Graco 8474 Car Seat User Manual
Car Seat/
Booster
Seat
OWNER'S MANUAL
Models 8482 & 8483
Even if using this car seat seems easy to figure out
on your own, it is very important to read this manual.
Your child’s safety depends on you installing and
using this car seat correctly. READ THIS MANUAL!
After following these instructions, return this manual
to the storage pocket on the back of the car seat for
quick reference.
© 2001 Graco 424-5-01
Table of Contents
1. Warnings to Parents and Other Users . . . . . . . .4
2. Important Safety Information . . . . . . . . . . . .5-10
2.1 About Your Child . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
2.2 About Using this Car Seat
in Your Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
2.3 When the Car Seat is Not Occupied . . . . .10
2.4 Life and Condition of the Car Seat . . . . . .11
3. Features and Components . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-13
4. Selecting a Suitable Location
for the Car Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14-15
5. Use of the Car Seat
with the Built-in Harness . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16-38
5.1 Positioning the Harness Straps . . . . . . . . .16
5.2 Selecting a Suitable Location
in the Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21
A. Vehicle Belt Systems that are NOT
Safe for Use with the Car Seat . . . . . . . .22
B. Vehicle Belt Systems that ARE
Suitable for Use with the Car Seat . . . . . .25
5.3 Positioning and Securing
the Car Seat in your Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . .27
5.4 Securing your Child in the Car Seat
with Built-in Harness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35
5.5 Using the Car Seat in an Airplane . . . . . .38
6. Use of the Booster Seat
without the Built-in Harness . . . . . . . . . . . .39-46
6.1 Removing the Built-in Harness . . . . . . . .41
6.2 Securing your child and the Booster Seat
with the Vehicle Lap/Shoulder Belt . . . . .43
6.3 Using the Booster Seat in an Airplane . . .46
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7. Cupholder (optional) .......................................47
8. Cleaning and Maintenance.........................48-50
9. Registering Your Car Seat ...............................51
10. Replacement Parts ...........................................52
Our goal is to make every product
the best it can be!
We are also committed to supporting our products
after purchase. If you would like to speak to
Graco about your product, please call our
Customer Service Department at 1-888-224-6549
or visit our Internet website at
www.gracobaby.com.
Our knowledgeable staff is ready to answer any
questions you may have concerning parts, use or
maintenance. When you call, please have the
model and serial numbers ready so your call
may be processed quickly and efficiently.
These numbers can be found on a sticker on the
underside of your car seat.
Keep this manual
in the storage compartment
on the back of the car seat.
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1. Warnings to Parents
and Other Users
DO NOT install or use this car seat until you read
and understand the instructions in this manual and
in your vehicle owner’s manual. DO NOT let
others install or use the car seat unless they
understand how to use it.
Failure to properly use this car seat increases the
risk of serious injury or death in a sharp turn,
sudden stop or crash. Your child’s safety depends
on you installing and using this car seat correctly.
Your child’s safety depends on:
1. Choosing the correct use mode of the car seat
depending on your child’s size.
2. Inserting the harness straps (if needed) in the
proper slots for your child.
3. Selecting a suitable location for the car seat in
your vehicle.
4. Properly routing the vehicle seat belt.
5. Properly securing the car seat in the vehicle
using a seat belt designed to restrain the car seat
and your child. Many seat belts are NOT safe to
use with this car seat, even though they can easily
be threaded through or around the car seat.
6. Properly securing your child in the car seat.
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2. Important
Safety Information
No car seat can guarantee protection from injury.
However, proper use of this car seat reduces the
risk of serious injury or death to your child.
2.1 About Your Child
Instructions for the use of this car seat and your
vehicle’s seat belt differ greatly depending on the
size of your child. Be sure you are using the
car seat in the correct mode and with the correct
features for your child. Failure to use the car seat
in a manner that is appropriate for your child’s size
may increase the risk of serious injury or death.
When you switch from one mode of use to another,
be sure to review the sections of this manual that
apply to that mode.
NEVER LEAVE YOUR CHILD
UNATTENDED.
NEVER ALLOW THE CHILD TO BUCKLE
HIMSELF into the car seat at any time.
This unit must be installed and adjusted only by
an adult.
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Your child should use the built-in harness if:
child weighs from 20 to
40 lbs. (9 to 18 kg), and
is between 27 and 40
inches (69 and 102 cm)
in height, AND
child is at least one year
old and can sit upright
unassisted, AND
child’s shoulders are
below top harness slots.
If shoulders are above
top harness slots, child is
too large for built-in harness. You must remove
the harness and use the booster seat with your
vehicle’s lap and shoulder belt system.
