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User Guide
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Table of Contents
Safety Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-5
Child Restraint Features. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7
Vehicle Safety Belts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Vehicle Seating Positions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Rear Facing Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-15
Rear Facing LATCH Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-11
Rear Facing Lap-Shoulder Belt Installation . . . . . . . . . . 12-13
Rear Facing Lap Belt Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-15
Forward Facing Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16-20
Forward Facing LATCH Installation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16-17
Forward Facing Lap-Shoulder Belt Installation. . . . . . . . 18-19
Forward Facing Lap Belt Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Switching the LATCH Connectors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Installation In Aircraft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Versa-Tether® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23-25
Checking Buckle Position . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Recline Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Using the Buckle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Using the Chest Clip. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Securing Your Child . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-29
Checking Harness Height . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Adjusting Harness Height . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Care and Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32-35
Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
This product and its components are subject to change without notice.
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• Use only in a rear-facing position when using restraint with an
infant weighing less than 20 pounds (9 kg). The American
Academy of Pediatrics recommends rear facing until at least 1
year of age and 20 pounds.
• Use only with children who weigh between 5 and 65 pounds
(2.3 and 29 kg) and whose height is 49 inches (124 cm) or less.
Rear facing 5–33 pounds (2.3–15 kg) and forward facing
maximum 65 pounds (29 kg).
• Snugly adjust the belts provided with this child restraint around
your child. A snug strap should not allow any slack. It lies in a
relatively straight line without sagging. It does not press on the
child’s flesh or push the child’s body into an unnatural position.
• Secure the top anchorage strap provided with this child restraint.
• Secure this child restraint with the vehicle’s child restraint
anchorage system if available or with a vehicle belt.
• Follow all instructions on this child restraint and in the written
instructions located on lanyard, under cover in front of seat.
• Register your child restraint with the manufacturer.
• Use vehicle belt (not LATCH connectors) for installations with
children weighing more than 48 pounds (21 kg). Refer to the
vehicle 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 48pound child is the vehicle LATCH anchor limit.
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• This child restraint must not be used in the home, in boats, or
other non-certified applications.
• Based on crash statistics, the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration recommends that parents select the rear seat as
the safest location for a properly installed child restraint. Please
study the section on Vehicle Safety Belts in this booklet to
ensure the child’s safety. If in doubt about installing the child
restraint, consult the vehicle owner’s manual.
• Secure this child restraint even when it is not occupied. In a
crash, an unsecured child restraint may injure vehicle occupants.
• When using in vehicle with air bags, refer to the vehicle owner’s
manual for child restraint installation instructions and
precautions.
• Restraint must be in the full upright position when installed in
forward facing mode with children over 33 pounds (15 kg).
• Never use the adjuster strap to lift or carry this child restraint. Doing
so could cause damage to the harness adjuster and webbing.
Always carry this child restraint by the shell or tether straps.
• The primary protection for occupants of a vehicle in a collision
is the body of the vehicle itself; a child restraint will not protect
a child when the vehicle is seriously impacted. However,
correctly installed, a child restraint will substantially improve the
chances for survival in most crashes. Make sure that all users
fully understand the correct ways to use this child restraint in a
vehicle.
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Safety Information
Safety Information
• This child restraint system conforms to all applicable Federal
motor vehicle safety standards. This restraint is certified for use
in motor vehicles and aircraft.
• Visit BritaxUSA.com to register your restraint online!
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
1-888-327-4236.
WARNING! DO NOT place a 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.
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IMPORTANT
• Verify that the child restraint is secure and that the harness is
properly adjusted around the child each time the child restraint
is used.
• Adjust the harness to fit the clothes the child is wearing. The fit for
a child in winter clothes will differ from a child in summer clothes.
• Cover the restraint when the vehicle is parked in direct sunlight.
Parts of the child restraint could become hot enough to burn the
child.
• Store the child restraint in a safe place when it is not being used.
Avoid placing heavy objects on top of it.
• Discontinue use of a child restraint that is older than six years or
has been in a severe crash to prevent injury due to deterioration
or hidden damage.
• Do not leave children alone in a vehicle, even for a short time.
