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Canadian User Guide
Guide de l’utilisateur Canadien
Table of Contents
Safety Information
Warnings ......................................................................................................2
Important Notes ...........................................................................................4
Certification ..................................................................................................5
Registration ..................................................................................................5
Important Harness Adjustments ...................................................................6
Child Seat Features...........................................................................................8
Vehicle Compatibility
Vehicle Safety Belts.......................................................................................10
Vehicle Buckle Positions................................................................................11
Vehicle Seating Positions ..............................................................................11
Installation : Rear-facing
Lower Universal Anchorage System (LUAS) Installation ..............................12
Lap-Shoulder Belt Installation ......................................................................14
Lap-Belt Installation .....................................................................................16
Installation : Forward-facing
Lower Universal Anchorage System (LUAS) Installation ..............................18
Lap-Shoulder Belt Installation .......................................................................20
Lap-Belt Installation .....................................................................................22
Aircraft Installation...........................................................................................24
Installation : Versa-Tether
Safety Information........................................................................................25
Using the Versa-Tether .................................................................................26
Tether Connector Strap ................................................................................27
Child Seat Functions
Switching the Lower Connector System (LCS) .............................................28
Storing the LCS Connectors .........................................................................29
Recline Adjustment ......................................................................................29
Infant Body Pillow ........................................................................................29
Chest Clip .....................................................................................................30
Harness Buckle .............................................................................................30
How to Adjust Harness Height .....................................................................31
Securing Your Child ......................................................................................31
Care and Maintenance .....................................................................................33
Warranty...........................................................................................................37
©2008 Britax Child Safety Inc,. All rights reserved.
This product and its components are subject to change without notice.
Printed in USA P321900
WARNING!
DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY can occur if the following
are not observed :
• Use only with children who weigh between 2.3 – 18.1 kg (5 – 40
lbs) and whose height is between 55.9 – 101.6 cm (22 – 40 in.).
• Use rear-facing for children who weigh between 2.3 – 13.6 kg (5 – 30
lbs) and whose height is between 55.9 – 76.2 cm (22 – 30 in.)
• Use forward-facing for children who weigh between 9.1 – 18.1 kg
(20 – 40 lbs) and whose height is between 68.6 – 101.6 cm (27 – 40
in.).
• This child seat must be in the recline position when installed rearfacing.
• This child seat must be in the upright position when installed
forward-facing.
• Adjust the belts provided with this child seat so they fit snugly
around your child. A snug strap should not allow any slack. It lies
in a relatively straight line without sagging. It does not press on the
child’s flesh or push the child’s body into an unnatural position.
• Secure the top tether strap provided with this child seat.
• The child seat must be secured to the vehicle by means of a lower
connector system if it is installed in a seating position that is equipped
with a lower universal anchorage system or by means of a vehicle
seat belt if it is installed in a seating position that is not equipped
with a lower universal anchorage system, and by means of a tether
strap, as shown in the installation instructions. Use of the tether
strap is required forward-facing and is optional rear-facing.
• Follow all instructions on the child seat labels and in this user
guide.
2
• Register your child seat with the manufacturer, Britax Child Safety,
Inc. by visiting www.BritaxUSA.com/registration, OR complete and
return the registration card that was shipped with this child seat.
• To prevent injury due to deterioration or hidden damage, discontinue
use of a child seat that is older than six years or has been in a
moderate or severe crash. See date of manufacture located on child
seat (page 9).
• This child seat must not be used in the home, in boats, or in other
non-certified applications.
• Based on crash statistics, it is recommended that parents select the
back seat as the safest location for a properly installed child seat.
Please study the Vehicle Compatibility section on pages 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 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 the chances for survival in most
crashes. Make sure all users fully understand the correct ways to use
this child seat in a vehicle.
3
Safety Information
Important Notes
• Verify that the child seat is securely installed and that 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 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.
4
Safety Information
Certification
This child seat system conforms to all applicable Canadian Motor
Vehicle Safety Standards (213 and 213.1). 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, Ltd., P.O Box 7289, RPO Brunswick Square, Saint John NB E2L
9Z9, or call 1-888-427-4829, or register online at www.BritaxUSA.
com/registration.
