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Table of Contents
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Safety Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3–5
Child Restraint Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6–7
Vehicle Safety Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Vehicle Seating Positions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10–15
Installation with LATCH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10–11
Installation with Lap-Shoulder Belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12–13
Installation with Lap Belt Only. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14–15
Versa-Tether™ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16–17
Using Restraint Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18–19
Securing Your Child . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20–21
Harness Height Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22–23
Adjusting Buckle Position . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Care and Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24–27
Cover. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24–25
Harness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Shell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Buckle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26–27
Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
This product and its components are subject to change without notice.
© 2 0 0 2 B r i t a x C h i l d S a f e t y, I n c . A l l r i g h t s r e s e r v e d .
“Britax” is a registered trademark.
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Introduction
• Read and understand this information booklet before using
this product. To ensure proper restraint use, store this booklet
so you can consult it often.
• This child restraint is designed for use only by children who
weigh between 22 and 80 pounds (10 and 36 kg) and whose
height is between 19 and 53 inches (48.3 and 134.6 cm).
• This child restraint system conforms to all applicable Federal
motor vehicle safety standards. This Restraint is Not Certified
for Use in Aircraft.
• This child restraint must not be used in the home, in boats, or
other non-certified applications.
• This child restraint is LATCH compatible.
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 or call 1-888-4BRITAX. For recall
information, call the U.S. Government's Auto Safety Hotline at
1-800-424-9393 (202-366-0123 in DC area).
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Safety Information
• Verify that the child restraint is secure and that the harness is
properly adjusted around your child each time you use the
child restraint.
• Adjust the harness to fit the clothes the child is wearing. The
harness will fit a child in winter clothes differently than a child
in summer clothes.
• Cover the child restraint if your vehicle is parked in direct
sunlight. Parts of the child restraint can become hot enough to
burn a child.
• Store the child restraint in a safe place when it is not being
used. Avoid placing heavy objects on top of it.
• To prevent injury due to deterioration or hidden damage,
discontinue use of a child restraint that is older than six years
or has been in a severe crash.
• 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 your vehicle restraint belts are used.
• Do not leave loose objects, e.g. books, bags, etc., in the back
of your 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 your 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 accident, it could slide and be unable to protect your
child as well as it should.
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Safety Information
• FAILURE TO FOLLOW EACH OF THE FOLLOWING
INSTRUCTIONS CAN RESULT IN YOUR CHILD STRIKING
THE VEHICLE’S INTERIOR DURING A SUDDEN STOP OR
CRASH. SECURE THIS CHILD RESTRAINT WITH A VEHICLE
BELT AS SPECIFIED IN THIS USER GUIDE.
• USE THE VEHICLE’S LATCH SYSTEM, LAP-SHOULDER BELT
SYSTEM, OR LAP BELT SYSTEM TO SECURE THE
RESTRAINT. ALWAYS USE THE VERSA-TETHER FOR
CHILDREN WEIGHING MORE THAN 50 POUNDS (22.6 kg).
• Use vehicle belt (not LATCH connectors) for installations with
children weighing more than 48 pounds (21 kg). Refer to the
vehicle 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.
• Install this child restraint only on vehicle seats which face
forward! Do not install this restraint on vehicle seats facing
sideways or backwards!
• Secure this child restraint with the vehicle belts or LATCH
even when it is not occupied. In a crash, an unsecured child
restraint may injure vehicle occupants.
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Safety Information
• Based on accident 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 safety of your child. If in doubt
about installing your child restraint, consult your vehicle
owner’s manual.
• Britax recommends that all child restraints be installed in the
rear seat.
• The primary protection for occupants of a vehicle in a collision
is the body of the vehicle itself; a child restraint will not
protect a child when the vehicle is seriously impacted.
However, a correctly installed child restraint will substantially
improve the chances for survival in most accidents. Make sure
that you fully understand the correct way to use this child
restraint in your vehicle.
• DO NOT place any child restraint in the front seat of a vehicle
with a passenger air bag unless the air bag is turned off.
DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY can occur. The back seat is the
safest place for children under 12.
• Owners of vehicles with air bags should refer to their vehicle
owner’s manual for child restraint installation instructions.
