Britax Britix Marathon Baby Carrier User Manual

Marathon
User Guide
Table of Contents
Safety Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-5
Child Restraint Features. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7
Vehicle Safety Belts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Vehicle Seating Positions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Rear-Facing Installation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-15
Rear-Facing LATCH Installation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-11
Rear-Facing Lap-Shoulder Belt Installation . . . . . . . . . . . 12-13
Rear-Facing Lap Belt Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-15
Forward-Facing Installation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16-20
Forward-Facing LATCH Installation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16-17
Forward-Facing Lap-Shoulder Belt Installation. . . . . . . . 18-19
Forward-Facing Lap Belt Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Switching the LATCH Connectors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Installation In Aircraft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Versa-Tether®. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23-25
Checking Buckle Position. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Recline Adjustment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Using the Buckle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Using the Chest Clip. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Securing Your Child. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-29
Checking Harness Height. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Adjusting Harness Height . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Care and Maintenance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32-35
Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
This product and its components are subject to change without notice.
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• Use only in a rear-facing position when using restraint with an infant
weighing less than 20 pounds (9 kg). The American Academy of
Pediatrics recommends rear-facing until at least 1 year of age and 20
pounds.
• Use only with children who weigh between 5 and 65 pounds (2.3 and
29 kg) and whose height is 49 inches (124 cm) or less. Rear facing
5–33 pounds (2.3–15 kg) and forward-facing 1 year and 20 pounds to
65 pounds (29 kg).
• 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 on 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 LATCH system if available
or with a vehicle belt.
• Follow all instructions on this child restraint and in the written
instructions located on lanyard, under cover in front of seat.
• Register your child restraint with the manufacturer.
• Use vehicle belt (not LATCH connectors) for installations with children
weighing more than 48 pounds (21 kg). Refer to the vehicle's owner's
manual or contact the vehicle manufacturer for the maximum weight
rating for their LATCH anchors. Unless specified otherwise by the
vehicle manufacturer, assume a 48-pound child is the vehicle LATCH
anchor limit.
• Discontinue use of a child restraint that is older than six years or has
been in a severe crash to prevent injury due to deterioration or hidden
damage.
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• This child restraint must not be used in the home, in boats, or other
non-certified applications.
• Based on crash statistics, the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration recommends that parents select the rear seat as the
safest location for a properly installed child re­straint. Please study the
section on Vehicle Safety Belts in this booklet to ensure the child’s
safety. If in doubt about installing the child restraint, consult the
vehicle's owner’s manual.
• Secure this child restraint even when it is not occupied. In a crash, an
unsecured child restraint may injure vehicle occupants.
• When using in vehicle with air bags, refer to the vehicle's owner’s
manual for child restraint installation instructions and precautions.
• Restraint must be in the full upright position when installed in forwardfacing mode with children over 33 pounds (15 kg).
• Never use the adjuster strap to lift or carry this child restraint. Doing so
could cause damage to the harness adjuster and webbing. Always carry
this child restraint by the shell or tether straps.
• The primary protection for occupants of a vehicle in a collision is the
structure of the vehicle itself; a child restraint will not protect a child
when the vehicle is seriously im­pact­ed. However, correctly installed, a
child restraint will substantially improve the chances for survival in most
crashes. Make sure that all users fully understand the correct ways to
use this child restraint in a vehicle.
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Safety Information
Safety Information
• This child restraint system conforms to all applicable Federal
motor vehicle safety standards. This restraint is certified for use
in motor vehicles and aircraft.
•Fill out the registration card and mail it in today!
Child restraints could be recalled for safety reasons. You must
register this restraint to be reached in a recall. Send your name,
address, and the restraint's model number and manufacturing date
to Britax Child Safety, Inc. 13501 South Ridge Drive Charlotte, NC
28273, call 1-888-4BRITAX or register online at www.Britax.com
for an electronic registration form. For recall information, call the
U.S. Government's Auto Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY:
1-800-424-9153), or go to http://NHTSA.gov. WARNING! DO NOT place a child
restraint in the front seat of a vehicle with
a passenger air bag. DEATH or SERIOUS
INJURY can occur. The back seat is the
safest place for children under 12.
