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Roundabout®
User Guide
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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
LATCH Installation .......................................................................................12
Lap-Shoulder Belt Installation ......................................................................14
Lap-Belt Installation .....................................................................................16
Installation: Forward-facing
LATCH Installation .......................................................................................18
Lap-Shoulder Belt Installation.......................................................................20
Lap-Belt Installation .....................................................................................22
Installation: Aircraft..........................................................................................24
Installation: Versa-Tether®
Safety Information........................................................................................25
Using the Versa-Tether®...............................................................................26
Tether-Connector Strap ...............................................................................27
Energy-Absorbing Tether .............................................................................28
Child Seat Functions
Switching the LATCH Connectors................................................................29
Storing the LATCH Connectors....................................................................30
Recline Adjustment ......................................................................................30
Chest Clip.....................................................................................................30
Harness Buckle .............................................................................................31
How to Adjust Harness Slot Height..............................................................32
Securing Your Child .........................................................................................32
Care and Maintenance.....................................................................................34
Warranty ..........................................................................................................38
©2008 Britax Child Safety, Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in USA P275800 R3:1.08
This product and its components are subject to change without notice.
WARNING!
DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY can occur if the following
are not observed:
• Use only with children who weigh between 5 and 40 pounds
(2.3 and 18.1 kg.) and whose height is 40 inches (101.6 cm.) or
less. Use rear-facing for children 5 – 35 pounds (2.3 –15.9 kg.)
and forward-facing 20 – 40 pounds (9.1 – 18.1 kg.).
• 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.
• Secure this child seat with vehicle’s child seat Lower Anchors
and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) system if available or with a
vehicle belt.
• Follow all instructions on this child seat and in the written
instructions.
• Register your child seat with the manufacturer, Britax Child
Safety, Inc. by visiting www.BritaxUSA.com/registration, OR fill
out 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.
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• This child seat must not be used in the home, in boats, or in
other non-certified applications.
• Based on crash statistics, the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) recommends that parents select the
back seat as the safest location for a properly installed child
seat. Please study the Vehicle Safety Belts section in this
booklet 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 vehicle occupants 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.
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Safety Information
Safety Information
Important Notes
Certification
• Verify that the child seat is secure and 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 event of a sudden
stop, a loose seat back could prevent child seat from protecting
the child as well as it should.
• Do not allow children to play with this or any child seat.
• Do not use anything to raise the child seat off vehicle seat except
as described in these instructions. In a crash, the child seat could
slide and may not adequately protect the child.
This child seat system conforms to all applicable Federal Motor
Vehicle Safety Standards. This child seat is certified for use in motor
vehicles and aircraft.
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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, Inc., 13501 South Ridge Drive Charlotte,
NC 28273, or call 1-888-4BRITAX, or register online at www.
BritaxUSA.com/registration. For recall information, call the U.S.
Government’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY
1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.NHTSA.gov.
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 under 12.
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Safety Information
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 20 pounds. That means that if
your infant reaches 20 pounds before her first birthday, she should
remain rear-facing at least until she turns 1 year old. It is best for
children to ride rear-facing to the highest weight or height allowed
by the manufacturer.
Rear-Facing
(2 1
.5 inc
cm h
)
Weight 5 – 35 pounds (2.3 – 15.9 kg).
Use rear-facing only with children:
• who weigh between 5 and 35 lbs. (2.3 – 15.9 kg.) and
• the top of the child’s head is 1” (2.5 cm.) or more
below the top of the child seat (Fig. A) and
• the harness straps are in the nearest slots at or below
the child’s shoulders.
Forward-Facing
Weight 20 pounds (and 1 year) – 40 pounds
(9.1 – 18.1kg.)
Use forward-facing only with children:
• who are at least one year of age and
• who weigh between 20 and 40 lbs. (9.1 – 18.1 kg.)
and
• 40” (101.6 cm) or less in height and
Forward-Facing
• the top of the child’s ears are below the top of the
child seat and
• the harness straps are in the nearest slots at or above the child’s shoulders,
(Fig. B).
B
IMPORTANT: See How to Adjust Harness Slot Height on page 32.
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 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 Slot Height on page 32.
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•
•
•
•
•
WARNING!
