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Instruction
Manual
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Avoid injury or death Read and understand this manual!
TABLE OF CONTENTS
This instruction manual is for:
• NextStep DX Booster Car Seat
• NextStep MX Booster Car Seat
Instructions for these models are the same
unless otherwise noted.
❃ Before You Begin
Important Information.....................................1
Operations and Adjustments ..........................12
• Harness Straps
• Harness Tie
• Buckle
• Recline
• Armrests
• Tether Strap
• Changing Harness Strap Slots
• Changing Crotch Strap Slots
Harness System removal and re-assembly..........................16
Warnings.........................................................2
Basic Information.............................................4
❃ Use
Height and Weight Limits..................................5
Installation with harness system....................... 6
Installation without harness system.................. 7
Placing Child In Car Seat
with harness system....................................8
Placing Child In Car Seat
without harness system......................................10
❃ Special Information
Vehicle Seat Belts........................................... 18
Locking Clip.......................................... 25
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)
✔ A vehicle combination lap/shoulder belt MUST
be used when using car seat without harness
system.
✔ Do not use vehicle “lap-only” belt across front
of child.
✔ 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.
Not all vehicle seat belts can be used
with car seat. Read “Vehicle Seat
Belts” section:
• Car seat with harness system
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.
• Car seat without harness
system MUST be used with a
lap/shoulder belt.
2
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 vehicle’s 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
crash can cause unseen damage and
using it again could cause 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 function of the car seat and
cause serious injury or death.
Never leave child unattended, even
when sleeping.
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BASIC INFORMATION
❃ Certification
❃ Unoccupied Car Seat
With Harness System:
Car seat meets or exceeds all applicable
requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety
Standards for use in motor vehicles and aircraft.
Always secure car seat with a vehicle seat belt,
even when unoccupied. An unsecured car seat
can injure passengers.
Without Harness System:
Booster seat is certified for use in motor vehicles.
Booster seat is NOT certified for use in aircraft.
❃ Car Seat Useful Life
❃ Warm Weather
DO NOT use after date shown on back of
car seat due to changing requirements and
normal wear and tear.
Car seat parts can get very hot in the sun or
warm weather.
DO NOT USE
THIS CAR SEAT
AFTER DECEMBER
To avoid burns, always check before putting
child in car seat.
Look for:
YEAR
❃ Dangerous Vehicle Seats
Do not use car seat on rear-facing or
side-facing vehicle seats.
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❃ Vehicle Seat Protection
Protect vehicle seat. Use a car seat mat, towel
or thin blanket under and behind car seat.
HEIGHT and WEIGHT LIMITS
❃ With Harness System
❃ Outgrowing Car Seat
Child MUST meet all of the following
requirements:
• Weight is 20 - 40 lbs. (9.1 - 18.1 kg).
• Height is 27 - 43 inches (68.6 - 109.2 cm)
tall.
.
• Child is able to sit upright unassisted
• Child’s shoulders are not above top harness
slots.
*
With
Harness System
30 lbs. 40 lbs.
20 lbs.
(9.1 kg) (13.6 kg) (18.1 kg)
WARNING
To avoid injuries from whiplash, top of
child’s ears must be below top edge of
headrest.
80 lbs.
(36.3 kg)
Without Harness System
❃ Without Harness System
Child MUST meet all of the following
requirements:
• Weight is 30 - 80 lbs. (13.6 - 36.3 kg).
• Height is 35 - 52 inches (89 - 132.1 cm) tall.
.
• Child is able to sit upright unassisted
• Top of child’s ears are not above top of
headrest.
*
*
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends
that children should be at least one year of age
before being positioned forward facing.
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INSTALLATION - with harness system
1
Adjust car seat to semi-upright position and
armrests to up position.
2
Place forward-facing on vehicle seat.
3
Lift seat pad flap, thread vehicle seat belt
through openings and buckle belt (fig. a).
4
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
of car seat (fig. b).
5
Pull front to back and left to right to check for
secure installation (fig. c).
If not secure, see “Vehicle Seat Belts” section.
6
Attach tether 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
Openings
(A)
(B)
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(fig. a)
(fig. b)
(fig. c)
(fig. d)
INSTALLATION - without harness system
1
Adjust car seat to upright or semi-upright
position and armrests to up or down position
2
Place forward-facing on vehicle seating position
with a vehicle lap/shoulder belt.
.