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IMPORTANT
• Verify that the child restraint is secure and that the harness is
properly adjusted around the child each time the child restraint
is used.
• Adjust the harness to fit the clothes the child is wearing. Remove
bulky coats and/or jackets before putting the child in the
restraint.
• Cover the restraint when the vehicle is parked in direct sunlight. Parts of the child restraint could become hot enough to burn the
child.
• Store the child restraint 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 restraint or change the way its harness or the
vehicle restraint belts are used.
• Do not leave loose objects, e.g. books, bags, etc., in the back of
a vehicle. In the event of a sudden stop, loose objects will keep
moving, potentially causing serious injuries.
• Do not leave folding vehicle seats unlatched. In the event of a
sudden stop, a loose seat back could prevent the child restraint
from protecting the child as well as it should.
• Do not allow children to play with the child restraint.
• Do not use anything to raise the restraint off the vehicle seat. In
an crash, it could slide and may not protect the child as well as it
should.
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Restraint Features
Restraint Features
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1
1
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2
3
2
3
4
4 5
5
6
6 7
7
8
8 9
9 10
10
11
11
1�
2�
3�
4�
5�
Harness Slots
Comfort Pads
Chest Clip
Harness Holder
HUGS™ Shoulder Pads
6� Harness
7� Harness Adjuster
Lever (under cover)
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8� Buckle & Belly Pad
9� Perma-Book™ (under cover)
10� Harness Adjuster Strap
11� LATCH Connector
12� Recline Handle
13� LATCH Adjuster
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12
12
13
13
14
14
14� LATCH Harness
15� Cover
16� Versa-Tether®
17� Versa-Tether
Storage Pouch
18� Forward-Facing
Lock-off
19� Harness Yoke
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16
17
18
18 19
19
20
20 21
21
22
23
24
22
23
24
20� LATCH
Connector Pouch
(under cover)
21� Belt Guard IMPORTANT: When not in
22� LATCH Bar use, this user guide should be
23� Rear-Facing stored under the cover. DO
Lock-off
NOT discard the foam inserts
24� Base
found under the cover.
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Vehicle Safety Belts
NOTE: The information in this section applies
only to installation with vehicle belts.
IMPORTANT: Some vehicles have no seating
positions which are compatible with this
child restraint, or any other child restraint. If
in doubt, contact the vehicle manufacturer
for assistance.
The following types of vehicle belts are not
compatible with this child restraint:
Front vehicle belts with top or bottom
anchorage points in the door.
Motor-driven, automatic vehicle belts.
Three-point belts that have separate
retractors for the shoulder section and
the lap section.
Non-locking, Emergency Locking
Retractor (ELR), two-point vehicle belts.
Lap-Shoulder ELR vehicle belts without
the use of the built-in lock-offs.
Vehicle Seating Positions
WARNING:
Forward facing vehicle seats MUST be used with this child
restraint. Side facing or rear-facing seats CANNOT be
used. See diagram below.
The owner's manual for your vehicle will have information on the
types of vehicle belts in your vehicle. If your belt type is listed above,
select another seating position or use LATCH (Lower Anchors and
Tethers for Children) connectors.
This child restraint can fit securely in most vehicles using the existing
vehicle belts. However, some types of vehicle designs prevent a secure
fit of the child restraint due to the position of the vehicle belt lower
anchorage points.
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9
Installation: Rear-Facing
Installation: Rear-Facing
LATCH Installation
8� Push the child restraint firmly into the vehicle
seat while pulling each LATCH harness tight
(Fig. E).
9� Verify all connections are secure and the
restraint is stable. The restraint is stable
when it cannot be moved front to back or
side to side more than 1 inch (2.5 cm.) at
the belt path. Installation can be improved
by the use of the Versa-Tether® (see pages
23–25).
• Figure A illustrates a typical rear-facing
LATCH installation.
1� Verify that your vehicle is equipped with
LATCH anchors.
• If LATCH anchors are not installed, you
must use standard vehicle belt installation
methods.
2� If stored, remove LATCH connectors from
storage pouches under cover.
