Britax Child Seat Owner`s manual
Table of Contents
Safety Warnings ...................................................................... 2
Safety Information................................................................... 4
Child Seat Features ................................................................. 8
Vehicle Compatability............................................................. 10
Vehicle Safety Belts............................................................... 10
Vehicle Seating Positions ...................................................... 11
Installation for Children 22– 40 lbs. ....................................... 12
LATCH – Long Route ........................................................... 12
Lap-Shoulder Belt – Long Route .......................................... 15
Lap-Belt – Long Route ......................................................... 17
Installation for Children 40 – 80 lbs. ...................................... 19
LATCH – Short Route........................................................... 19
Lap-Shoulder Belt – Short Route .......................................... 22
Lap-Belt – Short Route ......................................................... 24
Versa-Tether®........................................................................... 26
Using the Recline Bar.............................................................. 28
Using Child Seat Features....................................................... 29
Securing Your Child................................................................. 30
Harness Height Adjustment.................................................... 32
Adjusting Buckle Position....................................................... 33
Care and Maintenance............................................................ 34
Warranty.................................................................................. 38
©2008 Britax Child Safety, Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A P313000 R1:02.08
This product and its components are subject to change without notice.
WARNING!
DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY can occur if the following are not observed:
s Use this child seat forward-facing only.
s Use only with children who weigh between 22 and 80 pounds
(10 and 36.3 kg) and whose height is 53 inches (134.6 cm)
or less.
s 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.
s Secure the Versa-Tether® provided with this child seat.
s Secure this child seat with vehicle’s Lower Anchors and Tethers
for CHildren (LATCH) system if available or with a vehicle belt.
s Follow all instructions on this child seat and in the written
instructions.
s Register your child seat with the manufacturer, Britax Child
Safety, Inc. by visiting www.BritaxUSA.com/registration, OR
complete and return the registration card that was shipped with
this child seat.
s Refer to your vehicle owner’s manual or contact the vehicle
manufacturer for the maximum weight rating for their
LATCH anchors. Use vehicle belt (not LATCH connectors) for
installations with children who weigh more than the vehicle
LATCH anchor limit. Unless specified otherwise by the vehicle
manufacturer, assume a 40 pound (18.1 kg.) child is the vehicle
LATCH anchor limit.
s The HUGS™ chest pads and the recline bar must be used at
all times.
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s This child seat must not be used in the home, in boats, or other
non-certified applications.
s Secure this child seat even when it is not occupied. In a crash, an
unsecured child seat may injure vehicle occupants.
s Never use the adjuster strap to lift or carry this child seat. Doing
so could cause damage to the harness adjuster and webbing.
Always carry this child seat by the shell or tether straps.
s Never route the vehicle belt over the child.
s 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 Compatibility on pages 10-11 to ensure
your child’s safety and consult your vehicle owner’s manual.
s 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.
s When using in vehicle with air bags, refer to the vehicle owner’s
manual for child seat installation instructions and precautions.
s 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 the child seat.
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Safety Information
Safety Information
IMPORTANT NOTES
Certification
s Verify that the child seat is secure and the harness is properly
adjusted around the child each time the child seat is used.
s 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.
s Cover the child seat when the vehicle is parked in direct
sunlight. Parts of the child seat could become hot enough to
burn a child.
s Store the child seat in a safe place when it is not being used.
Avoid placing heavy objects on top of the child seat.
s Do not leave children alone in a vehicle, even for a short time.
s Do not, except as described in this booklet, attempt to disassemble
any part of the child seat or change the way its harness or the
vehicle’s seat belts are used.
s 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.
s 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.
s Do not allow children to play with this or any child seat.
s Do not use anything to raise the child seat off the vehicle seat
except as described in these instructions. In a crash, this could
cause the child seat not to perform as intended.
This child seat system conforms to all applicable Federal Motor
Vehicle Safety Standards. This child seat is NOT certified for use
in aircraft.
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Registration
Child seats could 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.
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Safety Information
Safety Information
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics:
All infants should ride rear-facing until they have reached at least
1 year of age and weigh at least 20 pounds. That means that if
your infant reaches 20 pounds before her first birthday, she should
remain rear-facing at least until she turns 1 year old. It is best for
children to ride rear-facing to the highest weight or height allowed
by the manufacturer.