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.
5
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 9.1 kg (20 lbs). That means that if your infant
reaches 9.1 kg (20 lbs) before her first birthday, she should remain rearfacing at least until she turns 1 year old. It is best for children to ride rearfacing to the highest weight or height allowed by the manufacturer.
Rear-Facing
1
2. in
5 ch
cm
Weight 2.3 – 13.6 kg (5 – 30 lbs).
Only use rear-facing with children :
• who weigh between 2.3 – 13.6 kg (5 – 30 lbs) and
• whose height is between 55.9 – 76.2 cm (22 – 30
A
in.) and
• when the top of the child’s head is 2.5 cm (1 in.) or
more below the top of the child seat shell (Fig. A) and
• when the harness straps are at or slightly below the child’s shoulders
(Fig. A)
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 snugly 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 How to Adjust Harness Height on page 31.
•
•
•
•
•
WARNING! Do NOT use the child seat rear-facing if any of the
following apply :
the child is less than 2.3 kg (5 lbs) in weight or
the child is less than 55.9 cm (22 in.) in height or
the child exceeds 13.6 kg (30 lbs) in weight or
the child exceeds 76.2 cm (30 in.) in height or
the top of the head is less than 2.5 cm (1 in.) from the top of the child seat
shell (Fig. A) or
• the harness straps are above the child’s shoulders
6
Safety Information
Forward-Facing
Weight 9.1 kg (and 1 year) –18.1 kg (20 – 40 lbs)
Only use forward-facing with children :
• who are at least one year of age and
• who weigh between 9.1 – 18.1 kg. (20 – 40 lbs)
and
• whose height is between 68.6 – 101.6 cm (27 b Forward-Facing
– 40 in.) and
• when the top of the child’s ears are below the top of the child seat
shell and
• when the harness straps are at or above the child’s shoulders (Fig. B)
IMPORTANT: See How to Adjust Harness Height on page 31.
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
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 9.1 kg (20 lbs) in weight or
the child is less than 68.6 cm (27 in.) in height or
the child exceeds 18.1 kg (40 lbs) in weight or
the child exceeds 101.6 cm (40 in.) 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
7
Child Seat Features
6
7
8
1
2
9
10
3
11
4
12
5
13
14
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Head Restraint
Head Restraint Adjustment Knob
Cover
Shell
Rear-Facing Lock-Off
Comfort Pad
Chest Clip
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
Harness Straps
Harness Buckle
Belly Pad
Infant Body Pillow
Harness Adjuster Release Button
Harness Adjuster Strap
Recline Handle (Front of Base)
Child Seat Features
15
16
17
19
20
21
22
23
24
18
15 Serial Number and Manufactured Date
(under cover)
23
16 Versa-Tether
24
(Top Anchorage Strap)-in pouch
25
17 Forward-Facing Lock-Off
18 Base
26
19 National Safety Mark
20 Harness Yoke
21 Belt Guard
22 LCS Connector Strap
25
26
LCS Adjuster Release Button
LCS Adjuster
LCS Connector
(Stored under cover)
LCS Connector Release Button
IMPORTANT: When not in use, this user guide should be
stored under the cover. DO NOT discard the foam inserts
found under the cover.
9
Vehicle Compatibility
Vehicle Safety Belts
NOTE: The information in this section only applies to installation with
vehicle safety belts.
IMPORTANT: Vehicle seats and safety belts differ from vehicle to vehicle.
Refer to your vehicle owner’s manual for specific information about vehicle
safety belts and their use with child seats. Some vehicles have no seating
positions which are compatible with this child seat or any other child seat.
If in doubt, contact the vehicle manufacturer for assistance.
This child seat can fit securely in most vehicles using existing vehicle belts.
However, some vehicle designs prevent a secure fit of the child seat.