3� Press and hold the LATCH adjuster release
button, then pull to lengthen LATCH harness
to full length. 4� Fully recline the restraint and place it
sideways on the vehicle seat, with the front
facing toward you.
5� Verify LATCH harness is not twisted, then
attach the closest connector to vehicle seat
back to the farthest LATCH anchor (Fig. B).
• LATCH connectors should be in an upright
position (as shown in Figure C), and strap
should be tight and not twisted to ensure
proper installation.
A
Release
Button
6� Rotate restraint into rear-facing position.
7� Verify that the LATCH harness is not twisted,
then attach the remaining connector to the
adjacent LATCH anchor (Fig. D).
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C
D
• When properly installed in the rear-facing
position, the back angle of the child restraint
should be 30º-45º from vertical (not to exceed
45º from vertical) when the car is parked on
a level surface.
• The rear-facing installation can be improved
by the use of the Versa-Tether®. (See pages
23-25.)
• The proper recline angle can be achieved by
placing a rolled towel or pool noodle in the
crease of the vehicle seat to help level the E
child restraint's base.
• If there is a problem stabilizing the child
restraint, tighten the tether as described on page 24, using anchor point 3.
B
• A positive click confirms attachment.
• If LATCH connectors will not attach with a
positive click, it may be necessary to switch
LATCH connectors as shown on page 21.
• A positive click confirms attachment.
NOTE:
Top
WARNING: DO NOT raise the base beyond horizontal or off of the
vehicle seat; doing so will reduce the protection for the child and
may damage the recline adjustment.
Removal
• If connected, disconnect the Versa-Tether® from the tether anchor.
• Release each LATCH harness from the LATCH anchor by pressing the
red release button on the LATCH connector. • When not in use, always store the LATCH connectors in storage
pouches sewn in cover above rear-facing lock-offs.
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Installation: Rear-Facing
Installation: Rear-Facing
Lap-Shoulder Belt Installation
8�Verify that the vehicle belt is tight and the
child restraint is stable. The restraint is stable
when it cannot be moved front to back or
side to side more than 1 inch (2.5 cm.) at
the belt path.
NOTE:
• Figure A illustrates a typical rear-facing lap-shoulder
belt installation.
• When not in use, always store the LATCH connectors
in storage pouches sewn in cover above rear-facing
lock-offs.
1� Place the child restraint rear-facing and in full
recline position on the vehicle seat.
2� Lift cover to access rear-facing lock-off farthest
from where the vehicle belt will be buckled (Fig.
B). Open lock-off.
3� Pull the vehicle belt out, then pass it through the
first rear-facing belt slot (Fig. C). (The vehicle belt
can be routed over or under the cover.)
4� Route vehicle belt behind and under the buckle
strap, then through the second rear-facing belt
slot. 5� Verify that the vehicle belt is not twisted, then
buckle (Fig. D).
6� Push the restraint firmly into the seat while
removing slack from the lap portion of the vehicle
belt, then the shoulder portion (Fig. E).
7� Position both sections of vehicle belt through the rearfacing lock-off farthest from vehicle buckle, then close
lock-off arm (Fig. F) and replace cover. • Lock-off is properly closed when a positive click
is heard.
• To prevent breakage, never extend the lock-off
arm beyond its natural open position and always
keep lock-off closed when not in use.
• If your vehicle is equipped with an automatic
locking retractor (ALR), use of lock-offs is not
required as long as the ALR is activated. Check
your vehicle’s owner’s manual to determine the
type of retractor your vehicle has.
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•
A
•
•
•
B
When properly installed in the rear-facing
position, the back angle of the child restraint
should be 30º-40º from vertical (not to exceed
45º from vertical) when the car is parked on
a level surface.
The rear-facing installation is always improved
by the use of the Versa-Tether®. (See pages
23-25.)
The proper recline angle can be achieved by
placing a rolled towel or pool noodle in the
crease of the vehicle seat to help level the
child restraint's base.
If there is a problem stabilizing the child
restraint, tighten the tether as described on
page 24, using anchor point 3.
D
E
WARNING: DO NOT raise the base beyond
horizontal or off of the vehicle seat; doing so
will reduce the protection for the child and
may damage the recline adjustment.