Do NOT use the child seat forward-facing if:
the child is less than one year of age or
the child is less than 20 lbs. (9.1 kg.) in weight or
the child exceeds 40 lbs. (18.1 kg.) in weight or
the child exceeds 40” (101.6 cm) in height or
the top of the ears are above the top of the child seat or
the top harness slots fall below the child’s shoulders.
WARNING!
Do NOT use the child seat rear-facing if:
• the child is less than 5 lbs. (2.3 kg.) in weight or
• the child exceeds 35 lbs. (15.9 kg.) in weight or
• the top of the head is less than 1” (2.5 cm.) from the top of the child
seat (Fig. A) or
• the harness straps are in a slot above the child’s shoulders.
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Child Seat Features
Child Seat Features
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Cover
Serial Number and Manufactured
Date (Under Cover)
Shell
Forward-Facing Lock-Off
Forward-Facing Belt Path
Rear-Facing Belt Path
Rear-Facing Lock-Off
Base
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9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
Versa-Tether® (Top Anchorage
Strap)-in pouch
Harness Straps
Harness Yoke
Belt Guard
LATCH Adjuster Release Button
LATCH Adjuster
LATCH Connector Release Button
LATCH Connector (Stored Under
Cover)
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19
20
21
22
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Chest Clip
Harness Holders
Harness Buckle
Harness-Adjuster Release Button
Harness Adjuster Strap
Recline Handle (Front of Base)
IMPORTANT: When not in use, this user
guide should be stored under the cover.
DO NOT discard the foam inserts found
under the cover.
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Vehicle Compatibility
Vehicle Compatibility
Vehicle Safety Belts
Vehicle Buckle Positions
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 Lower Anchors and Tethers
for CHildren (LATCH).
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.
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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.
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
under 12.
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Installation: Rear-facing
Installation: Rear-facing
LATCH Installation
• Figure A illustrates a typical rear-facing LATCH
installation.
• Verify that your vehicle is equipped with LATCH
anchors. If LATCH anchors are not available, you must
use vehicle belt installation methods.
1 If stored, remove the LATCH strap and connectors
from the storage slots under the cover. See page 30.
2 Press and hold each LATCH adjuster release button,
then pull each LATCH strap to full length.
• A positive click is NOT heard when the LATCH
connector and LATCH anchor are connected.
NOTE: If a positive click is not heard, but the LATCH
A
Rear-Facing
IMPORTANT: The LATCH strap must rest behind the
child seat buckle.
3 Thread each LATCH connector through adjacent
B
rear-facing belt slot (Fig. B).
4 LATCH connectors should be in an upright
Release
position (as shown in figure C).
Button
5 Fully recline the child seat and place it sideways on
the vehicle seat with the front facing toward you.
• See Recline Adjustment on page 30.
6 Verify that the LATCH strap is not twisted and attach
the closest LATCH connector to the vehicle seat back
to the farthest LATCH anchor (Fig. D).
7 Rotate the child seat into the rear-facing position.
8 Verify that the LATCH strap is not twisted and attach
the remaining LATCH connector to the adjacent
LATCH anchor (Fig. E).
NOTE: It may be necessary to switch the LATCH
connectors as shown on page 29 if ANY of the following
conditions exist:
• LATCH connector is not in an upright position as
shown in figure C.
• LATCH strap is twisted.
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C
Top
connector is in an upright position, you should not switch
the LATCH connectors. The strap may be too tight or
twisted, or there may be debris in the LATCH connector.
9 Push the child seat firmly into the vehicle seat while
pulling each LATCH adjuster strap tight (Fig. F).
10 Verify all connections are secure and that the child
seat is secure.
• 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.
• Rear-facing installation can be improved by the use of
the Versa-Tether® see pages 25 – 28.
• The child seat is secure when it cannot be moved
more than one inch (2.5 cm) front-to-back or sideto-side at the belt path.
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.
E
F
0º
30–45º
G
90º
Removal
D
• If connected, disconnect the Versa-Tether® from the tether anchor.
• Release each LATCH harness from the LATCH anchor by pressing the red
release button on the LATCH connector.
• When not in use, always store the LATCH connectors in storage slots. See
page 30.
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Installation: Rear-facing
Installation: Rear-facing
Lap-Shoulder Belt Installation
8 Verify that the vehicle belt is tight and that
the child seat is secure.