• Do not, except as described in this booklet, attempt to disassemble any part of the child restraint or change the way its harness or
the vehicle restraint belts are used.
• Do not leave loose objects, e.g. books, bags, etc., in the back of a
vehicle. In the event of a sudden stop, loose objects will keep
moving, potentially causing serious injuries.
• Do not leave folding vehicle seats unlatched. In the event of a
sudden stop, a loose seat back could prevent the child restraint
from protecting the child as well as it should.
• Do not allow children to play with the child restraint.
• Do not use anything to raise the restraint off the vehicle seat. In
an crash, it could slide and may not protect the child as well as it
should.
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Restraint Features
Restraint Features
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1
2
16
3
4
5
6
7
8
Harness Slots
Comfort Pads
Chest Clip
HUGS™
Shoulder Pads
5 Harness
6 Harness Holder
7 Harness Adjuster
Lever (under cover)
8 Buckle & Belly Pad
9 Harness Adjuster Strap
10 Perma-Book™ (under cover)
11 LATCH Connector
12 Recline Handle
1
2
3
4
6
9
10
11
5
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
12
13
13
14
15
16
LATCH Adjuster
LATCH Harness
Cover
Versa-Tether® Pouch
11
24
14
17 Harness Yoke
18 Forward Facing Lock-off
19 LATCH Connector Pouch (under
cover)
20 Belt Guard
21
22
23
24
LATCH Bar
Booklet Storage
Rear Facing Lock-off
Base
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Vehicle Safety Belts
NOTE: The information in this section applies
only to installation with vehicle belts.
IMPORTANT: Some vehicles have no seating
positions which are compatible with this child
restraint, or any other child restraint. If in
doubt, contact the vehicle manufacturer for
assistance.
The following types of vehicle belts are not
compatible with this child restraint:
Front vehicle belts with top or bottom
anchorage points in the door.
Motor driven automatic vehicle belts.
Three-point belts that have separate
retractors for the shoulder section and
the lap section.
Non-locking (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 or use LATCH connectors.
This child restraint can fit securely in most vehicles using the existing
vehicle belts. However, some types of vehicle designs prevent a secure fit
of the child restraint due to the position of the vehicle belt lower
anchorage points.
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Vehicle Seating Positions
WARNING:
• Forward facing vehicle seats MUST be used with this child
restraint. Side facing or rear facing seats CANNOT be used.
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Installation: Rear Facing
Installation: Rear Facing
Rear Facing
LATCH Installation
• Figure A illustrates a typical rear facing
LATCH installation.
1 Verify that your vehicle is equipped with
LATCH anchors.
• If LATCH anchors are not installed, you
must use standard vehicle belt installation
methods.
2 If stored, remove LATCH connectors
from storage pouches under cover.
3 Press and hold the LATCH adjuster release
button, then pull to lengthen LATCH
harness to full length.
4 Fully recline the restraint and place it
sideways on the vehicle seat, with the
front facing toward you.
5 Verify that the LATCH harness is not
twisted, then attach the farthest connector
to LATCH anchor (Fig. B).
A
B
• A positive click confirms attachment.
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Removal
• Release each LATCH harness from the LATCH anchor by
pressing the red release button on the LATCH connector.
• If connected, disconnect the Versa-Tether from the tether
anchor.
• When not in use, always store the LATCH connectors in
storage pouches sewn in cover above rear facing lock-offs.
• A positive click confirms attachment.
• If LATCH connectors will not attach with a
positive click, it may be necessary to switch
the LATCH connectors as shown on page 21.
6 Rotate seat into rear facing position.
7 Verify that the LATCH harness is not
twisted, then attach the closest connector
to LATCH anchor (Fig. C).
8 Push the child restraint firmly into the
vehicle seat while pulling each LATCH
harness tight (Fig. D).
9 Verify that all connections are secure and
the restraint is stable.
NOTE:
• The back angle of the child restraint
should not exceed 45º when properly
D
installed in the rear facing position.
• Installation can be improved by the use of the Versa-Tether®
(see pages 23–25). The recline angle can be adjusted by
tightening the tether as described on page 24, using anchor
point 3.
