the end of the
strap.
Pull the metal D-ring through
until the strap is tight.
Use the D-ring as an
attachment point for the tether.
NOTE: Store the tether connector
strap in the tether pouch when not
in use.
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Child Seat Functions
IMPORTANT: The Versa-Tether® carry clip is only for
use when you wish to carry the child seat between
locations. Do not install the child seat with the VersaTether attached to the carry clip. Secure the excess
Versa-Tether webbing in the elastic strap during use.
Store the Versa-Tether in the storage pouch when not in
use. Always ensure any excess webbing is contained
within your vehicle.
To attach the Versa-Tether to the carry clip or tether anchor:
1
Firmly press the hook over
the carry clip or tether
anchor point.
2
Pull the loose end of the
webbing to remove slack from
the Versa-Tether.
NOTE: When using as a carry strap, tighten until the strap is comfortable to carry.
To remove the Versa-Tether from the carry clip:
a
b
1
Loosen the Versa-Tether.
a Tilt the lock up
b Pull the tether webbing
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2
Remove the Versa-Tether®
hook from the carry clip.
Child Seat Functions
The Versa-Tether can indicate when the child seat has been in a
moderate or severe crash (see page 4) and replacement of the
child seat is necessary.
Figure 1 shows a tether
acceptable for continued use
(provided the child seat has not
been involved in a crash). The
colored stitching will be intact but
not visible from the back of the
seat.
Figures 2 and 3 show examples
of when the tether has been
damaged and is unacceptable for
continued use. If one or both of
the loops have pulled through the
back of the shell and/or any of the
colored stitching has ripped, the
child seat is no longer acceptable
for use.
IMPORTANT: Discontinue use of
child seat if it has been involved
in a moderate or severe crash,
regardless of whether the loops
have pulled through the back
side of the shell and the colored
stitching has been ripped.
1
2
3
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Rear-Facing Installation
LATCH Installation
Before You Begin:
• Check that your vehicle has lower anchors.
* Refer to your vehicle owner’s manual or contact the vehicle
manufacturer for the maximum weight rating for their lower
anchors. Use vehicle belt (not lower connectors) for installations
with children who weigh more than the vehicle lower anchor limit.
Unless specified otherwise by the vehicle manufacturer, assume a
40 pound (18.1 kg) child is the vehicle lower anchor limit.
• Remove the lower connectors from the storage slots in the base.
Press the adjuster release button and pull the strap to full length.
Repeat for the second strap.
• This child seat must be reclined to position 3 and placed
rear-facing on the vehicle seat.
* When properly installed in the rear-facing
position, the back angle of the child seat
should be at least 30˚ for children and up
to 45˚ from vertical for infants unable to
maintain head and neck control (not to
exceed 45˚) when the car is parked on a
level surface. Use the blue line as a guide
to achieve the proper recline angle for
rear-facing installations. The blue line will be
parallel to the ground when the child seat angle is at the center
of the angle range (30 – 45˚). If necessary, the proper recline
angle can be achieved by placing a rolled towel or pool noodle
in the vehicle seat bight.
• Britax recommends that the Versa-Tether is 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 tether anchor
locations. See page 25 for possible rear-facing tether configurations.
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Rear-Facing Installation
Install with LATCH as shown above.
IMPORTANT:
The buckle should be in the inner slot for rear-facing installation.
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Rear-Facing Installation
1
Firmly press the lower
connectors onto the adjacent
lower anchors.
• A click confirms attachment.
• Verify that the lower connector
strap is not twisted.
TIP: You may need to turn the front
of the child seat toward you
for easier access to the lower
anchors.
1
NOTE: If a click is not heard when
connecting either lower connector,
the lower connector strap may be
twisted, or there may be debris in
the lower connector. Correct either
situation before continuing with the
installation process.
2
3
30
Push the child seat down
while pulling each lower
connector strap to tighten.
Rear-facing installations can be improved by the use of the
Versa-Tether (see pages 24 – 27).