Forward-Facing
Weight 22 pounds (and 1 year) – 80 pounds (10 – 36.3 kg.)
Only use forward-facing with children:
s who are at least one year of age and
s who weigh between 22 and 80 lbs. (10 –
36.3 kg.) and
s who are 53” (134.6 cm.) or less in height
and
s when the top of the child’s ears are below
the top of the child seat shell (Fig. A) and
s when the harness straps are located in
the nearest slots at or above the child’s
shoulders.
WARNING!
Do NOT use the child seat if any of the following apply:
s the child is less than one year of age or
s the child is less than 22 lbs. (10 kg.) in
weight or
s the child exceeds 80 lbs. (36.3 kg.) in
weight or
s the child exceeds 53” (134.6 cm.) in
height or
s the top of the ears are above the top of the
child seat shell (Fig. A) or
s the harness straps are in slots below the
child’s shoulders
B
A
IMPORTANT: See Harness Height Adjustment on page 32.
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Child Seat Features
Child Seat Features
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Cover
Harness Slots
Harness
Harness Retainer
Comfort Pads
Chest Clip
HUGS™ Chest Pads
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Buckle
Belly Pad
Harness Release Lever (under flap)
LATCH Connectors
User Guide, Serial Number, and
Manufacture Date (under cover)
13 Harness Adjuster Strap
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14 Shell
15 Versa-Tether® (Top Anchorage
Strap)
16 LATCH Storage Pouches (under
cover)
17 Harness Yoke
18 LATCH Adjuster Release Buttons
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LATCH Adjusters
LATCH Connector Release Button
Recline Bar
Storage Pouch
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Vehicle Compatibility
Vehicle Compatibility
Vehicle Safety Belts
Vehicle Seating Positions
NOTE: The information in this section only applies to installation with
vehicle safety belts.
IMPORTANT: Vehicle seats and safety belts differ from vehicle to vehicle.
Refer to your vehicle owner’s manual for specific information about vehicle
safety belts and their use with child seats. Some vehicles have no seating
positions which are compatible with this child seat or any other child seat.
If in doubt, contact the vehicle manufacturer for assistance.
This child seat can fit securely in most vehicles using existing vehicle
belts. However, some vehicle designs prevent a secure fit of the
child seat.
The vehicle owner’s manual will have information on the types
of vehicle belts in your vehicle. If your belt type is listed below,
select another seating position or use Lower Anchors and Tethers
for CHildren (LATCH).
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.
The back seat is the
safest place for children
under 12.
WARNING! The following types of vehicle
belts are not compatible with this child seat:
s Front vehicle belts with top or bottom anchorage
points in the door. (Fig. A & B)
s Motor-driven, automatic vehicle belts. (Fig. B)
s Lap-shoulder belts that have separate retractors for
shoulder section and lap section in which lap section
retractor does not lock.
s Non-locking, two-point Emergency Locking
Retractor (ELR) vehicle belts without the use of a
belt shortening clip.
s Lap-shoulder ELR vehicle belts without use of a
locking clip.
A
B
NOTE: Refer to your vehicle owner’s manual to determine the kind of
retractors used in your vehicle and how to operate them.
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Installation for Children 22 – 40 lbs.
Installation for Children 22 – 40 lbs.
LATCH – Long Route
s Figure A illustrates a typical Long Route LATCH
installation. The restraint is shipped with the LATCH
strap and connectors in the long route configuration.
s If choosing to use LATCH verify that your vehicle is
equipped with LATCH anchors. If LATCH anchors
are not installed, you must use vehicle belt
installation methods.
A
WARNING! Refer to your vehicle owner’s manual or
contact the vehicle manufacturer for the maximum weight
rating for their LATCH anchors. Use vehicle belt (not LATCH
connectors) for installations with children who weigh more than
the vehicle LATCH anchor limit. Unless specified otherwise by
the vehicle manufacturer, assume a 40 pound (18.1 kg) child is
the vehicle LATCH anchor limit.
1 The recline bar must be used at all times
with this seat. Insert the recline bar into
the holes on the rear of the child seat. Use
a rubber mallet to tap the recline bar ends
into the holes. See page 28 for details.
