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Instruction
Manual
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Avoid injury or death Read and understand this manual!
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Operations and Adjustments......................... 10
This instruction manual is for:
• Bravo 5-Point Newborn/Toddler Car Seat
Series
• Bravo Overhead Newborn/Toddler
Car Seat Series
• Harness Straps
• Harness Tie
• Overhead Shield Adjustment
Instructions for these models are the same
unless otherwise noted.
• Buckle
• Recline
• Level Adjuster
❃ Before You Begin
• Changing Harness Strap Slots
Important Information.....................................1
Warnings.........................................................2
Basic Information.............................................4
❃ Special Information
❃ Use
Height & Weight Limits.....................................5
Rear-facing Installation....................................
6
Forward-facing Installation...............................7
Placing Child in Car Seat.................................. 8
Vehicle Seat Belts........................................... 14
• Locking Clip........................................ 19
Additional Information..................................
• Installation of Anchor Hardware
• Tether Storage
• Care and Cleaning
• Aircraft Use
• Second Hand Car Seat
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION
No car seat can guarantee protection from
injury in every situation, but proper use helps
reduce the risk of serious injury or death.
❃ Safety First Check List
✔ Read and understand instruction manual
and car seat labels.
❃ Registration Information
Child restraints (car seats) could be recalled for
safety reasons. You must register this restraint
to be reached in a recall. Fill out the
registration card attached to car seat and mail
today or send your name, address, and the
restraint’s model number and manufacturing
date to:
Century Products
P.O. Box 551
Elverson, PA 19520-9973
or call 1-888-224-6549
For recall information:
• Call the U.S Government’s Auto Safety
Hotline at 1-800-424-9393
(202-366-0123 in D.C. area)
✔ Infants less than 20 lbs. (9.1 kg) must use
car seat rear-facing.
✔ Do not use car seat rear-facing in vehicle seat
with air bag.
✔ Secure children in back seat whenever
possible.
✔ Never leave child unattended.
✔ Install car seat securely.
✔ Do not use after date shown on back of
car seat.
✔ Do not allow anyone (babysitter, relatives,
etc.) to use car seat without first
understanding all instructions.
• www.nhtsa.dot.gov
• Call Century Products at 1-800-837-4044
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WARNINGS
- Prevent serious injury or death:
Failure to follow these instructions and
car seat labels can result in child striking
the vehicle’s interior during a sudden
stop or accident. Secure child restraint
with a vehicle seat belt as shown in this
manual.
Infants less than 20 lbs. (9.1 kg) must
use this car seat rear-facing. Serious
crippling injury or death can result if
infant faces front of vehicle.
Vehicle seat belt system MUST hold
car seat securely. Not all vehicle seat
belts can be used with a car seat. If
vehicle seat belt does not hold car seat
securely, read “Vehicle Seat Belts”
section.
2
DO NOT use rear-facing child restraint in
a vehicle seating position equipped with
an air bag. Child’s head and neck may
be seriously injured when an
inflating air bag hits back of child
restraint.
Never put a car seat in a front vehicle
seat unless recommended by vehicle
owner’s manual. National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
alerts vehicle owners that according to
accident statistics, children up to age 12
are safer in the back seat. For vehicles
with air bags, refer to vehicle owner’s
manual for child restraint installation
information.
If car seat is in a crash, it must be
replaced. DO NOT use it again! A
A crash can cause unseen damage
and using it again could result in
serious injury or death.
WARNINGS
- Prevent serious injury or death (continued):
DO NOT use car seat if it is damaged
or has missing parts.
DO NOT use accessories or parts
other than those provided by
Century or Graco. Their use could
alter the performance of the
car seat.
Rear-facing car seat must be
properly leveled:
• Too reclined can result in injury
or ejection.
• Too upright can result in
breathing difficulties.
Never leave child unattended, even
when sleeping. Child may become
tangled in harness straps and
suffocate.
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BASIC INFORMATION
❃ Certification
❃ Unoccupied Car Seat
This car seat meets or exceeds all applicable
requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety
Standard 213 for use in motor vehicles and
aircraft.
❃ Warm Weather
❃ Car Seat Useful Life
DO NOT use after date shown on back of
car seat due to changing requirements and
normal wear and tear.