2
Rear-Facing Installation
Check that the
child seat is
reclined to position 3
Check that there is
LESS than 1 in. (2.5 cm)
of movement (front to back or
side to side) at the belt path
Check lower
connector
attachments
Checklist
9 Check that all connections are secure.
9 Check that the lower connector straps are not twisted.
9 Check that the child seat cannot be moved front to back or side to side
more than 1 in. (2.5 cm) at the belt path. If the child seat is not secure,
repeat installation or use a different seating location.
9 Check that the back angle of the child seat is 30º – 45º from vertical (not
to exceed 45º) when the car is parked on a level surface.
* If necessary, the proper recline angle can be achieved by
placing a rolled towel or pool noodle in the vehicle seat bight.
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Rear-Facing Installation
Lap-Shoulder Belt Installation
Before You Begin:
• Check that your vehicle belt is compatible for use with child
seats. See pages 8 – 13 for more information.
* If your vehicle seat belt system includes a locking feature,
use of the lock-offs is not required as long as the vehicle seat
belt system is locked. Check your vehicle owner’s manual
to determine how to lock your vehicle seat belt system when
installing a child restraint.
• This child seat must be reclined to position 3 and placed
rear-facing on the vehicle seat.
* When properly installed in the rear-facing
position, the back angle of the child seat
should be at least 30˚ for children and up
to 45˚ from vertical for infants unable to
maintain head and neck control (not to
exceed 45˚) when the car is parked on a
level surface. Use the blue line as a guide to
achieve the proper recline angle for rearfacing installations. The blue line will be parallel to the ground
when the child seat angle is at the center of the angle range (30
– 45˚). If necessary, the proper recline angle can be achieved by
placing a rolled towel or pool noodle in the vehicle seat bight.
• Britax recommends that the Versa-Tether is 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
tether anchor locations. See page 25 for possible rear-facing
tether configurations.
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Rear-Facing Installation
Install with lap-shoulder belt as shown above.
IMPORTANT:
• The harness buckle strap should lie toward the back of the
child seat during installation.
• The buckle should be in the inner slot for rear-facing
installation.
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Rear-Facing Installation
1
2
3
Loosen the harness.
a Lift harness adjuster lever
b Pull both harness straps forward
1b
Remove the body pillow,
unbuckle the harness, and
remove the belly pad.
Pull the head pad up, then pull
the cover forward while pulling
the buckle through to access
the rear-facing belt path.
1a
4b
IMPORTANT: Ensure buckle is in
inner slot and lying away from the
belt path.
4
Open the blue lock-off closest
to where the vehicle belt will be
buckled.
a Open the locking tab
b Open the clamp
5
6
Route the vehicle belt through the
rear-facing belt slots, then buckle.
Ensure the vehicle belt is not
twisted.
Push down into the middle of the
child seating area with moderate
force while removing all slack from
the bottom (lap) part of the vehicle
belt and close the lock-off.
4a
LOCKING
TAB
CLAMP
5
a Close the clamp over the vehicle belt
b Slide your palm or thumb along the
locking tab until a click is heard (see
page 19)
7
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Push the child seat down while
pulling the top (shoulder) part of
the belt between the belt slots
to remove any remaining slack
through the lock-off.
7
Rear-Facing Installation
8
Rear-facing installations can be improved by the use of the
Versa-Tether (see pages 24 – 27).
9
Pull the buckle up through its appropriate slot in the cover.
10 Replace the cover and the belly pad.
Check that the
child seat is
reclined to position 3
Check that there is
LESS than 1 in. (2.5 cm)
of movement (front to back or
side to side) at the belt path
Check buckle
connection
Checklist
9 Check that the vehicle belt is securely fastened.
9 Check that the child seat cannot be moved front to back or side to side more
than 1 in. (2.5 cm) at the belt path. If the child seat is not secure, repeat
installation or use a different seating location.
9 Check that the back angle of the child seat is 30º – 45º from vertical (not to
exceed 45º) when the car is parked on a level surface.
* If necessary, the proper recline angle can be achieved by placing a
rolled towel or pool noodle in the vehicle seat bight.
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Rear-Facing Installation
Lap Belt Installation
Before You Begin:
• Check that your vehicle belt is compatible for use with child
seats. See pages 8 – 13 for more information.
• This child seat must be reclined to position 3 and placed
rear-facing on the vehicle seat.