Removal
Release Versa-Tether, if used, then reverse the
above directions.
C
F
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Installation: Rear-Facing
Installation: Rear-Facing
Lap-Belt Installation
• If your vehicle is equipped with an automatic
locking retractor (ALR), use of lock-offs is not
required as long as the ALR is activated. Check
your vehicle’s owner’s manual to determine the
type of retractor your vehicle has.
• Figure A illustrates a typical rear-facing
lap-belt installation.
• When not in use, always store LATCH
connectors in storage pouches sewn in
cover above rear-facing lock-offs.
1� Place the child restraint rear facing and
in full recline position on the vehicle
seat.
2� Lift cover to access rear-facing lock-off
farthest from where the vehicle belt will
be buckled (Fig. B). Open lock-off. 3� Pull the vehicle belt out, then pass it
through the closest rear-facing belt slot
(Fig. C). A
• The vehicle belt can be routed over or
under the restraint cover.
4� Route vehicle belt behind and under the
buckle strap, then through the second
rear-facing belt slot. 5� Verify that the vehicle belt is not
twisted, then buckle (Fig. D).
6� Push the child restraint firmly into the
vehicle seat while removing slack from
the vehicle belt.
7� Position the vehicle belt through the
rear-facing lock-off farthest from the
vehicle buckle, then close lock-off
arm (Fig. E) and replace cover. • Lock-off is properly closed when a positive click
is heard.
• To prevent breakage, never extend the lock-off
arm beyond its natural open position and always
keep lock-off closed when not in use.
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B
8�Verify that the vehicle belt is tight
and the child restraint is stable. The
restraint is stable when it cannot be
moved front to back or side to side
more than 1 inch (2.5 cm.) at the
belt path.
NOTE:
D
• When properly installed in the rear-facing
position, the back angle of the child restraint
should be 30º-45º from vertical (not to
exceed 45º from vertical) when the car is
parked on a level surface.
• The rear-facing installation is always
improved by the use of the Versa-Tether®.
(See pages 23-25.)
• The proper recline angle can be achieved by E
placing a rolled towel or pool noodle in the
crease of the vehicle seat to help level the child restraint's base.
• If there is a problem stabilizing the child restraint, tighten the tether as
described on page 24, using anchor point 3.
WARNING: DO NOT raise the base beyond horizontal or off of
the vehicle seat; doing so will reduce the protection for the child
and may damage the recline adjustment.
C
Removal
Release Versa-Tether, if used, then reverse above directions.
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Installation: Forward-Facing
Installation: Forward-Facing
LATCH Installation
7� Verify that LATCH harness is not twisted,
then loosely attach the remaining connector
to the remaining LATCH anchor (Fig. D).
1� Verify that your vehicle is equipped with
LATCH anchors.
• A positive click confirms attachment.
• Figure A illustrates the forward-facing
LATCH harness routing.
8� Kneel on the child restraint to push it into
the vehicle seat while pulling each LATCH
harness tight (Fig. E).
9� Verify that all connections are secure and
the restraint is stable. The restraint is stable
when it cannot be moved front to back or
side to side more than 1 inch (2.5 cm.) at
the belt path.
• If LATCH anchors are not installed, you
must use standard vehicle-belt installation
methods.
2� If stored, remove LATCH connectors from
storage pouches under cover.
3� Press and hold the LATCH adjuster release
button, then pull to lengthen LATCH harness
to full length. 4� Place the restraint sideways on the vehicle
seat, with the back facing toward you.
A
• Installation can be improved by the use of
the Versa-Tether® (see pages 23–25).
Removal
• If connected, disconnect the Versa-Tether®
• Restraint must be in the full upright position
when installed in forward-facing mode
with children over 33 pounds (15 kg).
5� Verify that LATCH harness is not twisted,
then loosely attach the closest connector
to the vehicle seat back to the adjacent
LATCH anchor (Fig. B).
• LATCH connectors should be in an upright
position (as shown in Figure C), and strap
should be tight and not twisted to ensure
proper installation.
from the tether anchor.