If your child is between 30 and 40 lbs., he
should continue to use the harness if his shoulders
are below the upper harness slots. We highly
recommend use of the built-in harness for as long
as it is suitable and comfortable for your child.
With built-in harness
20 lbs.
(9 kg)
40 lbs.
(18 kg)
30 lbs.
(14 kg)
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Your child should use the VEHICLE shoulder
and lap belts BUT NOT the built-in harness if:
child weighs from 30
to 80 lbs. (14 to 36 kg),
and is between 35 and
54 inches (89 and 138
cm) in height, AND
child’s shoulders are
above top harness
slots, AND
child’s ears are below
top of booster seat.
If tops of ears are above
top of seat, child is too
large for booster seat.
Without built-in harness
80 lbs.
(36 kg)
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2.2 About Using this Car Seat
in Your Vehicle
YOUR CHILD CAN BE INJURED in a
vehicle even if you are not in a crash. Common
events such as sudden braking and sharp turns
can injure your child if the car seat is not
properly installed or if your child is not
properly secured in the car seat.
THERE ARE MANY KINDS OF VEHICLES,
seat belt systems and occupant protection
systems. As a result, it is not possible for this
manual to tell you everything you need to know
about putting this car seat in your vehicle. You
must carefully follow the instructions provided
by your vehicle manufacturer, in addition to the
information in this manual.
SOME VEHICLES DO NOT HAVE ANY
safe location for this car seat, and many vehicles
have seat belt systems that must not be used with
the car seat because those systems will not safely
hold the car seat or your child in place. Refer to
section 4, “Selecting a Suitable Location for the
Car Seat” (page 14), and section 5.2 “Selecting a
Suitable Location in the Vehicle” (page 21) and
to your vehicle owner’s manual for information.
THIS CHILD RESTRAINT conforms
to all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle
Safety Standards.
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THIS RESTRAINT is certified for use in
Motor Vehicles. It is certified for use in Aircraft
only when used with the built-in harness.
When used as a booster without the harness,
this restraint is not certified for use in aircraft.
For aircraft use see section 5.5, “Using the Car
Seat in an Airplane” on page 38.
CONTINUOUS USE OF A CAR SEAT may
cause damage to a vehicle seat. To protect
vehicle upholstery, use a car seat mat, towel
or thin blanket under the seat.
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2.3 When the Car Seat is
Not Occupied
NEVER LEAVE A CAR SEAT
UNSECURED IN YOUR VEHICLE. When
you are not using the car seat, either remove it
or make sure that it is securely belted in the
vehicle. An unsecured car seat can be thrown
around and may injure occupants in the event
of a sharp turn, sudden stop or crash.
PARTS OF THE CAR SEAT CAN BECOME
VERY HOT if the seat is left in the sun. Contact
with these parts can burn your child’s skin. Cover
the car seat with a blanket if it will be exposed to
the sun, and always touch the surface of any metal
or plastic parts before putting your child in the
car seat.
WHEN NOT USING THE CAR SEAT for
long periods, store it in a plastic bag in a cool,
dark, dry place.
DO NOT PLACE HEAVY OBJECTS ON
CAR SEAT while in storage. Heavy objects
may deform car seat over a period of time.
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2.4 Life and Condition
of the Car Seat
REPLACE THE CAR SEAT AFTER AN
ACCIDENT of any kind. An accident can
cause damage to the car seat that you cannot
see.
EVEN IF THE CAR SEAT IS NOT
INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT, stop using it
and throw it away after the date molded into the
back of the car seat. Example: “Do not use this
child restraint after December 2007.”
DO NOT MODIFY YOUR CAR SEAT or
use any accessories or parts supplied by other
manufacturers. Only make adjustments to the
car seat as recommended in these instructions.
NEVER USE THE CAR SEAT IF IT HAS
DAMAGED OR MISSING PARTS. Do not
use a cut, frayed or damaged car seat harness or
vehicle seat belt.
NEVER GIVE THIS CAR SEAT TO
SOMEONE ELSE without also giving them
this manual.
NEVER USE A SECOND-HAND CAR SEAT
or a car seat whose history you do not know.
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3. Features and Components
Harness slot
Harness clip*
Shoulder
belt
positioner
Harness strap
Harness
buckle
Crotch strap
*Certain models are
equipped with a two-piece
harness clip.
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Adjuster
bar lock
Harness
plate
Locking clip
storage*
Adjuster
bar
Tether strap**
Owner’s manual
storage compartment
—
Tether clip
Expiration date
*The locking clip is stored on the
back of the car seat. You will need to
use it with certain types of vehicle
seat belts.
