Graco Baby Seat Baby Carrier User Manual

Graco Baby Seat Baby Carrier User Manual
Instruction
Manual
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Avoid injury or death Read and understand this manual!
Use rear-facing only!
TABLE OF CONTENTS
This instruction manual is for:
• Vanté Newborn/Infant Car Seats With
3-Point Harness
• Vanté Newborn/Infant Car Seats With
5-Point Harness
Instructions for these models are the same
unless otherwise noted.
F Before You Begin
Important Information.....................................1
F Car Seat Use
Height & Weight Limits....................................5
Installation With Base.....................................
6
Installation Without Base................................8
Placing Child in Car Seat................................10
Operations and Adjustments......................... 12
• Buckle
• Harness Tie
• Adjustable Handle
• Removing Car Seat from Base
• Adjustable Base
• Adjusting or Changing Harness Straps
• Changing Crotch Strap Positions
Warnings......................................................2
Basic Information.............................................4
F Special Information
Vehicle Seat Belts............................................
16
Locking Clip................................................... 21
Using with a Stroller.......................................
22
Additional Information....................................23
• Care and Cleaning
• Aircraft Use
• Second Hand Car Seat
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.
F Safety First Check List
• Read and understand instruction manual
and car seat labels.
F 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:
• Use car seat rear-facing only.
• Do not use in vehicle seat with air bag.
• Secure children in back seat whenever
possible.
• Never leave child unattended.
• Install car seat securely.
Century Products
P.O. Box 100
Elverson, PA 19520-9973
• Only use a Vanté base when
using car seat/carrier with a base.
or call 1-800-837-4044
• Do not use after date shown on back of
car seat.
For recall information:
• Call the U.S Government’s Auto Safety
Hotline at 1-800-424-9393
(202-366-0123 in D.C. area)
• Do not allow anyone (babysitter, relatives,
etc.) to use car seat without first
understanding all instructions.
• www.nhtsa.dot.gov
• Call Century Products 1-800-837-4044
1
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 crash. Secure child restraint
with a vehicle seat belt as shown in this
manual.
Use car seat rear-facing only. 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 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
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.
Car seat must be properly leveled:
• Too reclined can result in injury or
ejection.
Strangulation Hazard: Child can strangle
in loose harness straps. Never leave child
in carrier when straps are loose or
undone.
Fall Hazard: Child’s movement can slide
carrier. Never place carrier near edges
of countertops, tables or other elevated
surfaces.
Suffocation Hazard: Infant carrier can
roll over on soft surfaces and suffocate
child. Never place carrier on beds, sofas
or other soft surfaces.
• Too upright can result in breathing
difficulties.
Never leave infant unattended, even
when sleeping.
Avoid serious injury due to falls. Be sure
handle “locks” into carrying position
before carrying infant. If handle is not
securely locked, car seat can flip forward
causing infant to fall and be seriously
injured.
3
BASIC INFORMATION
F Certification
This car seat meets or exceeds all applicable
requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety
Standard 213 for use in motor vehicles and
aircraft.
F 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:
F Unoccupied Car Seat
Always secure car seat with a vehicle seat belt,
even when unoccupied. An unsecured car seat
can injure passengers.
F Dangerous Vehicle Seats
Do not use car seat on rear-facing or
side-facing vehicle seats.
Do not use this car
seat after December
Year
F Vehicle Seat Protection
Protect vehicle seat. Use a car seat mat, towel
or thin blanket under and behind car seat.
F Warm Weather
Car seat parts can get very hot in the sun
or warm weather.
To avoid burns, always check before putting
child in car seat.
4
HEIGHT & WEIGHT LIMITS
This car seat is designed for rear-facing use
only by an infant whose:
• Weight is less than 22 lbs (10 kg) and;
• Height is less than 29 inches (73.7 cm)
F Preterm or Low Birth Weight
Infants
A preterm or low birth weight infant may
be at special risk in a vehicle or aircraft.
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.