• Figure A illustrates a typical rear-facing, lap-shoulder
belt installation.
• When not in use, always store LATCH connectors in
storage slots. See page 30.
1 Fully recline the child seat then place it rearfacing on the vehicle seat.
ARear-Facing
• See Recline Adjustment on page 30.
2 Lift the child seat cover and open the rearfacing lock-off farthest from where the
vehicle belt will be buckled (Fig. B).
3 Pull the vehicle belt out then pass it through
the first rear-facing belt slot (Fig. C).
• Vehicle belt can be routed over or under cover.
4 Route the vehicle belt across child seat then
through the second rear-facing belt slot.
IMPORTANT: The vehicle belt must rest behind the
B
child seat buckle.
5 Verify that the vehicle belt is not twisted and
then buckle (Fig. D).
6 Push the child seat firmly into the vehicle C
seat while removing slack first from the lap
portion of the vehicle belt, then the shoulder portion (Fig. E).
7 Position both sections of the vehicle belt through the lock-off, then
close the lock-off arm and replace the child seat cover (Fig. F).
• Lock-off is properly closed when a positive click is heard.
• 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 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.
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• 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.
• Rear-facing installation can be improved by the use
of the Versa-Tether® see pages 25 – 28.
• The child seat is secure when it cannot be moved
more than one inch (2.5 cm) front-to-back or sideto-side at the belt path
D
E
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.
Removal
• If connected, disconnect the Versa-Tether®
from the tether anchor.
• Press the red release button on the vehicle
belt buckle and pull the vehicle buckle from
the child seat belt path.
F
0º
30–45º
G
90º
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Installation: Rear-facing
Installation: Rear-facing
Lap-Belt Installation
8 Verify that the vehicle belt is tight and that
the child seat is secure.
• Figure A illustrates a typical rear-facing, lap-belt
installation.
• When not in use, always store the LATCH connectors
in storage slots. See page 30.
1 Fully recline the child seat, then place it rearfacing on vehicle seat.
A Rear-Facing
• See Recline Adjustment on page 30.
2 Lift the child seat cover and open rear-facing
lock-off farthest from where the vehicle belt
will be buckled (Fig. B).
3 Pull the vehicle belt out and pass it through
the closest rear-facing belt slot (Fig. C).
• The vehicle belt can be routed over or under the
child seat cover.
B
4 Route the vehicle belt across the child seat
then through the second rear-facing belt slot.
IMPORTANT: The vehicle belt must rest behind the
child seat buckle.
5 Verify that the vehicle belt is not twisted and
buckle (Fig. D).
C
6 Push the child seat firmly into the vehicle
seat while removing slack from the vehicle belt.
7 Position the vehicle belt through the lock-off, tighten the belt,
then close the lock-off arm (Fig. E) and replace the cover.
• Lock-off is properly closed when a positive click is heard.
• To prevent breakage, never extend the lock-off arm beyond its normal
open position and always keep lock-off closed when not in use.
• If your vehicle is equipped with an automatic locking retractor (ALR),
use of lock-offs is not required as long as the ALR is locked. Check your
vehicle owner’s manual to determine what type of retractor your vehicle
has, and how to lock the retractor.
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• 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.
• Rear-facing installation can be improved by the use
of the Versa-Tether® see pages 25 – 28.
• The child seat is secure when it cannot be moved
more than one inch (2.5 cm) front-to-back or sideto-side at the belt path.
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.
Removal
D
E
0º
30–45º
F
90º
• If connected, disconnect the Versa-Tether® from the tether
anchor.
• Press the red release button on the vehicle belt buckle and pull
the vehicle buckle from the child seat belt path.
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Installation: Forward-Facing
Installation: Forward-Facing
LATCH Installation
• Figure A illustrates a typical forward-facing LATCH
installation.
• Verify that your vehicle is equipped with LATCH
anchors. If LATCH 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 weighing less than
20 pounds.
4 Place the child seat sideways on the vehicle
seat, with the back facing you.
• Child seat may be in upright or recline position. See
Recline Adjustment on page 30.
A Forward-Facing
shown on page 29 if ANY of the following conditions exist:
7 Rotate the child seat into the forward-facing
position.
8 Verify that the LATCH strap is not twisted and
attach the remaining LATCH connector to the
adjacent LATCH anchor (Fig. F).
