Britax LATCHANCHOR Baby Carrier User Manual

Registration Information
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).
P/No. 2106865/B
Tel: 704-409-1700
BritaxUSA.com
A Britax Childcare company
R2:09/02
P213500
USE ON E
FOR R'S SID OR
DRIVEH ANCH
LATC
Britax Child Safety, Inc.
13501 South Ridge Drive
Charlotte, NC 28273
USA
Registration Information
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).
P/No. 2106865/B
Tel: 704-409-1700
BritaxUSA.com
A Britax Childcare company
R2:09/02
P213500
USE ON E
FOR R'S SID OR
DRIVEH ANCH
LATC
Britax Child Safety, Inc.
13501 South Ridge Drive
Charlotte, NC 28273
USA
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Table of Contents
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Important Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Safety Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Child Restraint Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Vehicle Safety Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Vehicle Seating Positions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Installation: Rear Facing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Switching the LATCH Connectors . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Installation: Forward Facing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Checking Buckle Position. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Installation In Aircraft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Versa-Tether™ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Recline Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Using the Buckle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Using the Chest Clip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Securing Your Child . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Checking Harness Height . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Adjusting Harness Height . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Care and Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
This product and its components are subject to change without notice.
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Introduction
Read and understand this information booklet before using this
product. It is recommended that you store this booklet so you can
consult it often to ensure that you are using the restraint correctly.
This child restraint is designed for use only by children who weigh
between 5 and 40 pounds (2.3 and 18 kg) and whose height is
between 19 and 40 inches (48 and 102 cm).
Rear facing use should be limited to children who weigh between
5 and 30 pounds (2.3 and 13.6 kg).
Forward facing use should be limited to children who weigh
between 20 and 40 pounds (9 and 18 kg).
This child restraint system conforms to all applicable Federal motor
vehicle safety standards. This restraint is certified for use in motor
vehicles and aircraft.
This child restraint must not be used in the home, in boats, or other
non-certified applications.
This child restraint is LATCH compatible.
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Important Notes
• 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 your child is wearing. The fit
for a child in winter clothes will differ from 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 to the touch
in sunny weather.
• Store the child restraint in a safe place when it is not being used.
Avoid placing heavy objects on top of it.
• Discontinue use of a child restraint that is older than six years
or has been in a severe crash. This ensures that no
deterioration or hidden damage has occurred.
• 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 seat 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.
• According to 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. However, the actual dimensions
of the vehicle seat and the details of the safety belts
used to anchor the child restraint differ from vehicle to
vehicle. Please study the section on Vehicle Seat Belts in
this booklet for the safety assurance of your child. If in
doubt about installing your child restraint, consult your
vehicle owner’s manual.
• Secure this child restraint with the vehicle belts even
when it is not occupied. In a crash, an unsecured child
restraint may injure vehicle occupants.
• When the LATCH Connectors are not in use, they must
be secured in the LATCH storage pouches.
If the LATCH connectors are loose, they may injure
vehicle occupants.
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Safety Information
• The primary protection for occupants of a vehicle in a
collision is the body of the vehicle itself, and a child
restraint will not protect a child when the vehicle is
seriously impacted. However, correctly installed, this
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
owner’s manual for child restraint installation instructions.
• Britax recommends that all child restraints be installed in
the rear seat.
• Install this child restraint only in vehicle seats which face
forward! Do not install this seat on vehicle seats facing
sideways or backwards!
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Child Restraint Features
Cover
Harness Slots
Shoulder Harness
Chest Clip
Buckle
Belly Pad
Harness Holder
Adjuster Cover
Stabilizing Bar
Cover
LATCH Adjuster
USE ON
FOR 'S SIDE R
DRIVERANCHO
LATCH
LATCH Strap
Harness Adjuster Strap
LATCH Harness Retainer
Base
Seat Shell
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Child Restraint Features
LATCH Connector Storage
pocket (under cover)
Tether Adjuster
Tether/Booklet Pouch
Cover
Tether Hook
Versa-TetherrTM
Yoke
Shoulder Harness
Harness Guard*
(not shown)
Forward Facing
Lock-off
N
EO E R
R US 'S SID O
FO IVER ANCH
DR TCH
LA
Recline Adjust Knob
LATCH Harness Retainer
Rear Facing Lock-off
LATCH Connector
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Vehicle Safety Belts
NOTE: The information in this section only
applies if you are installing the child restraint
using the vehicle seat belts. If using LATCH,
this section should be ignored.