* When properly installed in the rear-facing
position, the back angle of the child seat
should be at least 30˚ for children and up
to 45˚ from vertical for infants unable to
maintain head and neck control (not to
exceed 45˚) when the car is parked on a
level surface. Use the blue line as a guide to
achieve the proper recline angle for rearfacing installations. The blue line will be
parallel to the ground when the child seat angle is at the center
of the angle range (30 – 45˚). If necessary, the proper recline
angle can be achieved by placing a rolled towel or pool noodle
in the vehicle seat bight.
• Britax recommends that the Versa-Tether is 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
tether anchor locations. See page 25 for possible rear-facing
tether configurations.
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Rear-Facing Installation
Install with lap belt as shown above.
IMPORTANT:
• The harness buckle strap should lie toward the back of the
child seat during installation.
• DO NOT use lock-offs for lap belt installations.
• The buckle should be in the inner slot for rear-facing
installation.
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Rear-Facing Installation
1
2
3
Loosen the harness.
a Lift harness adjuster lever
b Pull both harness straps forward
Remove the body pillow,
unbuckle the harness, and
remove the belly pad.
1b
1a
Pull the head pad up, then pull
the cover forward while pulling
the buckle through to access the
rear-facing belt path.
3
4
Route the vehicle seat belt
through the rear-facing belt slots,
then buckle. Ensure the vehicle
belt is not twisted.
5
Push the child seat down while
pulling the vehicle belt to remove
all slack (see pages 10 – 11).
6
Rear-facing installations can be
improved by the use of the
Versa-Tether (see pages 24 – 27).
7
Pull the buckle up through its
appropriate slot in the cover.
8
Replace the cover and belly pad.
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4
5
Rear-Facing Installation
Check that the
child seat is
reclined to position 3
Check that there is
LESS than 1 in. (2.5 cm)
of movement (front to back or
side to side) at the belt path
Check buckle
connection
Checklist
9 Check that the vehicle belt is securely fastened.
9 Check that the child seat cannot be moved front to back or side to side
more than 1 in. (2.5 cm) at the belt path. If the child seat is not secure,
repeat installation or use a different seating location.
9 Check that the back angle of the child seat is 30º – 45º from vertical (not
to exceed 45º) when the car is parked on a level surface.
* If necessary, the proper recline angle can be achieved by
placing a rolled towel or pool noodle in the vehicle seat bight.
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Forward-Facing Installation
LATCH Installation
Before You Begin:
• Check that your vehicle has lower anchors.
* Refer to your vehicle owner’s manual or contact the vehicle
manufacturer for the maximum weight rating for their
lower anchors. Use vehicle belt (not lower connectors) for
installations with children who weigh more than the vehicle
lower anchor limit. Unless specified otherwise by the vehicle
manufacturer, assume a 40 pound (18.1 kg) child is the vehicle
lower anchor limit.
• Remove the lower connectors from the storage slots in the
base. Press the adjuster release button and pull the lower
connector strap to full length. Repeat for the second strap.
• Remove the Versa-Tether from the pouch and place it up
and over the child seat back.
* Britax recommends that the Versa-Tether is 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
tether anchor locations. Only attach the Versa-Tether to anchor
points designated to the chosen seating position as indicated
by your vehicle owner’s manual.
• This child seat must be in position 1 or 2 and placed
forward facing on the vehicle seat.
* Ensure that no more than 20% or 3 inches (7.6 cm) of the base
hangs over the edge of the vehicle seat. See page 21 for more
information.
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Forward-Facing Installation
Install with LATCH as shown above.
WARNING!
• Your child seat may not perform as intended if the base of the child
seat is not flat on the vehicle seat.
• 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).
• Some vehicle head restraints may
obstruct the harness adjuster from
reaching the highest position. If this
is the case, you may need to raise or
remove the vehicle head restraint. DO
NOT force the child seat head pad past
the vehicle head restraint. Doing so
could cause the child seat not to perform
as intended.
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Forward-Facing Installation
1
Firmly press the lower
connectors onto the adjacent
lower anchors.
• A click confirms attachment.
• Verify that the lower connector
strap is not twisted.