Look for:
Do not use this car
seat after December
❃ Dangerous Vehicle Seats
Do not use car seat on rear-facing or
side-facing vehicle seats.
Always secure car seat with a vehicle seat belt,
even when unoccupied. An unsecured car seat
can injure passengers.
Year
Car seat parts can get very hot in the sun or
warm weather.
To avoid burns, always check before putting
child in car seat.
❃ Vehicle Seat Protection
Protect vehicle seat. Use a car seat mat, towel
or thin blanket under and behind car seat.
❃ Storage Compartments
4
Avoid injury: DO NOT place sharp, pointed, or
heavy items in storage compartments on
car seat.
HEIGHT & WEIGHT LIMITS
Rear-facing: Birth to 30 lbs. (13.6 kg)
• Infants from birth to 20 lbs. (9.1 kg) MUST
be rear-facing.
• Infants or toddlers 20 to 30 lbs.
(9.1 to 13.6 kg) may be rear-facing.
❃ Preterm or Low Birth Weight
Infants
A preterm infant or low birth weight infant may
be at special risk in a vehicle or aircraft.
IMPORTANT: This car seat is certified for use
rear-facing with children up to 30 lbs. (13.6 kg).
However, some children approaching 30 lbs.
(13.6 kg) may be too tall to fit comfortably
rear-facing. When child can no longer
comfortably fit and knees remain bent, child
should use car seat forward-facing only if child
is over 20 lbs. (9.1 kg) and can sit upright
unassisted
.
According to the American Academy of
Pediatrics, these infants may suffer breathing
difficulties if improperly reclined in a car seat.
Century advises that you have your physician or
hospital staff evaluate your infant and
recommend the proper car seat or car bed
before you and your infant leave the hospital.
*
Rear-facing
30 lbs. 40 lbs.
20 lbs.
Birth
(9.1 kg) (13.6 kg)(18.1 kg)
Forward-facing
❃ Outgrowing Car Seat
Forward-facing: 20 to 40 lbs. (9.1 to 18.1 kg)
• Toddlers 20 to 30 lbs. (9.1 to 13.6 kg) who
are capable of sitting upright unassisted
. If unable to sit
may be forward-facing
unassisted, use rear-facing.
*
• Toddlers 30 to 40 lbs. (13.6 to 18.1 kg)
and up to 40 inches (101.6 cm) tall MUST
be forward-facing.
*
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends
that children should be at least one year of age
before being positioned forward facing.
WARNING
To avoid injuries from whiplash, top of
child’s ears must be below top edge of
car seat.
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REAR-FACING INSTALLATION
1
2
3
4
Adjust car seat to recline position and place
rear-facing on vehicle seat. DO NOT use any
other recline position when using rear-facing.
Thread vehicle seat belt through opening and
buckle belt.
Press down firmly in center of car seat to
compress vehicle seat cushion while tightening
vehicle seat belt (fig. a).
Pull front to back and left to right to check for
secure installation (fig. b). Vehicle lap belt
MUST stay tight.
Opening
If not secure, see “Vehicle Seat Belts” section.
5
Position level adjuster until entire ball is in
green zone (fig. c). This may require removal
of vehicle seat belt and re-installation following
steps 1 through 4. Then re-check level
indicator.
NOTE: Vehicle must be on
level ground and child in
car seat when using level
indicator.
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(fig. a)
(fig. b)
(fig. c)
FORWARD-FACING INSTALLATION
1
2
Adjust car seat to upright or semi-upright
position and place forward-facing on vehicle seat.
IMPORTANT: Level adjuster MUST be in
position 1 when using car seat forward-facing.
Lift seat pad flap.
Thread vehicle seat belt through opening and
behind panel.
Buckle belt (fig. a).
3
4
5
Press down firmly in center of car seat to compress
vehicle seat cushion while tightening vehicle seat belt.
HINT: Use your knee to press down in center
Opening
of car seat (fig. b).
Pull front to back and left to right to check for secure
installation (fig. c). Vehicle lap belt MUST stay tight.
If not secure, see “Vehicle Seat Belts” section.
Attach tether strap hook (A) to anchor hardware (B)
and tighten strap to remove any slack (fig. d).
