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Table of Contents
Safety Information
Warnings.........................................................................................................................2
Important Notes..............................................................................................................4
Certification.....................................................................................................................5
Registration.....................................................................................................................5
Important Harness Adjustments....................................................................................6
Child Seat Features...................................................................................................... 8
Vehicle Compatibility
Incompatible Vehicle Seat Belts....................................................................................10
Vehicle Buckle Positions................................................................................................11
Vehicle Seating Positions...............................................................................................11
Installation: Rear-Facing
LATCH Installation..........................................................................................................12
Lap-Shoulder Belt Installation ......................................................................................14
Lap-Belt Installation .......................................................................................................16
Installation: Forward-Facing
LATCH Installation..........................................................................................................18
Lap-Shoulder Belt Installation........................................................................................20
Lap-Belt Installation .......................................................................................................22
Installation: Aircraft...................................................................................................... 24
Installation: Versa-Tether®
Safety Information..........................................................................................................25
Using the Versa-Tether...................................................................................................26
Tether Connector Strap..................................................................................................27
Energy-Absorbing Tether...............................................................................................28
Child Seat Functions
Switching the LATCH Connectors................................................................................29
Storing the LATCH Connectors.....................................................................................30
Recline Adjustment........................................................................................................30
Infant Body Pillow...........................................................................................................30
Chest Clip.......................................................................................................................31
HUGS™ Chest Pads........................................................................................................31
Harness Buckle..............................................................................................................32
How to Adjust Harness Height......................................................................................33
Securing Your Child..................................................................................................... 34
Care and Maintenance................................................................................................. 36
Warranty........................................................................................................................ 40
©2009 Britax Child Safety, Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A P363300 R1:04.09
This product and its components are subject to change without notice.
WARNING!
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 – 65 lbs (2.3 – 29.5 kg)
and whose height is 49 in. (124.5 cm) or less. Use rear-facing for
children who weigh between 5 – 35 lbs (2.3 – 15.9 kg). Use forwardfacing for children who weigh between 20 – 65 lbs (9.1 – 29.5 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 restraint.
• Secure this child restraint with the vehicle’s child restraint anchorage
system if available, or with a vehicle belt.
• Follow all instructions on this child restraint and in the written
instructions located under the child seat cover.
• Register this child restraint with the manufacturer.
• This child seat must be reclined when installed rear facing.
• Child seat must be in the full upright position when installed in forwardfacing mode with children who weigh more than 33 lbs (15.1 kg).
• 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 a child seat that is older than six years or has been in a
moderate or severe crash. See Serial Number and Manufactured Date
Label located on child seat (page 9).
• This child seat must not be used in the home, in boats, or other noncertified applications.
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• Based on crash statistics, the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) recommends that parents select the back
seat as the safest location for a properly installed child seat. Please
study Vehicle Compatibility on page 10 – 11 to ensure your child’s
safety and consult your vehicle owner’s manual.
• Secure this child seat even when it is not occupied. In a crash, an
unsecured child seat may injure vehicle occupants.
• When using in a vehicle with air bags, refer to your vehicle owner’s
manual for child seat installation instructions and precautions.
• Never use the harness straps or 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 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 lb (18.1 kg) child is the vehicle LATCH 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.
• Adjust the harness to fit the clothes the child is wearing. Remove
bulky coats and/or jackets before putting the child in child seat.
• Cover the child seat when the vehicle is parked in direct sunlight.
Parts of child seat could become hot enough to burn a child.
• Store the child seat in a safe place when it is not being used. Avoid
placing heavy objects on top of it.
• Do not leave children alone in a vehicle, even for a short time.
• Do not, except as described in this booklet, attempt to disassemble
any part of the child seat or change the way the harness or vehicle’s
seat belts are used.
• Do not leave loose objects, e.g. books, bags, etc., in the back of
a vehicle. In the event of a sudden stop, loose objects will keep
moving, potentially causing serious injuries.
• Do not leave folding vehicle seats 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.
Safety Information
Certification
This child seat system conforms to all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle
Safety Standards. This child seat is certified for use in motor vehicles
and aircraft.
Registration
Child seats can be recalled for safety reasons. You must register this
child seat to be reached in a recall. Send your name, address, and
the child seat’s model number and manufacturing date to Britax Child
Safety, Inc., 13501 South Ridge Drive Charlotte, NC 28273, or call
1-888-4BRITAX, or register online at www.BritaxUSA.com/registration.
For recall information, call the U.S. Government’s Vehicle Safety Hot
line at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.
NHTSA.gov.
Serial Number:___________________________________
Batch Number:___________________________________
Date of Manufacture:______________________________
WARNING! DO NOT place child seat
rear-facing in the front seat of a vehicle with a
passenger air bag unless deactivated. DEATH
or SERIOUS INJURY can occur. See your
vehicle owner’s manual for child seat installation
instructions. The back seat is the safest place for
children 12 and under.
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Safety Information
Important Harness Adjustments
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics:
All infants should ride rear-facing until they have reached at least
1 year of age and weigh at least 20 lbs (9.1 kg). That means that
if your infant reaches 20 lbs (9.1 kg) before her first birthday, she
should remain rear-facing at least until she turns 1 year old. It is
best for children to ride rear-facing to the highest weight or height
allowed by the manufacturer.