TIP: You may need to turn the back
of the child seat toward you for
easier access to the vehicle lower
anchors.
1
2
NOTE: If a click is not heard when
connecting either lower connector, the
lower connector strap may be twisted,
or there may be debris in the lower
connector. Correct either situation
before continuing with the installation
process.
2
3
4
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Push the child seat down while
pulling each lower connector
strap to tighten.
Attach the Versa-Tether to
a designated anchor (see
vehicle owner’s manual) and
remove slack.
Store excess webbing in the
elastic strap.
3
4
Forward-Facing Installation
Check Versa-Tether®
(Top Tether) attachment
Check that no more than
20% or 3 inches (7.6 cm)
of the base hangs over the
edge of the vehicle seat
Check that there is
LESS than 1 in. (2.5 cm)
of movement (front to back
or side to side) at the belt path
Check that Versa-Tether®
(Top Tether) webbing is
stored in the elastic strap
Check lower
connector attachments
Checklist
9 Check that all connections are secure.
9 Check that the lower connector straps are not twisted.
9 Check that no more than 20% or 3 inches (7.6 cm) of the base hangs
over the edge of the vehicle seat.
9 Check that the child seat cannot be moved front to back or side to side
more than 1 in. (2.5 cm) at the belt path. If the child seat is not secure,
repeat installation or use a different seating location.
9 Check that any excess Versa-Tether® webbing is contained within your
vehicle and secured in the elastic strap.
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Forward-Facing Installation
Lap-Shoulder Belt Installation
Before You Begin:
• Check that your vehicle belt is compatible for use with child
seats. See pages 8 – 13 for more information.
* If your vehicle seat belt system includes a locking feature,
use of the lock-offs is not required as long as the vehicle seat
belt system is locked. Check your vehicle owner’s manual
to determine how to lock your vehicle seat belt system when
installing a child restraint.
• Remove the Versa-Tether from the pouch and place it up
and over the child seat back.
* Britax recommends that the Versa-Tether is 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
tether anchor locations. Only attach the Versa-Tether to anchor
points designated to the chosen seating position as indicated
by your vehicle owner’s manual.
• This child seat must be in position 1 or 2 and placed
forward facing on the vehicle seat.
* Ensure that no more than 20% or 3 inches (7.6 cm) of the base
hangs over the edge of the vehicle seat. See page 21 for more
information.
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Forward-Facing Installation
Install with lap-shoulder belt as shown above.
WARNING!
• Your child seat may not perform as intended if the base of the child
seat is not flat on the vehicle seat.
• 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).
• Some vehicle head restraints may
obstruct the harness adjuster from
reaching the highest position. If this
is the case, you may need to raise or
remove the vehicle head restraint. DO
NOT force the child seat head pad past
the vehicle head restraint. Doing so
could cause the child seat not to perform
as intended.
45
Forward-Facing Installation
1
Loosen the harness.
a Lift harness adjuster lever
b Pull both harness straps forward
2
3
4
Remove the body pillow and
unbuckle the harness.
Pull the head pad up, then pull
the cover forward to access the
forward-facing belt path.
Open the red lock-off closest to
where the vehicle belt will be
buckled.
a Open the locking tab
b Open the clamp
5
6
Route the vehicle belt through
the forward-facing belt slots, then
buckle. Ensure the vehicle belt is
not twisted.
Push down into the rear of the
child seating area with moderate
force while removing all slack from
the bottom (lap) part of the vehicle
belt and close the lock-off.
a Close the clamp over the vehicle belt
b Slide your palm or thumb along the
locking tab until a click is heard (see
page 19)
7
8
46
Push the child seat down while
pulling the top (shoulder) part of
the belt between the belt slots
to remove any remaining slack
through the lock-off.
Attach and remove slack from the
Versa-Tether (if an anchor point is
available).
1b
1a
LOCKING
TAB
CLAMP
4a
4b
5
7
Forward-Facing Installation
9
Store excess webbing in the elastic strap.