If tether anchor hardware (B) is not available, see
“Installation of Anchor Hardware“ section.
Pull to
tighten
(A)
(B)
(fig. a)
(fig. b)
(fig. c)
(fig. d)
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PLACING CHILD IN CAR SEAT
1
Place child in car seat with child’s back flat
against back of car seat.
2
Place harness straps over child’s shoulders and
insert tongue(s) into buckle.
WARNING
To prevent serious injury or death:
• Keep harness straps snug and
positioned on shoulders.
• Do not use strap covers, blankets
cushions, or padding under harness
straps or child unless provided by
Century or Graco.
• Child must be dressed in clothing with
arms and legs that will not interfere
with buckling harness.
Pull up on tongue(s) to be sure they are locked.
3
Position harness tie at arm pit level.
4
Check harness system:
• Rear-facing - Harness straps must be
through slots at or below shoulders.
• Forward-facing - Harness straps must be
through top slots.
Overhead Shield Models Only:
• Harness tongue must be in opening
closest to but not under child.
8
Close harness tie:
Adjust harness straps to be snug with just
enough room to insert one finger between
child’s chest and harness straps (fig. a).
For 5-Point models, check that harness straps
on chest and thigh are snug.
5
A rolled towel can be used on each side to
support small children (fig. b). Be sure towels
do not interfere with harness system.
PLACING CHILD IN CAR SEAT
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(fig. a)
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(fig. b)
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OPERATIONS and ADJUSTMENTS
1
Harness Straps (fig. a):
4
• To buckle: Insert both tongues into
buckle. Pull up on tongues to be sure
they are locked.
• To loosen: Pull and hold upper belt tab
while pulling harness straps.
2
• To unbuckle: Press red button and pull
tongues out of buckle.
Harness Tie:
Overhead Shield Models
• To open: Press tab and pull apart.
• To buckle: Push tongue into opening.
Pull up on tongue to be sure it is locked.
• To close: Snap halves together. Make
sure harness tie is locked by pulling out
on each half.
3
Overhead Shield Adjustment (fig. b):
• To unbuckle: Press red button and lift
shield over top of car seat.
5
Recline:
Recline - Rear-facing only
Semi-upright - Forward-facing only
Upright - Forward-facing only
• To adjust shield: Push in both buttons
and rotate shield to desired position
closest to child.
To adjust: Pull recline handle out and rotate
car seat to desired position, then release
handle (fig. c).
IMPORTANT: DO NOT use position
three (3) with rear-facing children.
NOTE: Shield does not need to contact
child when in closest position; harness
system restrains child.
Buckle:
5-Point Models
• To tighten: Pull lower belt tab.
6
Level Adjuster (Rear-facing only):
4 Positions to adjust to vehicle seat angle:
To adjust: Squeeze handle and rotate car seat
to position ball in green zone, then release
handle (fig. d).
10
IMPORTANT: Level adjuster must be in
position 1 when used forward-facing with
car seat in semi-upright or upright positions.
OPERATIONS and ADJUSTMENTS
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Upper
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2
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Lower
(fig. a)
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(fig. b)
(fig. c)
(fig. d)
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OPERATIONS and ADJUSTMENTS
7
Changing Harness Strap Slots:
Rear-facing - MUST use bottom or middle
harness slots which are at or below shoulders.
Forward-facing - MUST use top slots.
(continued)
D Re-attach harness strap loops to Splitter
Plate:
5-Point Models (fig. e):
• For Infants or Small Toddlers:
Put Top right strap loop on Splitter
Plate first, then attach Top left strap
loop.
A Loosen harness straps:
Pull and hold upper belt tab.
NOTE: Make sure ends of straps are
behind Splitter Plate.
Pull harness straps out.
B Remove both harness strap loops from
Splitter Plate on back of car seat.
• For Toddlers:
Put Bottom right strap loop on Splitter
Plate first, then attach Bottom left strap
loop.
C Change harness strap slots.
Make sure harness straps are threaded
through matching slot of seat pad and
car seat.
Overhead Shield Models (fig. f):
Put right strap loop on Splitter Plate
first, then attach left strap loop.
