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Graco PD246612A Car Seat User Manual
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Child Restraint / Booster Seat Owner’s Manual
Do not install or use this child restraint until you read and understand the instructions in this manual.
FAILURE TO PROPERLY USE THIS CHILD RESTRAINT INCREASES THE RISK OF SERIOUS
INJURY OR DEATH IN A SUDDEN STOP OR CRASH.
© 2013 Graco
PD246612A
3/13
US
Table of Contents
1.0 Warnings to Parents and
Other Users . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5
2.0 Registration Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
2.1 Register Your Child Restraint . . . . . 6
2.2 For Recall Information . . . . . . . . . . 6
2.3 If You Need Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
3.0 Useful Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
3.1 Certification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
3.2 Child Restraint Useful Life. . . . . . . . 7
3.3 Second Hand Child Restraint . . . . . 7
4.0 Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-9
5.0 Assembling the Head Support . . . . 10-11
6.0 WARNINGS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-13
7.0 Height and Weight Limitations . . . . . . . 14
7.1 WITH Built-in Harness. . . . . . . . . . 14
7.2 WITHOUT Built-in Harness . . . . . . 15
7.3 WITHOUT Back Support. . . . . . . . 16
8.0 Choosing an Appropriate Vehicle
Seat Location . . . . . . . . . . . .17
8.1 Vehicle Seat Location
Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . .17
8.2 Vehicle Seat Belt
Requirements . . . . . . . . . . .18
8.3 SAFE Vehicle Seat Belt
Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
8.4 For Built-in Harness Only . .19
8.5 WITH or WITHOUT Built-in
Harness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
8.6 To Install Locking Clip . . . . . .21
8.7 UNSAFE Vehicle Belt
Systems.. . . . . . . . . . . . . 22-23
9.0 LATCH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24
9.1 What is LATCH? . . . . . . . . . .24
9.2 LATCH System . . . . . . . . . . .26
10.0 Using Child Restraint WITH Built-in
Harness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27-32
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Table of Contents (cont.)
11.0 Securing the Child Restraint in Your
Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33
11.1 Using a Child Restraint WITH a
Built-in Harness . . . . . . . . . .33
11.2 With a Vehicle Lap or
Lap/shoulder belt . . . . . . 33-34
11.3 With LATCH . . . . . . . . . . 35-36
12.0 Securing Your Child in the
Child Restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . 37-38
13.0 Harness Removal or
Re-attaching Harness . . . . . . 39-43
14.0 Using Your Child Restraint
WITHOUT Built-in Harness . 44-46
15.0 Securing Child & Booster Seat in
Vehicle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47
16.0 Adjusting Head Support. . . . . . . .48
17.0 Removing or
Re-attaching Back Support . . 49-51
18.0 Securing Child in Vehicle Belt with
Shoulder Belt Positioning Clip..... 52-55
19.0 Using the Tether . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
19.1 Storing Lower Anchors and Tether . . . . 57
20.0 Airplane Use . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
21.0 Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
21.1 Body Support and Harness Covers . . . 59
22.0 Recline Foot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
23.0 Care and Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
23.1 Buckle Cleaning Process . . . . . . . . . . . ..62
24.0 To Remove or Re-attach Seat Cover . . . . 63
25.0 Owners Manual Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
26.0 Replacement Parts and Warranty . . . . . . 64
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1.0 Warnings to Parents and Other Users
NEVER PLACE THIS CHILD RESTRAINT IN A VEHICLE
SEATING LOCATION THAT HAS A FRONT AIR BAG. If an air
bag inÀates it can hit the child and child restraint with great force
and cause serious injury or death to your child. Refer to your
vehicle owner’s manual for information about side air bags and
child restraint installation.
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Failure to properly use this child restraint 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 child
restraint correctly.
Even if using this child restraint seems easy to ¿gure out on your own it is very important to READ
THE OWNER’S MANUAL and the vehicle owner’s manual.
Your child’s safety depends on:
1. Choosing the correct mode of use for the child restraint 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 child restraint in your vehicle.
4. Properly routing the vehicle seat belt or LATCH.
5. Properly securing the child restraint in the vehicle using a seat belt designed to restrain
both the child restraint and your child or by using LATCH. Many seat belts are NOT safe to use
with this child restraint even though they can easily be threaded through or around the child
restraint!
6. Properly securing your child in the child restraint.
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2.0 Registration Information
Model Number:
Date of manufacture:
Purchase Date:
2.1 Register Your Child Restraint
Please ¿ll in the above information. The model number and date of manufacture can be found on a
label on the child restraint. Fill out the prepaid registration postcard attached to the harness 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 the restraint’s model number and date of manufacture to:
Graco Children’s Products Inc.