• If there is a problem stabilizing the child restraint, place a rolled
towel in the crease of the vehicle 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 the child.
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Installation: Rear Facing
Installation: Rear Facing
7 Position both sections of vehicle belt
through the rear facing lock-off farthest
from vehicle buckle, then close lock-off arm
(Fig. E).
Rear Facing
Lap-Shoulder Belt Installation
• Figure A illustrates a typical rear facing
lap-shoulder belt installation.
• When not in use, always store the LATCH
connectors in storage pouches sewn in
cover above rear facing lock-offs.
1 Place the child restraint rear facing and in
A
full recline position on the vehicle seat.
2 Open rear facing lock-off farthest from
where the vehicle belt will be buckled.
3 Pull the vehicle belt out, then pass it
through the first rear facing belt slot (Fig. B).
• The vehicle belt can be routed over or
under the cover.
4 Route vehicle belt behind and under
the buckle strap, then through the
second rear facing belt slot.
B
5 Verify that the vehicle belt is not
twisted, then buckle (Fig. C).
6 Push the restraint firmly into the seat
while removing slack from the lap portion
of the vehicle belt, then the shoulder
portion (Fig. D).
• Lock-off is properly closed when a positive
click is heard.
• To prevent breakage, never bend the lockoff arm up or down.
8 Verify that the vehicle belt is tight and D
the child restraint is stable.
NOTE:
• The back angle of the child restraint
should not exceed 45º when properly
installed in the rear facing position.
• Installation can be improved by the
use of the Versa-Tether® (see pages
23–25). The recline angle can be
adjusted by tightening the tether as
described on page 24, using anchor
E
point 3.
• If there is a problem stabilizing the child restraint, place a rolled
towel in the crease of the vehicle 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 the child.
Removal
Release the tether, if used, then reverse the above directions.
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Installation: Rear Facing
Installation: Rear Facing
7 Position the vehicle belt through the
rear facing lock-off farthest from the
vehicle buckle, then close lock-off arm
(Fig. D).
Rear Facing
Lap Belt Installation
• Figure A illustrates a typical rear facing lap
belt installation.
• When not in use, always store the LATCH
connectors in storage pouches sewn in
cover above rear facing lock-offs.
1 Place the child restraint rear facing and in
full recline position on the vehicle seat.
2 Open rear facing lock-off farthest from
where the vehicle belt will be buckled.
3 Pull the vehicle belt out, then pass it
through the closest rear facing belt slot
(Fig. B).
• Lock-off is properly closed when a positive
click is heard.
• To prevent breakage, never bend the lockoff arm up or down.
A
• The vehicle belt can be routed over or
under the restraint cover.
4 Route vehicle belt behind and under the
buckle strap, then through the second rear
facing belt slot.
5 Verify that the vehicle belt is not
twisted, then buckle (Fig. C).
6 Push the child restraint firmly into the
vehicle seat while removing slack from the
vehicle belt.
B
8 Verify that the vehicle belt is tight and D
the child restraint is stable.
NOTE:
• The back angle of the child restraint should not exceed 45º when
properly installed in the rear facing position.
• Installation can be improved by the use of the Versa-Tether®
(see pages 23–25). The recline angle can be adjusted by
tightening the tether as described on page 24, using anchor
point 3.
• If there is a problem stabilizing the child restraint, place a rolled
towel in the crease of the vehicle 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 the child.
Removal
Release the tether, if used, then reverse the above directions.
C
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Installation: Forward Facing
Installation: Forward Facing
8 Kneel on the child restraint to force it
into the vehicle seat while pulling each
LATCH harness tight (Fig. D).
9 Verify that all connections are secure
and the restraint is stable.
Forward Facing
LATCH Installation
• Figure A illustrates the forward facing
LATCH harness routing.
1 Verify that your vehicle is equipped with
LATCH anchors.
• Installation can be improved by the use of
the Versa-Tether® (see pages 23–25).
• If LATCH anchors are not installed, you must
use standard vehicle belt installation methods.