It may be necessary to remove seat pad
from top of car seat.
NOTE:
• Make sure both strap loops are securely
attached within Splitter Plate hook.
• Make sure straps are NOT twisted.
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OPERATIONS and ADJUSTMENTS
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Loop
Loop
Bottom
Loop
Splitter Plate
(fig. e)
(fig. f)
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VEHICLE SEAT BELTS
WARNING
Not all vehicle seat belts can be used
with a car seat. The car seat must be
held securely at all times by a lap belt
(or lap belt portion of a lap/shoulder
belt) that will not change length while
driving.
To provide the most secure installation of the
car seat:
• Read the vehicle owner’s manual regarding
car seat installation and seat belt use with
car seat.
• Follow all instruction labels on vehicle seat
belt and car seat.
If car seat is not held securely after following
instructions in this manual, vehicle seat belt
labels, and vehicle owner’s manual:
• Move car seat to another seating location
and try again, or
• Contact vehicle dealer for possible seat
belt modification parts.
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VEHICLE SEAT BELTS
(continued)
❃ Belts Forward of Seat Crease
Vehicle seat belts located forward of seat
crease may not securely hold car seat. Check
vehicle owner’s manual or see vehicle dealer for
car seat installation requirements.
Seat Crease
• If approved for use with car seat, install
car seat and check for secure installation by
pulling car seat front to back. If car seat
slides forward, DO NOT use these seat belts.
Seat Crease
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VEHICLE SEAT BELTS
(continued)
❃ Lap Belts - Manually Adjustable
The locking latch plate on some seat belts may
slip and loosen after being buckled on car seat if
positioned at a certain angle. If this happens,
flip latch plate over (fig. a) and re-buckle. Test
installation again to see if this works. If not,
move car seat to another seating position.
Flip
❃ Lap Belts - With Retractor
Lap belts with retractors may or may not hold
a car seat securely.
(fig. a)
Follow these steps to determine if you have a
retractor system that will hold car seat securely:
a. Pull belt all the way out.
b. Allow belt to retract about 6 inches (15 cm).
c. Pull out on belt again.
If belt is locked and you cannot pull the belt out
any further, you have an Auto Locking Retractor
which may be used with a car seat. Remember,
when installing a car seat, pull belt all the way
out, buckle belt, and then tighten.
If you can pull the belt out again (step c), you
have an Emergency Locking Retractor which
must not be used with a car seat.
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Retractor
VEHICLE SEAT BELTS
(continued)
❃ Passive Restraint - Lap Belt
with Motorized Shoulder Belt
DO NOT use with any car seat.
❃ Passive Restraint - Lap or
Shoulder Belt Mounted on Door
DO NOT use with any car seat. Belts will not
stay tight while driving.
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VEHICLE SEAT BELTS
(continued)
❃ Combination Lap/Shoulder Belt
with Sliding Latch Plate
Pull on latch plate (fig. a). If belt slides freely
through latch plate, a locking clip MUST
be used (see Locking Clip section).
Pull
Some combination lap/shoulder belts with
sliding latch plates may be converted into an
“automatic locking mode” that will allow use
without a locking clip. See vehicle owner’s
manual and label on vehicle belts for
instructions.
(fig. a)
❃ Combination Lap/Shoulder Belt
with Locking Latch Plate
The locking latch plate on some seat belts may
slip and loosen after being buckled on car seat if
positioned at a certain angle. If this happens,
flip the latch plate over (fig. b) and re-buckle.
Test installation again to see if this works. If
not, move car seat to another seating position.
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Flip
(fig. b)
VEHICLE SEAT BELTS
(continued)
❃ Locking Clip
WARNING
If not secure, additional belt tightening may be
required:
• Unbuckle vehicle seat belt.
• Hold belts together and remove locking
clip.
• Failure to use locking clip where
required will result in car seat not
being securely held in place.
• Shorten length of lap belt portion slightly
by pulling belt through latch plate.
• Remove locking clip from seat belts
when not being used with car seat.
• Buckle vehicle seat belt.
You MUST use locking clip provided with
car seat with a vehicle seat belt that slides
freely through the latch plate or the lap belt
cannot be tightly secured.
2
Test installation to see if car seat is secure.