Attn: Customer Service
3 Glenlake Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30328
or call 1-800-345-4109 or register online at:
http://www.gracobaby.com/carseatregistration
2.2 For Recall Information
Call the U.S. Government’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at: 1-888-327-4236
(TTY:1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.NHTSA.gov or contact Graco:
1-800-345-4109 or www.gracobaby.com
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2.3 If You Need Help
Please contact our Customer Service Department with any questions you may have concerning
parts use or maintenance. When you contact us please have your product’s model and
date of manufacture ready so that we may help you ef¿ciently. These numbers can be found
on a label on the child restraint.
USA: 1-800-345-4109 or www.gracobaby.com
www.cpsc.gov
www.NHTSA.gov www.seatcheck.org
3.0 Useful Information
THIS CHILD RESTRAINT
CONFORMS to all applicable
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety
Standards and is certi¿ed for
use in motor vehicles.
It is certi¿ed for use in Aircraft
only when used with the
built-in harness. When used
as a booster without the
harness this restraint is NOT
certi¿ed for use in aircraft.
3.2 Child Restraint Useful Life
STOP using this child restraint and throw it away 10 years after the
date of manufacture.
Look for this sticker on rear
of child restraint:
MODEL
Date of Manufacture
NAME
year
month
day
GRACO CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS, INC.
ATLANTA, GA 30328
1-800-345-4109
Made in China
3.3 Second Hand Child Restraint
Graco Children’s Products Inc. advises against loaning or
passing along a child restraint.
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PD206938A
3.1 CertiÀcation
4.0 Features
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The locking clip is stored
on the back of the child
restraint. You will need to
use it with certain types
of vehicle seat belts.
United States Federal
Motor Vehicle Safety
Standards have de¿ned a
system for installing child
restraints in vehicles.
The system is called
LATCH (Lower
Anchorage and Tether for
CHildren). LATCH may
ONLY be used IN PLACE
of vehicle belt if vehicle is
equipped with LATCH
anchor points. Please
refer to vehicle owners
manual for LATCH
locations in vehicles.
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5.0 Assembling the Head Support
Adult assembly required.
1. Squeeze height adjust button ™ and push
head support into slots š on the back support
as shown. Head support will click into the back
support.
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You may need to unfasten the hook and loop
attachment tape on both sides at the top of
the back support to allow for easier access to
the slots.
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Always use child restraint with head support
installed and properly adjusted.
CLICK!
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2. The assembly is now complete.
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6.0 WARNINGS
‡ NO CHILD RESTRAINT CAN GUARANTEE
PROTECTION FROM INJURY. However
proper use of this child restraint reduces the
risk of serious injury or death to your child.
‡ DO NOT INSTALL OR USE THIS CHILD
RESTRAINT 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
child restraint unless they understand how to
use it.
‡ DO NOT use locking clip in booster 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 child restraint installation.
‡ NEVER LEAVE YOUR CHILD
‡ FAILURE TO PROPERLY USE THIS CHILD
UNATTENDED.
RESTRAINT INCREASES THE RISK OF
SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH IN A SHARP
TURN, SUDDEN STOP OR CRASH. Your child
can be injured in a vehicle even if you are not
in a crash. Sudden braking and sharp turns
can injure your child if the child restraint is not
properly installed or if your child is not properly
secured in the child restraint.
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‡ NEVER LEAVE A CHILD RESTRAINT
UNSECURED IN YOUR VEHICLE. An
unsecured child restraint can be thrown around
and may injure occupants in a sharp turn
sudden stop or crash. Remove it or make sure
that it is securely belted in the vehicle. If not
using LATCH and tether, make sure LATCH
and tether connectors are properly stored on
back of seat.
‡ NEVER USE CHILD RESTRAINT IF IT HAS
DAMAGED OR MISSING PARTS. Do not use
a cut frayed or damaged child restraint
harness LATCH belt or vehicle seat belt.
‡ THE CHILD RESTRAINT CAN BECOME
VERY HOT IF LEFT IN THE SUN. Contact with
these parts can burn your child’s skin. Always
touch the surface of any metal or plastic parts
before putting your child in the child restraint.
‡ REPLACE THE CHILD RESTRAINT AFTER
AN ACCIDENT OF ANY KIND. An accident
can cause damage to the child restraint that
you cannot see.