2 If stored, remove LATCH connectors from A
storage pouches under cover.
3 Press and hold the LATCH adjuster release
button, then pull to lengthen LATCH
harness to full length.
4 Place the restraint sideways on the vehicle
seat, with the back facing toward you.
• Restraint must be in the full upright
position when installed in forward facing
mode with children over 33 pounds (15kg).
5 Verify that LATCH harness is not
twisted, then loosely attach the farthest
connector to LATCH anchor (Fig. B).
B
• A positive click confirms attachment.
• If LATCH connectors will not attach with a
positive click, it may be necessary to switch
the LATCH connectors as shown on page
21.
Removal
D
• Release each LATCH harness from
the LATCH anchor by pressing the
red release button on the LATCH connector.
• If connected, disconnect the Versa-Tether from the tether
anchor.
• When not in use, always store the LATCH connectors in
storage pouches sewn in cover above rear facing lock-offs.
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.
6 Rotate seat into forward facing position.
7 Verify that LATCH harness is not
twisted, then loosely attach the closest C
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Installation: Forward Facing
Installation: Forward Facing
4 Rotate the forward facing lock-off down
to open.
Forward Facing
Lap-Shoulder Belt Installation
• Only use lock-off farthest from where the
vehicle belt is buckled.
• Figure A illustrates the forward facing lapshoulder vehicle belt route.
• When not in use, always store the LATCH
connectors in storage pouches sewn in
cover above rear facing lock-offs.
1 Place the child restraint forward facing
A
on the vehicle seat.
• Restraint must be in the full upright
position when installed in forward facing
mode with children over 33 pounds (15kg).
2 Pull the vehicle belt out, then pass it over
the LATCH bar, through the forward facing
belt slots, then over the LATCH bar on the
other side (Fig. B).
3 Verify that the vehicle belt is not
twisted, then buckle (Fig. C).
5 Remove slack from the lap portion of the
vehicle belt.
6 Kneel on the child restraint to force it
into the vehicle seat while pulling the D
shoulder portion of the vehicle belt
tightly through the lock-off to remove
slack (Fig. D).
7 Hold the shoulder belt tight, then rotate
the lock-off upward until it clicks in place
(Fig. E).
• Lock-off is not engaged and vehicle belt is
not secured until a click is heard.
B
8 Verify that the vehicle belt is tight and
the child restraint is secure.
E
• See Checking Buckle Position on page 26.
• Installation can be improved by the use of the Versa-Tether® (see pages
23–25).
Removal
Release the tether, if used, then reverse the above directions.
C
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Switching the LATCH Connectors
Installation: Forward Facing
Forward Facing
Lap Belt Installation
• Figure A illustrates the forward facing lap
belt only vehicle belt route.
• When not in use, always store the LATCH
connectors in storage pouches sewn in
cover above rear facing lock-offs.
1 Place the child restraint forward facing
on the vehicle seat.
A
• Restraint must be in the full upright
position when installed in forward facing
mode with children over 33 pounds (15kg).
2 Pull the vehicle belt out, then pass it
under the LATCH bar, through the
forward facing belt slots, then under the
LATCH bar on the other side (Fig. B).
3 Verify that the vehicle belt is not
twisted, then buckle.
4 Kneel on the child restraint to force it
into the vehicle seat while removing slack
from the vehicle belt (Fig. C).
5 Verify that the vehicle belt is tight and
the child restraint is secure.
B
• See Checking Buckle Position on page 26.
• Installation can be improved by the use of
the Versa-Tether® (see pages 23–25).
If the LATCH connector will not properly
connect to the LATCH bar in the vehicle,
the connectors must be switched from one
side to the other. This will ensure that the
connectors are correctly aligned.
1 Lift the front of the cover to access the
LATCH bar.
2 Slide one connector through both rear D
facing belt slots to the opposite side of
the restraint, so that both connectors are
on the same side of the restraint (Fig. D).
3 Loosen the loop on one connector (Fig. E).
4 Thread the other connector through
the loop created in step 3 to switch
positions (Fig. F).