The vehicle owner’s manual will have information on the types of vehicle
belts in your vehicle. If your belt type is listed below, select another seating
position or use the Lower Universal Anchorage System (LUAS).
WARNING! The following types of vehicle
belts are not compatible with this child seat :
• Front vehicle belts with top or bottom anchorage
points in the door. (Fig. A & B)
• Motor-driven, automatic vehicle belts. (Fig. B)
• Lap-shoulder belts that have separate retractors
for shoulder section and lap section in which lap
section retractor does not lock.
• Non-locking, two-point Emergency Locking
Retractor (ELR) vehicle belts.
• Lap-shoulder ELR vehicle belts without use of the
lock-off.
A
b
NOTE: Refer to your vehicle owner’s manual to determine the kind of
retractors used in your vehicle and how to operate them.
10
Vehicle Compatibility
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 position marked wrong
( ) 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! Forward-facing vehicle seats MUST be used with this
child seat. Side-facing or rear-facing seats CANNOT be used. See
diagram below.
WARNING!
DO NOT place a child seat
rear-facing in the front
seat of a vehicle with a
passenger air bag unless
deactivated. DEATH or
SERIOUS INJURY can
occur. 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
Lower Universal Anchorage System (LUAS) Installation
• Figure A illustrates a typical rear-facing LUAS
installation.
• Verify that your vehicle is equipped with LUAS
anchors. If LUAS anchors are not available, you
must use vehicle belt installation methods.
1 If stored, remove the LCS strap and connectors from
the storage slots under the cover. See page 29.
2 Press and hold one LCS adjuster release button,
then pull to extend LCS strap to full length.
Repeat for the remaining LCS connector.
3 Thread each LCS connector through the adjacent
rear-facing belt slot (Fig. B).
• The LCS strap must rest behind the child seat buckle
strap.
4 Recline the child seat and place it sideways on
the vehicle seat with the front facing you.
A
Rear-Facing
b
WARNING! This child seat must be in the
recline position when installed rear-facing. See
Recline Adjustment on page 29.
5 Attach the closest LCS connector to the farthest
LUAS anchor (Fig. C).
• Check that the LCS connector strap is not twisted,
and that the LCS connectors are in an upright
position (Fig. D) to ensure proper installation.
C
Release
Button
Top
6 Rotate the child seat into the rear-facing
position.
7 Attach the remaining LCS connector to the
adjacent LUAS anchor (Fig. D).
D
NOTE: It may be necessary to switch the LCS
connectors as shown on page 28 if ANY of the following conditions exist :
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Installation : Rear-facing
• The LCS connector is not in an upright position
Fig. D).
• The LCS strap is twisted.
• A positive click is not heard when the LCS
connector and LUAS anchor are connected.
NOTE: If a positive click is not heard, but the LCS
connector is in an upright position, you should not
switch the LCS connectors. The strap may be too
tight or twisted, or there may be debris in the LCS
connector.
8 Push the child seat firmly into the vehicle seat
while pulling the LCS adjuster strap tight (Fig. F).
9 Verify all connections are secure and that the
child seat is stable.
• The child seat is secure when it cannot be moved more
than 2.5 cm (1 in.) 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 crease
of the vehicle seat to level the child seat’s base.
e
f
0º
30–45º
G
90º
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 – 27.
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Installation : Rear-facing
Lap-Shoulder Belt Installation
• Figure A illustrates a typical rear-facing, lap-shoulder
belt installation.
• When not in use, always store LCS connectors in
storage slots. See page 29.
1 Recline the child seat and place it rear-facing on
the vehicle seat.
A Rear-Facing
WARNING! This child seat must be in the
recline position when installed rear-facing. See
Recline Adjustment on page 29.
2 Lift the child seat cover and 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 through the
rear-facing belt slot (Fig. C).
b
• Vehicle belt can be routed over or under the cover.
4 Route the vehicle belt across the child seat then
through the opposite rear-facing belt slot.
• The vehicle belt must rest behind the child seat
buckle strap.
5 Verify that the vehicle belt is not twisted, position C
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 from the shoulder portion
(Fig. E).