‡ NEVER GIVE THIS CHILD RESTRAINT to
someone else without also giving them this
manual.
‡ DO NOT MODIFY YOUR CHILD
RESTRAINT or use any accessories or parts
supplied by other manufacturers.
‡ NEVER USE A SECOND-HAND CHILD
RESTRAINT or a child restraint whose history
you do not know.
DO NOT USE THIS child restraint without
properly assembling it.
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7.0 Height and Weight Limitations
FAILURE TO USE CHILD RESTRAINT IN A MANNER APPROPRIATE FOR YOUR CHILD’S
SIZE MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH. Instructions for the use of
this child restraint differ greatly depending on the size of your child. Be sure you are using the child
restraint in the correct mode and with the correct features for your child.
7.1 WITH Built-In Harness
Your child must meet all requirements:
‡ Weight: 20 to 65 lbs (mass between 9 and 29.5 kg)
‡ Height: 27 to 52 inches (69 and 132 cm) in height
‡ At least one year old and can sit upright unassisted
‡ Shoulders are BELOW top harness slots.
If shoulders are above top harness slots child
is too large for built-in harness.
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7.2 WITHOUT Built-in Harness
Your child must meet all requirements:
‡ Weight: 30 to 100 lbs
(mass between 13.6 and 45 kg)
‡ Height: 38 to 57 inches
(96 and 145 cm) in height
‡ appro[imately 3-10 years of age
‡ the shoulder belt MUST lie across child’s
shoulder as shown and the lap portion of the
belt is positionned low on the child’s hips.
‡ 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.
If child is between 30 and 65 lbs and
shoulders are below the upper harness
slots, we highly recommend use of the
built-in harness for as long as possible
(up to 65 lbs).
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7.3 WITHOUT Back Support
Your child must meet all requirements:
‡ weigh between 40 and 100 lbs.
(mass between 18 and 45 kg)
‡ and are between 40 and 57 inches
(101 and 145 cm) in height
‡ appro[imately 4-10 years of age
‡ the shoulder belt MUST lie across child’s
shoulder as shown and the lap portion of the
belt is positionned low on the child’s hips.
When sitting on the booster seat your child’s
ears should be below the top of the vehicle seat
cushion / head rest.
Your Graco booster seat can be used with or
without the back support as long as all
requirements are met.
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8.0 Choosing an Appropriate Vehicle Seat Location
8.1 Vehicle Seat Location Requirements
IMPROPER PLACEMENT OF THE CHILD RESTRAINT
INCREASES THE RISK OF SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
Some seating positions in your vehicle may not be safe for this child restraint. Some vehicles do
not have any seating positions that can be used safely with the child restraint. If you are not sure
where to place the child restraint in your vehicle consult your vehicle owner’s manual or call
Graco Children’s Products Inc.1-800-345-4109.
‡ Children are safer when properly
restrained in rear vehicle seating positions.
Whenever possible secure the child restraint in
the center position of the seat directly behind
the front seats. However this position is
sometimes equipped with a lap belt only and
cannot be used when this child restraint is
used without the built-in harness.
‡ The vehicle seat must face forward.
Do not use child restraints on rear-facing or
side-facing vehicle seats.
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8.2 Vehicle Seat Belt Requirements
MANY SEAT BELT SYSTEMS ARE NOT SAFE TO USE
WITH THE CHILD RESTRAINT. THE VEHICLE SEAT BELT
MUST BE DESIGNED TO HOLD THE CHILD RESTRAINT
TIGHTLY AT ALL TIMES. 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
consult your vehicle owner’s manual or call Graco Children’s Products Inc. 1-800-345-4109.
8.3 SAFE Vehicle Seat Belt Systems
THE FOLLOWING BELT SYSTEMS CAN BE USED WITH YOUR CHILD RESTRAINT, IF the
seat location meets all other requirements of these instructions and those in your vehicle owner's
manual. LATCH can be used in place of the following vehicle belt systems if your vehicle is
equipped with LATCH anchor points. Please refer to vehicle owners manual for LATCH locations.
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8.4 For Built-in Harness Only
‡ Lap Belts - Manually AdMusted
When buckled the belt is tightened
manually by pulling on the e[cess belt.
‡ Lap Belts with Automatic Locking
Retractor (ALR)
The automatic locking retractor will not
permit the lap belt to lengthen once it is
buckled. Tighten the belt by feeding the belt
back into the retractor while pushing down
hard on the child restraint.