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 seat belts with top or bottom
anchorage points in the door.
Motor driven automatic seat belts.
Three-point belts that have separate
retractors for the shoulder section and
the lap section.
Non-locking (ELR) two-point seat belts.
The owner's manual for your vehicle will
have information on the types of seat belts
in your vehicle. If you have belts of the above-listed types, select another seating position. This child restraint will work with rear seat threepoint seat belts with a sliding latch plate, and with rear seat three-point
seat belts that are specifically marked as appropriate for child restraints.
The middle rear seat of most vehicles has a lap belt which most often
will work.
This child restraint can fit securely in most vehicles using the existing seat belts.
However, some types of vehicle designs prevent a secure fit of the child
restraint due to the position of the seat belt lower anchorage points.
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Seat Belt Anchorage Points MUST Fall Within This Shaded Area
Lower Ancorage
Point
Lower Ancorage
Point
Use this simple guide to check your seat belts and determine the
safest position for your child restraint.
Use the gray shaded area on the side of this page to determine the
best position for the child restraint. Hold the page against your vehicle seat (as shown above) with the gray area toward the back of the
seat. Now check to see if the lower seat belt anchorage points are in
line with the gray or the red area of this page.
If the lower seat belt anchorage points are in the gray area, then
you can use this position for your child restraint.
If the lower seat belt anchorage points are in the red area, then
you should use another position for your child restraint.
NOTE: Although the seat belt anchorage points fall within the gray
area, a better installation may be achieved by adjusting your child
restraint to a reclining position.
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Seat Belt Anchorage Points MUST Fall Within This Shaded Area
Vehicle Safety Belts
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Vehicle Seating Positions
• 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 is off.
NOTE: Prior to installation, check that the shoulder straps are
in the correct position (see page 33 - 34).
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Installation: Rear Facing
1 Verify that your vehicle is equipped
with LATCH anchors (Fig A).
• If LATCH anchors are not installed,
you must use standard seat belt
installation methods
2 Verify that LATCH harness is routed in
rear facing slots. If not, refer to page 17 A
to switch LATCH harness.
3 Place the child restraint facing and fully
reclined on the vehicle seat.
IMPORTANT: Only use super recline
mode if necessary to obtain proper
angle, based on vehicle seat contour
(see page 29).
4 Unhook hook and loop attachments B
on the front edge of the cover, then pull
the stabilizing bar out completely. Pull
stabilizing bar upward until it clicks into
position (fig B).
IMPORTANT: Stabilizer bar must always
be extended when seat is rear facing.
5 Reattach hook and loop attachments
C
on the front edge of the cover.
6 Loosly attach each LATCH connector to the adjacent LATCH
anchor (fig C).
• A positive click confirms attachment to the LATCH anchor.
• If necessary, press silver adjuster release button, then pull to
lengthen LATCH webbing.
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Installation: Rear Facing
7 With one hand, push the child
restraint firmly into the vehicle seat
while pulling the first LATCH connector strap tight (fig D).
8 Continue pressing child restraint
firmly into the vehicle seat while
pulling the second LATCH connector
strap tight.
9 Verify that all connections are D
tight and the child restraint is secure.
10 If desired, attach Versa-Tether™ as instructed on pages 27-28.
Rear facing installation is improved by the use of the Versa-Tether™,
but it is not required.
Important
• Always store LATCH connectors when not in use by attaching to
storage rings on the side of the child restraint.
• Rear facing installation is improved by the use of the VersaTether™, but it is not required.