2 Verify the LATCH strap is routed under
the child seat cover in the long route
configuration. (Fig. A)
B
NOTE: If you need to re-route the LATCH strap from the short route
to the long route configuration:
a Uninstall the child seat.
b Loosen the harness and pull the top of the child seat cover away from
the seat shell.
c Pull each LATCH connector through the closet belt slot to the front
of the child seat shell (Fig. B).
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d Press each LATCH adjuster release button and pull
the webbing to fully extend the LATCH strap.
e Route the child’s left connector around to the
outside of the seat shell.
f Route the child’s right LATCH connector
through child’s left belt slot from the front to
the back of the child seat shell.
g Route the child’s right LATCH connector across
the back of the child seat shell.
Release
h The LATCH strap must route over the harness
Button
Top
straps on the rear of the child seat.
i Route the child’s right LATCH connector
through the child’s right belt slot to the front of
the child seat.
j Route the child’s right connector around to the
outside of the child seat shell.
k Refit the child seat cover onto the child seat shell. Verify the LATCH
strap is routed under the child seat cover.
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D
3 Place the child seat sideways on the vehicle seat with the back of
the child seat facing toward you.
4 Loosen the Versa-Tether® and place it up and over the child seat back.
5 If stored, remove the LATCH connectors from the LATCH storage
pouches on the rear of the child seat.
6 Verify that the LATCH strap is not twisted and attach the closest LATCH
connector to the vehicle seat back to the farthest LATCH anchor (Fig. C)
s The LATCH strap must be routed on the outside of recline bar.
s The LATCH connector MUST be in an upright position (Fig. D).
s A positive click confirms attachment.
NOTE: It may be necessary to switch the LATCH connectors if ANY of
the following conditions exist:
s The LATCH connector is not in an upright position (Fig. D).
s The LATCH strap is twisted.
s A positive click is NOT heard when the LATCH connector and LATCH
anchor are connected.
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Installation for Children 22 – 40 lbs.
Installation for Children 22 – 40 lbs.
Lap-Shoulder Belt – Long Route
NOTE: If a positive click is not heard, but the
LATCH connectors are in an upright position, you
should not switch the LATCH connector. The strap
may be too tight or twisted, or there may be debris
in the LATCH connector.
7 Rotate the child seat into the forward-facing
position. Ensure the bottom of the child seat
shell is in full contact with the vehicle seat
and the recline bar is resting against the
vehicle seat back.
8 Verify that the LATCH strap is routed under the
child seat cover and is not twisted. Attach the
remaining LATCH connector to the adjacent
LATCH anchor. (Fig. E)
s Figure A illustrates a typical Long Route lap-shoulder
belt installation.
IMPORTANT: Britax recommends that the Versa-
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Top
Release
Button
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s The LATCH strap must be routed on the outside of
recline bar.
s The LATCH connector MUST be in an upright position (Fig. F).
s A positive click confirms attachment.
9 Alternately pull each LATCH strap loop while pushing the
child seat firmly into the vehicle seat to evenly tighten the
LATCH strap.
10 Attach the Versa-Tether® hook to the vehicle’s designated
tether anchor. Remove all slack from the tether to secure. See
pages 26 – 27.
11 Store the excess webbing in a LATCH storage pouch on the
back of the cover.
12 Verify that all connections are secure, the LATCH strap is tight
and the child seat is secure.
s The child seat is secure when it cannot be moved more than 1 inch frontto-back or side-to-side at the belt path. If the child seat is not secure,
repeat this procedure or use an alternate seating position.
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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 locations.
A
1 The recline bar must be used at all times
with this child seat. Insert the recline bar into
the holes on the rear of the child seat. Use a
rubber mallet to tap the recline bar ends into
the holes. See page 28 for details.
2 If the vehicle is equipped with a designated B
tether anchor for the chosen seating position, remove the
Versa-Tether® from the pouch, loosen and place it up and over
the child seat back.
3 Place the child seat in the forward-facing position on the vehicle
seat. Ensure the bottom of the child seat shell is in full contact
with the vehicle seat and the recline bar is resting against the
vehicle seat back.
4 Pull the vehicle belt out and route through the belt slot farthest from
the vehicle buckle from the front to the rear of the child seat.
s The vehicle belt must route over the child seat cover and outside of the
recline bar.
5 Route the vehicle belt across the back of the child seat continuing
through the belt slot closest to the vehicle buckle, to the front of
the child seat shell (Fig. B).
s The vehicle belt must be routed over the harness straps on the rear of the
child seat.