7 Position the shoulder portion of the vehicle belt D
through the open lock-off, tighten belt, close the
lock-off arm (Fig. F), and replace the child seat cover.
• The lock-off is properly closed when a positive click is heard.
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Installation : Rear-facing
• To prevent breakage, never extend the lock-off arm
beyond its normal open position and 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 what type of retractor
your vehicle has and how to lock the retractor.
e
8 Verify that the vehicle belt is tight and that the
child seat is secure.
• The child seat is secure when it cannot be moved
more than 2.5 cm (1 in.) front-to-back or side-toside 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 crease of the vehicle seat 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.
f
0º
30–45º
G
90º
• Rear-facing installation can be improved by the use of the Versa-Tether.
See pages 25 – 27.
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Installation : Rear-facing
Lap-Belt Installation
• Figure A illustrates a typical rear-facing, lap-belt
installation.
• When not in use, always store the LCS connectors in
storage slots. See page 29.
1 Recline the child seat and place it rear-facing on
the vehicle seat.
A
WARNING! This child seat must be in the
recline position when installed rear-facing. See
Recline Adjustment on page 29.
2 Lift the child seat cover and 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 through the
rear-facing belt slot (Fig. C).
b
• The vehicle belt can be routed over or under the
child seat cover.
4 Route the vehicle belt across the child seat then
through the opposite rear-facing belt slot.
• The vehicle belt must rest behind the child seat
buckle strap.
5 Verify that the vehicle belt is not twisted, position
the belt through the open lock-off, then buckle
(Fig. D).
6 Push the child seat firmly into the vehicle seat
while removing the slack from the vehicle belt.
7 Tighten the belt, close the lock-off arm (Fig. E)
and replace the cover.
• The lock-off is properly closed when a positive click
is heard.
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C
D
Rear-Facing
Installation : Rear-facing
• To prevent breakage, never extend the lock-off arm
beyond its normal open position and 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 what type of retractor
your vehicle has and how to lock the retractor.
WARNING! Do not use this seat with a non-
e
0º
30–45º
f
90º
locking, two-point Emergency Locking Retractor
(ELR) vehicle belt.
8 Verify that the vehicle belt is tight, locked, and
that the child seat is secure.
• The child seat is secure when it cannot be moved
more than 2.5 cm (1 in.) 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. F).
• If necessary, the proper recline angle can be achieved by placing a rolled
towel or pool noodle in the crease of the vehicle seat 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.
• Rear-facing installation can be improved by the use of the Versa-Tether.
See pages 25 – 27.
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Installation : Forward-Facing
Lower Universal Anchorage System (LUAS) Installation
• Figure A illustrates a typical forward-facing LUAS
installation.
• Verify that your vehicle is equipped with LUAS
anchors. If LUAS 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 9.1 kg (20 lbs).
• This child seat must be in the upright position when
installed forward-facing.
• Always use the Versa-Tether when the child seat is
installed forward-facing. Check your vehicle owner’s
manual for approved tether anchor locations.
A Forward-Facing
b
1 Remove the LCS connectors from storage slots
under the cover. See page 29. Pull both LCS
connectors completely through the child seat’s
right-side, rear-facing belt slot (Fig. B) so they are
on the outside of the shell.
NOTE: The child seat is assembled with LCS
connectors in rear-facing mode.
2 Press and hold one LCS adjuster release button, C
then pull to extend LCS strap to full length. Repeat on the other end
of the strap.
3 Thread the appropriate LCS connector through forward-facing belt
path (Fig. C) at the back of the child seat.
4 Place the child seat sideways in the upright position on the vehicle seat
with the back of the child seat facing you.
5 Remove the Versa-Tether from the pouch and place it up and over the
child seat back.
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Installation : Forward-Facing
6 Attach the closest LCS connector to the farthest
LUAS anchor (Fig. D).
• Check that the LCS connector strap is not twisted,
and that the LCS connectors are in an upright
position (Fig. E) to ensure proper installation.