3
Tether may be used to help stabilize booster seat:
Attach tether hook (A) to anchor hardware
(B) and tighten strap to remove any slack
(fig. a).
If tether anchor hardware (B) is not available,
see “Installation of Anchor Hardware“ section.
If not using tether, see “Tether Storage” section.
Pull to
tighten
(A)
(B)
(fig. a)
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PLACING CHILD IN CAR SEAT - with harness system
Adjust harness system:
WARNING
Harness straps must be through slots at or
just above shoulders.
To prevent serious injury or death:
• Vehicle seat belt must be routed
through back of car seat when using
harness system.
1
• Never place vehicle belt in front of
child when using harness system.
2
• Do not use strap covers, blankets,
cushions, or padding under harness
straps or child unless provided by
Century or Graco.
• Do not use harness straps that are
loose or unbuckled. They must be
snug and positioned over shoulders
and thighs.
Place child in car seat with child’s back flat
against back of car seat.
Place harness straps over child’s shoulders and
lock tongues into buckle.
Pull up on tongues to be sure buckle is locked.
3
Close harness tie:
Position harness tie at arm pit level.
4
Tighten harness straps so that they are snug
with just enough room to insert one finger
between child’s chest and harness straps (fig. a).
Thigh straps must also be snug (fig. b).
5
8
Position Head Support in center of car seat
with ends pointing down and snap into belt
slots above harness straps (fig. c).
PLACING CHILD IN CAR SEAT - with harness system (continued)
3
2
(fig. a)
(fig. b)
(fig. c)
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PLACING CHILD IN CAR SEAT - without harness system
WARNING
To prevent serious injury or death:
• Shoulder belt MUST be properly
positioned over shoulder (NOT
touching child’s neck and NOT low
off shoulder).
Remove harness system (see “Harness System removal and re-assembly” section).
1
Place child in car seat with child’s back flat
against back of car seat.
2
Place shoulder belt across child’s chest.
3
Buckle belt and pull shoulder belt to adjust lap
belt snugly.
• Lap/shoulder belt MUST be properly
positioned exactly as shown in
illustration.
Shoulder belt MUST lay across child’s shoulder
in red zone as shown (fig. b). If outside of
red zone, see next steps for Comfort Clip use.
• DO NOT use shoulder belt loose or
positioned under child’s arms (fig. a).
CAUTION:
• Never use a vehicle “lap-only” belt
across front of child.
Some shoulder belts with (emergency
locking) retractors allow a child to pull belt
out and change position of belt. Use of
Comfort Clip helps prevent child from pulling
belt out.
• DO NOT allow child to slide down in
car seat which could position lap belt
across child’s abdomen and shoulder
belt over neck or face.
4
• If child will not keep vehicle shoulder
belt properly positioned, DO NOT use
this booster car seat. Use a different
child restraint system.
5
• Vehicle belts MUST lay flat against child
and MUST not be twisted.
6
10
Thread shoulder belt through Comfort Clip
exactly as shown and hook end of Comfort Clip
through proper loop of webbing (fig. c).
Check to be sure shoulder belt is properly
positioned over shoulder in red zone and snug
against child.
Position Head Support in center of car seat
with ends pointing down and snap into belt
slots (fig. d).
PLACING CHILD IN CAR SEAT - without harness system (continued)
Loops
(fig. a)
(fig. b)
(fig. c)
(fig. d)
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OPERATIONS and ADJUSTMENTS
1
Harness Straps (fig. a):
4
• To tighten: Pull lower belt tab.
• Recline: Slide tab on front of car seat to
allow recline foot to drop down.
• To loosen: Pull upper belt tab while
pulling harness straps.
2
• Upright: Slide and hold tab on front of
car seat while pushing recline foot up.
Release tab to lock foot.
Harness Tie:
• To open: Press tab and pull apart (fig. b).
5
• To close: Snap halves together. Make
sure harness tie is locked by pulling out
on each half.
3
Buckle:
• To lock: Insert both tongues into buckle.
Pull up on tongues to be sure they are
locked.
• To unlock: Press red button and pull
tongues out of buckle.
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Recline (fig. c):
Armrests (fig. d):
• Push in button on front side of car seat
and rotate armrest up or down.
6
Tether Straps (fig. e):
• To tighten: Pull loose end of strap.