5
INSTALLATION WITH BASE
1
2
Place base rear-facing on vehicle seat.
(Refer to illustration on Page 7)
Thread vehicle lap belt through base belt Tabs
and buckle belt.
NOTE: Vehicle shoulder belt must NOT be
placed under belt Tabs.
3
Press down firmly on base to compress vehicle
seat cushion while tightening vehicle lap belt
(fig. a).
4
Pull front to back and left to right to check for
secure installation (fig. b). Vehicle lap belt
MUST stay tight.
If not secure, see “Vehicle Seat Belts” section.
5
Put car seat in base and pull up on car seat to
be sure it is locked in base.
6
Place child in car seat and check for secure
installation (see 4 ).
7
Adjust handle to a position behind car seat.
6
8
Check level indicator on base.
Ball MUST be entirely in green zone (fig. c).
If necessary adjust Foot.
NOTE: Vehicle must be on level ground and
child in car seat when leveling.
INSTALLATION WITH BASE
(continued)
Tabs
Foot
(fig. a)
(fig. b)
(fig. c)
7
INSTALLATION WITHOUT BASE
1
Place car seat rear-facing on vehicle seat.
(Refer to illustration on Page 9)
2
Thread vehicle lap belt through car seat Slots
and buckle belt.
NOTE: Vehicle shoulder belt must NOT be
placed through car seat Slots.
3
Press down firmly on car seat to compress
vehicle seat cushion while tightening vehicle
lap belt (fig. a).
4
Pull front to back and left to right to check for
secure installation (fig. b). Vehicle lap belt
MUST stay tight.
If not secure, see “Vehicle Seat Belts” section.
5
Check level indicator on car seat.
Ball MUST be entirely in green zone (fig. c). If
necessary place rolled Towels under car seat
at vehicle seat crease.
8
NOTE: Vehicle must be on level ground and
child in car seat when leveling.
6
Adjust handle to a position behind car seat.
INSTALLATION WITHOUT BASE
(continued)
Slots
Towels
(fig. a)
(fig. b)
(fig. c)
9
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 to lock.
WARNING
To prevent serious injury or death:
• Keep harness straps snug and
positioned on shoulders. Periodically
check adjustments.
• Do not use strap covers, blankets
cushions, or padding under harness
straps or child unless provided by
Century or Graco.
• Baby 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:
• Crotch strap must be through opening
closest to but not under child.
3-Point Models Only:
• Buckle tongue must be in slot closest to
but not under child.
10
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 thighs are snug.
• Harness straps must be through slots at or
just below shoulders.
5-Point Models Only:
Close harness tie:
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
(continued)
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(fig. a)
(fig. b)
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OPERATIONS and ADJUSTMENTS
1
Buckle:
3
• Handle has three adjustment positions.
3-Point Models
• Push in red buttons on each side of
handle, rotate and release red buttons.
Continue rotating handle to desired
position until you hear a “click” sound.
• To buckle: Push tongue down into slot.
Pull up on tongue to be sure it is locked.
• To unbuckle: Press red button and pull
tongue out.
• IMPORTANT: Before lifting car seat, place
handle in “locked” upright carrying
position.
5-Point Models
• To buckle: Insert both tongues into
buckle. Pull up on tongues to be sure
they are locked.
• To unbuckle: Press red button and pull
tongues out.
2
Adjustable Handle:
4
Removing Car Seat from Base:
• Place handle in “locked” upright carrying
position.
• Pull red release handle in base (fig. a).
2-Piece Harness Tie:
• Lift car seat out of base.
• To open: Squeeze tabs and pull apart.
• To close: Snap halves together. Make
sure harness tie is locked by pulling out
on each half.
5
Adjustable Base:
• Pull Level Adjuster Handle out (fig. b).
• Adjust Foot to desired position.
• Release adjustment handle. Be sure it
retracts into slot.
12
OPERATIONS and ADJUSTMENTS
(continued)
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2
3
1
4
3
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4
5
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Handle
Foot
(fig. a)
(fig. b)
13
OPERATIONS and ADJUSTMENTS
6
Adjusting or Changing Harness Straps (fig. c):
Harness straps must be through slots at or below
shoulders.