• Release each LATCH harness from the
LATCH anchor by pressing the red release
button on the LATCH connector. • When not in use, always store the
LATCH connectors in storage pouches
sewn in cover above rear-facing lock-offs.
B
E
WARNING: Use a vehicle seat belt (not LATCH connectors)
• A positive click confirms attachment.
• If LATCH connectors will not attach with a
positive click, it may be necessary to switch
the LATCH connectors as shown on pg. 21.
Release
Button
6� Rotate seat into forward-facing position.
C
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D
Top
for installations with children weighing more than 48 pounds
(21 kg). Refer to your vehicle's owner’s manual or contact
the vehicle manufacturer for the maximum weight rating
for their LATCH anchors. Unless specified otherwise by the
vehicle manufacturer, assume a 48-pound child is the vehicle
LATCH anchor limit.
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Installation: Forward-Facing
Installation: Forward-Facing
6� Push the child restraint into the vehicle
seat while pulling the shoulder portion
of the vehicle belt tightly through the
lock-off (Fig. D).
Forward-Facing
Lap-Shoulder Belt Installation
• Figure A illustrates the forward-facing lapshoulder vehicle belt route.
• When not in use, always store the LATCH
connectors in storage pouches sewn in cover
above rear-facing lock-offs.
1� Place the child restraint forward facing
on the vehicle seat.
A
D
• See "Checking Buckle Position" on
page 26.
E
7� Hold shoulder belt tight, then rotate
the lock-off upward until secured
(Fig. E).
8� Verify that all connections are secure
and the restraint is stable. The restraint
is stable when it cannot be moved
front to back or side to side more than
1 inch (2.5 cm.) at the belt path.
• Restraint must be in the full upright position
when installed in forward-facing mode with
children over 33 pounds (15 kg).
• Installation can be improved by the use of
the Versa-Tether® (see pages 23–25).
2� Pull the vehicle belt out, then pass it over
the LATCH bar, through the forwardfacing belt slots, then over the LATCH bar
on the other side (Fig. B). 3� Verify that the vehicle belt is not
twisted, then buckle (Fig. C).
4� Locate the lock-off farthest from
where the vehicle belt will be buckled
Rotate lock-off lever downward to
open.
5� Remove slack from the lap portion of
the vehicle belt.
• 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 activated. Check your vehicle’s owner’s
manual to determine the type of retractor
your vehicle has.
B
Removal
Disconnect Versa-Tether®, if attached. Open lock-offs, then
unbuckle and remove vehicle belt from belt path. C
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Switching the LATCH Connectors
Installation: Forward-Facing
Lap-Belt Installation
Switching the LATCH Harness
The LATCH connectors will properly connect with the
vehicle’s LATCH anchors only when the connectors
are properly aligned and the harness is not twisted. • Figure A illustrates the forward-facing lapbelt-only vehicle belt route.
• When not in use, always store the LATCH
connectors in storage pouches sewn in cover
above rear-facing lock-offs.
1� Place the child restraint forward facing
on the vehicle seat.
• Restraint must be in the full upright position
when installed in forward-facing mode with
children over 33 pounds (15 kg).
2� Pull the vehicle belt out, then pass it under
the LATCH bar, through the forwardfacing belt slots, then under the LATCH bar
on the other side (Fig. B).
3� Verify that the vehicle belt is not twisted,
then buckle.
4� Kneel on the child restraint to push it into
the vehicle seat while removing slack from
the vehicle belt (Fig. C).
5� Verify that the vehicle belt is tight and
the child restraint is secure. The restraint
is stable when it cannot be moved front to
back or side to side more than 1 inch (2.5
cm.) at the belt path.
A
B
• See "Checking Buckle Position" on pg. 26.
• Installation can be improved by the use of
the Versa-Tether® (see pages 23–25).
Removal
Release Versa-Tether, if used, then reverse
the above directions.
C
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To ensure the LATCH connector is properly aligned,
the connector’s red release button should face away
from the vehicle seat, and the larger of the two
connector sections should be on top (see figure D).
1� Lift the front of the child restraint's cover to
access the LATCH connectors.