F
• A positive click confirms attachment.
Top
9 Push the child seat into the vehicle seat while
pulling each LATCH adjuster strap tight (Fig. G).
10 Attach the Versa-Tether® hook to an approved
tether anchor. Remove all slack from the tether
to secure. Store excess webbing in the tether G
pouch. See pages 25 – 28.
11 Verify all connections are secure 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 1 inch (2.5 cm.) at the belt path.
Removal
D
NOTE: If a positive click is not heard, but the LATCH connector is in an
upright position, you should not switch the LATCH connector. The strap may
be too tight or twisted, or there may be debris in the LATCH connector.
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E
• A positive click confirms attachment.
1 If stored, remove LATCH connectors from
storage slots under cover. See page 30. Pull B
both connectors completely through the child
seat’s right-side, rear-facing belt slot (Fig. B) so
they are on the outside of the shell.
2 Press each LATCH adjuster release button and
pull each LATCH adjuster strap to full length.
3 Thread the LATCH connectors through
forward-facing belt path (Fig. C) to the back C
of the child seat.
NOTE: It may be necessary to switch LATCH connectors as Release
Button
• LATCH connector is not in an upright position as
shown in figure D.
• LATCH strap is twisted.
• A positive click is NOT heard when LATCH connector
and LATCH anchor are connected.
5 Remove the Versa-Tether® from pouch and
place up and over the child seat back.
6 Verify that the LATCH strap is not twisted and
attach the closest LATCH connector to the vehicle
seat back to the farthest LATCH anchor (Fig. E).
• Disconnect the Versa-Tether® from the tether anchor.
• Release each LATCH harness from the LATCH anchor by pressing
the red release button on the LATCH connector.
• When not in use, always store the LATCH connectors in storage
slots. See page 30.
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Installation: Forward-Facing
Installation: Forward-Facing
Lap-Shoulder Belt Installation
• Figure A illustrates a typical forward-facing lapshoulder belt installation.
• When not in use, always store LATCH connectors in
storage slots. See page 30.
WARNING! This child seat must not
be used forward-facing for children
less than one year of age OR weighing less
than 20 pounds.
Forward-Facing
A
IMPORTANT: Britax recommends that the Versa-
Tether® be used at all times. Using the tether will
improve the stability of the child seat and reduce the
risk of injury. Check your vehicle owner’s manual for
approved tether anchor locations.
B
1 Place the child seat forward-facing on the
vehicle seat.
• Child seat may be in upright or recline position. See
Recline Adjustment on page 30.
2 If the vehicle is equipped with an approved
tether anchor for the chosen seating position, C
remove the Versa-Tether® from the pouch and place it up and
over the child seat back.
3 Pull the vehicle belt out and thread it through the forwardfacing belt path (Fig. B).
4 Verify that the vehicle belt is not twisted and buckle (Fig. C).
5 Rotate lever downward to open the forward-facing lock-off
farthest from where the vehicle belt is buckled.
6 Remove slack from the lap portion of the vehicle belt.
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7 Push the child seat firmly into the vehicle
seat while pulling the shoulder portion of
the vehicle belt tightly through the lock-off
(Fig. D).
8 Hold the shoulder belt tight and rotate the
lock-off upward until 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.
D
9 If the vehicle is equipped with an approved
tether anchor, attach the Versa-Tether® hook
to an approved tether anchor. Remove all E
slack from the tether to secure. Store excess
webbing in the tether pouch. See pages 25 – 28.
10 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 1 inch (2.5 cm.) at the belt path.
Removal
• If connected, disconnect the Versa-Tether® from the tether
anchor.
• Press the red release button on the vehicle belt buckle and pull
the vehicle buckle from the child seat belt path.
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Installation: Forward-Facing
Installation: Forward-Facing
Lap-Belt Installation
• Figure A illustrates a typical forward-facing, lap-belt
installation.
• When not in use, always store the LATCH connectors
in storage slots. See page 30.
WARNING! This child seat must not
be used forward-facing for children
less than one year of age OR weighing less
than 20 pounds.
Forward-Facing
A
• The child seat is secure when it cannot be moved front-to-back or side-toside more than 1 inch (2.5 cm.) at the belt path.