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Installation for Children 22 – 40 lbs.
Installation for Children 22 – 40 lbs.
Lap Belt – Long Route
6 Route the vehicle belt around to the outside
of the child seat near the vehicle buckle,
routing over the child seat cover (Fig. B
page 15).
s The vehicle belt must be routed on the outside of
the recline bar.
7 Verify that the vehicle belt is not twisted and
then buckle (Fig. C).
s Figure A illustrates a typical Long Route lap belt
installation.
IMPORTANT: Britax recommends that the Versa-
C
s The shoulder portion of the vehicle belt
must be routed over the front of the child
seat (Fig. D).
8 Push the child seat firmly into the
vehicle seat while removing slack first
from the lap portion and then the D
shoulder portion of the vehicle belt.
9 Lock the vehicle belt according to the instructions in your vehicle
owner’s manual.
10 Attach the Versa-Tether® hook to the designated tether anchor
(if available according to the vehicle owner’s manual) for the
chosen seating position. Remove all slack from tether to secure.
Store any excess webbing in a LATCH storage pouch on the
back of the cover. See pages 26 – 27.
11 Verify the vehicle belt is routed over the child seat cover.
12 Verify that all connections are secure, the vehicle belt is tight
and the child seat is stable.
s The child seat is secure when it cannot be moved more than 1 inch frontto-back or side-to-side at the belt path. If the child seat is not secure,
repeat this procedure or use an alternate seating position.
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 locations.
A
1 The recline bar must be used at all times
with this child seat. Insert the recline bar into
the holes on the rear of the child seat. Use a
rubber mallet to tap the recline bar ends into
B
the holes. See page 28 for details.
2 If the vehicle is equipped with a designated tether anchor for
the chosen seating position, loosen the Versa-Tether® and place
it up and over the child seat back.
3 Place the child seat in the forward-facing position on the vehicle
seat. Ensure the bottom of the child seat shell is in full contact
with the vehicle seat and the recline bar is resting against the
vehicle seat back.
4 Pull the vehicle belt out and route under the child seat cover,
around front of seat shell and through the belt slot furthest from
the vehicle buckle, from the front to the rear of the child seat
(Fig. B).
s The vehicle belt must be routed on the outside of the recline bar.
5 Route the vehicle belt across the back of the child seat continuing
through the belt slot closest to the vehicle buckle, from the rear
to the front of the child seat shell.
s The vehicle belt must be routed over the harness straps on the rear of the
child seat.
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Installation for Children 22 – 40 lbs.
6 Route the vehicle belt under the child seat
cover, around to the outside of the seat shell
near the vehicle buckle (Fig. C).
s The vehicle belt must be routed on the outside of
the recline bar.
7 Verify that the vehicle belt is not twisted and
C
then buckle (Fig. D).
8 Push the child seat firmly into the vehicle
seat while removing slack from the vehicle
belt.
9 Lock the vehicle belt according to the
instructions in your vehicle owner’s manual.
10 Attach the Versa-Tether® hook to the
designated tether anchor (if available D
according to the vehicle owner’s manual) for the chosen seating
position. Remove all slack from tether to secure. Store any
excess webbing in a LATCH storage pouch on the back of the
cover. See pages 26 – 27.
11 Verify that all connections are secure, the vehicle belt is tight
and the child seat is stable.
s The child seat is secure when it cannot be moved more than 1 inch frontto-back or side-to-side at the belt path. If the child seat is not secure,
repeat this procedure or use an alternate seating position.
Installation for Children 40 – 80 lbs.
LATCH – Short Route
s Figure A illustrates a typical Short Route LATCH
installation. The restraint is shipped with the LATCH
strap and connectors in the long route configuration.
s If choosing to use LATCH, verify that your vehicle is
equipped with LATCH anchors. If LATCH anchors are
not installed, you must use vehicle belt installation
methods.
A
WARNING! The Versa-Tether must be used at all times in this
mode of installation. Refer to your vehicle owner’s manual or
contact the vehicle manufacturer for the maximum weight rating
for their LATCH anchors. Use vehicle belt (not LATCH connectors) for
installations with children who weigh more than the vehicle LATCH
anchor limit. Unless specified otherwise by the vehicle manufacturer,
assume a 40 pound (18.1 kg) child is the vehicle LATCH anchor limit.