**Some vehicles are now (or can be) equipped
with tether anchor points behind some vehicle
seats. A tether anchors the top of the car seat to
the body of the vehicle. When used properly with
the vehicle seat belt, a tether helps reduce injury
in a sharp turn, sudden stop or crash.
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4. Selecting a Suitable
Location for the Car Seat
Following are some basic recommendations for
both use modes of the car seat. See section 5,
“Use of the Car Seat with the Built-in Harness”
(page 16) for more information about a safe
location for the car seat in that mode.
According to accident statistics, children are safer
when properly restrained in rear vehicle seating
positions, rather than front seating positions. For a
vehicle with a front passenger air bag, refer to
your vehicle owner’s manual as well as these
instructions for car seat installation.
‹
We recommend that,
whenever possible, you
secure the car seat in the
center position of the
seat directly behind the front seats ‹. However,
this position is often only equipped with a lap belt
and cannot be used when this car seat is used
without the built-in harness.
If you want to use the tether, locate a seating
position equipped with tether anchors. If your
vehicle does not have a tether anchor, it may
be possible to install one. Contact your vehicle
dealership for the proper anchor location and
installation. A tether anchor parts kit may be
purchased by calling Graco Customer Service
at 1-888-224-6549.
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Be Sure Your Vehicle Seat
Meets These Requirements
THE VEHICLE SEAT MUST FACE
FORWARD. DO NOT place car seat in a
rear-facing vehicle seat Πor a side-facing
vehicle seat .
Œ

DO NOT use this car seat in any vehicle seat
in which the front of the car seat hangs over the
edge of the vehicle seat Ž.
Ž
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5. Use of the Car Seat with
the Built-in Harness
Use of this car seat with the built-in harness is
meant for a child:
who weighs from 20 to 40 lbs. (9 to 18 kg) and
is between 27 and 40 inches (69 and 102 cm) in
height, AND
who is at least one year old and can sit upright
unassisted, AND
whose shoulders are below top harness slots. If
shoulders are above top harness slots, child is
too large for built-in harness. You must remove
the harness and use the booster seat with your
vehicle’s lap and shoulder belt system.
5.1 Positioning the Harness Straps
Failure to properly adjust the harness straps for your
child increases the risk of serious injury or death in
the event of a sharp turn, sudden stop or crash. The
harness straps must be properly adjusted to fit your
child according to the following instructions.
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1. Unthread strap from open end of harness clip
‹; or for models with a two-piece harness clip,
squeeze both buttons and pull clip apart Œ.
‹
Œ
2. Push the release buttons on
the harness buckle .
Unbuckle both harness
straps. Move the straps apart
to make room for your child.
3. Place your child in the seat
with his bottom flat against
the seat.
4. Check the crotch strap. There are two possible positions for it. Choose the position that is
closest to but not under your child. If you need
to move the strap, reach under the seat and
push the metal retainer up through the slot sideways Ž. Push it back
down through the appropriate slot, making sure
the red button faces out,
and tug on it to be sure
that it is properly secured.

Ž
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5. There are three positions for
the shoulder harness
straps. The harness straps
must go into the slots that
are even with or just above
your child’s shoulders ‹.
6. If straps are in the
proper slots, go to
step 9 on page 19.
To adjust position of
harness straps, first
remove child from car
seat. Behind the seat,
rotate the red lock
out of the way and
lift adjuster bar to
remove straps from
harness plate and
adjuster bar Œ, .
‹
7. From front of car seat,
pull strap ends through
slots Ž and reinsert
them through the
appropriate slots
as determined in
step 5 above.
Ž
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Œ

8. Behind car seat, reassemble straps onto adjuster
bar exactly as shown , .


9. Inspect the harness straps from the front and
back of the car seat to be sure the straps are
inserted at the same level and that they are not
twisted. Twisted belts can create slack in the
harness straps and reduce the protection
provided by the car seat. Pull on harness to
make sure it is secure.
10. Return child to the seat. Make sure straps
are flat and tight against child’s shoulders.
Tighten harness so that you can slip only
one finger between harness strap and child’s
shoulder. Tighten harness by pulling on loose
webbing behind seat ‘.
‘
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11. Push adjuster bar down firmly to secure
straps ‹. Rotate red lock down into locked
position Œ.
‹
Œ

Straps ends must
extend a minimum
of 2” below harness
plate and should
be near equal
2”+
in length.