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8.5 With OR Without Built-in Harness
‡ Combination LapShoulder Belt with
Locking Latch Plate
Once it is buckled this type of belt has a
latchplate that will not allow the lap portion
of the belt to loosen. Belt is tightened by
pulling hard on the shoulder portion of the
vehicle belt while pushing down hard on
the child restraint.
‡ Combination LapShoulder Belt with
Sliding Latch PlateThis belt has a
latchplate that slides freely along the belt.
‡ This belt MUST be converted to prevent
movement of the lap portion of the belt. You
must use the locking clip provided with the
child restraint unless your vehicle's seat
belt can be converted in another way as
described in your vehicle owner's manual.
Locking clip
When using booster seat WITHOUT the
built-in harness locking clip is NOT
to be used.
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8.6 To Install Locking Clip
1. Tighten the buckled belt by pushing down hard on the child restraint and pulling hard on the
shoulder belt.
2. While pushing down on seat pinch the two straps together behind the buckle tongue. Unbuckle
the belt without allowing it to slip.
3. Attach locking clip to lap and shoulder belts as shown ™.
4. Rebuckle belt. Check that lap belt does not move
by pulling hard. If belt loosens or lengthens repeat
procedure.
Remove locking clip when not using child restraint. Store
under it’s tab on the rear of seat.
Test installation to see if child restraint is secure.
If not secure additional belt tightening may be required:
‡ Unbuckle vehicle seat belt.
‡ Hold belts together and remove locking clip.
‡ Shorten length of lap belt portion slightly by pulling belt
through latch plate. Re-attach locking clip.
‡ Buckle vehicle seat belt. Press child restraint further down
into vehicle seat cushion to help buckle vehicle seat belt. Test
installation to see if child restraint is secure. If not secure
repeat above steps until secure.
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12” (1.25 cm)
8.7 UNSAFE Vehicle Belt Systems
DO NOT USE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SYSTEMS TO SECURE THE CHILD RESTRAINT.
LATCH can be used IN PLACE OF the following unsafe belt systems if your vehicle is equipped
with LATCH anchor points. Please refer to the vehicle owners manual for LATCH locations.
NEVER USE unsafe belt systems.
‡ Lap Belts with Emergency
Locking Retractor (ELR)
This lap belt stays loose and can move
until it locks in a crash or sudden stop.
‡ Combination LapShoulder Belt with
Retractor
Each strap has a retractor at one end and
is attached to the latch plate at the other
end.
‡ Passive Restraint - Lap or Shoulder Belt
Mounted on Door
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‡ Passive Restraint Lap Belt with Motorized Shoulder Belt
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.
‡ Lap Belts Forward of Seat Crease
Vehicle seat belts located forward of
seat crease may not securely hold child
restraint. Check vehicle owner’s manual or
see vehicle dealer for car seat installation
requirements.
‡ If approved for use with child restraint,
install child restraint and check for secure
installation by pulling child restraint front
to back. If child restraint slides forward,
DO NOT use these seat belts.
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9.0 LATCH
9.1 What is LATCH?
United States Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards have defined a
system for installing child restraints in vehicles. The system is called LATCH.
LATCH stands for:
Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren.
LATCH in the vehicle consists of a top tether anchor point and two lower anchor
points.
Some vehicle owner manuals use the term ISOFIX to identify the new child
restraint anchor system. This child restraint with LATCH can also be used in
vehicle seating positions equipped with ISOFIX.
Newer vehicles have one or more seating positions with LATCH anchor points.
If vehicle is equipped with LATCH, the vehicle lower anchor points may be
visible at the vehicle seat crease. If not visible, they may be marked with this
symbol
.
CHECK vehicle owner’s manual for vehicle top tether anchor locations. They
may be identified using one of the anchor symbols as shown
.
ONLY use LATCH on a child restraint in a seating position recommended by
vehicle manufacturer.
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NOTE: Some vehicle manufacturers have lower maximum weight ratings for
LATCH anchors, so you must consult your vehicle owner’s manual or call the
vehicle manufacturer to confirm the limits on your vehicle’s LATCH anchors.
Use vehicle belt (not LATCH connectors) for installations with children
weighing more than 48 pounds (21.7 kg).
See your vehicle
owner’s manual for
exact locations, anchor
identification, and
requirements for use
with a child restraint.
Vehicle Top Tether
Anchor Points
Vehicle Lower
Anchor Points
Typical seat in a
passenger vehicle.
Other vehicle types
may have different
LATCH locations.
Vehicle
Seat Crease
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9.2 LATCH System
LATCH consists of a permanently
attached lower anchor belt and a top
tether strap.