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Child Restraint Features
Child Restraint Features
1
2
3
4
5
6
Cover
Harness Slots
Harness
Comfort Pads
Harness Retainer
6
7
8
9
10
Chest Clip
HUGS™ Shoulder Pads
Buckle
Belly Pad
Harness Release Lever*
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12
13
14
LATCH Connectors
Harness Adjuster Strap
Versa-Tether™ Assembly
Harness Yoke
15 Storage Pouches
16 LATCH Adjusters
17 Recline Bar
*Located under flap
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Vehicle Safety Belts
NOTE: The information in this section only
applies to installation with vehicle seat belts.
IMPORTANT: Some vehicles have no seating
positions which are compatible with this child
restraint, or any other child restraint. If in
doubt, contact your vehicle manufacturer for
assistance.
The following types of vehicle seat 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 (ELR) two-point vehicle
belts.
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.
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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Vehicle Seating Positions
WARNING:
• Forward facing vehicle seats MUST be used with this child
restraint. Side facing or rear facing seats in vans, station wagons
or trucks CANNOT be used.
• Britax and the U.S. Department of Transportation warn that
children 12 and under must ride in the rear seats, away from
front air bags. The only exception is if the air bag has been
turned off.
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Installation
Installation
Installation with LATCH
1 Verify that your vehicle is equipped
with LATCH anchors. (Fig A)
• If LATCH anchors are not installed,
you must use standard vehicle belt
installation methods.
2 Insert recline bar into holes on
rear of restraint (see page 18).
A
3 If stored, remove LATCH
connectors from storage pouches
on rear of cover.
4 Place the restraint on the vehicle
seat with the back facing toward you.
5 Route the furthest LATCH
connector under the recline bar,
then loosely attach to LATCH
anchor (Fig. B).
• A positive click confirms attachment.
• Verify that LATCH harness is not
twisted.
B
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Removal
To remove the child restraint, release both LATCH connectors from the
LATCH anchors by pressing the red release buttons. If connected,
disconnect the Versa-Tether from the tether anchor. Store LATCH
connectors and tether components in storage pockets when not in use.
6 Rotate seat into forward facing
position.
7 Route the closest LATCH
connector under the recline bar,
then loosely attach to LATCH
anchor (Fig. C).
• A positive click confirms attachment.
• Verify that LATCH harness is not
twisted.
8 While kneeling on child restraint,
reach through belt slots to access
loop end of LATCH harness
adjuster straps. Pull straps under
recline bar and through slots to
tighten (Fig. D).
Installation can be improved by the
use of the Versa-Tether™ (see
D
pages 16–17).
ALWAYS USE THE VERSA-TETHER FOR CHILDREN WEIGHING
MORE THAN 50 POUNDS (22.6 KG).
WARNING: Use vehicle belt (not LATCH connectors) for
installations with children weighing more than 48 pounds (21
kg). Refer to the vehicle 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.
C
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Installation
Installation
Lap-Shoulder Belt Installation
A
Figure A illustrates a typical lapshoulder vehicle belt configuration.
1 Insert recline bar into holes on
rear of restraint (see page 18).
2 Place the child restraint in a
forward facing position on the
vehicle seat.
3 Pull the vehicle belt out and pass it
through the first belt slot, from the
front of the restraint to the rear (Fig B).
4 Route the vehicle belt around
the back of the restraint then
through the second belt slot,
from the rear of the restraint to
the front (Fig. C).
B
5 Verify that the vehicle belt is
not twisted, then buckle. (Fig. D).
6 Push restraint into the vehicle
seat with your full weight while
removing all slack from the vehicle
belt. First remove slack from the
lap portion of the vehicle belt, then
the shoulder portion (Fig. E & F).
7 Verify that the vehicle belt is
tight and the child restraint is
secure.
Refer to Figure G for correct
routing of the lap-shoulder vehicle
belt.
Installation can be improved by the
use of the Versa-Tether™ (see
pages 16–17).
IMPORTANT: Always use the
Versa-Tether
for
children
weighing more than 50 pounds
(22.6 kg).
E
F
Removal
To remove the child restraint,
unfasten the vehicle belt and
reverse the above directions.
C
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D
G
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Installation
Installation
Lap Belt Installation
A
B
Figure A illustrates a typical lap belt
configuration.
1 Insert recline bar into holes on
rear of restraint (See page 18).
2 Place the child restraint in a
forward facing position on the
vehicle seat.