NOTE: It may be necessary to switch LCS connectors
as shown on page 28 if ANY of the following
conditions exist :
D
• The LCS connector is not in an upright position Release
Button
(Fig. E).
• The LCS strap is twisted.
• A positive click is not heard when LCS connector and
LUAS anchor are connected.
Top
NOTE: If a positive click is not heard, but the LCS
connector is in an upright position, you should not e
switch the LCS connector. The strap may be too tight or
twisted, or there may be debris in the LCS connector.
7 Rotate the child seat into the forward-facing
position. Ensure the bottom of the child seat base
is in full contact with the vehicle seat.
8 Attach the remaining LCS connector to the
adjacent LUAS anchor (Fig. D).
9 Push the child seat into the vehicle seat while f
pulling each LCS adjuster strap tight (Fig. F).
10 Attach the Versa-Tether® hook to the designated tether anchor for the
chosen seating position. Remove all the slack from the tether to secure.
Store any excess webbing in the tether pouch. See pages 25 – 27.
11 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-toside more than 2.5 cm (1 in.) at the belt path. If the child seat is not secure,
repeat the procedure or use an alternate seating location.
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Installation : Forward-Facing
Lap-Shoulder Belt Installation
• Figure A illustrates a typical forward-facing lapshoulder belt installation.
• When not in use, always store the LCS connectors in
storage slots. See page 29.
WARNING!
• This child seat must not be used forward-facing
for children less than one year of age OR who
weigh less than 9.1 kg (20 lbs).
• This child seat must be in the upright position
when installed forward-facing.
• Always use the Versa-Tether when the child
seat is installed forward-facing. Check your
vehicle owner’s manual for approved tether
anchor locations.
A Forward-Facing
b
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.
2 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- C
facing lock-off farthest from where the vehicle
belt will be buckled.
4 Pull the vehicle belt out, then pass it through the
forward-facing belt path (Fig. B) to the opposite
side of the child seat.
5 Verify that the vehicle belt is not twisted and then
buckle (Fig. C).
6 Push the child seat firmly into the vehicle seat D
while removing slack first from the lap portion of
the vehicle belt, then from the shoulder portion (Fig. D).
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Installation : Forward-Facing
7 Hold the shoulder belt tight and rotate the lockoff until the vehicle belt is secured (Fig. E).
• 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 what type of retractor
your vehicle has, and how to lock the retractor.
e
8 Attach the Versa-Tether® hook to the designated
tether anchor for the chosen seating position. Remove all the slack
from the tether to secure. Store any excess webbing in the tether
pouch. See pages 25 – 27.
9 Verify that the vehicle belt is tight and that the child seat is secure.
• The child seat is secure when it cannot be moved front-to-back or side-toside more than 2.5 cm (1 in.) at the belt path.If the child seat is not secure,
repeat the procedure or use an alternate seating location.
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Installation : Forward-Facing
Lap-Belt Installation
• Figure A illustrates a typical forward-facing, lapbelt installation.
• When not in use, always store the LCS connectors
in the storage slots. See page 29.
WARNING!
• This child seat must NOT be used forwardfacing for children less than one year of age
OR who weigh less than 9.1 kg (20 lbs).
• This child seat must be in the upright position
when installed forward-facing.
• Always use the Versa-Tether when the child
seat is installed forward-facing. Check your
vehicle owner’s manual for approved tether
anchor locations.
A Forward-Facing
b
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.
2 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 through the C
forward-facing belt path to the opposite side of
the child seat (Fig. B).
4 Verify that the vehicle belt is not twisted, then buckle (Fig. C).
5 Push the child seat firmly into vehicle seat while removing slack from
the vehicle belt.
6 Attach the Versa-Tether® hook to the designated tether anchor for the
chosen seating position. Remove all the slack from the tether to secure.
Store any excess webbing in the tether pouch. See pages 25 – 27.
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Installation : Forward-Facing
7 Verify that the vehicle belt is tight, locked, and that the child seat is
secure.
• The child seat is secure when it cannot be moved front-to-back or side-toside more than 2.5 cm (1 in.) at the belt path.If the child seat is not secure,
repeat the procedure or use an alternate seating location.