10 Replace the cover.
Check Versa-Tether®
(Top Tether) attachment
Check that no more than
20% or 3 inches (7.6 cm)
of the base hangs over the
edge of the vehicle seat
Check that there is
LESS than 1 in. (2.5 cm)
of movement (front to back or
side to side) at the belt path
Check that Versa-Tether®
(Top Tether) webbing is
stored in the elastic strap
Check buckle
connection
Checklist
9 Check that the vehicle belt is securely fastened.
9 Check that no more than 20% or 3 inches (7.6 cm) of the base hangs
over the edge of the vehicle seat.
9 Check that the child seat cannot be moved front to back or side to side
more than 1 in. (2.5 cm) at the belt path. If the child seat is not secure,
repeat installation or use a different seating location.
9 Check that any excess Versa-Tether® webbing is contained within your
vehicle and secured in the elastic strap.
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Forward-Facing Installation
Lap Belt Installation
Before You Begin:
• Check that your vehicle belt is compatible for use with child
seats. See pages 8 – 13 for more information.
• Remove the Versa-Tether from the pouch and place it up
and over the child seat back.
* Britax recommends that the Versa-Tether is 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
tether anchor locations. Only attach the Versa-Tether to anchor
points designated to the chosen seating position as indicated
by your vehicle owner’s manual.
• This child seat must be in position 1 or 2 and placed
forward facing on the vehicle seat.
* Ensure that no more than 20% or 3 inches (7.6 cm) of the base
hangs over the edge of the vehicle seat. See page 21 for more
information.
48
Forward-Facing Installation
Install with lap belt as shown above.
WARNING!
• DO NOT use lock-offs for lap belt only installations.
• Your child seat may not perform as intended if the base of the child
seat is not flat on the vehicle seat.
• 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).
• Some vehicle head restraints may
obstruct the harness adjuster from
reaching the highest position. If this
is the case, you may need to raise or
remove the vehicle head restraint. DO
NOT force the child seat head pad
past the vehicle head restraint. Doing
so could cause the child seat not to
perform as intended.
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Forward-Facing Installation
1
Loosen the harness.
a Lift harness adjuster lever
b Pull both harness straps forward
2
Remove the body pillow and
unbuckle the harness.
3
Pull the head pad up, then pull
the cover forward to access the
forward-facing belt path.
4
Route the vehicle seat belt
through the forward-facing belt
slots, then buckle. Ensure the
vehicle belt is not twisted.
1b
1a
4
5
6
7
8
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Push the child seat down while
pulling the vehicle belt to remove
all slack (see pages 10 – 11).
Attach and remove slack from the
Versa-Tether (if an anchor point is
available).
Store excess webbing in the
elastic strap.
Replace the cover.
5
Forward-Facing Installation
Check Versa-Tether®
(Top Tether) attachment
Check that no more than
20% or 3 inches (7.6 cm)
of the base hangs over the
edge of the vehicle seat
Check that there is
LESS than 1 in. (2.5 cm)
of movement (front to back or
side to side) at the belt path
Check that Versa-Tether®
(Top Tether) webbing is
stored in the elastic strap
Check buckle
connection
Checklist
9 Check that the vehicle belt is securely fastened.
9 Check that no more than 20% or 3 inches (7.6 cm) of the base hangs
over the edge of the vehicle seat.
9 Check that the child seat cannot be moved front to back or side to side
more than 1 in. (2.5 cm) at the belt path. If the child seat is not secure,
repeat installation or use a different seating location.
9 Check that any excess Versa-Tether® webbing is contained within your
vehicle and secured in the elastic strap.
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Aircraft Installation
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 use in
aircraft 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 lbs (18.1 kg) use a certified,
harnessed child seat while traveling on an
aircraft.
Install your child seat in a window seat to
avoid blocking the aisle.
Rear-Facing Installation
For rear-facing aircraft installation (Fig. A),
follow Rear-Facing Lap Belt Installation
instructions on pages 36 – 39.
Forward-Facing Installation
For forward-facing aircraft installation
(Fig. B), follow Forward-Facing Lap Belt
Installation instructions on pages 48 – 51.
A
If the aircraft lap belt is too short, ask a
flight attendant for a belt extender.
NOTE: Your child may experience
discomfort if the buckle is located in
the seating area of the child seat after
installation.
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b
Securing Your Child
WARNING!