• If you have a problem stabilizing your child restraint, place a rolled
towel in the crease of the seat to help level the child restraint base.
Warning
• DO NOT raise the base beyond horizontal or off of the vehicle
seat, doing so will reduce the protection for your child.
Removal
• To remove the child restraint, release both LATCH connectors from
the LATCH anchors by pressing the red button.
• If connected, disconnect the Versa-Tether™ from the tether anchor.
• Always store LATCH connectors when not in use by attaching to
storage rings on the side of the child restraint.
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Installation: Rear Facing
Rear Facing Lap-Shoulder Belt
Installation
1 Recline child restraint as necessary to align
leveling line horizontal with the ground.
IMPORTANT: Only use super recline
mode if necessary to obtain proper
angle, based on vehicle seat contour A
(see page 29).
2 Unhook hook and loop attachments
on the front edge of the cover, then pull
the stabilizing bar out completely. Pull
stabilizing bar upward until it clicks into
position (fig. A).
IMPORTANT: Stabilizer bar must
always be extended when seat is rear B
facing.
NOTE: Do not reattach cover with
hook and loop until seat belt has been
routed.
3 Place the child restraint rear facing on
the vehicle seat.
4 Fully extend the vehicle belt, then hold C
the lap and shoulder sections together.
Keep the sections together as you pass the seat belt through the closest
rear facing belt slot (fig. B).
5 Route belt in front of the buckle strap, then through the second
rear facing belt slot (fig. B).
6 Fasten the seat belt, then verify that the seat belt is not twisted
(fig. C).
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Installation: Rear Facing
7 Reattach hook and loop attachments on the front edge of the
cover.
8 Press child restraint into vehicle
seat, while removing slack from
the lap portion, then the shoulder
portion of the seat belt (fig. D).
9 Maintain pressure on child
restraint, then position both sec- D
tions of seat belt through the
lock-off.
10 Close lock-off arm. Lock-off is
properly closed when a positive
click is heard (fig. E).
NOTE: It is only necessary to use
one lock-off. Always use the lockoff that is closest to the seat belt
buckle. Never bend the plastic
lock-off arm up or down to pre- E
vent breakage. Do not route
LATCH Harness through the rear facing lock-offs when installing
with vehicle seat belt.
11 If desired, attach Versa-Tether™ as instructed on pages 27-28.
Rear facing installation is improved by the use of the Versa-Tether™,
but it is not required.
12 Verify that the seat belt is tight and the child restraint is secure.
Removal
To remove the child restraint, unfasten the seat belt and reverse the
above directions.
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Installation: Rear Facing
Rear Facing Lap Belt Installation
1 Recline child restraint as necessary to
align leveling line horizontal with the
ground.
IMPORTANT: Only use super recline
mode if necessary to obtain proper
angle, based on vehicle seat contour A
(see page 29).
2 Unhook hook and loop attachments on
the front edge of the cover, then pull the
stabilizing bar out completely. Pull stabilizing bar upward until it clicks into position
(fig. A).
IMPORTANT: Stabilizer bar must always B
be extended when seat is rear facing.
NOTE: Do not reattach cover with hook
and loop until seat belt has been routed.
3 Place the child restraint rear facing on
the vehicle seat.
4 Fully extend the vehicle seat belt, then
pass it through the closest rear facing belt C
slot.
5 Route belt in front of the buckle strap, then through the second rear
facing belt slot (fig. B).
6 Fasten the seat belt, then verify that the seat belt is not twisted
(fig. C).
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Installation: Rear Facing
7 Press child restraint into vehicle
seat, while removing slack from
the seat belt (fig. D).
8 Position seat belt through the
open lock-off.
9 Close lock-off arm. Lock-off is
properly closed when a positive
click is heard (fig. E).
D
NOTE: It is only necessary to use
one lock-off. Always use the lockoff that is closest to the seat belt
buckle. Never bend the plastic
lock-off arm up or down to prevent breakage. Do not route LATCH
Harness through the rear facing
lock-offs when installing with vehicle
seat belt.