1 The recline bar must be used at all times
with this child seat. Insert the recline bar into
the holes on the rear of the child seat. Use
a rubber mallet to tap the recline bar ends
into the holes. See page 28 for details.
2 Verify the LATCH strap is routed under
B
the child seat cover and the comfort foam
in the short route configuration (Fig. A ).
NOTE: If you need to re-route the LATCH strap from the long route
to the short route configuration:
a Uninstall the child seat.
b Loosen the harness and pull the top of the child seat cover away
from the seat shell.
c Route the child’s right LATCH connector through the child’s right
belt slot to the rear of the child seat shell continuing through the
child’s left belt slot to the front of child seat shell (Fig. B).
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Installation for Children 40 – 80 lbs.
Installation for Children 40 – 80 lbs.
d Route the child’s left LATCH
connector through the child’s left belt
slot to the rear of the child seat.
e Route the child’s right LATCH
connector under the child seat cover,
between the comfort foam and the
child seat shell, then through the C
child’s right belt slot to the rear of
the child seat (Fig. C).
f Refit the child seat cover onto the child
seat shell.
3 Place the child seat sideways on the vehicle
seat with the back of the child seat facing you.
4 Loosen the Versa-Tether® and place it up
and over the child seat back.
5 If stored, remove the LATCH connectors
from storage pouches on the rear of the
child seat.
6 Verify that the LATCH strap is not twisted
and attach the closest LATCH connector to
the vehicle seat back to the farthest LATCH
anchor (Fig. D)
upright position, you should not switch the LATCH
connector. The strap may be too tight or twisted, or
there may be debris in the LATCH connector.
7 Rotate the child seat into the forward-facing
position. Ensure the bottom of the child seat
shell is in full contact with the vehicle seat
and the recline bar is resting against the
vehicle seat back.
8 Verify that the LATCH strap is routed under
the child seat cover and comfort foam and
is not twisted. Attach the remaining LATCH
connector to the adjacent LATCH anchor.
(Fig. F)
D
Release
Button
Top
E
s The LATCH strap must be routed inside the recline bar. See page 28.
s The LATCH connector MUST be in an upright position (Fig. E).
s A positive click confirms attachment.
NOTE: It may be necessary to switch the LATCH connectors if ANY of
the following conditions exist:
s The LATCH connector is not in an upright position (Fig. E).
s The LATCH strap is twisted.
s A positive click is NOT heard when the LATCH connector and LATCH
anchor are connected.
NOTE: If a positive click is not heard, but the LATCH connectors are in an
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F
G
s The LATCH strap must be routed inside the recline
bar. See page 28.
s The LATCH connector MUST be in an upright position (Fig. E).
s A positive click confirms attachment.
9 Reach through the belt slots to access the loop ends of the
LATCH connector strap (Fig. G).
10 Alternately pull each LATCH strap loop while pushing the child seat
firmly into the vehicle seat to evenly tighten the LATCH strap.
11 Attach the Versa-Tether® hook to the vehicle’s designated
tether anchor. Remove all slack from the tether to secure. See
pages 26 – 27.
12 Store the excess webbing in a LATCH storage pouch on the
back of the cover.
13 Verify that all connections are secure, the LATCH strap is tight
and the child seat is stable.
s The child seat is secure when it cannot be moved more than 1 inch frontto-back or side-to-side at the belt path. If the child seat is not secure,
repeat this procedure or use an alternate seating position.
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Installation for Children 40 – 80 lbs.
Installation for Children 40 – 80 lbs.
Lap-Shoulder Belt – Short Route
5 Route the vehicle belt under the child seat
cover, between the comfort foam and the
child seat shell, and through the belt slot
closest to the vehicle buckle from front to
rear of the child seat (Fig. C).
s Figure A illustrates a typical Short Route lapshoulder belt installation.
WARNING! The Versa-Tether must be used
at all times in this mode of installation. Check
your vehicle owner’s manual for designated tether
anchor locations.
A
1 The recline bar must be used at all times
with this child seat. Insert the recline bar into
the holes on the rear of the child seat. Use a
rubber mallet to tap the recline bar ends into
the holes. See page 28 for details.
B
2 Loosen the Versa-Tether® and place it up
and over the child seat back.