Rear-Facing
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Weigh between 5 – 35 lbs (2.3 – 15.9 kg).
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Use rear-facing only with children:
• who weigh between 5 – 35 lbs (2.3 – 15.9 kg)
and
• 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)
a
and
• the harness straps are at or slightly below the
child’s shoulders.
If the child cannot be secured within these requirements because
the child exceeds height or weight requirements, review the
forward-facing guidelines on page 7.
If the child cannot be secured within these requirements because
the child is too small, selection of a different child seat (such as an
infant carrier) may be required.
IMPORTANT: See Adjusting the Harness Height on page 33.
WARNING! DO NOT use the child seat rear-facing if any of
the following apply:
• the child is less than 5 lbs (2.3 kg) in weight or
• the child exceeds 35 lbs (15.9 kg) in weight or
• the top of the head is less than 1 in. (2.5 cm) from the top of the
child seat shell (Fig. A) or
• the harness straps are above the child’s shoulders.
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Safety Information
Forward-Facing
Weigh between 20 – 65 lbs (9.1 – 29.5 kg) and 1 year of age.
Use forward-facing only with children:
• who are at least one year of age and
• who weigh between 20 – 65 lbs (9.1 – 29.5 kg) and
• who are 49 in. (124.5 cm) or less in height and
• the top of the child’s ears are below the top of the child seat shell
and
• the harness straps are at or above the child’s shoulders, parallel to
level ground (Fig. B).
IMPORTANT: When using forward-facing recline mode, it may become
necessary to adjust the harness to a higher height than would be used
when the seat is upright. See Adjusting the Harness Height on page 33.
Above Shoulder Level
Below Shoulder Level
Upright
Reclined
Shoulder level
b
Forward-Facing Harness Height
WARNING! DO NOT use the child seat forward-facing if any
of the following apply:
• the child is less than one year of age or
• the child is less than 20 lbs (9.1 kg) in weight or
• the child exceeds 65 lbs (29.5 kg) in weight or
• the child exceeds 49 in. (124.5 cm) in height or
• the top of the ears are above the top of the child seat shell or
• the harness straps are below the child’s shoulders, parallel
to level ground (Fig. B)
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Child Seat Features
Child Seat Features
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10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
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3
4
Cover
Harness
LATCH Bar
Rear-Facing Lock-Off
LATCH Adjuster Release Button
LATCH Adjuster
LATCH Connector Release Button
LATCH Connector
(stored under cover)
9 Head Restraint
10 Harness Slot
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23
25
26
24
19
5
6
7
8
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
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12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
Comfort Pad
Infant Body Pillow
Chest Clip
HUGS™ (Harness Ultra Guard
System) Chest Pads
Harness Buckle
Belly Pad
Harness Adjuster Release Lever
(under cover)
Click & Safe™ Snug Harness
Indicator (under cover)
Harness Adjuster Strap
25 Head Restraint Adjustment Knob
20 Recline Handle
21 Serial Number and Manufactured 26 Forward-Facing Lock-Off
Date Label (under cover)
27 Base
22 Versa-Tether (Top Anchorage
Strap) - in pouch
23 Harness Yoke
24 Belt Guard
IMPORTANT: When not in use, this user guide
should be stored under the cover. DO NOT discard
the foam inserts found under the cover.
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Vehicle Compatibility
Vehicle Compatibility
Incompatible Vehicle Seat Belts
WARNING! The following types of vehicle belts are NOT
compatible with this child seat:
1 Vehicle belts with top or
bottom anchor points on
the vehicle door.
2 Motorized, automatic
vehicle belts
Vehicle Buckle Positions
WARNING! The position of the vehicle
belt buckle can adversely affect the stability of
the child seat.
If the buckle lies near the incorrect position ( )
when the vehicle belt is tightened, try fitting the child
seat in another seating position in the vehicle OR
consult your vehicle owner’s manual to see if you
can lower the vehicle buckle position by twisting the
vehicle buckle stalk. If it is not possible to achieve
the correct position ( ) for the buckle, then another
seating position MUST be used.
Vehicle Seating Positions
WARNING! 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.
Forward-facing vehicle seats MUST be used with this child seat. Sidefacing or rear-facing seats CANNOT be used. See diagram below.
3 Lap-shoulder belts that
have a separate retractor
each for the lap section
and shoulder section
4 Lap belts forward of the
vehicle seat bight.
5 Lap belts that have a retractor that locks only
in case of a sudden stop (emergency locking
retractor- or ELR).
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WARNING!
DO NOT place a child seat
rear-facing in the front seat
of a vehicle with a
passenger air bag unless
deactivated. DEATH or
SERIOUS INJURY can
occur. See your vehicle
owner's manual for child
seat installation instructions. The back seat is the
safest place for children
12 and under.
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Installation: Rear-Facing
Installation: Rear-Facing
LATCH Installation
• Figure A illustrates a rear-facing LATCH
installation.
• Verify that your vehicle is equipped with
LATCH anchors. If LATCH anchors are not
available, you must use the vehicle belt
installation methods.