2� Slide both LATCH connectors through rearfacing belt slots to center of restraint so both
connectors are on the front side of the restraint
(Fig. E).
3� Loosen 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 slots to the opposite side of the
restraint.
6� Replace cover and continue with installation
procedure.
Storing the LATCH Connectors
When the LATCH harness is not in use, lift the cover
to access LATCH storage slots. Fold the LATCH
adjuster and connector, then slide each set into
the adjacent slot.
Release
Button
Top
D
E
F
G
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Versa-Tether®
Installation in Aircraft
This child restraint is certified for aircraft use. Most airlines in
the U.S. and Canada will allow the use of a child restraint, if it
is labeled as an approved child restraint for airline use and fits
properly on the plane. Contact the airline about their policy prior
to traveling.
• Place the child restraint next to a
window 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 instructions on pages 14–15.
A
WARNING: WHEN USING THE RESTRAINT IN FORWARDFACING MODE, ATTACH THE VERSA-TETHER® ONLY
TO TETHER ANCHORS IDENTIFIED BY THE VEHICLE
MANUFACTURER AS TETHER-ANCHORAGE POINTS. USE OF OTHER LOCATIONS IS NOT APPROVED OR
PERMITTED.
• Britax® recommends that the tether be used at all times. Using the
tether will improve the stability of the child restraint and reduce
the risk of injury.
• If the vehicle does not currently have a tether anchor attachment,
refer to the vehicle's owner’s manual or contact the vehicle man­
u­fac­tur­er for assistance.
• If a tether anchorage is not available, DO NOT modify the vehicle
without advice from the vehicle manufacturer.
Forward-Facing Installation
For forward-facing aircraft installation
(Fig. B), follow instructions on page 20.
• D
O NOT hook the Versa-Tether® to the bottom of a vehicle
seat adjuster!
• U
se of the tether in rear-facing installations is optional but its
use will improve the stability of the child seat.
B
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• Always store excess tether webbing in the tether-storage
pouch.
• Always store tether in tether-storage pouch when not in use.
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Versa-Tether®
Versa-Tether®
Using the Versa-Tether®
1� Consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual for
approved tether-anchorage locations.
2� Locate tether on rear of restraint and remove
tether components from pouch.
3� Secure the child restraint by a seat-belt or
A
with the LATCH system.
4� Lift tether release tab; then pull to fully
extend tether strap into a "V" shape.
5� Locate the hook on the strap and loosely
attach the tether to an anchor point. • See figure A for forward-facing installation.
• See figures B and C for rear-facing
installation.
B
Rear-facing installation may also require the use
of the Tether Connector Strap, as described on
page 25.
6� Pull the adjuster strap to remove all slack. 7� Verify there is tension in the tether strap and
that child restraint is properly secured. The
restraint is stable when it cannot be moved
front to back or side to side more than 1 inch
C
(2.5 cm.) at the belt path. NOTE:
• The rear-facing recline angle of the child restraint should be 30º-45º from vertical (not to exceed 45º from vertical) when car is parked on a level surface.
• The rear-facing recline angle can be adjusted by placing a rolled towel or pool
noodle in the crease of the vehicle seat, and the restraint can be stabilized by
tightening the tether as shown in figure C, using anchor point 3.
• It may be necessary to loosen the tether and vehicle seat belt before adjusting
the recline position.
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Rear-Facing Tether Connector Strap
WARNING: Only use the tether connector
strap for rear-facing tether installation.
Because every vehicle model is different, sometimes you D
cannot find a location to properly anchor the tether or the
structural part of the seat is too large for the hook. Use the tether connector strap to
assist in creating an anchor point (fig. D). 1� Find a fixed vehicle-seat-belt anchor or vehicle seat leg (that is bolted to the floor)
to which the strap can be wrapped around.
2� If you cannot find an acceptable location to create an anchor point, contact the
vehicle manufacturer to identify a suitable tether connection point.
3� Loop the strap around the metal anchor.
4� Take the metal D-ring and thread it through the webbing loop on the other end
of the strap.
5� Pull the metal D-ring all the way through until the strap is tight around the metal
anchor.
6� Use the D-ring as an attachment point for hook on tether strap.