E
10 Attach Versa-Tether™ as instructed on pages 27–28. Rear facinginstallation is improved by the
use of the Versa-Tether™, but is not required.
11 Verify that the seat belt is tight and the child restraint is secure.
Removal
To remove the child restraint, unfasten the seat belt and reverse the
above directions.
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Switching the LATCH Connectors
The LATCH harness must be
switched for proper alignment
in rear facing or forward facing
installations. The seat is supplied with the LATCH harness
fitted in the rear facing position. To switch the harness to
the forward facing position,
follow the instructions below:
1 Feed the complete latch harness out through the seat on
the side with the short connector strap (fig A).
2 Then feed the LATCH connector with the “For use on
Driver's side Latch Anchor”
label first, through the seat
shell as shown (fig B).
Connector labelled, “For use
on Driver's side Latch Anchor”
must be on appropriate side of
child restraint. Verify that harness is not twisted.
3 To move from forward facing
to rear facing, reverse the
above procedure.
A
B
C
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Installation: Forward Facing
Forward Facing
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
seat belt installation methods.
2 Verify that LATCH harness is A
routed in forward facing slots. If
not, refer to page 17 to switch
LATCH harness.
3 If stabilizing bar is extended
press blue release button, located
adjacent to the right side rear facing lock-off, to release and store
bar (fig. B).
4 Place the child restraint forward B
facing and fully reclined on the
vehicle seat.
5 Loosly attach each LATCH connector to the adjacent LATCH
anchor (fig C).
• A positive click confirms
attachment to the LATCH
anchor.
• If necessary, press silver adjuster
release button, then pull to
loosen LATCH webbing (fig D). C
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Installation: Forward Facing
6 With one hand, push the child
restraint firmly into the vehicle seat
while pulling the first LATCH connector strap tight (fig E).
7 Continue pressing child restraint
firmly into the vehicle seat while
pulling the second LATCH connector strap tight.
D
8 Attach Versa-Tether™ as instructed
on pages 25-26. Forward facing
installation is improved by the use
of the Versa-Tether™, but is not
required.
9 Verify that all connections are
tight and the child restraint is secure.
Removal
• To remove the child restraint,
release both LATCH connectors E
from the LATCH anchors by
pressing the red button.
• If connected, disconnect the Versa-Tether™ from the tether anchor.
• Always store LATCH connectors when not in use by attaching to
storage rings on the side of the child restraint.
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Installation: Forward Facing
Forward Facing Lap-Shoulder
Belt Installation
Shoulder
Lap
A
B
C
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Figure A illustrates a typical lapshoulder seat belt system.
1 Place the child restraint forward
facing on the vehicle seat.
2 If stabilizing bar is extended
press blue release button, located
adjacent to the right side rear facing lock-off, to release and store
bar (fig. B).
3 Pass the seat belt through both
side slots, then fasten the seat belt
and verify that it is not twisted
(fig. C).
4 Before continuing, make sure
that the lap portion of the seat belt
passes under BOTH lap belt positioning guides (fig. D).
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Installation: Forward Facing
5 Press the lock-off tab to open the lock-off
(fig. E).
NOTE: It is only necessary to use one lockoff. Always use the forward facing lock-off
that is furthest from the seat belt buckle.
6 Pull the shoulder portion of the seat belt
through the lock-off to remove all slack
(fig. F).
7 Hold the shoulder belt tight, then push
the lock-off tab until it clamps the seat belt
in place (fig. G).
IMPORTANT: Lock-off is not engaged and
vehicle belt is not secured until a click is
heard or felt.
NOTE: Forward facing installation is improved
by the use of the Versa-Tether™, but is not
required.
8 Verify that the seat belt is tight and the
child restraint is secure.
9 See Checking Buckle Position on Page 23.
E
F
Removal
To remove the child restraint, simply
unfasten the seat belt and reverse the
above directions.