IMPORTANT: LATCH connectors must be in an
upright position (as shown in figure B) and the
strap should be tight and not twisted to ensure
proper installation.
1 If stored, remove the LATCH connectors from
the storage slots under the cover (see page
30) and route through their adjacent rear-facing
belt slots to the outside of child seat.
2 Press and hold the first LATCH adjuster button,
then pull the LATCH strap to full length. Repeat
for the remaining LATCH connector.
3 Recline the child seat and place it sideways on
the vehicle seat with the front facing you. This
a
Release
Button
Top
b
child seat must be in the recline position
when installed rear-facing. See Recline
Adjustment on page 30.
4 Verify the LATCH strap is not twisted, then
attach the closest LATCH connector to the
vehicle seat back to the farthest LATCH anchor
from you (Fig. C).
NOTE: It may be necessary to switch the LATCH
connectors (page 29) if ANY of the following conditions exist:
• LATCH connector is not in an upright position (Fig. B).
• LATCH strap is twisted.
• An audible click is NOT heard when the LATCH connector and LATCH
anchor are connected.
5 Rotate the child seat into the rear-facing position.
6 Verify that the LATCH strap is not twisted and attach the remaining
LATCH connector to the adjacent LATCH anchor (Fig. B).
c
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NOTE: If an audible click is not heard when
connecting either LATCH connector, the LATCH
strap may be twisted, or there may be debris in
the LATCH connector. Correct either situation
before continuing with the installation process.
7 Align each LATCH strap on the LATCH bar with
the “LATCH Strap Here Rear-Facing” label on
each side of the child seat. (Figs. D and E).
8 Push the child seat firmly into the vehicle seat
while pulling each LATCH strap tight (Fig. F).
9 Verify that all connections are secure, the
LATCH strap is aligned to the “LATCH Strap
Here Rear-Facing” label on each side of the
child seat, and that the child seat is stable.
• The child seat is secure when it cannot be
moved more than 1 in. (2.5 cm) front-to-back
or side-to-side at the belt path. If the child seat
is not secure, repeat the procedure or use an
alternate seating location.
• When properly installed in the rear-facing position,
the back angle of the child seat should be
30º–45º from vertical (not to exceed 45º) when
the car is parked on a level surface (Fig. G).
• If necessary, the proper recline angle can be
achieved by placing a rolled towel or pool
noodle in the seat bight to level the child
seat’s base.
d
e
f
WARNING! Do not raise the child
seat off the front edge of the vehicle seat.
This could cause your child seat not to
perform as intended.
• Rear-facing installation can be improved by the
use of the Versa-Tether®. See pages 25–28.
g
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Installation: Rear-Facing
Installation: Rear-Facing
Lap-Shoulder Belt Installation
• Figure A illustrates a rear-facing, lapshoulder belt installation.
• When not in use, always store the LATCH
connectors in the storage slots. See page 30.
1 Recline the child seat and place it rearfacing on the vehicle seat. This child
seat must be in the recline position when
installed rear-facing. See Recline Adjustment
on page 30.
2 Lift the cover to open the rear-facing lock-off
farthest from where the vehicle belt will be
buckled (Fig. B).
3 Pull the vehicle belt out, then pass it under the
LATCH bar and through the rear-facing belt slot
(Fig. C).
• The vehicle belt can be routed over or under
cover.
4 Route the vehicle belt across seat then
through the opposite rear-facing belt slot
and under the LATCH bar.
IMPORTANT: The vehicle belt must rest behind
the child seat buckle strap.
5 Verify that the vehicle belt is not twisted,
position the lap belt portion through the open
lock-off, then buckle (Fig. D).
6 Push the child seat firmly into the vehicle
seat while removing slack first from the lap
portion of the vehicle belt, then the shoulder
portion (Fig. E).
7 Position both sections of the vehicle belt
through the open lock-off, tighten belt, close
the lock-off arm (Fig. F) and replace the
cover.
• The lock-off is properly closed when a click
is heard.
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a
b
c
• To prevent damage, never extend the lockoff arm beyond its normal open position and
always keep the lock-off closed when it is
not in use.
• If your vehicle is equipped with an
automatic locking retractor (ALR), use of
lock-offs is not required as long as the
ALR is locked. Check your vehicle owner’s
manual to determine the type of retractor
your vehicle has, and how to lock the
retractor.
8 Verify that vehicle belt is tight and that the
child seat is secure.
• The child seat is secure when it cannot
be moved more than 1 in. (2.5 cm) frontto-back or side-to-side at the belt path.
If the child seat is not secure, repeat the
procedure or use an alternate seating
location.
• When properly installed in the rear-facing
position, the back angle of the child seat
should be 30º– 45º from vertical (not to
exceed 45º) when the car is parked on a
level surface (Fig. G).
• If necessary, the proper recline angle can
be achieved by placing a rolled towel or
pool noodle in the seat bight to level the
child seat’s base.
e
f
g
WARNING! Do not raise the child seat off the front edge of
the vehicle seat. This could cause your child seat not to perform as
intended.
d
• Rear-facing installation can be improved by the use of the VersaTether®. See pages 25–28.