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Aircraft Installation
This child seat is certified for aircraft use. Most
airlines in Canada and the U.S. will allow 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.
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.
A
Rear-Facing
b
Forward-Facing
Forward-Facing Installation
For forward-facing aircraft installation (Fig. B),
follow Forward-Facing Lap-Belt Installation
instructions on pages 22 – 23.
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Installation : Versa-Tether
Safety Information
WARNING!
• When using the child seat in forward-facing mode, attach the VersaTether 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:
• 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.
• For vehicles manufactured January 1989 through August 2000 equipped
with vehicle manufacturer designated tether anchorage locations
consisting of a hole or threaded hole, tether anchorage hardware is
available upon request – at no cost – by contacting Britax Consumer
Services at 1-888-427-4829.
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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 LUAS or the
vehicle belts according to the instructions
in this manual.
5 Tilt the tether release tab then pull the
tether strap to fully extend it into a “V”
shape.
6 Locate the hook on the strap and loosely
attach the tether 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.
7 Pull the tether adjuster strap to remove all
slack. Roll up any excess webbing and store
in tether pouch.
8 Verify there is tension in the tether strap
and that the child seat is properly secured.
• The child seat is secure when it cannot be
moved front-to-back or side-to-side more
than 2.5 cm (1 in.) at the belt path.
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OR
A
OR
b
C
Installation : Versa-Tether
Tether Connector Strap
WARNING! Only use tether connector strap for rearfacing tether installation.
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.
• If you cannot find an acceptable location to
create an anchor point, contact the vehicle
manufacturer to identify a suitable tether
connection point.
2 Route the strap around the fixed vehicle
anchor point.
3 Take the metal D-ring and thread it
through the webbing loop on the other
end of the strap (Fig. D).
4 Pull the metal D-ring all the way through
until the strap is tight.
5 Use the D-ring as an attachment point for
the hook on the tether strap.
D
NOTE: Store the tether connector strap in
the tether pouch when not in use.
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Child Seat Functions
Switching the Lower Connector System
(LCS)
The LCS strap may need to be switched to the proper
belt path in rear-facing (Fig. A) versus forwardfacing (Fig. B) installations. If a proper connection
of the LCS connectors to the LUAS anchors cannot
be achieved, complete the following procedure to
switch the connectors.
1 Lift the front of the child seat cover to access the
LCS connectors.
2 Pass the LCS connector strap through the belt
path on the child’s right side (Fig. C).
3 Pass one LCS connector through the appropriate
belt path ensuring that the larger part of the
connector is on top for the installation procedure
you wish to use (Fig D).
• Verify that the harness is not twisted.
• When installing this child seat in rear-facing mode,
the LCS strap must rest behind the child seat buckle
strap.
NOTE: To ensure LCS connector is properly aligned
with vehicle’s LUAS 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).
4 Replace the cover and continue with the
installation procedure.
A
b
C
Release
Button
D
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Top
Child Seat Functions
Storing the LCS Connectors
When the LCS connectors are not in use, lift the
child seat cover to access the LCS storage slots (Fig.
E). Fold each end of the LCS adjuster and connector,
then slide each set into the adjacent slot.
NOTE: Child seats are shipped from Britax with
LCS connectors in the storage slots.
e
Recline Adjustment
Pull the recline handle (Fig. F) then slide the child
seat shell into the desired position. Release the
recline handle, then verify the child seat has locked
into position.
WARNING!
• This child seat must be in the recline position
when installed rear-facing.
• This child seat must be in the upright position
when installed forward-facing.
f
NOTE: It will be necessary to loosen the tether, G
the vehicle seat belt, and/or the LCS strap before
adjusting the recline position. The tether, the vehicle seat belt, and/or
the LCS strap must be properly re-tightened after adjusting the recline
position.
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. G).
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
Chest Clip
Fastening the Chest Clip
Fasten the chest clip by pushing the two halves
together until a positive click is heard (Fig. A).