5 Slide the connector which is now
closest to the front of the restraint
through both rear facing belt slots to E
the opposite side of the restraint, so
that each connector is in proper
position on the LATCH bar.
6 Replace cover and continue with
installation procedure.
Removal
Release the tether, if used, then reverse the
above directions.
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F
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Versa-Tether®
Installation in Aircraft
This child restraint is certified for aircraft use. Most airlines in the
U.S. and Canada will allow the use of a child restraint, if it is
labeled as an approved child restraint for airline use and fits
properly on the plane. Contact the airline about their policy prior
to traveling.
• Place the child restraint next to a
window to avoid blocking the aisle.
• If the aircraft lap belt is too short,
ask the flight attendant for a Belt
Extender.
Rear Facing Installation
For rear facing aircraft installation (Fig.
A), follow instructions on pages 14–15. A
Forward Facing Installation
For forward facing aircraft installation
(Fig. B), follow instructions on page 20.
B
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WARNING: WHEN USING THE RESTRAINT IN FORWARD FACING
MODE, ATTACH THE VERSA-TETHER ONLY TO TETHER ANCHORS
IDENTIFIED BY THE VEHICLE MANUFACTURER AS TETHER
ANCHORAGE POINTS. USE OF OTHER LOCATIONS IS NOT
APPROVED OR PERMITTED.
• Britax® recommends that the tether be used at all times. Using
the tether will improve the stability of the child restraint and
reduce the risk of injury.
• If the vehicle does not currently have a tether anchor
attachment, refer to the vehicle owner’s manual or contact
the vehicle manufacturer for assistance.
• If a tether anchorage is not available, DO NOT modify the
vehicle without advice from the vehicle manufacturer.
• DO NOT hook the Versa-Tether to the bottom of a vehicle
seat adjuster!
NOTE:
• The back angle of the child restraint should not exceed 45º when
properly installed in the rear facing position.
• The rear facing recline angle can be adjusted by tightening the
tether as described on page 24, using anchor point 3.
• It may be necessary to loosen the tether and vehicle seat belt
before adjusting the recline position.
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Versa-Tether®
Versa-Tether®
Using the Versa-Tether
Using the Rear Facing Tether Connector Strap
1 Once the child restraint is in a secure, seat belted position, locate the
tether on the rear of the restraint.
2 Press and hold the tether adjuster release button, then pull to fully
extend tether strap into a V-shape.
3 Locate the hook on the strap.
4 Hook the tether to an anchor point.
• See figure A for forward facing installation.
• See figures B or C for rear facing installation.
5 Pull the adjuster strap to remove all slack.
6 Verify that there is tension in the tether strap and that child
restraint is properly secured.
IMPORTANT: Only use the tether
connector strap (Fig. D) for rear facing
tether installation.
Because every vehicle model is different,
sometimes you cannot find a location to
properly anchor the tether, or the
structural part of the seat is too large for
the hook. Use the tether connector strap
D
to assist in creating an anchor point.
1 Find a fixed vehicle seat belt anchor or vehicle seat leg that is bolted
to the floor that the strap can be wrapped around.
2 Loop the strap around the metal anchor (Fig. D).
3 Take the metal D-ring and thread it through the webbing loop on
the other end of the strap.
4 Pull the metal D-ring all the way through until the strap is tight
around the metal anchor.
5 Use the D-ring as an attachment point for the hook on the tether
strap. Refer to pages 23 – 24 for instructions on using the tether.
Forward Facing
Rear Facing Swedish Method
1
2
A
B
45Ê
3
Rear Facing Australian Method
1
C
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2
45Ê
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Using the Buckle
Checking Buckle Position
WARNING: The position of the vehicle belt
buckle can affect the stability of the child
restraint. In an accident, an improperly
positioned buckle could become loose
and the child would be unprotected.
If the buckle lies near the position marked
as wrong ( ) when the vehicle belt is tightened, try fitting the child restraint in another
seating position in the vehicle.
If it is not possible to achieve the correct
position ( ) for the buckle, then another
seating position MUST be used.
IMPORTANT: Check that the child restraint
is secure before each trip.