• To loosen: Lift adjuster
OPERATIONS and ADJUSTMENTS
(continued)
Loosen
Upper Belt
Tighten
Lower Belt
Adjuster
(fig. a)
(fig. e)
(fig. b)
(fig. c)
(fig. d)
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OPERATIONS and ADJUSTMENTS
7
Changing Harness Strap Slots:
MUST use slots at or just above shoulders.
A Loosen harness straps.
B Remove both harness strap loops from
Splitter Plate on back of car seat (fig. f).
C Change harness strap slots.
Make sure harness straps are threaded
through matching slot of seat pad and
car seat.
It may be necessary to remove seat pad
from top of car seat.
D Put right strap loop on Splitter Plate first,
then attach left strap loop. (fig. f).
NOTE: Make sure straps are NOT twisted.
Splitter Plate
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(fig. f)
(continued)
OPERATIONS and ADJUSTMENTS
8
(continued)
Changing Crotch Strap Slots:
MUST be in slot closest to but not under child.
A Turn car seat upside down, pry metal rod
loose using screwdriver and pull
rod out of crotch strap end (fig. g).
B Turn car seat upright and pull crotch strap
and buckle out.
C Change crotch strap slots.
Thread looped end of crotch strap through
slots in seat pad and shell (fig. h).
D Slide metal rod through loop in crotch
strap and press rod into car seat shell
(fig. i).
NOTE: Use a hammer to tap rod if
necessary.
(fig. g)
(fig. h)
(fig. i)
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HARNESS SYSTEM - removal and re-assembly
Re-assembly:
Removal:
When re-assembling harness system, be sure
harness straps are not twisted.
Harness with Breast Plates:
• Remove harness strap loops from Splitter
Plates on back and bottom of car seat.
1
Thread Splitter Plate and looped end of harness
straps down through slots in seat pad and
car seat then connect harness strap loop to
bottom Splitter Plate.
• Pull harness strap out of car seat.
NOTE: It is not necessary to remove
harness tie and tongues from harness
straps.
Harness without Breast Plates:
Store all parts for future use.
Thread end of harness strap down through slot
in seat pad and car seat and back up through
slot in opposite side of car seat pad, through
harness tongues and harness tie.
• Remove buckle (see page 15).
Harness without Breast Plates:
• Remove harness strap loops from Splitter
Plate on back of car seat.
• Pull harness strap out of car seat, harness
tie, and tongues.
Store all parts for future use.
2
3
4
IMPORTANT: Harness strap MUST be threaded
over adjustment strap on bottom of car seat as
shown in illustrations.
Thread ends of harness straps through matching
shoulder slots in back of seat pad and car seat.
Re-attach harness straps to Splitter Plate on back:
Put right strap loop on Splitter Plate first, then
attach left strap loop.
• Remove buckle (see page 15).
5
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Harness with Breast Plates:
Re-attach buckle (see page 15).
HARNESS SYSTEM - removal and re-assembly (continued)
(Harness with
Breast Plates)
(Harness without
Breast Plates)
2
2
1
4
Splitter Plate
(Bottom)
3
Splitter Plate
(Back)
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VEHICLE SEAT BELTS
WARNING
Not all vehicle seat belts can be used
with a car seat:
• Car seat with harness system 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.
• Car seat without harness system
MUST be used with a lap/shoulder
belt.
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.
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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.
VEHICLE SEAT BELTS
(continued)
❃ Lap Belts - Manually Adjustable
With Harness System:
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
Without Harness System:
DO NOT use this type of vehicle seat belt to
secure child and booster car seat.
(fig. a)
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VEHICLE SEAT BELTS
(continued)
❃ Lap Belts - With Retractor
With Harness System:
Lap belts with retractors may or may not hold
a car seat securely.
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 Automatic 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.
Without Harness System:
DO NOT use this type of vehicle seat belt to
secure child and booster car seat.
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Retractor
VEHICLE SEAT BELTS
(continued)
❃ Passive Restraint - Lap Belt
with Motorized Shoulder Belt
With or Without Harness System:
DO NOT use with any car seat.
❃ Passive Restraint - Lap or
Shoulder Belt Mounted on Door
With or Without Harness System:
DO NOT use with any car seat. Belts will not
stay tight while driving.
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VEHICLE SEAT BELTS
(continued)
❃ Belts Forward of Seat Crease
Seat Crease
With Harness System:
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.
If approved for use with car seat by vehicle
manufacturer, 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.
Without Harness System:
OK to use. Follow vehicle owner’s manual
for specific instructions on how to use
vehicle seat belts.
DO NOT use lap only belts.