Releasing the Chest Clip
1 Squeeze the middle tabs together. (Fig. B).
2 Pull apart the two pieces.
A
Adjusting the Chest Clip
1 Slide chest clip up or down on harness so it is
positioned at the middle of the child’s chest,
level with the child’s armpits (Fig. C).
2 Slide the comfort pads to a comfortable location
for the child.
b
Harness Buckle
Fastening the Harness Buckle
1 Hold the harness buckle with one hand.
2 Use the other hand to insert one buckle tongue at
a time into the harness buckle (Fig. D).
• A proper connection is confirmed with a positive
click after inserting each buckle tongue.
Releasing the Harness Buckle
C
1 Brace the rear of the harness buckle with one
hand.
2 Use your thumb to press the release button and
slide both tongues to remove from the buckle
x2
D
(Fig. E).
IMPORTANT: Periodically clean the harness buckle to ensure safe
operation. See page 36.
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Child Seat Functions
How to Adjust Harness Height
IMPORTANT: See Important Harness 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 (Fig. F).
2 Rotate the head restraint adjustment knob on
either side of the child seat to raise or lower the
head restraint and harness (Fig. G).
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.
e
f
Securing Your Child
1 Loosen the harness by pressing the adjuster
button located on the front of the child seat, then
pull the shoulder straps forward (Fig. F).
2 Release the chest clip by squeezing the tabs and
sliding pieces apart (Fig. H).
3 Unfasten the harness buckle by pressing
the release button and sliding the tongues out
(Fig. E).
4 Move the harness straps to the side of the child
seat. Use the harness holder located on the straps
and side of the cover to aid in holding the straps.
G
H
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Child Seat Functions
5 Place child in the child seat.
6 Position the harness straps around the child and
fasten the harness buckle (Fig. A) and chest clip
(Fig. B).
• Proper connection of the harness buckle is confirmed
with a positive click after inserting each 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.
8 Slowly pull the adjuster strap to tighten the
harness around the child (Fig. C).
9 Position the chest clip at the middle of the child’s
chest, level with the armpits (Fig. D).
10 Verify that harness is not twisted and child is
properly secured.
IMPORTANT:
• Always pull on the harness after securing the child to
ensure the buckle tongues are secure in the harness
buckle. If the buckle will not fasten with a positive
click after inserting 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 36 for cleaning instructions.
• Adjust the belts provided with this child seat so they
fit snugly around your child. A snug strap should not
allow any slack. It lies in a relatively straight line
without sagging. It does not press on the child’s flesh
or push the child’s body into an unnatural position.
The harness should have a comfortable but snug fit
around the child. You should not be able to pinch
excess webbing at the shoulder once the harness is
properly secured.
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A
b
C
D
Care and Maintenance
Cover Removal
WARNING! Do not take apart the harness. Never remove the
buckle tongues from the harness. They cannot be reattached after
removal. If reassembled incorrectly, the child seat may not perform as
intended.
1 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 Unhook the shoulder straps from the harness
yoke on the rear of the child seat (Fig. E).
4 Pull the upper harness straps through the head e
restraint and cover to the front of the child seat.
5 Remove the buckle and belly pad. See page 35.
6 Remove the head restraint portion of the cover. Be careful not to
damage the energy-absorbing foam.
7 Remove the energy-absorbing foam from the head restraint and set
aside.
8 Gently remove the upper portion of the cover by pulling it around the
head restraint to the front.
9 Pull the lower harness straps, buckle tongues, HUGS™ chest pads, and
chest clip through the lower slots in cover.
10 Remove the entire cover from the child seat.
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Care and Maintenance
Refitting the Cover
To refit the cover, reverse the above directions. Make sure that the
shoulder straps are not twisted, and are threaded properly through the
chest clips, cover, foam, and shell.
Cleaning the Cover
• 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.
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 or disassemble the
harness.
Cleaning the Harness Adjuster
Periodically check the adjuster area to be sure it is clean and free of
food, drink, and 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 mild soap.