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Installation: Rear-Facing
Installation: Rear-Facing
Lap-Belt Installation
• Figure A illustrates a rear-facing, lap-belt
installation.
• When not in use, always store the LATCH
connectors in the storage slots. See page 30.
1 Recline the child seat and place it rearfacing on the vehicle seat. This child
seat must be in the recline position when
installed rear-facing. See Recline Adjustment
on page 30.
2 Lift the cover and open the rear-facing lockoff farthest from where the vehicle belt will
be buckled (Fig. B).
3 Pull the vehicle belt out, then pass it under the
LATCH bar and through the rear-facing belt slot
(Fig. C).
• The vehicle belt can be routed over or
under cover.
4 Route the vehicle belt across the child seat
then through the opposite rear-facing belt
slot and under the LATCH bar.
a
6 Push the child seat firmly into the vehicle
seat while removing slack from the vehicle
belt.
7 Tighten the belt, close the lock-off arm and
replace the cover (Fig. E).
• The lock-off is properly closed when a click
is heard.
• To prevent damage, never extend the lockoff arm beyond its normal open position and
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e
WARNING! Do not install this seat
with a non-locking, two-point Emergency
Locking Retractor (ELR) vehicle belt.
b
IMPORTANT: The vehicle belt must rest behind
the child seat buckle strap.
5 Verify that the vehicle belt is not twisted,
position the lap belt portion through the open
lock-off, then buckle (Fig. D).
always keep the lock-off closed when not
in use.
• If your vehicle is equipped with an
automatic locking retractor (ALR), use of
the lock-offs is not required as long as the
ALR is locked. Check your vehicle owner’s
manual to determine the type of retractor
your vehicle has, and how to lock the
retractor.
8 Verify that vehicle belt is tight, locked, and
that the child seat is secure.
c
• The child seat is secure when it cannot be
f
moved more than 1 in. (2.5 cm) front-toback or side-to-side at the belt path. If the
child seat is not secure, repeat the procedure or use an alternate
seating location.
• When properly installed in the rear-facing position, the back angle
of the child seat should be 30º – 45º from vertical (not to exceed
45º) when the car is parked on a level surface (Fig. F).
• If necessary, the proper recline angle can be achieved by placing a
rolled towel or pool noodle in the seat bight to level the child seat’s
base.
WARNING! Do not raise the child seat off the front edge of
the vehicle seat. This could cause your child seat not to perform as
intended.
d
• Rear-facing installation can be improved by the use of the VersaTether®. See pages 25–28.
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Installation: Forward-Facing
Installation: Forward-Facing
LATCH Installation
• Figure A illustrates a forward-facing LATCH
installation.
• Verify that your vehicle is equipped with
LATCH anchors. If LATCH anchors are
not available, you must use vehicle belt
installation methods.
WARNING!
• This child seat must not be used
forward-facing for children less than
one year of age OR who weigh less
than 20 lbs (9.1 kg).
• This child seat must be in full upright
position when installed forward-facing
for children who weigh more than 33
lbs (15.1 kg).
a
b
1 If stored, remove the LATCH connectors from
the storage slots under the cover (see page
30) and route through their adjacent rear-facing
Top
Release
belt slots to the outside of the child seat.
Button
2 Press and hold the first LATCH adjuster release
button, then pull the LATCH strap to full length.
Repeat for the remaining LATCH connector.
3 Remove the Versa-Tether from the pouch and
place it up and over the child seat back.
4 Place the child seat forward-facing on the
vehicle seat.
TIP:You may need to raise or remove the vehicle
head restraint to achieve best fit of the child seat.
5 Attach one LATCH connector to its adjacent vehicle LATCH anchor (Fig.
B) in the upright position (Fig. C).
c
NOTE: It may be necessary to switch the LATCH connectors as shown
on page 29 if ANY of the following conditions exist:
• the LATCH connector is not in an upright position as shown in
figure B.
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• the LATCH strap is twisted.
• An audible click is NOT heard when the
LATCH connector and the LATCH anchor
are connected.
6 Attach the remaining LATCH connector to its
adjacent vehicle LATCH anchor (Fig. D) in
an upright position (Fig, C).
• An audible click confirms attachment.
• Ensure that the LATCH strap is not twisted.
d
NOTE: If an audible click is not heard when
connecting either LATCH connector, the LATCH
strap may be twisted, or there may be debris in
the LATCH connector. Correct either situation
before continuing with the installation process.
7 Align each LATCH strap on the LATCH bar
with the “LATCH STRAP ON OR ABOVE
LINE FORWARD-FACING” label on each
side of the child seat (Fig. E).
e
TIP:Gradually tighten each LATCH strap and keep
the LATCH strap webbing from sliding down
on the LATCH bar.
8 Push the child seat firmly into the vehicle seat
while pulling each LATCH strap tight (Fig. F).
9 Attach the Versa Tether® hook to the
vehicle’s designated tether anchor for the
chosen seating position. Remove all slack
from the tether to secure. Store excess
f
webbing in the tether pouch. See pages
25 – 28.
10 Verify that all connections are secure and that the child seat is stable.
• The child seat is secure when it cannot be moved front- to-back or
side-to-side more than 1 in. (2.5 cm) at the belt path. If the child seat is
not secure, repeat the installation process or use an alternate seating
location.