3 Pull the vehicle belt out, then pass
the vehicle belt through the first belt
slot, from the front of the restraint to
the rear (Fig. B).
4 Route the vehicle belt around
the back of the restraint then
through the second belt slot,
from the rear of the restraint to
the front (Fig. C).
5 Verify that the vehicle belt is
not twisted, then buckle. (Fig. D).
6 Push restraint into the vehicle
seat with your full weight while
removing all slack from the vehicle
belt (Fig. E).
7 Verify that the vehicle belt is
tight and the child restraint is D
secure.
Installation can be improved by the
use of the Versa-Tether™ (see
pages 16–17).
IMPORTANT: Always use the
Versa-Tether
for
children
weighing more than 50 pounds
(22.6 kg).
Removal
To remove the child restraint,
unfasten the vehicle belt and
reverse the above directions.
E
C
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Versa-Tether™
Versa-Tether™
WARNING: ATTACH THE VERSA-TETHER ONLY TO TETHER
ANCHORS IDENTIFIED BY YOUR VEHICLE MANUFACTURER AS
TETHER ANCHORAGE POINTS. USE OF OTHER LOCATIONS IS
NOT APPROVED OR PERMITTED.
• ALWAYS USE THE VERSA-TETHER FOR CHILDREN
WEIGHING MORE THAN 50 POUNDS (22.6 KG).
• Britax recommends that the tether be used at all times. Using
the tether will improve the stability of your child restraint 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
your vehicle manufacturer for assistance. If a tether anchor is
not available, DO NOT modify your vehicle without advice from
your vehicle manufacturer.
• DO NOT Hook the Versa-Tether to the bottom of a vehicle
seat mechanism!
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Using the Versa-Tether
1 Locate the tether
and remove from
pouch.
2 Once your child
restraint is secured
in a seat belted
position, lift the
tether adjuster tab
to release the tether
straps, then pull to A
fully extend tether.
3 Locate the hook on the strap.
4 Hook the tether to an anchor point (Fig. A).
5 Pull the tether adjuster belt to remove all slack.
6 Verify that there is tension in the tether strap and that the child
restraint is properly secured.
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Using Restraint Features
Using Restraint Features
Recline Bar
Using the Buckle
THE RECLINE BAR MUST BE INSTALLED
BEFORE USING THIS RESTRAINT.
Insert recline bar into the holes in lower
rear of restraint prior to installation in
vehicle (Fig. A).
IMPORTANT: The bottom of the restraint
must be flat on the vehicle seat when A
installed.
Fastening the Buckle
1 Hold the buckle with one hand.
2 Use your other hand to insert one
tongue at a time into the buckle. Proper
connection is confirmed with a positive
click, after inserting the second buckle
B
tongue (Fig. B).
Releasing the Buckle
1 Brace the rear of the buckle with hand.
2 Use thumb to press release button until tongues are ejected from
buckle (Fig. B).
NOTE: Periodically clean the buckle to ensure proper operation. See
page 27.
Using the Chest Clip
Open the chest clip by squeezing the middle
tab, then pull the two pieces apart (Fig. C).
IMPORTANT: The correct height for the
chest clip is at the middle of the chest, level
with the armpit.
C
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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 your child in the
child restraint.
IMPORTANT: Before securing your child
in the restraint, always check the adjuster
area for debris (e.g. food, coins, toys,
etc.). If debris is present, it must be
removed to prevent interference with the
adjuster mechanism.
1 Loosen the harness, by lifting the
adjuster lever located in 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 middle button.
4 Move harness straps to the side of the
restraint. To aid in holding the straps, insert
the pieces of the chest clip into elastic
loops on the cover.
5 Place child in the restraint.
A
B
C
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6 Position the harness straps around the
child and fasten the child restraint buckle
(Fig. C). Proper connection is confirmed
with a positive click after inserting the
second buckle tongue.
7 Gently pull up on the harness straps to
tighten the lap section of the harness,
which should fit low on your child's body.
D
8 Slowly pull the adjuster strap to tighten
the harness around the child (Fig. D).
IMPORTANT: Harness should have a
comfortable, but SNUG, fit around the
child. A snug fit allows you to place two
fingers between your child's collar bone
and the harness.
9 Fasten the chest clip by connecting the
two halves together (Fig. E).