3 Place the child seat in the forward-facing position on the vehicle
seat. Ensure the bottom of the child seat shell is in full contact
with the vehicle seat and the recline bar is resting against the
vehicle seat back.
4 Pull the vehicle belt out and route through the belt slot furthest
from the vehicle buckle, from the rear to the front of the child
seat (Fig. B).
s The vehicle belt must be routed on the outside of the recline bar.
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s The vehicle belt must be routed on the outside of
the recline bar.
C
6 Verify that the vehicle belt is not twisted
and then buckle (Fig D).
7 Push the child seat firmly into the vehicle
seat while removing slack first from the lap
portion and then the shoulder portion of the
vehicle belt.
8 Lock the vehicle belt according to the D
instructions in your vehicle owner’s manual.
9 Attach the Versa-Tether® hook to a tether anchor designated
by the vehicle owner’s manual for the chosen seating position.
Remove all slack from tether to secure. Store any excess
webbing in a LATCH storage pouch on the back of the cover.
See pages 26 – 27.
10 Verify that all connections are secure, the vehicle belt is tight
and the child seat is secure.
s The child seat is secure when it cannot be moved more than 1 inch frontto-back or side-to-side at the belt path. If the child seat is not secure,
repeat this procedure or use an alternate seating position.
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Installation for Children 40 – 80 lbs.
Installation for Children 40 – 80 lbs.
Lap Belt – Short Route
s Figure A illustrates a typical Short Route lap belt
installation.
WARNING! Although Britax recommends
that the Versa-Tether® be used at all times,
the Versa-Tether must be used 50 – 80 lbs. in this
mode of installation. Check your vehicle owner’s
manual for approved tether anchor locations.
A
1 The recline bar must be used at all times
with this child seat. Insert the recline bar into
the holes on the rear of the child seat. Use a
rubber mallet to tap the recline bar ends into B
the holes. See page 28 for details.
2 Loosen the Versa-Tether® and place it up and over the child
seat back.
3 Place the child seat in the forward-facing position on the vehicle
seat. Ensure the bottom of the child seat shell is in full contact
with the vehicle seat and the recline bar is resting against the
vehicle seat back.
4 Pull the vehicle belt out and route through the belt slot furthest
from the vehicle buckle, from the rear to the front of the child
seat (Fig. B).
6 Verify that the vehicle belt is not twisted and
then buckle (Fig. D).
7 Push the child seat firmly into the vehicle seat
while removing slack from the vehicle belt.
8 Lock the vehicle belt according to the
instructions in your vehicle owner’s manual.
9 Attach the Versa-Tether® hook to a tether
anchor designated by the vehicle owner’s
manual for the chosen seating position.
Remove all slack from tether to secure. Store
any excess webbing in a LATCH storage
pouch on the back of the cover. See pages
26 – 27.
10 Verify that all connections are secure, the
vehicle belt is tight and the child seat is secure.
C
D
s The child seat is secure when it cannot be moved more than 1 inch frontto-back or side-to-side at the belt path. If the child seat is not secure,
repeat this procedure or use an alternate seating position.
s Vehicle belt must route on the inside of the recline bar.
5 Route the vehicle belt under the child seat cover, between
comfort foam and the child seat shell, then through the belt
slot closest to the vehicle buckle from front to rear of the child
seat (Fig. C).
s Vehicle belt must route on the inside of the recline bar.
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Versa-Tether®
WARNING!
s Attach the Versa-Tether only to tether anchors designated by your
vehicle manufacturer as tether anchorage points. Use of other locations
is not approved or permitted.
s Do NOT modify the vehicle without advice from the vehicle
manufacturer if a tether anchor is not available.
s Do NOT hook the Versa-Tether to the bottom of a vehicle seat
adjuster.
s Always use the Versa-Tether for children weighing more than 50
pounds (22.7 Kg).
s Always use the Versa-Tether when installed in the lap-shoulder shortroute mode of installation.
s Britax® recommends that the tether be used at all times. Using the
tether will improve the stability of your child seat and reduce the risk
of injury.
s 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.
Versa-Tether®
Using the Versa-Tether
1 Consult your vehicle owner’s
manual for approved tether 1
OR
anchorage locations.
2
2 Locate the tether on the back
of the child seat. Place the A
tether components up and over the child seat back.
3 Install the child seat using the LATCH system or the vehicle seat
belts according to the instructions in this manual.