• 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.
• Adjust the harness to fit the clothes the child is wearing.
Remove bulky coats and/or jackets before putting the
child in the child seat.
• The HUGS™ chest pads must be used at all times when
installing the child seat forward-facing.
• Verify that the child seat is secure and the harness is
properly adjusted around the child each time the child
seat is used.
Before You Begin:
• Follow the instructions on pages 16 and 17 to make the
proper adjustments to the harness and buckle.
* Rear-facing 5 – 40 lbs (2.3 – 18.1 kg) position 3 only.
* Forward-facing 20 – 70 lbs (9.1 – 31.8 kg) AND 1 year of age.
Position 1 or position 2 may be used.
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Securing Your Child
1
Loosen the harness.
a Lift harness adjuster lever
b Pull both harness straps forward
1b
1a
2
Open the chest clip.
a Press tabs
b Pull apart
2b
2a
3
4
Release the buckle and attach
the harness straps to the harness
holders.
Place the child in the child seat.
* Ensure the child is positioned
upright in the child seat and not
slouching. Their bottom must touch
the child seat, and their back must
rest flat against the back of the
child seat.
5
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Position the harness straps
around the child.
3
Securing Your Child
6
Fasten the harness buckle.
6
* Proper connection is confirmed
with a click after inserting each
buckle tongue.
7
Pull the excess slack up to the
child’s shoulder area while
moving the HUGS™ chest pads
down toward the buckle.
8
Pull the harness adjuster strap up
and away from the child seat to
tighten the harness.
* The harness should have a
comfortable but snug fit around
the 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. You should not
be able to pinch excess.
9
Pull the harness adjuster strap up
and away from the child seat to
tighten.
Do not pull sideways.
Fasten the chest clip.
* The correct height for the chest
clip is at the middle of the chest at
armpit level.
* The HUGS™ chest pads may
be placed in any position that is
comfortable for the child within
the range of the correctly placed
chest clip.
Checklist
Before traveling, verify that the:
9 Harness straps are not twisted.
9 Harness is snug.
9 Buckle is fastened.
9 Chest clip is at the child’s armpit level.
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Care and Maintenance
Cover Removal
WARNING!
• 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.
• DO NOT remove the HUGS™ chest pads from the harness straps.
1
Loosen the harness.
a Lift release lever
b Pull both harness straps forward
1b
1a
2
Open the chest clip.
a Press tabs
b Pull apart
3
Unbuckle the harness.
2b
2a
4
5
Remove the infant body pillow
if necessary.
Remove the belly pad from the
harness buckle.
a Pull the buckle through the belly
pad
b Remove the elastic strap from
around the buckle
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5a
5b
Care and Maintenance
6
Raise the harness to the
highest position and detach
the hook and loop fasteners
on the head pad from around
the harness.
7
Detach the elastic straps from
the tabs behind the harness
adjustment handle.
Remove the head pad.
8
9
6
7
Detach the plastic hooks from
the bottom edge of the child
seat.
9
10 Adjust the harness to the
lowest position.
11 Detach the plastic hooks from
10
the back of the child seat
shell.
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Care and Maintenance
12 Pull the buckle through the
slot in the cover.
13 Remove the cover from the
child seat shell.
13
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Care and Maintenance
Cleaning the Cover
• HAND WASH the cover using cold water and mild soap.
• LINE DRY to prevent the cover from shrinking.
• DO NOT:
*
*
*
*
Bleach
Machine wash
Machine dry
Iron
Cleaning the Harness
• SPONGE CLEAN the harness using warm water and mild soap.
• TOWEL DRY
• DO NOT:
*
*
*
*
*
Disassemble the harness
Bleach
Machine wash
Machine dry
Iron
Cleaning the Shell
• SPONGE CLEAN the shell using warm water and mild soap.
• TOWEL DRY
• DO NOT use abrasive cleaners
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Care and Maintenance
Cover Replacement
1
Fit the child seat cover around
the child seat shell.
1
2
Attach the plastic hooks on
the cover to the back of the
child seat shell.
3
Attach the plastic hooks to the
bottom edge of the child seat.
2
3
4
Pull the buckle through the
slot in the cover.