Removal
IMPORTANT: Britax recommends that the Versa-
Tether® be used at all times. Using the tether will
improve the stability of the child seat and reduce the
risk of injury. Check your vehicle owner’s manual for
approved tether anchor locations.
6 If the vehicle is equipped with an approved tether anchor,
attach the Versa-Tether® hook to an approved tether anchor.
Remove all slack from tether to secure. Store excess webbing in
the tether pouch. See pages 25 – 28.
7 Verify that the vehicle belt is tight, locked, and child seat is
secure.
B
• If connected, disconnect the Versa-Tether® from the tether
anchor.
• Press the red release button on the vehicle belt buckle and pull
the vehicle buckle from the child seat belt path.
1 Place the child seat forward-facing on the
vehicle seat.
• Child seat may be in upright or recline position. See
Recline Adjustment on page 30.
2 If the vehicle is equipped with an approved
tether anchor for the chosen seating position, C
remove the Versa-Tether® from the pouch and place it up and
over the child seat back.
3 Pull the vehicle belt out and thread it through the forwardfacing belt path (Fig. B).
4 Verify that the vehicle belt is not twisted and buckle (Fig. C).
5 Push the child seat firmly into vehicle seat while tightening the
vehicle belt.
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Aircraft Installation
Installation: Versa-Tether®
Aircraft Installation
Safety Information
This child seat is certified for aircraft use. Most
airlines in the U.S. and Canada 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
plane. Contact the airline about their policy
prior to traveling.
The FAA recommends that a child weighing
up to 40 pounds use a certified, harnessed
child seat while traveling on an aircraft.
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
A
For rear-facing aircraft installation (Fig. A),
follow Rear-Facing Lap-Belt Installation
instructions on pages 16 – 17.
WARNING! When using the child seat 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.
DO NOT modify the vehicle without advice from the vehicle
manufacturer if a tether anchorage is not available.
DO NOT hook the Versa-Tether® to the bottom of a vehicle seat
adjuster!
IMPORTANT:
• Britax recommends that the tether be used at all times. Using
the tether will improve the stability of the child seat 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 the
vehicle manufacturer for assistance.
• The back angle of the child seat should not exceed 45º from
vertical when properly installed in rear-facing position.
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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B
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Installation: Versa-Tether®
Installation: Versa-Tether®
Using the Versa-Tether®
1 Consult your vehicle owner’s manual for
approved tether-anchorage locations.
2 Locate the tether on the rear of the child
seat and remove the tether components
from the pouch. Place the tether up and
over the child seat back.
3 Install the child seat using the LATCH
system or the vehicle belts based on the
instructions in this manual.
4 Lift the tether release tab; then pull to fully
extend the tether strap into a “V” shape.
5 Locate the hook on the strap and loosely
attach the tether to an anchor point.
• See figure A for forward-facing installation.
• See figures B and C for rear-facing installations.
6 Secure the child seat by a seat-belt OR
with the LATCH connectors.
7 Pull the tether adjuster strap to remove all
slack.
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 1 inch
(2.5 cm.) at the belt path.
NOTE:
Tether Connector Strap
WARNING! Only use the tether connector strap for rearfacing tether installation.
A
B
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 to assist in
creating an anchor point (Fig. D).
1 Find a fixed vehicle seat belt anchor or
vehicle seat leg (that is bolted to the D
floor) to which the strap can be wrapped
around.
2 If you cannot find an acceptable location to create an anchor
point, contact the vehicle manufacturer to identify a suitable
tether connection point.
3 Loop the strap around the metal anchor.
4 Take the metal D-ring and thread it through the webbing loop
on the other end of the strap.
5 Pull the metal D-ring all the way through until the strap is tight
around the metal anchor.
6 Use the D-ring as an attachment point for hook on tether
strap.
C
• The rear-facing recline angle of the child seat
should be 30º– 45º from vertical (not to exceed 45º) when car is parked
on a level surface (Figs. B and C).
• The rear-facing recline angle can be adjusted by placing a rolled towel or
pool noodle in the crease of the vehicle seat.
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Installation: Versa-Tether®
Child Seat Functions
Energy-Absorbing Tether
Switching the LATCH Connectors
WARNING! The Energy Absorbing Tether has been
designed to help indicate when this child seat has been
involved in a moderate or severe crash and replacement of the
child seat is necessary.