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Installation: Forward-Facing
Installation: Forward-Facing
Lap-Shoulder Belt Installation
• Figure A illustrates a forward-facing lapshoulder belt installation.
• When not in use, always store the LATCH
connectors in the storage slots. See page 30.
WARNING!
• This child seat must not be used
forward-facing for children less than
one year of age OR who weigh less
than 20 lbs (9.1 kg).
• This child seat must be in full upright
position when installed forward-facing
for children who weigh more than 33
lbs (15.1 kg).
IMPORTANT: Britax recommends that the VersaTether® be used at all times. Using the tether will
improve the stability of the child seat and reduce
the risk of injury. Check your vehicle owner’s
manual for approved tether locations.
1 Place the child seat forward-facing on the
vehicle seat. Ensure the bottom of the child
seat base is in full contact with the vehicle seat.
TIP:You may need to raise or remove the vehicle
head restraint to achieve best fit of the child
seat.
a
b
c
5 Verify that the vehicle belt is not twisted and
is routed over the LATCH bars, then buckle
(Fig. C).
6 Push the child seat firmly into the vehicle
seat while removing slack first from the lap
portion of the vehicle belt, then the shoulder
portion (Fig. D).
7 Hold the shoulder belt tight, then rotate
d
the lock-off until the vehicle belt is secured
(Fig. E).
• If your vehicle is equipped with an
automatic locking retractor (ALR), use of
lock-offs is not required as long as the
ALR is locked. Check your vehicle owner’s
manual to determine the type of retractor
your vehicle has, and how to lock the
retractor.
e
8 Attach the Versa-Tether® hook to the
designated tether anchor (if available
according to the vehicle owner’s manual) for the chosen seating
position. Remove all slack from the tether to secure. Store excess
webbing in the tether pouch. See pages 25–28.
9 Verify that the vehicle belt is tight and the child seat is secure.
• The child seat is secure when it cannot be moved front-to-back or
side-to-side more than 1 in. (2.5 cm) at the belt path. If the child
seat is not secure, repeat this procedure or use an alternate seating
location.
2 If the vehicle is equipped with a designated tether anchor for the
chosen seating position, remove the Versa-Tether from the pouch
and place it up and over the child seat back.
3 Rotate the lock-off lever to open the forward-facing lock-off farthest
from where the vehicle belt will be buckled.
4 Pull vehicle belt out, then pass it over the LATCH bar, through the
forward-facing belt path, then over the LATCH bar on the opposite
side (Fig. B).
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Installation: Forward-Facing
Installation: Forward-Facing
4 Verify that the vehicle belt is not twisted, is
routed under the LATCH bars, then buckle
(Fig. B).
Lap-Belt Installation
• Figure A illustrates a forward-facing, lap-belt
installation.
• When not in use, always store the LATCH
connectors in the storage slots. See page 30.
WARNING!
• This child seat must not be used
forward-facing for children less than
one year of age OR who weigh less
than 20 lbs (9.1 kg).
• This child seat must be in full upright
position when installed forward-facing
for children who weigh more than 33
lbs (15.1 kg).
5 Push the child seat firmly into the vehicle
seat while removing slack from the vehicle
belt (Fig. C).
a
6 Attach the Versa-Tether® hook to the
c
designated tether anchor (if available
according to the vehicle owner’s manual)
for the chosen seating position. Remove all slack from the tether
to secure. Store excess webbing in the tether pouch. See pages
25–28.
7 Verify that the vehicle belt is tight, locked and the child seat is
secure.
b
• The child seat is secure when it cannot be moved front-to-back or
side-to-side more than 1 in. (2.5 cm) at the belt path. If the child
seat is not secure, repeat this procedure or use an alternate seating
location.
IMPORTANT: Britax recommends that the Versa-Tether be used at
all times. Using the tether will improve the stability of the child seat
and reduce the risk of injury. Check your vehicle owner’s manual for
approved tether locations.
1 Place the child seat forward-facing on the vehicle seat. Ensure the
bottom of the child seat base is in full contact with the vehicle seat.
TIP:You may need to raise or remove the vehicle head restraint to achieve
best fit of the child seat.
2 If the vehicle is equipped with a designated tether anchor for the
chosen seating position, remove the Versa-Tether from the pouch
and place it up and over the child seat back.
3 Pull the vehicle belt out, then pass it under the LATCH bar, through
the forward-facing belt path, then under the LATCH bar on the
opposite side (Fig. B).
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Installation: Aircraft
Installation: Versa-Tether®
This child seat is certified for aircraft use. Most
airlines in the U.S. and Canada will allow the use of
a child seat as long as it is labeled as an approved
child seat for airline use and fits properly on the
aircraft seat. Contact the airline about their policy
prior to traveling.
The FAA recommends that a child weighing up to
40 pounds (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.
If the aircraft lap belt is too short, ask the flight attendant for a belt
extender.
Rear-Facing Installation
For rear-facing aircraft installation (Fig. A), follow
Rear-Facing Lap-Belt Installation instructions on
pages 16–17.
44 To aid installation on aircraft, open the rear-facing
lock-offs to allow routing of large buckles.