Energy-Absorbing Tether
WARNING: The energy-absorbing tether has
been designed to indicate when child restraint
has been in a severe crash and replacement of
child restraint is necessary.
E
Figure E shows the tether when the child restraint is
acceptable for continued use. The colored stitching
will be intact and the webbing will be held under a
tether label.
Figure F shows the tether when the child restraint F
is unacceptable for continued use. The colored
stitching will be broken and the loops will have pulled through the back side of
the shell. The tether label may also be torn. If this condition occurs, discontinue
use of the child restraint and contact Britax Consumer Services for further
instruction.
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Using the Buckle
Checking Buckle Position
WARNING: The position of the
vehicle belt buckle can affect the
stability of the child restraint. In an
accident, an improperly positioned
buckle could become loose and
the child would be unprotected.
If the buckle lies near the position marked as
wrong ( ) when the vehicle belt is tightened,
try fitting the child restraint in another seating
position in the vehicle.
If it is not possible to achieve the correct
position ( ) for the buckle, then another
seating position MUST be used.
IMPORTANT: Check that the child restraint is
secure before each trip.
Fastening the Buckle
• Hold the buckle with one hand.
• Use the 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.
Releasing the Buckle
• Brace the rear of the buckle with your
hand.
• Use your thumb to press release
button until both tongues are ejected
from buckle.
IMPORTANT: Periodically clean the buckle to ensure proper operation. See section, Cleaning the Buckle, on page 35.
Using the Chest Clip
Recline Adjustment
IMPORTANT: This child restraint
can be used in the upright or
full recline position with children
up to 33 pounds (15 kg), and
upright position only with children
weighing more than 33 pounds.
Pull the recline handle, then slide
the restraint shell into the desired
position. Release the recline
handle, then verify that the child
restraint has locked into position.
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Fastening the Chest Clip
Fasten chest clip by pushing the two halves
together until a positive click is heard.
IMPORTANT: The correct height for the
chest clip is at the middle of the chest,
level with the child's armpits. Releasing the Chest Clip
Release chest clip by squeezing the middle
tab, then pulling the two pieces apart.
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Securing Your Child
Securing Your Child
Once the child restraint has been
installed in the vehicle, follow these
instructions to secure the child.
1� Loosen the harness by lifting the
adjuster lever located on the front of the
restraint, then pull the shoulder straps
forward (Fig. A).
2� Unfasten the chest clip by squeezing
the middle tab (Fig. B).
3� Unfasten the buckle by pressing down on
the release button.
4� Move the harness straps to the side of
the restraint. A
• Use the harness holder located on the straps
and side of the cover to aid in holding the
straps.
5� Place child in the restraint.
6� Position the harness straps around the
child and fasten the child restraint buckle (Fig C) and chest clip (Fig. D). B
• Proper connection of the buckle 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 should fit low on the child's
body.
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C
8� Slowly pull the adjuster strap to tighten
the harness around the child (Fig. E). IMPORTANT: Adjust the belts provided
with this child restraint 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.
9� Position the chest clip at the middle of
the child's chest, level with the child's
armpits (Fig. F).
10�Verify that harness is not twisted and
child is properly secured.
11�See "Checking Harness Height" on
page 30.
IMPORTANT:
• Always pull on the harness after securing the
child to make sure the buckle and harness
are locked. If not, the buckle or adjuster area
may be clogged with food, drink, or objects
that need to be removed. See pages 33 and
35 for cleaning instructions.
• Always make sure that the harness is tight
before each use, or after any adjustments.
D
E
F
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Adjusting Harness Height
Checking Harness Height
To Check Harness Height:
Harness Height Adjustment
1� Place child in restraint, then secure
harness (see pages 28–29).
2� Observe where the shoulder harness is
positioned on the child.
• Rear-Facing Strap Height: Harness
straps should be located in the nearest
slot at or below the child’s shoulder.
• Forward-Facing Strap Height: Harness
straps should be located in the nearest
slot at or above the child’s shoulder.
3� If harness height is okay, continue using
child restraint without adjustment. If
harness height requires adjustment, refer
to Adjusting Harness Height on page
31.