Figure A shows the tether when the child seat
is acceptable for continued use (provided the
child seat has not been involved in a crash).
The colored stitching will be intact and the
webbing will be looped inside the shell.
A
Figure B shows the tether when the child
seat is unacceptable for continued use. If
one or both of the loops have pulled through B
the back side of the shell and/or any of the
colored stitching has ripped on either side, the child seat is no
longer acceptable for use. Discontinue use of the child seat.
IMPORTANT: Regardless of whether loops have pulled through the back
side of the shell and the colored stitching has been ripped, discontinue use
of the child seat if it has been involved in a moderate or severe crash.
The LATCH strap may need to be switched for
proper alignment in rear-facing (Fig. C) versus
forward-facing (Fig. D) installations. If a proper
connection cannot be achieved, complete the
following procedure to switch the connectors. C Rear-Facing
1 Lift the front of the child seat cover to access
the LATCH connectors.
2 Pull the LATCH strap and connectors from
the child’s right side of the child seat.
3 Thread the LATCH strap and connectors
through the appropriate belt path ensuring
Forward-Facing
that the larger part of the connector is on D
top for the installation procedure you wish
Release
to use (Fig E).
Top
• Verify that the harness is not twisted.
Button
IMPORTANT: When installing this child seat in
rear-facing mode, the LATCH strap must rest behind
the child seat buckle.
NOTE: To ensure LATCH connector is properly
E
aligned with vehicle’s LATCH 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. E).
4 Replace cover and continue with LATCH installation
procedure.
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Child Seat Functions
Child Seat Functions
Storing the LATCH Connectors
Harness Buckle
When the LATCH connectors are not in use, lift
the child seat cover to access LATCH storage
slots (Fig. A). Fold each end of the LATCH
strap and slide each LATCH connector into the
adjacent slots.
NOTE: Child seats are shipped from Britax with
Fastening the Harness Buckle
Hold the harness buckle with one hand. Use
the other hand to insert one buckle tongue at a
time into the harness buckle (Fig. E).
Proper connection is confirmed with a positive
click after inserting each buckle tongue.
A
LATCH connectors in the storage slots.
Recline Adjustment
Pull the recline handle then slide the child seat
shell into the desired position. (Fig. B) Release
the recline handle and verify the child seat has
locked into position.
NOTE: It will be necessary to loosen the tether,
B
Releasing the Harness Buckle
Brace the rear of the harness buckle with one
hand. Press the release button and slide both
tongues to remove from the buckle (Fig. F).
IMPORTANT: Periodically clean the harness buckle
to ensure safe operation. See page 37.
E
x2
F
vehicle seat belt, and/or LATCH strap before
adjusting the recline position. The tether, vehicle
seat belt, and/or LATCH strap must be properly retightened after adjusting the recline position.
Chest Clip
Fastening the Chest Clip
Fasten the chest clip by pushing the two halves
together until a positive click is heard (Fig. C).
Releasing the Chest Clip
Squeeze the middle tab together and pull apart
the two pieces (Fig. D).
C
D
Adjusting the Chest Clip
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.
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Child Seat Functions
Child Seat Functions
How to Adjust Harness Slot Height
IMPORTANT: See Important Harness Adjustments
on pages 6 – 7 for important instructions on proper
harness fit based on your child’s height and weight.
1 Loosen the harness by pressing the harnessadjuster button while pulling the shoulder
straps forward as far as possible (Fig. A).
2 From the rear of the child seat, unhook the
shoulder harness from the harness yoke (Fig. B).
3 Pull straps through the shell, foam, and cover
to the front of the child seat.
4 Thread the harness straps through the
appropriate harness slots in the cover, foam,
and child seat shell (Fig. C).
5 Reattach harness straps to the harness yoke
(Fig. B).
6 Pull harness-adjuster strap to tighten the
harness.
7 Verify all straps are threaded at the same height
and are not twisted.
Securing Your Child
A
B
C
1 Once the child seat has been installed in the
vehicle and adjustments have been made,
follow these instructions to secure the child.
2 Loosen the harness by pressing the adjuster
button located on the front of the child seat,
then pull the shoulder straps forward (Fig. A). D
3 Release the chest clip by squeezing the tabs
and sliding pieces apart (Fig. D).