* Ensure that the buckle is
through the correct cover slot
for the buckle position.
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Care and Maintenance
5
Fit the head pad around the
harness adjustment handle
and attach the elastic straps
to the tabs behind the harness
adjustment handle.
6
Attach the hook and loop
fasteners on the head pad
around the harness.
7
5
6
Replace the belly pad.
a Pull the elastic strap around the
buckle
b Push the buckle through the
belly pad
a
b
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Care and Maintenance
Cleaning the Buckle
If your child eats and drinks while in the child seat, you will need
to check the buckle periodically and rinse out any accumulated
debris.
Remove the Buckle
1
Unbuckle the harness.
Remove the belly pad and pull
the buckle through the cover.
2
Turn the buckle webbing
and slide it between buckle
positions.
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Care and Maintenance
3
Guide the buckle retainer up
through the slot in the child
seat shell to remove.
To Clean:
• THOROUGHLY RINSE the buckle using warm water.
• TEST THE BUCKLE by fastening and unfastening until a click is
heard after inserting each buckle tongue. If clicks are not heard,
repeat the cleaning procedure.
• TOWEL DRY
• DO NOT:
*
*
*
*
Soak
Lubricate
Use solvents
Use soap or household detergents
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Care and Maintenance
Re-thread the Buckle
IMPORTANT:
• ALWAYS position the buckle in the
ADJUSTMENT
inner slot for rear-facing use.
SLOT
• The vehicle belt must pass in front of the
buckle strap for rear-facing use.
• NEVER leave the buckle in the
adjustment slot.
• Use the outer buckle slot when installing the child seat forwardfacing with a child weighing 30 lbs (13.6 kg) and above or if the
buckle is under the child in the inner position.
1
Guide the buckle retainer
down through the slot in the
child seat shell.
3
Select the appropriate slot for
the size of your child and turn
the buckle webbing and slide
it into the chosen slot.
Ensure that the buckle strap
is not twisted and that the
button faces out.
4
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2
Slide the buckle webbing
into the slot between buckle
positions.
Tips and Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting
Problem: The harness cannot be adjusted to its full height.
Possible Solution: Check the seating position where the child seat
is installed. The vehicle head restraint may obstruct the path of the
child seat harness height adjuster. Remove or raise the vehicle head
restraint and try adjusting the harness height again.
Problem: The harness is hard to adjust.
Possible Solution: The yoke may be caught on the Versa-Tether®
webbing or other component of the child seat. Remove the obstruction
and try adjusting the harness again. Always store the Versa-Tether in
the pouch provided when not in use. When the Versa-Tether is in use,
always secure excess webbing in the elastic strap. See pages 24 – 27.
Possible Solution: The vehicle seat back may hinder harness
adjustment. Ensure the child seat base is flat on the vehicle seat.
Possible Solution: The harness may be at maximum or minimum
height, the harness may be too tight to adjust, or the child’s weight
may be pressing against the head pad. Check for and correct all of the
above where necessary and try adjusting the harness again.
Problem: The adjuster strap is fraying at the sides.
Possible Solution: Pull the harness adjuster strap up and away from
the child seat to tighten. Do not pull sideways. Doing so may cause the
harness adjuster strap to fray at the sides. See page 55.
Problem: The buckle will not fasten with a click after each tongue
is inserted.
Possible solution: There may be debris in the buckle mechanism.
Clean the buckle as shown on pages 62 – 63 and try fastening the
buckle again.
Please contact Consumer Services at 1.888.427.4829 if you have an
issue not listed here.
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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. Your exclusive
remedy for this warranty is that Britax will, at its option, provide repair or replacement
components for this 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, you must contact Britax Consumer Services at
1-888-427-4829 or write to us using the address on the back cover of this booklet.
PLEASE COMPLETE AND MAIL THE OWNER REGISTRATION
CARD WITHIN (30) DAYS OF PURCHASE
You may also register online at 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 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 to you 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 to you. 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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Britax Child Safety, Inc.
13501 South Ridge Drive
Charlotte, NC 28273
USA
A Britax Childcare Group
Limited company
Tel. : 1-888-427-4829
www.Britax.com
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