G
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Installation: Forward Facing
Forward Facing Lap Belt
Installation
A
B
C
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Figure A illustrates a typical lap belt only
seat belt system.
1 Place the child restraint forward facing
on the vehicle seat.
2 If stabilizing bar is extended press blue
release button, located adjacent to the
right side rear facing lock-off, to release
and store bar. (fig. B).
3 Pass the seat belt through both side
slots, then fasten the seat belt and verify
that it is not twisted (fig. C).
4 Before continuing, make sure that the
lap belt passes under BOTH lap belt positioning guides (fig. D).
NOTE: Forward facing installation is
improved by the use of the Versa-Tether™,
but is not required.
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Installation: Forward Facing
5 Press child restraint into vehicle seat,
while removing slack from the lap portion
of the seat belt (fig. E).
6 Verify that the seat belt is tight and the
child restraint is secure.
7 See Checking Buckle Position below.
Removal
To remove the child restraint, unfasten the
seat belt and reverse the above directions.
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Checking Buckle Position
WARNING: The position of the vehicle seat
belt buckle can affect the stability of your
child restraint. In an accident an improperly positioned buckle could come loose and
your child would be unprotected.
When the vehicle belt is tightened, if the
buckle lies near the position marked as
wrong, ( ) then try fitting your child restraint
in another seating position in your vehicle.
If it is not possible to achieve the correct
position ( ) for the buckle then another
seating position MUST be used.
IMPORTANT: Check that your child
restraint is secure before each trip.
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Installation In Aircraft
This child restraint is certified for use on aircraft. Most airlines in
the U.S. and Canada will allow you to use a child restraint if it is
labeled as an approved child restraint for airline use and fits properly on the plane. Contact your airline about their policy prior to
travelling.
• Use your child restraint only on forward facing aircraft seats!
• 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
Install your child restraint rear
facing in an aircraft according to
pages 15-16.
Forward Facing Installation
A
B
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Install your child restraint forward facing in an aircraft according to pages 22-23.
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Versa-TetherTM
NEVER ATTACH A FORWARD FACING TETHER TO A LOCATION
THAT IS NOT RECOMMENDED BY YOUR VEHICLE MANUFACTURER OR TO A LOCATION THAT YOU BELIEVE IS INCORRECT
OR NOT STRONG ENOUGH. IF THE TETHER ANCHOR COMES
LOOSE IN A CRASH, THE METAL HOOK CAN INJURE VEHICLE
OCCUPANTS.
• 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 anchorage is not available, you should NOT modify
your vehicle without advice from your vehicle manufacturer.
Forward Facing Versa-Tether
1 Once your child restraint is in a secure, seat belted position, facing
forward, locate the tether and remove from pouch.
2 Push the adjuster button, then pull to fully extend tether.
3 Locate the tether anchor in your vehicle. Use a tether anchor in
location a or b in the illustration on page 26.
IMPORTANT: If in doubt about your tether anchorage point or if your
vehicle is not equipped with a tether anchorage point, check your
vehicle owner’s manual or contact your vehicle manufacturer for
assistance.
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Versa-TetherTM
4 Hook the tether to the tether anchor point, then pull on the
tether belt to remove any slack.
5 Verify that there is tension in the tether strap and that child
restraint is properly secured.
Releasing the Versa-Tether
To release the Versa-Tether, push the adjuster button down and
inwards on the tether strap, and pull to loosen. Unhook the tether from tether anchor point to release child restraint. This method
occasionally may be difficult. An alternative method is to release
the seat belt first.
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Versa-TetherTM
Rear Facing Versa-Tether
1 Locate the tether and remove from pouch.
2 Push the adjuster button, then pull to fully extend tether.
3 Locate the hook on the strap. The hook latch can be opened and
closed by pressing your thumb against the latch.
4 Place the restraint in the selected vehicle seating position. Follow the
section Installation: Rear Facing on pages 11-16.