The components of your harness are now properly
positioned for your child.
Remember to check the shoulder and crotch
straps as your child grows and move them to the
next position when necessary.
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5.2 Selecting a Suitable Location
for the Car Seat
Some seating positions in your vehicle may not be
safe locations for this car seat when used with the
built-in harness. In fact, some vehicles do not have
any seating positions that can be used safely with
the car seat.
Improper placement of the car seat increases the
risk of serious injury or death.
Follow the instructions in this section and in your
vehicle owner’s manual to select a location for the
car seat. If you are not sure where to place the
car seat in your vehicle, contact your vehicle
manufacturer or Graco Children’s Products Inc.,
1-888-224-6549.
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Be Sure Your Vehicle Seat Belt
Meets These Requirements
The vehicle seat belt must be designed to hold the
car seat tightly at ALL times. There are a variety
of seat belt systems that are NOT safe for use
with the car seat because they will not hold the
car seat tightly at all times. We will first describe
the seat belts that are NOT safe for use and then
we will describe those that ARE safe for use. Pay
careful attention to these systems; some of the
seat belts that are not safe to use look very much
like seat belts that are safe to use. If you are
unsure, contact the vehicle manufacturer or call
Graco at 1-888-224-6549.
Many seat belt systems are NOT safe to use
with the car seat, even though they can easily be
threaded through the car seat. Carefully read this
section for information on seat belt systems and
refer to your vehicle owner’s manual and any labels
on your vehicle’s seat belt. You may need to have a
special seat belt installed by your vehicle dealer
before using the car seat.
A. Vehicle Belt Systems that are NOT
Safe for Use with the Car Seat
DO NOT use the following types of vehicle belt
systems with your car seat. They will not hold the
car seat securely in place. The metal locking clip
provided with this product will NOT make any of
these vehicle belts safe.
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‹
DO NOT use a lap belt that stays loose and can
move until it locks in a crash or sudden stop ‹.
This belt has an Emergency Locking Retractor,
E.L.R. It is often seen in combination with a
motorized shoulder belt. Since these lap belts
will loosen if pulled on slowly, the car seat may
shift to an unsafe position. This vehicle belt will
NOT safely restrain the car seat. However, you
may be able to convert your E.L.R. belt to one
that is safe to use. See your vehicle owner’s
manual for more information or contact your
vehicle manufacturer.
Œ
DO NOT use a lap/shoulder combination
belt where each strap has a retractor at one
end and is attached to the latchplate at the
other end of the belt Œ. This vehicle belt will
NOT safely restrain the car seat.
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‹
Œ
DO NOT use vehicle belts that are attached to
the door in any way ‹ or that move along a
track to automatically surround the passenger
when the door is closed Œ. These vehicle belts
will NOT safely restrain the car seat.

DO NOT use a vehicle belt that is anchored
forward of the seat crease . This vehicle belt
will NOT safely restrain the car seat.
If you have one of the above vehicle belt systems,
DO NOT use it to secure the car seat. Look for a
vehicle seat location that has a suitable seat belt
(see the next section) or contact your vehicle
manufacturer about installing a seat belt system
that can be used to secure the car seat.
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B. Vehicle Belt Systems that ARE
Suitable for Use with the Car Seat
The following vehicle belt systems can be
used with your car seat, IF the seat location
meets all other requirements of these instructions
AND THOSE IN YOUR VEHICLE
OWNER’S MANUAL.
Ž
Lap belt that is manually adjusted and stays
tight Ž. This type of vehicle belt is tightened
by pulling on the excess belt once it is buckled.
This type of vehicle belt is most often found in
the rear center seating position. A lap belt can
only be used in combination with the built-in
harness of the car seat. To use the car seat
without the built-in harness, you must use a
vehicle seat with a lap/shoulder belt.

Lap belt that cannot lengthen once it is
buckled . This belt has an automatic locking
retractor (A.L.R.) that does not allow the vehicle
belt to lengthen without unbuckling the belt and
starting over. A lap belt can only be used in
combination with the built-in harness of the car
seat. To use the car seat without the built-in
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harness, you must use a vehicle seat with a
lap/shoulder belt.
‹
Lap/shoulder combination belt with a locking
latchplate ‹. Once it is buckled, this type of
belt has a latchplate that will not allow the lap
portion of the belt to loosen. This vehicle belt
does not require a locking clip.
Œ
Lap/shoulder combination belt with a latchplate that can slide freely along the belt Œ.