4 Lift the tether adjuster tab to release the tether straps, then pull
to fully extend the tether into a “V” shape.
5 Locate the hook on the strap.
6 Hook the tether to the vehicle’s designated anchor point (Fig.
A).
7 Pull the tether adjuster belt to remove all slack.
8 Verify that there is tension in the tether strap and that the child
seat is properly secured.
s The child seat is secure when it cannot be moved front-to-back or side-toside more than 1 inch (2.5 cm) at the belt path.
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Using the Recline Bar
Using Child Seat Features
Using the Chest Clip
s The recline bar must be installed before using this
restraint.
1 Insert the recline bar into the holes in lower
rear of child seat prior to installation in vehicle
(Fig. A).
2 Use a rubber mallet to tap the recline bar
ends into holes (Fig. A).
Open the chest clip by squeezing the middle
tabs, while pulling the two pieces apart (Fig. A).
IMPORTANT: The correct height for the chest clip
A
s Do not strike the center of the recline bar near the
label as this may bend the recline bar.
3 Ensure that the bottom of the child seat shell
is in full contact with the vehicle seat and the
recline bar is resting against the vehicle seat
back (Fig. B).
Belt Routing with the Recline Bar
B
The recline bar is provided to improve stability
of the child seat. Proper installation is key to
ensuring the best performance of the child seat.
Long Route Installation
When using the long route installation, the
LATCH strap or vehicle belt strap must pass
outside of the recline bar. (Fig. C)
Short Route Installation
When using the short route installation, the
LATCH strap or vehicle belt strap must pass
through the inside of the recline bar. (Fig. D)
EXCEPTION: When using the lap-shoulder belt
C
is at the middle of the chest, level with the armpit.
Using the Buckle
A
Fastening the Buckle
1 Hold the buckle with one hand.
2 Use your other hand to insert one tongue at
a time into the buckle. Proper connection is
confirmed with a positive click, after inserting
the second buckle tongue (Fig. B).
B
Releasing the Buckle
1 Hold the buckle with one hand.
2 Use thumb to press release button to eject the tongues from
buckle (Fig. B).
NOTE: Periodically clean the buckle to ensure proper operation. See
page 37.
D
however, the strap must pass on the outside of the recline bar.
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Securing Your Child
Securing Your Child
Once the child seat has been installed in the
vehicle, follow these instructions to secure your
child in the child seat.
IMPORTANT: Before securing your child in the
child seat, always check the adjuster area for debris
(e.g., food, coins, toys, etc.). If debris is present, it
must be removed to prevent interference with the
adjuster mechanism.
9 Slowly pull the adjuster strap to tighten the
harness around the child (Fig. E).
A
1 Loosen the harness by lifting the adjuster
lever located in front of the child seat, then
pull the shoulder straps forward (Fig. A).
2 Open the chest clip by squeezing the middle
tabs, while pulling the two pieces apart (Fig. B).
3 Unfasten the buckle by pressing down on B
the middle button.
4 Move the harness straps to the side of the
child seat. To aid in holding the straps, insert
the pieces of the chest clip into the harness
retainers on the cover.
5 Place the child in the child seat.
6 Position the harness straps around the C
child and fasten the child seat buckle (Fig.
C). Proper connection is confirmed with
a positive click after inserting the second
buckle tongue.
7 Gently pull up on the harness straps to
tighten the lap section of the harness, which
D
should fit low on your child’s body.
8 Fasten the chest clip by connecting the two halves together
(Fig. D).
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s The correct height for the chest clip is at the middle
of the chest, level with the child’s armpit (Fig. F).
s The HUGS pads may be placed in any position that
is comfortable for the child, within the range of the
correctly placed chest clip.
10 Verify that harness is not twisted and child is
properly secured.
See Safety Information on pages 6 – 7.
WARNING! HUGS™ chest pads must
be used at all times
E
F
IMPORTANT:
s Always pull on the harness after securing the child to ensure the buckle
tongues are secure in the harness buckle. If the buckle will not fasten with
a positive click after insertion of each buckle tongue, the harness buckle
or adjuster area may be clogged with debris that needs to be removed. See
page 37 for cleaning instructions.
s Adjust the belts provided with the 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.
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Harness Height Adjustment
1 Loosen the harness by lifting the harness
release lever while pulling the shoulder straps
forward as far as possible (Fig. A).