5 Locate an acceptable location for the tether to be anchored.
Use a., b., or c., whichever provides a more stable and secure
mounting. Check your vehicle owner’s manual or contact
your vehicle’s manufacturer for proper tether attachment
anchorages.
WARNING: DO NOT Hook the Versa-Tether to the bottom of a
vehicle seat adjuster!
6 Attach the tether hook to the anchor, then tighten by pulling the
adjustment strap until all slack is removed.
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Versa-TetherTM
7 Verify that there is tension in the tether strap and that child
restraint is properly secured.
IMPORTANT: The proper child restraint angle is the angle where your
child rests comfortably back, but never more than 45 degrees from
vertical.
Releasing the Versa-Tether
To release the Versa-Tether, push the adjuster button down and
inwards on the tether strap, and pull to loosen. Unhook the tether from tether anchor point to release child restraint. This method
occasionally may be difficult. An alternative method is to release
the seat belt first.
Using the Tether Connector Strap (rear facing only)
Sometimes it is not possible to 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 connecting to an anchor point.
1 Locate a seat frame bar, vehicle seat leg, or a fixed vehicle seat belt
anchor that is bolted to the floor which the strap can be wrapped
around.
2 Loop the strap around the metal
anchor, then take the metal d-ring
and lace it through the hole on the
other side of the strap.
3 Pull the metal d-ring all the way
through until strap is tight around
the tether anchor.
4 Attach the tether hook to the
strap or d-ring.
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Recline Adjustment
Pull blue recline latch up to adjust
seat into one of four normal positions (fig A).
If the level line is not horizontal
with the ground in normal recline
mode, it may be necessary to install
the child restraint in super recline
mode to obtain the proper seat
angle. To adjust to super recline
mode, push yellow latch down
while pulling up on blue recline
latch, then pull seat shell to slide it
into super recline mode (fig B).
Once in super recline mode, use
recline adjust knob to adjust the
seat angle so that level line is horizontal with the ground.
To return seat to normal recline
mode, hold base with one hand,
while lifting the top of seat shell
upward with the other hand.
A
B
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Using the Buckle
Fastening the Buckle
1 Hold the buckle with one hand.
2 Use your other hand to insert one
tongue at a time into the buckle. Proper
connection is confirmed with a positive
click after inserting the second buckle
tongue.
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.
NOTE: Periodically clean the buckle to ensure proper operation. See
section Cleaning the Buckle on page 38.
Using the Chest Clip
Open the chest clip by squeezing
the middle tabs, then pulling the
two pieces apart.
IMPORTANT: The correct height
for the chest clip is at the middle of
the chest, level to the armpit.
Always make sure that the harness
is tight before each use or after any
adjustments.
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Securing Your Child
Once the child restraint has been
installed in the vehicle, follow
these instructions to secure your
child in the child restraint.
1 Loosen the harness by lifting the
adjuster lever located in front of the
seat, while pulling the shoulder
straps forward (fig. A).
A
2 Unfasten the chest clip by squeezing the middle tab. (fig. B).
3 Unfasten the buckle by pressing
the release button (fig. C).
4 Move the harness straps to the
side of the seat. Use the hook and
loop fastener located on the straps
and side of the cover to aid in holding the straps.
5 Place child in the child restraint. B
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.
C
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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 (fig. D).
8 Slowly pull the adjuster strap to
tighten the harness around the
child (fig. E).
IMPORTANT: Harness should have D
a comfortable, but SNUG fit
around the child. A snug fit allows
you to place two fingers between
your child's body and the harness.
9 Fasten the chest clip by connecting the two halves together.
IMPORTANT: The correct height
for the chest clip is at the middle of
the chest, level with the child's
E
armpit.
10 Verify that harness is not twisted
and child is properly secured (fig. F).
11 See Checking Harness Height on
page 33.
F
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Checking Harness Height
The shoulder harness MUST be threaded through the slots in the
cover and shell nearest the top of your child’s shoulders. If in any
doubt always use the slot above the shoulders rather than below.