This type of belt MUST be
converted to prevent
movement of the lap portion
of the belt. You must use the
Locking clip
locking clip provided with
the car seat (see “To install the locking clip” on
page 31), unless your vehicle’s seat belt can be
converted in another way that is described in
your vehicle owner’s manual. Failure to use the
locking clip or convert the seat belt in another
way will allow the car seat to move out of
position. See your vehicle owner’s manual or
contact your vehicle manufacturer for more
information.
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5.3 Positioning and Securing
the Car Seat in Your Vehicle
Installation of your car seat varies depending
on the type of seat belt system you have in your
vehicle. Carefully review the following pages to
determine the proper installation requirements.
There are many kinds of vehicles, seat belts, and
occupant protection systems. As a result, it is not
possible for this manual to tell you everything
you need to know about putting this car seat in
your vehicle. You must carefully follow the instructions provided by your vehicle manufacturer, in
addition to the information in this manual. Before
proceeding, be sure you have read and understood
the section on safe and unsafe vehicle belt systems.
Failure to properly secure the car seat in the vehicle
increases the child’s risk of serious injury or death
in the event of a sharp turn, sudden stop or crash.
Carefully follow these instructions and those in your
vehicle owner’s manual to be sure your car seat is
properly located, positioned, and held tightly at all times.
1. Make sure you have adjusted the harness straps
to fit your child as explained in section 5.1,
“Positioning the Harness Straps” (page 16)
and selected a suitable location for the car
seat as explained in section 4 (page 14) and
section 5.2 (page 21).
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2. If a front passenger seat is used, slide the
vehicle seat rearward as far as possible from
the dashboard. If a rear seat is used, make sure
the seat in front of it is moved forward enough
and is upright enough to allow room for the
car seat.
3. Be sure that the vehicle seat back is locked
in position.
4. Place the car seat firmly against the back of a
forward-facing vehicle seat. If you are using
the tether, lay it over the back of the vehicle
seat so it won’t get hidden behind the back of
the car seat.
5. Thread the seat belt:
‹
Follow diagram
‹ if you are
using a
lap/shoulder
belt
Œ
Follow diagram
Πif you are
using a lap-only
belt
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
6. Buckle the vehicle belt. Make sure the buckle
tongue goes into the correct buckle, and not the
adjacent one . The vehicle belt should not be
twisted or turned.
7. Now the vehicle seat belt must be tightened.
Push down hard with
your knee or free hand
in the middle of the car
seat Ž. Then pull and
tighten the vehicle belt.
If you have a lap-only
belt, go to step 8.
If you have a lap/
shoulder combination
belt, go to step 9.
Ž

8. Tightening a lap-only belt:
An automatically adjusted lap belt is
tightened by feeding the vehicle belt back into
its retractor while pushing down hard on the car
seat. Make sure that vehicle belt is locked in
place and very tight.
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‹
A manually adjusted lap belt ‹is tightened
by pulling on the excess belt while pushing
down hard on the car seat. However, you may
have trouble tightening the belt because of the
upright angle at which you must pull. You may
have to unbuckle the vehicle belt, estimate a
belt length that will make the vehicle belt very
tight, then buckle it again.
9. Tightening a lap/shoulder combination belt:
Œ
A lap/shoulder combination belt with a
locking latchplate Πis tightened by pulling
hard on the shoulder portion of the vehicle
belt while pushing down hard on the car seat.
However, you may have trouble tightening
the belt because of the upright angle at which
you must pull. You may have to unbuckle the
vehicle belt, estimate a belt length that will
make the vehicle belt very tight, then buckle
it again.
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
A lap/shoulder combination belt with a
latchplate that can slide freely along the
belt  requires the locking clip, unless your
vehicle’s seat belt can be converted in another
way that is described in your vehicle owner’s
manual. See your vehicle owner’s manual to
find out if your vehicle belt can be converted to
prevent movement of the lap portion of the
belt. Otherwise, the locking clip MUST
be used.
10. To install the locking clip:
a. Tighten the buckled vehicle belt by pushing
down hard on the car seat and pulling hard on
the shoulder belt.
b. While continuing to push down on the car
seat, let go of the shoulder strap and pinch
the two straps together just behind the
buckle tongue.
c. While still pinching the straps together,
unbuckle the vehicle belt. Do not allow the
straps to slip.
d. Connect the lap
½
belt to the shoulder
inch
belt by placing the
locking clip on the
belts about ½ inch
from the buckle
tongue as shown Ž.
Ž
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e. Re-buckle the belt and pull hard on the lap
belt to be sure it does not move.
f. Repeat this procedure if the lap belt is loose
or lengthens when pulled.