• TOWEL DRY
• DO NOT use solvents, abrasive cleaners or disassemble the harness.
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Care and Maintenance
Harness Buckle Removal
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 child seat to
loosen.
4 Turn the retainer so the short side will go
through the slot in child seat shell (Fig. A).
5 Push the retainer through slots in the shell
and cover to the top of the child seat.
A
Re-threading the Harness Buckle
1 Locate slot in cover and shell for harness buckle.
2 Turn the buckle retainer so the short side will fit through the slot in the
cover and child seat shell (Fig A).
3 Push the retainer through slots in the shell and cover, to the bottom
of the child seat.
4 Pull harness buckle away from child seat until tight and verify the strap
is not twisted and the release button is facing outward.
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Care and Maintenance
Cleaning the Harness Buckle
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 on page 35.
• THOROUGHLY RINSE using warm water (Fig. A).
• TEST THE HARNESS BUCKLE by fastening and
unfastening until a positive click is heard after
inserting each buckle tongue (Fig. B). If click is
not heard, repeat cleaning procedure.
• TOWEL DRY
• DO NOT lubricate, use solvents, abrasive cleaners,
soap or other household detergents.
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A
b
x2
Warranty
This child seat was manufactured by Britax Child Safety, Inc. Britax® warrants this product
to the original retail purchaser as follows :
LIMITED ONE-YEAR WARRANTY
This product is warranted against defective materials or workmanship for one year from
the date of original purchase. Proof of purchase is required. The exclusive remedy for this
warranty is that Britax will, at its option, provide repair or replacement components for
this product or refund the original purchase price of the product. Britax reserves the right
to discontinue or change fabrics, parts, models or products, or to make substitutions.
To make a claim under this warranty, contact Britax Consumer Services at
1-888-427-4829 or write to us at Britax Child Safety, Ltd., P.O. Box 7289, RPO Brunswick
Square, Saint John NB E2L 9Z9. 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 Canadian
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 PROVINCIAL
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 provinces 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 province to province. 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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IMPORTANT :
DOuble CHeCk eveRy TIMe yOu use THIs CAR seAT.
IMPORTANT :
CONTRe-véRIfIeR CHAque fOIs qu'ON uTIlIse Ce sIèGe
D'AuTO.
Double Check Car Seat-to-Vehicle Installation :
Check that the lower connector or vehicle seat belt connections to the vehicle are tight
and secure.
Verify the car seat cannot be moved front-to-back or side-to-side more than 2 cm (1 in.)
at the belt path.
Double Check Child-to-Car Seat Installation :
Tug on the buckle to ensure a proper connection.
Confirm harness straps are snug and over both shoulders and hips. You should not be
able to pinch excess webbing at the shoulder once the harness is properly secured.
Make sure the chest clip is properly fastened and positioned in the middle of the child’s
chest at armpit level.
Contre-vérifier l'installation du siège d'auto dans le véhicule :
Vérifier que les connexions du connecteur du bas ou de la ceinture de sécurité du véhicule
au véhicule sont serrées et solides.
Vérifier que le siège d'auto ne peut pas bouger de plus de 2,5 cm (1 po) d'avant en
arrière ou d'un côté à l'autre au chemin de sangle.
Contre-vérifier le positionnement de l'enfant dans le siège d'auto :
Tirer brusquement sur la boucle pour s'assurer que le raccordement est bon.
Vérifier que les sangles du harnais sont bien ajustées et passent sur les épaules et sur les
hanches. On ne devrait pas pouvoir pincer un excès de sangle de harnais aux épaules de
l'enfant.
S'assurer que l'attache de poitrine est fixée correctement et qu'elle est placée au milieu
de la poitrine de l'enfant, au niveau des aisselles.
Britax Child Safety, Ltd.
P.O. Box 7289,
RPO Brunswick Square,
Saint John NB E2L 9Z9.
A Britax Childcare Group Limited
company
Manufactured in Charlotte, NC, USA
Une société de Britax Childcare
Group Limited
Tel. : 1 888 427-4829
Britax USA.com