To Check Harness Height:
1 Place child in child restraint and secure harness (see pages 31-32).
2 Observe where the shoulder harness is positioned on your child.
3 Use diagrams below to determine if an adjustment is necessary.
4 If harness height is okay, continue using child restraint without
adjustment. If harness height requires adjustment, refer to Adjusting
Harness Height on page 34.
NOTE: Once the top slots become necessary, your child may continue
to use the seat until the center of the ears become level with the top
of the seat shell or weight exceeds 40 pounds (18 kg).
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Adjusting Harness Height
Harness Height Adjustment
1 Loosen the harness by lifting the
adjuster lever located in the front
of the seat while pulling the shoulder straps forward as far as possible
(fig. A).
2 From the rear of the child
restraint, pull the yoke over the top A
of the harness guard, unhook the
shoulder harness from the yoke
(fig. B).
3 Pull straps through the shell and
cover, to the front of the seat.
4 Thread the harness straps
through the appropriate harness Harness
guard
height slots (fig. C).
5 Reattach harness straps to the
B
yoke (fig. B).
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
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Care and Maintenance
Cover Removal
1 Loosen the harness by lifting the 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 Pull straps through the shell and cover, to the front of the seat.
4 Lift cover over buckle.
5 Gently remove the upper portion of the cover, by releasing the elastic loops. Be careful not to damage the energy absorbing foam.
6 Pull the harness straps and chest clip through the slots in the cover.
7 Release the elastic loops at the bottom of the cover.
8 Gently remove the entire cover from the seat.
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.
Belly Pad Removal
1 Remove the buckle and belly pad (see page 36).
2 Slide belly pad off the buckle straps.
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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Care and Maintenance
Buckle Removal
1 Fully recline the child restraint.
2 Locate two metal buckle strap
retainers on bottom of the seat.
3 Pull each retainer away from
A
child restraint to loosen.
4 Turn each retainer so that the
short side will go through the slot in the seat shell (fig. A).
5 Push the retainer through slots in the shell and cover to the front
of the seat
Rethreading the Buckle
1 Locate the buckle slots.
2 Turn each buckle retainer so that the short side will go through
the slot in the cover and seat shell (fig. A).
3 Push each buckle retainer through the slots.
4 Make sure the plastic strips are kept on the upper surface of the
shell to keep the straps from falling through the slots.
5 Pull buckle away from seat until tight, then verify that the strap
is not twisted and the release button is facing outward.
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Care and Maintenance
Cleaning the Cover
HAND WASH using cold water and mild soap.
LINE DRY to prevent cover from shrinking.
DO NOT:
• Use bleach
• Machine wash
• Machine dry
Cleaning the Shell
SPONGE CLEAN using warm water and mild soap.
TOWEL DRY
DO NOT:
• Use solvents, detergents, or abrasive cleaners
• Remove the harness adjuster strap
Cleaning the Harness
SPONGE CLEAN using warm water and mild soap.
TOWEL DRY
DO NOT:
• Use bleach
• Machine dry
• Use solvents
• Machine wash
• Remove the harness
adjuster strap
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Cleaning the Buckle
THOROUGHLY RINSE using
warm water (fig. B).
SOAK using warm water to
loosen hardened liquid or
food.
B
TEST the buckle by fastening and unfastening until
you hear a positive click
after inserting the second
buckle tongue (fig. C).
If click is not heard
continue to clean.
TOWEL DRY
C
DO NOT:
• Lubricate
• Use solvents
• Use soap or household detergents
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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.
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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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Registration Information
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).
P/No. 2106865/B
Tel: 704-409-1700
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USA
Registration Information
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).
P/No. 2106865/B
Tel: 704-409-1700
BritaxUSA.com
A Britax Childcare company
R2:09/02
P213500
USE ON E
FOR R'S SID OR
DRIVEH ANCH
LATC
Britax Child Safety, Inc.
13501 South Ridge Drive
Charlotte, NC 28273
USA