IMPORTANT: The correct height for the E
chest clip is at the middle of the chest, level
with the child's armpit (Fig. F).
10 Verify that harness is not twisted and
child is properly secured.
See Checking Harness Height on page 22.
F
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Harness Height Adjustment
Harness Height Adjustment
Checking Harness Height:
1 Place child in restraint, then secure
harness (see pages 20–21).
2 Observe where the shoulder harness is
positioned on your child.
• 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 below.
NOTE: Once the top slots become
necessary, your child may continue to use
the restraint until the top of the ears become
level with the top of the restraint shell, or
child weight exceeds 80 pounds (36 kg).
4 Thread the harness straps through the
appropriate harness slots (Fig. C).
5 Reattach harness straps to the yoke.
6 Pull harness adjuster strap to tighten the
harness.
7 Verify that all straps are threaded at the
same height and are not twisted.
C
Adjusting Buckle Position
The buckle has two positions and
should be adjusted to fit your child
(Fig. D). Select the slot closest to, but
not under, the child.
A
Harness Height Adjustment
1 Loosen the harness, by lifting the harness
release lever while pulling the shoulder
straps forward as far as possible (Fig. A).
2 From the rear of the child restraint,
unhook the shoulder harness from the
yoke (Fig. B).
3 Pull straps through the shell and cover,
to the front of the restraint.
B
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WARNING: Do not use position two (2)
until child exceeds 50 pounds (22.6 kg)!
Remove the buckle, then rethread in
appropriate position. See page 26 for
buckle removal and rethreading
instructions.
D
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Care and Maintenance
Care and Maintenance
Cover Removal
1 Loosen the harness, by lifting the harness release 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 Pull upper harness straps through the shell and cover, to the front
of the restraint.
4 Remove the belly pad from the buckle.
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.
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.
7 Remove the entire cover from the restraint.
Refitting the Cover
To refit the cover, reverse Cover Removal 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
Cleaning the Harness
SPONGE CLEAN, using warm water and mild soap.
TOWEL DRY
DO NOT:
• Bleach
• Machine wash
• Machine dry
• Disassemble the harness
Cleaning the Shell
SPONGE CLEAN, using warm water and mild soap.
TOWEL DRY
DO NOT:
• Use abrasive cleaners
• Disassemble the harness
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Care and Maintenance
Care and Maintenance
Buckle Removal
Cleaning the Buckle
1 Locate the metal buckle strap
retainer on bottom of the
restraint.
2 Pull retainer away from child
restraint to loosen.
A
3 Turn the retainer so that the
short side will go through the slot in the restraint shell (Fig. A).
4 Push the retainer through slots in the shell and cover, to the
front of the restraint.
If your child eats and drinks while
in the restraint, you may need to
check the buckle periodically and
wash out any accumulated debris
or dried liquids.
A
THOROUGHLY RINSE, using
warm water (Fig. A).
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
B
after inserting the second
buckle tongue.(Fig. B) If click
is not heard, repeat cleaning
procedure.
TOWEL DRY
DO NOT:
• Lubricate
• Use solvents
• Use soap or household detergents
Rethreading the Buckle
1 Locate the necessary buckle slot.
2 Turn the buckle retainer so that the short side will 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 out.
4 Verify that the buckle retainer lies flat against the the restraint
shell.
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Warranty
This child restraint was manufactured by Britax. Britax Child Safety, Inc. (“Britax”)
warrants this product to the original retail purchaser as follows:
LIMITED ONE-YEAR WARRANTY
This product is warranted against defective materials or workmanship for one year from
the date of original purchase. Proof of purchase is required. Your exclusive remedy for
this warranty is that Britax will, at its option, provide repair or replacement components
for this product 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, you must contact Britax Consumer Services at
1-888-427-4829 or write to us using the address on the back cover of this booklet. 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 to you for any damages, including incidental or consequential damages, arising
out of the use or inability to use this product.
LIMITATIONS OF WARRANTIES AND OTHER WARRANTY TERMS AND
STATE LAWS
Any implied warranties, including implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a
particular purpose, shall be limited to the duration and terms of the express written
warranty. Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts or
the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations
may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may have
other rights, which vary from state to state. Neither Britax, nor the retailer selling this
product, authorizes any person to create for it any other warranty, obligation, or liability
in connection with this product.
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