Forward-Facing Installation
For forward-facing aircraft installation (Fig. B),
follow Forward-Facing Lap-Belt Installation
instructions on pages 22–23.
Safety Information
WARNING!
• When using the child seat in forward-facing mode, attach the
Versa-Tether only to tether anchors designated by the vehicle
manufacturer as tether anchorage points. Use of other locations
is not approved or permitted.
• DO NOT modify the vehicle without advice from the vehicle
manufacturer if a tether anchorage is not available.
IMPORTANT:
• Britax recommends that the tether be used at all times. Using the
tether will improve the stability of the child seat and reduce the risk of
injury.
• If your vehicle does not currently have a tether anchor attachment,
refer to your vehicle owner’s manual or contact the vehicle
manufacturer for assistance.
A
b
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Installation: Versa-Tether®
Installation: Versa-Tether®
Using the Versa-Tether
1 Consult your vehicle owner’s manual for
designated tether anchorage locations.
2 Locate the tether on the rear of the child
seat and remove the tether from the pouch.
3 Place the tether up and over the child seat
back.
4 Install the child seat using the LATCH
system or the vehicle belts according to the
instructions in this manual.
5 Tilt the tether release tab then pull to fully
extend the tether strap into a “V” shape.
6 Locate the hook on the tether strap and
attach the tether hook to the vehicle’s
designated tether anchor.
• See figure A for a forward-facing installation.
• See figures B and C for a rear-facing
installation.
Tether Connector Strap
NOTE: Britax child seats are shipped with the tether connector strap
OR
a
WARNING! Only use the tether connector strap for
rear-facing tether installation when there is NOT a designated vehicle
tether anchor.
OR
b
IMPORTANT: The tether should be hooked over,
not under, the vehicle tether anchor.
7 Pull the tether adjuster strap to remove all
slack. Roll up excess webbing and store in
tether pouch.
8 Verify there is tension in the tether strap and
that child seat is properly secured.
c
• The child seat is secure when it cannot be
moved front-to-back or
side-to-side more than 1 in. (2.5 cm) at the belt path.
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attached to the Versa-Tether® hook. When not in use with rear-facing
installations that have designated tether anchors or forward-facing
installations, store the tether connector strap in the tether pouch.
Because every vehicle model is different,
sometimes you cannot find a location to
properly anchor the tether. Use the tether
connector strap to assist in creating an
anchor point (Fig. D).
1 Find a fixed vehicle anchor point that is
bolted to the floor.
2 If you cannot find an acceptable
location to create an anchor point,
contact the vehicle manufacturer to
identify a suitable tether connection
point.
3 Route the tether connector strap around
the fixed vehicle anchor point.
4 Take the metal D-ring and thread it
through the webbing loop on the other
end of the tether connector strap.
5 Pull the metal D-ring all the way through
until the tether connector strap is tight
around the metal anchor.
6 Use the D-ring as an attachment point
for hook on tether strap.
d
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Installation: Versa-Tether®
Child Seat Functions
Energy-Absorbing Tether
Switching the LATCH Connectors
The energy-absorbing Versa-Tether was designed to enhance
the performance of the child seat tether. By introducing a staged
release of the tether webbing, the forward movement of the child
seat is delayed while reducing the amount of energy transferred to
the child seat during a crash. A secondary benefit of the energyabsorbing Versa-Tether is to help indicate when the child seat has
been involved in a moderate or severe crash and replacement of the
child seat is necessary.
Figure A shows the tether when the child seat
is acceptable for continued use (provided the
child seat has not been involved in a crash). The
colored stitching will be intact and the webbing will
be looped inside the shell.
Figures B and C show the tether when the child
seat is unacceptable for continued use. If any of
the loops have pulled through the back side of the
shell and/or any of the colored stitching has been
released on either side, the child seat is no longer
acceptable for use. Discontinue use of the child
seat.
IMPORTANT: Regardless of whether loops have
pulled through the back side of the shell and the
colored stitching has been released, discontinue
use of the child seat if it has been involved in a
moderate or severe crash.
A
B
C
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NOTE: Child seats are shipped from Britax with
the LATCH connectors in the storage slots and
configured for rear-facing mode.
The LATCH connectors will properly connect with
the LATCH anchors in the vehicle only when the
connectors are correctly aligned and the harness
is not twisted.
To ensure the LATCH connector is properly aligned
with the vehicle’s LATCH anchor,
the connector’s red release button should face
away from vehicle seat back, and the larger of the
two connector sections is on top (Fig. D).
1 Lift the front of cover to access the LATCH
connector.
2 Slide both connectors through the rearfacing belt slots to the center of the child
seat so both connectors are on the front
side of the child seat (Fig. E).
3 Loosen the loop on one connector (Fig. F).
4 Thread the other connector through the loop
created in step 3 to switch positions (Fig. G).
5 Slide each connector through the
appropriate rear-facing belt slot to opposite
side of the child seat.
6 Replace the cover and continue with the
installation procedure.
Release
Button
Top
d
e
Press
f
g
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Child Seat Functions
Child Seat Functions
Storing the LATCH Connectors
When the LATCH connector is not in use, lift the
cover to access the LATCH storage slots (Fig. A).