• Press Tab to release metal Rod and lift Rod
out of side Pockets.
7
(continued)
Changing Crotch Strap Positions (fig. d):
Buckle tongue must be in slot closest to but
not under child.
5-Point Models Only
• From bottom of car seat, remove crotch
strap Clip.
• Slide metal Rod out of Loops of harness
straps.
• From top of car seat, rethread crotch strap
through desired Opening.
• If necessary to change slots, pull harness
strap out of current Slots and thread through
desired Slots.
IMPORTANT: Straps MUST be through
matching Slots of seat pad and car seat.
• Adjust strap length by inserting metal Rod
into any Loop that will provide proper
snugness.
• Replace metal Rod into side Pockets and
slide Rod down below Tab.
Make sure Tab holds metal Rod securely.
14
• Re-attach crotch strap Clip exactly as
shown.
Pull on buckle to make sure it is held
securely.
OPERATIONS and ADJUSTMENTS
Tab
Loops
Rod
Pockets
(continued)
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Slots
Openings
Clip
(fig. c)
(fig. d)
15
VEHICLE SEAT BELTS
WARNING
Not all vehicle seat belts can be used
with a car seat:
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 best 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.
16
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)
F 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
17
VEHICLE SEAT BELTS
(continued)
F 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
F 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 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.
18
Retractor
VEHICLE SEAT BELTS
(continued)
F Passive Restraint - Lap Belt
with Motorized Shoulder Belt
DO NOT use with any car seat.
F Passive Restraint - Lap or
Shoulder Belt Mounted on Door
DO NOT use with any car seat. Belts will not
stay tight while driving.
19
VEHICLE SEAT BELTS
(continued)
F 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)
F 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.
20
Flip
(fig. b)
VEHICLE SEAT BELTS
(continued)
F Locking Clip
WARNING
Avoid serious injury or death:
5
Test installation to see if car seat is secure.
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.
• 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 step 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
Install car seat and tighten vehicle seat belt.
2
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)
21
STROLLER USE
WARNING
Prevent injuries from falls:
• Make sure child is securely buckled into
car seat.
• Make sure car seat locks onto stroller.
• Avoid tip over of stroller. Use caution
on turns and irregular and ramped
surfaces.
• Never leave child unattended.
Using the Car Seat with a Graco® or
Century® Stroller
Use only with strollers that are part of the
Graco® Century® Travel System.
Refer to stroller instruction sheet for details about
how to attach the infant restraint to your stroller.
If you do not have an instruction sheet, please call
toll-free, 1-888-224-6549 to obtain one, or visit
our website, www.gracobaby.com.
22
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
F Care & Cleaning
Seat Pad:
Machine-wash separately on gentle cycle and
machine-dry on cool air setting or line dry.
WARNING
Prevent serious injury or death:
• Buckle must be properly latched.
• Periodically inspect and clean buckle
to remove objects or debris that could
prevent latching.
Harness Straps:
Surface wash only with mild soap and damp
cloth.
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.
23
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
F 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 carrier (without base) on an
aircraft the same way it is installed in a vehicle.
CAUTION: DO NOT use car seat base on an
aircraft seat because aircraft seat belt buckle
may interfere with the secure fit of the car seat
carrier in the base.
24
(continued)
F Second Hand Car Seat
Century advises against loaning or passing
along car seat.
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
2
Call toll-free 1-800-837-4044 from
anywhere in the U.S. or Canada
or fax at 1-610-286-4555.
Store instruction manual
behind tabs.
or write us at:
Century Products
PO Box 100
Elverson, PA 19520-9974
Attention: Customer Service
Department
Store Locking Clip
Behind Instruction
Manual (fig. a).
(Location may vary
slightly.)
Century Products
Graco Children’s Products Inc.
A Division of Newell Rubbermaid
Macedonia, Ohio 44056-2096
(fig. a)
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