Avoid serious injury or death:
• DO NOT use locking clip as a vehicle
seat belt shortener.
1
5
• Re-attach locking clip.
HINT: Press car seat further down into vehicle
seat cushion to help buckle vehicle seat belt.
Test installation to see if car seat is secure. If
not secure, repeat above step until secure.
Install car seat and tighten vehicle seat belt.
Hold seat belts together at latch plate (fig. a)
then unbuckle.
1/2 inch (1 cm)
3
4
Slide locking clip on seat belts approximately
1/2 inch (1 cm) away from latch plate.
Re-buckle seat belt.
(fig. a)
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
❃ Installation of Anchor Hardware
Vehicle may already be equipped with a tether
anchor (top strap anchor). See vehicle owner’s
manual for location.
If vehicle does not have a tether anchor, one
must be installed:
• Contact vehicle dealership for proper
anchor location and installation.
• Before installing anchor, install car seat on
a vehicle seat and check that the lap belt
portion of the vehicle belt will hold car seat
securely. If not, move car seat to another
seating position.
If tether anchor hardware kit is not available at
your vehicle dealership, one may be purchased
at a local retailer or call Century at
1-800-837-4044.
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WARNING
Avoid serious injury or death:
• Be sure anchor hole is properly sealed
to prevent exhaust fumes and water
from entering the vehicle.
• If you wish to remove anchor once child
outgrows car seat, make sure hole is
properly plugged or sealed to prevent
exhaust fumes from entering the
vehicle.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
❃ Tether Storage
(continued)
Tether Hook
DO NOT anchor tether strap to the vehicle
when using car seat rear-facing.
Tether hook must be attached to car seat for
rear-facing use.
Edge of Car Seat
Back
For storage of tether hook:
• Lift seat pad from top of car seat.
• Attach tether hook to back of car seat
using one of the locations shown.
• Pull loose end of strap to remove any
slack.
• Roll loose end of strap up and secure
with a rubber band.
Tether Hook
Tether Hook Storage
See Instructions
• Re-attach seat pad.
Back of Car Seat
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
(continued)
❃ Care & Cleaning
Removing Seat Pad:
1
Unhook “J” hooks from car seat shell.
2
Unhook harness straps from splitter plate.
3
Pull harness straps out of harness slots.
4
5
6
1
1
Unhook harness tie and remove from harness
straps.
Press red button to release tongue(s).
For 5-Point harness system: pull seat pad up
over harness straps leaving harness straps in
car seat.
1
For Overhead shield model: pull seat pad off.
Removing Overhead Shield Pad:
7
Pull 2 button clips out of shield.
8
Pull pad away from shield.
9
Pull shield pad over tongue and strap.
22 Reverse above steps for replacing pads.
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
(continued)
Seat Pad and Overhead Shield Pad:
Machine-wash separately on gentle cycle and
drip dry.
WARNING
Prevent serious injury or death:
• Buckle must be properly latched.
Harness Straps:
Surface wash only with mild soap and damp
cloth.
• Periodically inspect and clean buckle
to remove objects or debris that could
prevent latching.
If harness straps are frayed or heavily soiled,
they MUST be replaced.
Shell:
Wipe with mild solution of soap and water.
Avoid wetting labels.
Never use household detergents: they can
weaken plastic.
Buckle:
Rinse buckle with warm water. DO NOT use
household detergents. Never lubricate
buckle.
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
❃ Aircraft Use
This car seat is certified for use on aircraft (see
label on car seat). Contact airline about their
policy.
Use this car seat only on forward-facing aircraft
seats.
Install car seat on an aircraft the same way it is
installed in a vehicle.
❃ Second Hand Car Seat
Century advises against loaning or passing
along car seat.
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(continued)
Store instruction manual
behind these tabs.
If a part is damaged,
missing, or you need help
or replacement parts,
DO NOT return car seat
to the store.
CALL US FIRST
Call toll-free 1-800-837-4044
from anywhere in the U.S. or Canada
or fax at 1-610-286-4555.
or write us at:
Store Locking Clip under
instruction manual (fig. a).
Century Products
P.O.Box 100
Elverson, PA 19520-9974
Attention: Customer Service
Department
(fig. a)