Remove locking clip from vehicle seat belt
when not being used with a car seat. The belt
will not properly restrain an adult or child and
serious injury could occur. Store locking clip
under its tab on the back of the car seat.
Do not use locking clip as a vehicle
belt shortener.
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11. To secure the tether:
a. Make sure tether is securely attached to the
car seat.
b. Fasten the
tether clip to
the anchor
point ‹.
Styles and
locations of
the anchor
points vary.
Consult your
vehicle owner’s manual about how to use an
anchor point in your vehicle.
‹
c. Tighten the tether strap
securely. To tighten, pull
on free end of strap Œ.
You may need to
retighten the vehicle belts
after tether installation.
d. To loosen, lift up on
the metal tongue of the
buckle .
When not using tether, place tether behind
car seat or tuck between vehicle seat back
and bottom.
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Œ

Safety Check
12. Make sure that the car seat is properly secured
by the vehicle seat belt system by performing
the following test EVERY TIME YOU
DRIVE WITH YOUR CHILD:
‹
Holding the car seat near the vehicle belt path,
Twist and pull the car seat firmly forward and
to both sides to make sure the vehicle seat belt
does not lengthen or loosen and the car seat
does not easily move ‹.
If you find that your car seat shifts or your
vehicle seat belt slips or becomes loose, check
that you have followed steps 1-11 correctly, or
see section 4, “Selecting a Suitable Location
for the Car Seat” (page 14), and section 5.2
“Selecting a Suitable Location in the Vehicle”
(page 21).
DO NOT USE ANY SEATING LOCATION
WHERE THE VEHICLE BELT DOES NOT
HOLD THE CAR SEAT TIGHTLY.
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5.4 Securing Your Child in the Car
Seat with the Built-in Harness
Failure to properly secure your child in the car seat
increases the risk of serious injury or death in the
event of a sharp turn, sudden stop or crash.
In a crash, the car seat provides NO protection
for your child unless the harness straps are
properly secured.
Follow these instructions carefully to properly secure
your child.
Adjust the harness system snugly every time you
place your child in the car seat. Be aware that
something as simple as changing a jacket may
require a change in the length of the harness. To
secure your child, follow these steps:
1. Make sure that the harness and crotch straps
are properly positioned for your child
according to section 5.1, “Positioning the
Harness Straps” (page 16).
2. Avoid bulky clothing. Make sure that your child
is dressed in clothing which:
a. Allows the harness straps to securely
latch into the crotch buckle between
your child’s legs.
b. Keeps the straps on your child’s shoulders.
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3. Place child in car seat so
that the child’s bottom
rests against the back of
the car seat.
4. Pull harness straps
around your child. Snap
each buckle tongue into
the buckle of the crotch
strap ‹. Make sure you
hear a “click”. Check
that harness is securely
latched by pulling on the
straps. If harness straps
are not buckled, the car
seat provides NO
protection for your child.
DO NOT use car seat if
harness does not latch
properly. Call Graco
at 1-888-224-6549.
Check that harness
straps are not twisted.
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5. Rethread shoulder harness strap through
harness clip Πor, for two-piece harness
models, push clip halves together until you
hear a “click” .
Œ

6. Position harness clip at middle of child’s chest,
level with armpits and away from child’s neck.
Make sure straps are flat
and tight against child’s
shoulders. You should not
be able to insert more than
one finger between harness
and child’s shoulder Ž.
Ž
Final Safety Check
8. Check that harness straps are tight and not
twisted. Check that harness clip and all
buckles are securely fastened. Recheck that
the seat is tightly held by the vehicle belt.
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5.5 Using the Car Seat in an
Airplane
This car seat may be installed
in an airplane ONLY for a
child between 20 and 40 lbs.,
and ONLY when the built-in
harness is used.
Since airlines have some restrictions about the
use of car seats, notify the airline ahead of time
that you intend to bring the car seat on board.
For the safety of your child, use the car seat in
forward-facing aircraft seats only. Follow the
flight attendant’s instructions about car seat
placement. Install your car seat on an airplane
the same way it is installed in an automobile.
Always be sure that the airplane seat belt is
adjusted so that it tightly holds the car seat in
place at all times.
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6. Use of the Booster Seat
without the Built-in
Harness
Use of this car seat as a booster without the
built-in harness is meant for a child:
who weighs from 30 to 80 lbs. (14 to 36 kg), and
is between 40 and 54 inches (102 and 138 cm) in
height, AND
whose shoulders are above top harness
slots, AND
whose ears are below top of booster seat. If tops
of ears are above top of seat, child is too large
for booster seat.