2 From the rear of the child seat, unhook
the shoulder harness straps from the yoke
(Fig. B).
3 Pull the harness 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 seat shell. (Fig. C).
5 Reattach harness straps to the harness yoke.
WARNING! HUGS™ chest pads must be
used at all times.
6 Pull harness adjuster strap to tighten the
harness.
7 Verify that all straps are threaded at the
same height and are not twisted.
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Adjusting Buckle Position
The buckle has two positions and
should be adjusted to fit your child
(Fig. A). Select the slot closest to, but not under,
the child.
A
WARNING! Do not use position two (2)
until child exceeds 50 pounds (22.7 kg).
A
Remove the buckle, then rethread in appropriate position. See
page 36 for buckle removal and rethreading instructions.
B
C
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Care and Maintenance
Cover Removal
WARNING! Do not take apart the harness. Never remove
the buckle tongues from the harness. They cannot be
reattached after removal. If reassembled incorrectly, the child
seat may not perform as intended.
1 Loosen the harness by lifting the harness
adjuster lever while pulling the shoulder
straps forward as far as possible.
2 Unhook the shoulder straps from the harness
yoke on the rear of the child seat (Fig. A).
3 Pull the upper harness straps through the
shell and cover to the front of the child seat. A
4 Remove the buckle and belly pad. See page 36.
5 Gently remove the upper portion of the cover. Be careful not to
damage the energy-absorbing foam.
6 Pull the lower harness straps, buckle tongues, HUGS™ chest
pads, and chest clip through the lower slots in cover.
7 Remove the entire cover from the child seat.
For additional demonstration please visit www.BritaxUSA.com.
Refitting the Cover
To refit the cover, reverse the above directions. Make sure that the
shoulder straps are not twisted, and are threaded properly through
the chest clips, cover, foam, and shell.
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Care and Maintenance
Cleaning the Cover
s HAND WASH using cold water and mild soap.
s LINE or LIE-FLAT DRY to prevent the cover from shrinking.
s DO NOT bleach, machine wash, machine dry or iron.
Cleaning the Shell
s SPONGE CLEAN using warm water and mild soap.
s TOWEL DRY
s DO NOT use solvents, abrasive cleaners or disassemble the
harness.
Cleaning the Harness
s SPONGE CLEAN using warm water and mild soap.
s TOWEL DRY
s DO NOT bleach, machine wash, machine dry or disassemble
the harness.
Cleaning the Harness Adjuster
Periodically check the adjuster area to be sure it is clean and free of
food, drink or other debris. If debris is present, it must be removed
to prevent interference with the adjuster mechanism.
s BRUSH AWAY LOOSE DEBRIS using a soft-bristled brush.
s SPONGE CLEAN using warm water and a mild soap.
s TOWEL DRY
s DO NOT use solvents, abrasive cleaners or disassemble the
harness.
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Care and Maintenance
Care and Maintenance
Buckle Removal
Cleaning the Buckle
1 Locate the metal buckle strap
retainer on the bottom of the child
seat.
2 Pull retainer away from child seat
to loosen.
A
3 Turn the retainer so that the short
side will go through the slot in the child seat shell (Fig. A).
4 Push the retainer through slots in the shell and cover, to the
front of the child seat.
If your child eats and drinks while in the child
seat, you may need to check the buckle
periodically and wash out any accumulated
debris or dried liquids.
s THOROUGHLY RINSE, using warm
water (Fig. B).
s SOAK, overnight if possible, using warm
water to loosen hardened drinks or food.
s TEST THE BUCKLE, by fastening and
unfastening until a positive click is
heard after inserting the second buckle
tongue (Fig. C). If click is not heard,
repeat cleaning procedure.
s TOWEL DRY
DO NOT:
s Lubricate
s Use solvents
s Use soap or household detergents
Rethreading the Buckle
1 Locate the necessary buckle slot.
2 Turn the buckle retainer so that the short side will fit through
the slot in the cover and child seat shell (Fig. A).
3 Push the retainer through the slots in the cover and shell to the
bottom of the child seat.
4 Pull buckle away from the child seat until tight, then verify that
the strap is not twisted and the release button is facing out.
5 Verify that the buckle retainer lies flat against the the child seat
shell.
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B
C
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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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