Fold the LATCH adjuster and the connector, then
slide each set into the adjacent slot.
NOTE: Child seats are shipped from Britax with the
LATCH connectors in the storage slots.
Recline Adjustment
Pull the recline handle (Fig. B) then slide
the child seat shell into the desired position.
Release the recline handle, then verify the child
seat has locked into position.
Chest Clip
Fastening the Chest Clip
Fasten the chest clip by pushing the two halves
together until a positive click is heard (Fig. D).
a
NOTE: It will be necessary to loosen the tether,
vehicle seat belt, and/or LATCH strap before
adjusting the recline position. The tether, vehicle
seat belt, and/or LATCH strap must be properly retightened after adjusting the recline position.
d
Adjusting the Chest Clip
1 Slide the chest clip up or down (Fig. F) on
the harness so it is positioned at the middle
of the child’s chest, level with the child’s
armpits.
2 Slide the HUGS™ chest pads and comfort
pads to a comfortable location for the child.
WARNING!
• This child seat must be in the reclined
position when used rear-facing.
• This child seat must be in full upright position
when installed forward-facing for children who
weigh more than 33 lbs (15.1 kg).
Releasing the Chest Clip
1 Squeeze the middle tabs together (Fig. E).
2 Pull the two pieces apart.
b
HUGS™ Chest Pads
e
WARNING! HUGS™ chest pads
must be installed for forward-facing use.
Removal of HUGS is optional only for rearfacing use.
c
f
Infant Body Pillow
The Infant Body Pillow is designed to provide better fit and comfort for
infants using this child seat. For additional side support, fold the side
flaps inward (Fig. C).
NOTE: Remove the Infant Body Pillow after child can sit comfortably in the
child seat without additional support.
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Child Seat Functions
Child Seat Functions
Harness Buckle
How to Adjust Harness Height
Fastening the Harness Buckle
1 Hold the harness buckle with one hand.
2 Use your other hand to insert one buckle
tongue at a time into the harness buckle
(Fig. A).
• A proper connection is confirmed with an
audible click after inserting each buckle
tongue.
IMPORTANT: See Important Harness
Releasing the Harness Buckle
1 Brace the rear of the harness buckle with
one hand.
2 Use your thumb to press the release button
and slide both buckle tongues to remove
from the buckle (Fig. B).
IMPORTANT: Periodically clean the harness
buckle to ensure safe operation. See page 39.
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a
b
Adjustments on pages 6–7 for instructions on
proper harness fit based on your child’s height
and weight.
1 Loosen the harness by lifting the harness
adjuster lever while pulling the harness
straps forward as far as possible.
2 Rotate the head restraint adjustment knob
on either side of the child seat to raise or
lower the head restraint and harness (Fig. C).
c
NOTE: DO NOT force the head restraint adjustment knob in either
direction. If the knob is difficult to turn, the head restraint may be at
maximum or minimum height, the harness may be tight, or the child’s
weight is pressing against the head restraint cover.
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Securing Your Child
Securing Your Child
Important checklist before tightening the harness:
Buckling and Tightening the Harness
1 Loosen the harness by lifting the harness
adjuster release lever located on the front of the
child seat while pulling both shoulder straps
forward (Fig. A).
2 Release the chest clip by squeezing the tabs and
sliding the pieces apart (Fig. B).
3 Unfasten the harness buckle by pressing the
release button and sliding the tongues out.
4 Move the harness straps to the side of the child
seat.
• Use the harness holders located on the straps
and both sides of the cover to aid in holding the
straps.
IMPORTANT: Remove bulky coats and/or jackets
before putting the child in child seat. Adjust the
harness to fit the clothes the child is wearing.
Pull Harness
A
Lift
Lever
99Check for proper harness height (see pages
6 – 7).
99Remove slack from around the child’s upper
thighs.
99Remove slack between HUGSTM chest pads
and buckle.
8 Slowly pull the adjuster strap until the harness
is snug around the child (Fig. D). The harness
adjust will click when the harness is snug.
D
NOTE: The Click & SafeTM Snug
B
5 Place child in the child seat.
6 Position harness straps around the child and
fasten harness buckle (Fig. C) and chest clip.
• Proper connection of the harness buckle is
confirmed with an audible click after inserting
each buckle tongue.
• If the buckle will not fasten with an audible
C
click after insertion of each buckle tongue,
the harness buckle or adjuster area may be clogged with food,
drink or other debris that needs to be removed. See page 39 for
cleaning instructions.
7 Slide the HUGS™ chest pads down towards the buckle.
Harness Indicator is and audible aide
to help determine when the harness is
within range of appropriate snugness.
When tightening the harness, this
audible click provides extra assurance
that the harness is snug.
• A snug strap should not allow
Pull the harness adjuster away
any slack. It lies in a relatively
from the child seat to tighten.
straight line without sagging. It
Do not pull sideways.
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
webbing at the shoulder once the harness is
properly secured.
9 If there is still slack in the harness, review the
checklist above and then pull the harness adjuster
strap again until another click indicates a snug
harness.
10 Position the chest clip at the middle of the child’s
chest, level with the child’s armpits (Fig. E).