If your child is between 30 and 40 lbs., he
should continue to use the harness if his shoulders
are below the upper harness slots. We highly
recommend use of the built-in harness up to 40 lbs.
DO NOT use the booster seat in this manner
with a lap-only belt.
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Failure to properly secure your child and the booster
seat in your vehicle increases the risk of serious
injury or death in the event of a sharp turn, sudden
stop or crash. The vehicle restraint straps must be
properly positioned to fit your child according to the
following instructions and those in your vehicle
owner’s manual.
In a crash, the booster seat
provides NO protection for
your child unless the vehicle
lap and shoulder belts are
properly secured. Use only the
vehicle’s lap and shoulder belt
system when restraining the
child in this booster seat.
NEVER use a vehicle lap-only
belt across front of child;
severe abdominal, head and/
or neck injuries or death may
result in the event of a sharp
turn, sudden stop or crash.
Vehicle belts MUST lay flat
against child and MUST NOT
be twisted.
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DO NOT use shoulder belt
loose or positioned under arm.
Lap portion of lap/shoulder
belt MUST be low and snug
on hips, just touching thighs.
DO NOT allow child to slide
down in booster seat. This
could position vehicle lap
belt across child’s abdomen
and vehicle shoulder belt
over neck or face. If child will
not keep vehicle restraint
properly positioned, DO NOT
use this booster seat. Use a
different child restraint system.
6.1 Removing the Built-in Harness
The harness of your booster seat must be removed
when your child’s shoulders are above the upper
harness slots or when your child weighs more
than 40 lbs. (18 kg). When removing the harness,
be especially careful to keep all the parts on the
belts. By keeping these very important parts
together, they can be reinstalled on the seat for
use with another child. Carefully follow the
instructions below.
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1. Behind the seat, remove the ends of the
shoulder straps from the adjuster bar
(see figures 2 and 3, page 18).
2. In front of the seat, pull the strap ends through
the shoulder slots. Do not remove the buckles
or harness clip from the straps.
3. Pull the right hand strap and buckle down
through the slot in the seat.
4. Pull the right hand
strap and buckle
completely up
through the left hand
slot (as you face the
seat), guiding the
buckle as needed ‹.
5. To remove the crotch
strap, reach under
the seat and push the
metal retainer up
through the slot sideways.
Buckle the crotch strap to the harness
strap for safekeeping.
6. Store the harness in a cool dry place until it
is needed again. Then reinstall by reversing
these instructions. See the illustration on page
50 to check the correct path for the harness.
‹
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6.2 Securing Your Child and the
Booster Seat with the Vehicle
Lap/Shoulder Belt
1. Use of the tether is not required when using the
seat in this mode; however, it may keep the
seat more stable. See pages 14 and 33 for
instructions on tether use.
2. Place booster seat firmly against the back
of a forward-facing vehicle seat suitable for
the booster seat as explained in section 4,
“Selecting a Suitable Location for the Car
Seat” (page 14) and equipped with a lap/
shoulder belt. DO NOT place booster seat in a
seating position that only provides a lap belt.
If a front passenger seat is used, slide the
vehicle seat rearward as far as possible from
the dashboard.
3. Be sure that the vehicle seat back is locked
in position.
4. Have your child sit in the seat so that the
child’s bottom rests against the back of the
booster seat.
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5. Place vehicle lap
belt across child’s
thighs and through
the cutouts in the
sides of the booster
seat. Place shoulder
belt in front of the
child. Fasten the
buckle and pull up
on the shoulder belt
to tighten ‹.
Make sure buckle
tongue goes into the
correct buckle, and not
the adjacent one Œ.
Seat belt should not
be twisted or turned.
6. If vehicle belt lays
across child’s neck,
head or face, redirect
belt by using the
shoulder belt positioner.
Thread vehicle shoulder
belt through positioner
exactly as shown .
Choose the position that
directs belt across the child’s chest. NEVER
place high end of shoulder belt under child’s
arm. Use of any shoulder belt in this manner
can cause serious injuries or death in the event
of a sharp turn, sudden stop or crash.
Œ

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7. Adjust positioner as
high as possible without
shoulder belt touching
child’s neck. To adjust,
unhook bottom of
positioner, slide up or
down to desired height
and thread bottom hook
into closest loop below Ž.
8. Check to be sure shoulder belt is properly
positioned over shoulder and snug
against child.