4 Unfasten the harness buckle by pressing the release button and
sliding the tongues out.
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5 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.
6 Place child in the child seat.
7 Position the harness straps around the child
and fasten the harness buckle (Fig. E) and chest
clip (Fig. F).
8 Proper connection of the harness buckle is
confirmed with a positive click after inserting
each buckle tongue.
9 Gently pull up on the harness straps to tighten
the lap section of the harness, which should fit
low on the child’s body.
10 Slowly pull the adjuster strap to tighten the
harness around the child (Fig. G).
11 Position the chest clip at the middle of the
child’s chest, level with the armpits (Fig. H).
12 Verify that harness is not twisted and child is
properly secured.
IMPORTANT:
E
F
G
• 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 insertion of each buckle tongue, the harness
buckle or adjuster area may be clogged with food, drink
or other debris that need to be removed. See page 37
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.
H
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Care and Maintenance
Child Seat Cover Removal
WARNING! Do not take apart or attempt to take apart
the harness. Never remove the buckle tongues from the
harness. They cannot be reattached after removal. If assembled
incorrectly, the child seat may not perform as intended.
1 Loosen the harness by pressing the harness
adjuster button while pulling the shoulder
straps forward as far as possible.
2 Unhook the shoulder straps from the harness
yoke on rear of child seat (Fig. A).
3 Pull the upper harness straps through the
A
shell and cover to the front of child seat.
4 Gently remove the upper portion of the
cover. Be careful not to damage the energyabsorbing foam.
5 Remove the buckle and belly pad by turning
the metal buckle strap retainer of the buckle
on the underside of the child seat so the
short side will slide through the child seat B
shell (Fig. B).
6 Push the retainer through the slots in the shell and cover to the
top of the child seat.
7 Pull the lower harness straps, buckle tongues, and chest clip
through lower slots in cover.
8 Remove the entire cover from child seat.
For additional demonstration please visit www.BritaxUSA.com.
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Care and Maintenance
Refitting the Cover
To refit the cover, reverse the previous directions. Make sure the
shoulder straps are properly threaded through the chest clips and
the harness is not twisted.
Cleaning the Cover
• HAND WASH using cold water and mild soap.
• LINE or LIE-FLAT DRY to prevent cover from shrinking.
• DO NOT bleach, machine wash, machine dry or iron.
Cleaning the Shell
• SPONGE CLEAN using warm water and mild soap.
• TOWEL DRY
• DO NOT use solvents, abrasive cleaners or disassemble the
harness.
Cleaning the Harness
• SPONGE CLEAN using warm water and mild soap.
• TOWEL DRY
• DO NOT bleach, machine wash, machine dry or disassemble
the harness.
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Care and Maintenance
Care and Maintenance
Harness Buckle Removal
Cleaning the Harness Buckle
1 Fully 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 A
(Fig. A).
5 Push the retainer through slots in the shell and cover to the top
of the child seat.
If a child eats and drinks while in the child seat,
the harness buckle may need to be periodically
checked and cleaned of any accumulated food,
drink, or other debris or dried liquids.
• REMOVE BUCKLE as described on page 36. A
• 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 either click is not heard, repeat cleaning
procedure.
x2
B
• TOWEL DRY
• DO NOT lubricate, use solvents, abrasive cleaners, soap or other
household detergents.
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 go 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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Warranty
Notes
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 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 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 Federal
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 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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IMPORTANT:
 DOUBLE CHECK EVERY TIME YOU USE
THIS CAR SEAT.
Double Check Car Seat-to-Vehicle Installation:
 Check that the LATCH or vehicle seat belts connections to the
vehicle are tight and locked.
 Verify the car seat cannot be moved front-to-back or side-to-side
more than one inch at the belt path.
Double Check Child-to-Car Seat Installation:
 Tug on the buckle to ensure proper locking.
 Confirm harness straps are snug and over both shoulders and
hips. You should not be able to pinch excess harness strap
webbing at the child’s shoulder.
 Make sure the chest clip is properly fastened and positioned in
the middle of the child’s chest at armpit level.
Britax Child Safety, Inc.
13501 South Ridge Drive
Charlotte, NC 28273
USA
A Britax Childcare Group Limited
company
Tel 1.888.427.4829
Britax USA.com
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