11 Verify that the harness is not twisted and the child is properly secured.
E
IMPORTANT: Always pull on the harness after securing the child to
ensure the buckle tongues are secure in the harness buckle.
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Care and Maintenance
Care and Maintenance
Cover Removal
Cleaning the Cover
1 Remove the infant body pillow.
2 Loosen the harness by lifting the harness
adjuster lever while pulling both shoulder
straps forward as far as possible.
3 Release the chest clip and unbuckle the
harness.
A
4 Unhook the shoulder straps from the
harness yoke on the rear of the child seat
(Fig. A).
5 Pull the upper harness straps through the
head restraint and cover to the front of the
child seat.
6 Recline the child seat.
7 Locate the metal buckle strap retainer on the
bottom of the child seat.
B
8 Pull the retainer away from the child seat to
loosen.
9 Turn the retainer so the short side will fit through the slot in the child
seat shell (Fig. B).
10 Push the retainer through the slots in the shell and cover, to the top
of the child seat.
11 Remove the head restraint portion of the cover. Remove the energyabsorbing foam from the head restraint and set aside.
• HAND WASH using cold water and mild soap.
• LINE or LIE-FLAT DRY to prevent the cover from shrinking.
• DO NOT bleach, machine wash, machine dry or iron.
* Be careful not to damage the energy-absorbing foam.
12 Gently remove the upper portion of the cover by pulling it from
behind the side air cushions and then around the head restraint.
13 Pull the lower harness straps, buckle tongues, HUGS™ chest pads,
and chest clip through the lower slots in cover.
14 Remove the entire cover from the child seat.
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Refitting the Cover
To refit the cover, reverse the directions on page 36. Make sure that the
shoulder straps are not twisted, and are properly threaded through the
chest clip, HUGSTM chest pads, cover, foam, and shell.
Cleaning the Shell
• SPONGE CLEAN using warm water and mild soap.
• TOWEL DRY
• DO NOT use solvents or abrasive cleaners.
Cleaning the Harness
• SPONGE CLEAN using warm water and mild soap.
• TOWEL DRY
• DO NOT bleach, machine wash, machine dry, iron, 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.
• BRUSH AWAY LOOSE DEBRIS using a soft-bristled brush.
• SPONGE CLEAN using warm water and a mild soap.
• TOWEL DRY
• DO NOT use solvents, abrasive cleaners or disassemble the harness.
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Care and Maintenance
Care and Maintenance
Harness Buckle Removal
Cleaning the Harness Buckle
1 Recline the child seat.
2 Locate the metal buckle strap retainer on the
bottom of the child seat.
3 Pull the retainer away from the child seat to
loosen.
4 Turn the retainer so the short side will fit
through the slot in the child seat shell (Fig. A).
5 Push the retainer through the slots in the
shell and cover, to the top of the child seat.
If a child eats and drinks while in the child seat,
the harness buckle may need to be periodically
checked and cleaned of any food, drink or other
debris.
• REMOVE BUCKLE as described above.
• RINSE THOROUGHLY using warm water
(Fig. B).
• TEST THE HARNESS BUCKLE by fastening
(Fig. C) and unfastening (Fig. D) until a click
is heard after inserting each buckle tongue.
If either click is not heard, repeat cleaning
procedure.
• TOWEL DRY
• DO NOT lubricate, use solvents, abrasive
cleaners, soap or other household
detergents.
A
Re-threading the Harness Buckle
1 Locate the slot in cover and shell for the harness buckle.
2 Turn the buckle retainer so the short side will fit through the slot in
the cover and the child seat shell (Fig. A).
3 Push the retainer through the slots in the shell and cover, to the
bottom of the child seat.
4 Pull the harness buckle away from the child seat until tight and
verify the strap is not twisted and the release button is facing
outward.
b
c
d
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Warranty
Notes
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. 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 Motor Vehicle Safety Standards or not perform as intended in a crash.
Their use automatically voids the Britax warranty.
LIMITATION OF DAMAGES
The warranty and remedies as set forth above are exclusive and in lieu of all others,
oral or written, express or implied. In no event will Britax, or the retailer selling this
product, be liable for any damages, including incidental or consequential damages,
arising out of the use or inability to use this product.
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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Notes
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Notes
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Click & Safe™
Snug Harness Indicator
The Click & Safe™ Snug Harness Indicator is an audible aide to help
determine when the harness is within range of appropriate snugness.
STEP 1: Checklist before tightening harness:
� Check for proper harness height, see pages 6 – 7.
� Remove slack from around child’s upper thighs.
� Remove slack between HUGS™ chest pads and buckle.
STEP 2: Pull harness adjuster strap until an audible click confirms that
the harness is snug.
STEP 3: Double check:
� Harness is buckled and secure.
� Harness is snug and you can not pinch excess webbing at the
shoulder.
� If there is still slack in the harness, double check Step 1, then pull
the adjuster strap again until another click indicates a snug harness.
See Buckling and Tightening the Harness,
pages 34 – 35, for more details.
Britax Child Safety, Inc.
13501 South Ridge Drive
Charlotte, NC 28273
USA
A Britax Childcare Group Limited
company
Tel 1.888.427.4829
www.BritaxUSA.com