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Seat Crease
VEHICLE SEAT BELTS
(continued)
❃ Combination Lap/Shoulder Belt
with Locking Latch Plate
With Harness System:
Flip
OK to use. Follow vehicle owner’s manual for
specific instructions on how to use vehicle seat
belts.
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.
(fig. b)
Without Harness System:
OK to use. Follow vehicle owner’s manual for
specific instructions on how to use vehicle seat
belts.
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VEHICLE SEAT BELTS
(continued)
❃ Combination Lap/Shoulder Belt
with Sliding Latch Plate
With Harness System:
Pull
Pull on latch plate (fig. a). If belt slides freely
through latch plate, a locking clip MUST be
used. (See “Locking Clip”section.)
(fig. a)
Without Harness System:
This vehicle seat belt system is OK to use with
booster car seat.
Movement of the seat belt through the latch
plate can allow an active toddler to slide down
in car seat and re-position lap belt over
abdomen and shoulder belt over neck or face
which is dangerous.
A Locking Clip may be used on this type of
vehicle seat belt to prevent movement of seat
belt through latch plate limiting toddler’s
movement:
1
2
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Install car seat and adjust lap/shoulder belt
snugly around child.
Hold seat belts together at latch plate
(fig. a - page 25) then unbuckle.
3
4
Slide locking clip on seat belts approximately
1/2 inch (1 cm) away from latch plate (see
illustration page 25).
Re-buckle seat belt.
VEHICLE SEAT BELTS
(continued)
❃ Locking Clip
WARNING
5
Test installation to see if car seat is secure.
If not secure, additional belt tightening may be
required:
• Unbuckle vehicle seat belt.
Avoid serious injury or death:
• 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.
• DO NOT use locking clip as a vehicle
seat belt shortener.
• 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 steps until secure.
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.
1
2
Install car seat and tighten vehicle seat belt.
Hold seat belts together at latch plate (fig. a)
then unbuckle.
3
Slide locking clip on seat belts approximately
1/2 inch (1 cm) away from latch plate.
4
Re-buckle seat belt.
1/2 inch (1 cm)
(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 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
(continued)
❃ Tether Storage
Tether strap may be used with car seats when used
as a belt positioning booster (without harness) to
help keep the upper portion of the car seat
stabilized.
Read and follow instruction manual for use of car
seat as a belt positioning booster.
For storage of tether hook if not used with a belt
position booster:
• Adjust tether strap length so hook end is as
short as possible.
• Roll up loose end of strap.
• Place rolled up strap on top of adjuster and
place rubber band around bundle.
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
(continued)
❃ Care & Cleaning
Removing Seat Pads:
3
If using harness system, remove harness system
(see Harness System - removing and
re-assembly” section).
1
Slide “J” hooks out of front slots.
2
Unhook elastic from “J” hooks.
3
4
1
2
Pull two button clips out (located on inside of
seat pad) and pull pad off.
2
Removing Armrest Pads and Top Head Pad
(available on some models):
4
5
Pull armrest attachment strips apart and pull
pads off.
Reverse above steps for replacing pads and
harness system.
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5
Pull headrest attachment strips apart and pull
pads off.
4
5
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Seat Pad and Armrest Pads:
Machine-wash separately on gentle cycle and
drip dry.
Harness Straps:
(continued)
❃ Aircraft Use
With Harness System:
Surface wash only with mild soap and damp
cloth.
This car seat is certified for use on aircraft when
used with harness system (see label on
car seat). Contact airline about their policy.
If harness straps are frayed or heavily soiled,
they MUST be replaced.
Use this car seat only on forward-facing aircraft
seats.
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.
WARNING
Prevent serious injury or death:
Install car seat on an aircraft the same way it is
installed in a vehicle except DO NOT use tether
strap.
Without Harness System:
When used without harness system as a belt
positioning booster seat, this restraint is not
certified for use in aircraft because there is
no shoulder belt available.
❃ Second Hand Car Seat
• Buckle must be properly latched.
• Periodically inspect and clean buckle
to remove objects or debris that could
prevent latching.
Century advises against loaning or passing
along car seat.
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1
Fold instruction manual.
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.
2
Store in pocket.
or write us at:
Century Products
P.O. Box 100
Elverson, PA 19520-9974
Attention: Customer Service
Department
Pocket
Century Products
Graco Children’s Products Inc.
A Division of Newell Rubbermaid
Macedonia, Ohio 44056-2096