IMPORTANT:
Once the top slots become
RearFacing
necessary, the child may continue to use
StrapHeight
the restraint until the top of the ears
become level with the top of the restraint
shell or child’s weight exceeds 65 pounds
(29.5 kg).
1� Loosen harness by lifting harness adjuster
lever while pulling shoulder straps forward
as far as possible (Fig. A).
2� From rear of child restraint, unhook
shoulder harness from yoke (Fig. B).
ForwardFacing
3� Pull straps
through shell and cover, to
StrapHeight
front of the
restraint.
NOTE: Do not remove HUGS pads for
forward-facing use. Removal of HUGS is
optional for rear-facing use only.
4� Thread harness straps through appropriate
harness-height slots (Fig. C).
5� Reattach harness straps to yoke (Fig. B).
6� Pull harness adjuster strap to tighten
harness.
7� Verify all straps are threaded at same
height and are not twisted.
RearFacing
StrapHeight
ForwardFacing
StrapHeight
A
B
C
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Care and Maintenance
Care and Maintenance
Cover Removal
WARNING:
DO NOT take apart or attempt to take apart the harness. It is unnecessary and dangerous to do so. NEVER remove the buckle tongues from the harness. They cannot be reattached after removal.
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 yoke on the rear of child
restraint.
3� Remove the belly pad from the buckle.
4� Pull upper harness straps through the shell and cover, to the front
of the restraint.
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, chest clip, and buckle
through the slots in the cover.
7� Remove the entire cover from the restraint.
Refitting the Cover
To refit the cover, reverse above directions. Make sure that the
shoulder straps are threaded through the chest clips and that the
harness is not twisted.
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Cleaning the Cover
• HAND WASH using cold water and mild soap.
• LINE DRY to prevent cover from shrinking.
• DO NOT bleach, machine wash, machine dry, or iron.
Cleaning the Shell
• SPONGE CLEAN using warm water and mild soap.
• TOWEL DRY
• DO NOT use solvents, abrasive cleaners, or disassemble the harness.
Cleaning the Harness
• SPONGE CLEAN using warm water and mild soap.
• TOWEL DRY
• DO NOT bleach, machine wash, machine dry, or disassemble the harness.
Cleaning the Harness Adjuster
Periodically check the adjuster area to be sure it is clean and free
of food, coins, dirt, and other objects. If debris is present, it must be
removed to prevent interference with the adjuster mechanism. • BRUSH AWAY LOOSE DEBRIS using a soft bristled brush.
• SPONGE CLEAN using warm water and mild soap.
• TOWEL DRY
• DO NOT use solvents, abrasive cleaners, or disassemble the harness.
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Care and Maintenance
Care and Maintenance
Buckle Removal
Cleaning the Buckle
1� Fully recline the child restraint.
2� Locate the metal buckle-strap retainer
on bottom of the restraint.
3� Pull retainer away from child restraint A
to loosen.
4� Turn the retainer so that the short side will go through the slot
in the restraint shell (Fig. A).
5� Push the retainer through slots in the shell and cover, to the
front of the restraint.
If a child eats and drinks while
in the restraint, the buckle may
need to be periodically checked
and cleaned of any accumulated
debris or dried liquids.
• THOROUGHLY RINSE using B
warm water (Fig. B).
• SOAK (overnight if possible)
using warm water to loosen
hardened drinks or food.
• TEST THE BUCKLE
by
fastening and unfastening until
a positive click is heard after
inserting the second buckle
tongue (Fig. C). If a click is C
not heard, repeat cleaning
procedure.
• TOWEL DRY
• DO NOT lubricate, use solvents, abrasive cleaners, soap or household detergents.
Rethreading the Buckle
1� Locate the buckle slot.
2� Turn the buckle retainer so that the short side will go through
the slot in the cover and restraint shell (Fig. A).
3� Pull buckle away from restraint until tight, then verify that the
strap is not twisted and the release button is facing outward.
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Warranty
This child restraint was manufactured by Britax Child Safety, Inc. (“Britax”). 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.
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 restraint to fail Federal Safety
Standards or perform worse 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 lim­i­
ta­tions 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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