Ž
Final Safety Checks
9. Make sure that:
the booster seat and your child are secured
with both a lap and shoulder belt, not a lap
belt only, AND
vehicle lap belt is NOT TWISTED, and runs
across child’s thighs and through cutouts on
sides of booster seat, AND
vehicle shoulder belt runs across child’s chest
and belt positioner (if needed) puts the belt in
the proper position, not across the face or neck.
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6.3 Using the Booster Seat
in an Airplane
This Restraint is not certified
for Aircraft use. Aircraft seat
restraints are not equipped
with shoulder straps, so it
would be impossible to
properly secure a larger child
in the booster seat on an airplane.
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7. Cupholder (optional)
1. Insert the two prongs
of the cupholder into
the two slots on either
the left or right side of
the seat ‹.
‹
2. Push cupholder down
until the clip snaps on
to the bottom of seat Œ.
Check that cupholder is
secure by pulling on it.
Œ
Clip
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8. Cleaning and Maintenance
BLOT THE SEAT COVER with a damp
sponge using a mild soap solution and cool
water. If necessary, the cover may be removed
and machine washed.
CAR SEAT METAL AND PLASTIC PARTS
may be cleaned by wiping with a mild soap and
water solution. DO NOT USE BLEACH. Use of
bleach may weaken plastic parts.
HARNESS STRAPS may be spot cleaned or
replaced. DO NOT IMMERSE THE HARNESS
STRAPS IN WATER. Doing so may weaken the
harness straps.
BUCKLE may be cleaned with a damp cloth.
NEVER LUBRICATE THE BUCKLE. If the
harness buckle sticks, check for dropped food or
sticky drinks that may have been spilled, dirt,
etc. Remove foreign objects with tweezers
and/or clean with cotton swab. If you cannot get
the harness to remain tight with the buckle
securely locked, do not use this car seat. Call
Graco at 1-888-224-6549 to purchase
a replacement harness.
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TO REMOVE THE SEAT COVER FOR
CLEANING:
1. Remove the shoulder straps
from the adjuster bar
behind the seat.
2. From the front of the seat,
pull the strap ends through
the shoulder slots ‹.
Do not remove the
buckles or harness clip
from the straps.
3. Remove elastic loops from
around two pegs on the
bottom and two pegs on the
top of car seat.
4. Remove elastic binding
from bottom, sides and top
of seat as shown Œ.
‹
Œ
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5. Lift cover off seat, pushing harness straps,
crotch strap and hardware through slots in
cover. DO NOT USE car seat without the
seat cover.
6. Machine wash cover in cold water on delicate
cycle and drip-dry. DO NOT USE BLEACH.
7. To put the seat cover back on, reverse the
preceding instructions.
Thread the harness
straps through the
appropriate holes
in the seat cover.
See the illustration
at right and section
5.1, “Positioning
the Harness Straps”
(page 16) to
properly secure the
harness straps back
on the seat ‹.
8. Secure the seat cover to the seat: wrap the
elastic binding over the top and bottom of the
seat and attach four loops.
‹
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9. Registering Your Car Seat
Model No.
Serial No.
Purchase Date
Dear Customer,
Please fill in the above information. The model
and serial numbers can be found on a label
underneath your car seat.
Fill out the prepaid registration postcard attached
to the seat cover and mail it today. Child restraints
could be recalled for safety reasons. You must
register this restraint to be reached in a recall.
Send your name, address and model/serial
numbers to:
Graco Children’s Products Inc.
P.O. Box 100
Elverson, PA, 19520-9974
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).
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10. Replacement Parts
Instructions for ordering car seat parts:
Complete the form that follows. Your car seat
model and serial numbers MUST be included on
the form to ensure proper replacement parts. Your
model number can be found on a sticker on the
underside of your car seat. Payment must
accompany your order.
Parts List:
*Price:
Locking clip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5.00
Harness with buckles and harness clip . . . . .$12.00
Seat cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$35.00
Crotch strap with buckle and metal retainer . .$8.00
Tether strap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10.00
2-Piece Chest Clip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5.00
Cupholder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7.00
*Prices subject to change without notice
IF YOU NEED HELP
If you have any questions or need any parts not
listed, please call toll-free: 1-888-224-6549
or visit our Internet website,
www.gracobaby.com.
Return the form at right with payment to:
GRACO CHILDREN’S PRODUCTS INC.
CUSTOMER SERVICE DEPARTMENT
P.O. BOX 100, MAIN STREET
ELVERSON, PA 19520
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Model No.
Serial No.
(Both numbers required)
Locking clip
Harness with buckles
and harness clip
Seat cover
Crotch strap w/buckle
Tether strap
2-Piece Chest Clip
Cupholder
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Total:
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