Fastening the Buckle
• Hold the buckle with one hand.
• Use the other hand to insert one
tongue at a time into the buckle.
Proper connection is confirmed with a
positive click after inserting the
second buckle tongue.
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Unbuckle
Releasing the Buckle
• Brace the rear of the buckle with
hand.
• Use thumb to press release button
until tongues are ejected from buckle.
IMPORTANT: Periodically clean the buckle to ensure proper
operation. See section, Cleaning the Buckle, on page 35.
Using the Chest Clip
Recline Adjustment
IMPORTANT: This child restraint
can be used in the upright or full
recline position with children up to
33 pounds (15 kg), and upright
position only with children above
33 pounds.
Pull the recline handle, then slide
the restraint shell into the desired
position. Release the recline
handle, then verify that the child
restraint has locked into position.
Buckle
Fastening the Chest Clip
Fasten the chest clip by pushing the two
halves together until a positive click is
heard.
IMPORTANT: The correct height for the
chest clip is at the middle of the chest, level
with the armpit.
Releasing the Chest Clip
Release the chest clip by squeezing the
middle tab, then pull the two pieces apart.
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Securing Your Child
Securing Your Child
Once the child restraint has been
installed in the vehicle, follow these
instructions to secure the child.
1 Loosen the harness by lifting the
adjuster lever located in front of the
restraint, then pull the shoulder straps
forward (Fig. A).
2 Unfasten the chest clip by squeezing the A
middle tab (Fig. B).
3 Unfasten the buckle by pressing down on
the release button.
4 Move the harness straps to the side of
the restraint.
• Use the harness holder located on the
straps and side of the cover to aid in
holding the straps.
5 Place child in the restraint.
6 Position the harness straps around the
child and fasten the child restraint buckle
(Fig C) and chest clip (Fig. D).
B
• Proper connection of the buckle is
confirmed with a positive click after
inserting the second buckle tongue.
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 the child's body.
8 Slowly pull the adjuster strap to tighten
the harness around the child (Fig. E).
IMPORTANT: Snugly adjust the belts
provided with this child restraint around
your child. A snug strap should not allow D
any slack. It lies in a relatively straight
line without sagging. It does not press
on the child’s flesh or push the child’s
body into an unnatural position.
9 Position the chest clip at the middle of the
child's chest, level with the child's armpit
(Fig. F).
10 Verify that harness is not twisted and
child is properly secured.
11 See Checking Harness Height on E
page 30.
IMPORTANT:
• Always pull on the harness after securing
the child to make sure the buckle and
harness are locked. If not, the buckle or
adjuster area may be clogged with food,
drink, or objects that need to be removed.
See pages 33 and 35 for cleaning
instructions.
• Always make sure that the harness is tight
before each use, or after any adjustments.
F
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Adjusting Harness Height
Checking Harness Height
To Check Harness Height:
Harness Height Adjustment
1 Place child in restraint, then secure
harness (see pages 28–29).
2 Observe where the shoulder harness is
positioned on the child.
• Rear Facing Strap Height: Harness
straps should be located in the nearest
slot at or below the child’s shoulder.
• Forward Facing Strap Height: Harness
straps should be located in the nearest
slot at or above the child’s shoulder.
3 If harness height is okay, continue using
child restraint without adjustment. If
harness height requires adjustment, refer to
Adjusting Harness Height on page 31.
IMPORTANT: Once the top slots become
necessary, the child may continue to use
the restraint until the top of the ears
become level with the top of the restraint
shell or child’s weight exceeds 65 pounds
(29.5 kg).
1 Loosen the harness by lifting the harness
adjuster 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 A
the front of the restraint.
NOTE: Do not remove HUGS pads for
forward facing use. Removal of HUGS is
optional for rear facing use only.
4 Thread the harness straps through the
appropriate harness height slots (Fig. C).
5 Reattach harness straps to the yoke
(Fig. B).
6 Pull harness adjuster strap to tighten the B
harness.
7 Verify that all straps are threaded at the
same height and are not twisted.
Rear Facing
Strap Height
Forward Facing
Strap Height
C
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Care and Maintenance
Care and Maintenance
Cover Removal
Cleaning the Cover
1 Loosen the harness by lifting the harness adjuster lever while pulling
the shoulder straps forward as far as possible.
2 Unhook the shoulder straps from the yoke on the rear of child
restraint.
3 Remove the belly pad from the buckle.
4 Pull upper harness straps through the shell and cover, to the front
of the restraint.
5 Gently remove the upper portion of the cover. Be careful not to
damage the energy absorbing foam.
6 Pull the lower harness straps, buckle tongues, chest clip, and buckle
through the slots in the cover.
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.
HAND WASH, using cold water and mild
soap.
LINE DRY, to prevent cover from
shrinking.
DO NOT: Bleach, machine wash, machine dry, or
Refitting the Cover
Periodically check the adjuster area to be sure it is clean and free
of food, coins, dirt, and other objects. If debris is present, it must be
removed to prevent interference with the adjuster mechanism.
BRUSH AWAY LOOSE DEBRIS, using a soft bristled brush.
SPONGE CLEAN, using warm water and mild soap.
TOWEL DRY
DO NOT: Use solvents, abrasive cleaners, or disassemble the
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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iron.
Cleaning the Shell
SPONGE CLEAN, using warm water and mild soap.
TOWEL DRY
DO NOT: Use solvents, abrasive cleaners, or disassemble the
harness.
Cleaning the Harness
SPONGE CLEAN, using warm water and mild soap.
TOWEL DRY
DO NOT: Bleach, machine wash, machine dry, or disassemble
the harness.
Cleaning the Harness Adjuster
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Care and Maintenance
Care and Maintenance
Buckle Removal
Cleaning the Buckle
1 Fully recline the child restraint.
2 Locate the metal buckle strap
retainer on bottom of the
restraint.
3 Pull retainer away from child A
restraint to loosen.
4 Turn the retainer so that the short side will go through the slot
in the restraint shell (Fig. A).
5 Push the retainer through slots in the shell and cover, to the front
of the restraint.
If a child eats and drinks while in
the restraint, the buckle may
need to be periodically checked
and cleaned of any accumulated
debris or dried liquids.
B
THOROUGHLY RINSE, using
warm water (Fig. B).
Unbuckle
Buckle
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
C
after inserting the second
buckle tongue (Fig. C). If
click is not heard, repeat
cleaning procedure.
TOWEL DRY
DO NOT: Lubricate, use solvents, abrasive cleaners, soap or
household detergents.
Rethreading the Buckle
1 Locate the buckle slot.
2 Turn the buckle retainer so that the short side will go through the
slot in the cover and restraint shell (Fig. A).
3 Pull buckle away from restraint until tight, then verify that the
strap is not twisted and the release button is facing outward.
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Warranty
This child restraint was manufactured by Britax®. 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 using the address on the back cover of this booklet. Proof
of purchase is required.
PLEASE COMPLETE AND MAIL THE OWNER REGISTRATION CARD WITHIN (30) DAYS
OF PURCHASE.
WARRANTY LIMITATIONS
This warranty does not include damages which arise from negligence, misuse or use not
in accordance with the product instruction.
The use of non-Britax Child Safety, Inc. covers, inserts, toys, accessories, or tightening
devices is not approved by Britax. Their use could cause this restraint to fail Federal Safety
Standards or perform worse in a crash. Their use automatically voids the Britax warranty.
LIMITATION OF DAMAGES
The warranty and remedies as set forth above are exclusive and in lieu of all others, oral
or written, express or implied. In no event will Britax, or the retailer selling this product,
be liable for any damages, including incidental or consequential damages, arising out of
the use or inability to use this product.
LIMITATIONS OF WARRANTIES AND OTHER WARRANTY TERMS AND
STATE LAWS
Any implied warranties, including implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a
particular purpose, shall be limited to the duration and terms of the express written
warranty. Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts or
the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations may not apply. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may have other
rights, which vary from state to state. Neither Britax, nor the retailer selling this product,
authorizes any person to create for it any other warranty, obligation, or liability in
connection with this product.
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