ONLY use LATCH in a seating
position recommended by vehicle
manufacturer.
LATCH lower vehicle anchor points
are defined as 11 inches from the
center of one LATCH anchor to the
center of another LATCH anchor.
If allowed by your Vehicle Owners
Manual, the center seating position
maybe used if the anchor spacing is
11” or greater.
Child Restraint
Top Tether
Vehicle Top Tether
Anchor Point
Vehicle Lower
Anchor Points
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Lower
Anchor Belt
10.0 Using Child Restraint WITH Built-in Harness
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. Snugly adjust the belts provided with this child restraint around your
child. A snug strap should not allow any slack. It lies in a relatively straight line without sagging. It
does not press on the child’s flesh or push the child’s body into an unnatural position.
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1. Loosen the harness straps by lifting the
harness adjuster lever ™ at front of seat near
the adjustment strap and pulling the straps
toward you š.
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2. Open harness clip ›.
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4a
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3. Unbuckle harness straps œ.
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Tilt top of buckle toward infant restraint and
press in at the top of the red button and pull
4a .
tongues out of buckle O
4. Check the crotch strap: Choose the
position that is closest to but not under
your child.
To change crotch strap position push crotch
belt up through the bottom  of the child
restraint and grab it from the top to pull out ž.
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Reinsert crotch strap in the desired position.
Make sure crotch strap is not twisted when
reinserting into slot. Pull up on it to make sure
it is secure.
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5. The harness straps must go into the slots
even with or Must above the shoulders Ÿ.
If straps are in proper slots go to page 33.
Ÿ
6. To adMust harness straps:
a) Turn seat around so you will have access to
the rear of the seat.
b) From the rear of the seat remove straps
from metal junction plate .
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7. Pull strap ends through slots at
front of seat ¡and reinsert them
in the desired slots ¢. Check that
the straps are not twisted.
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MAKE SURE harness straps
are inserted into the same slots
on each side of the seat.
Remove body support when not
using harness in the lowest slot
position.
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8. Use plastic strap guides as a
guide to feed the harness up over
the red rollers. Make sure to feed
straps OVER red rollers and
plastic strap guides 11 .
11 Harness
straps
MUST
go over
red
rollers.
Make sure that the tether strap
does not interfere when changing
the harness strap height positions.
9. If the straps are not fed OVER
the red rollers the assembly is
incorrect and MUST be corrected
before using child restraint.
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10. Reassemble straps onto
metal junction plate e[actly as
shown 12 .
Check that straps are
completely within the slots
and that they are not twisted.
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11. Check that the straps are inserted at the
same level. Pull on harness to make sure it is
secure 13 .
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REMEMBER to check the shoulder straps and
crotch strap position as your child grows and
move them to the ne[t position when
necessary. The harness straps must go in the
slots even with or just above the shoulders.
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11.0 Securing the Child Restraint in Your Vehicle
FAILURE TO PROPERLY SECURE THE CHILD RESTRAINT 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 child restraint is properly positioned and held tightly at all times.
11.1 Using a Child Restraint WITH a Built-in Harness
11.2 With a Vehicle Lap or Lap/shoulder Belt:
Lower anchors must be stored when using vehicle belt.
See Section 19.1, Storing LATCH, page 57.
1. Place the child restraint firmly against the back of a
forward-facing vehicle seat.
2. Thread the seat belt through the belt slot openings:
For Lap/Shoulder belt
For Lap-only belt
3. Buckle the vehicle belt. The vehicle belt should not be
twisted.
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4. Tighten vehicle seat belt
Push down hard with your knee or free hand
in the middle of the child restraint ™.
Then pull and tighten the vehicle belt.
For more information on how to tighten the
belt for your seat belt system see Section 8.0
Choosing an Appropriate Vehicle Seat Location
p.17 or your vehicle owner’s manual.
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5. If a vehicle top tether anchor is available,
secure the tether to hold seat in place.
See Section 19.0 Using the Tether page 56.
When not using the tether hook it on the tether
storage bar on the rear of the seat see page 57.
6. Safety Check for Secure Installation
Perform this test every time you drive with your child.
Twist and pull child restraint forward and to
both sides to make sure the vehicle belt does not
lengthen or loosen and the child restraint does not
easily move. The child restraint should not move
side to side or forward more than 1 inch (2.5 cm). š. If
child restraint is loose or not secure repeat procedure
OR find another location for the child restraint see
Section 8.0 Choosing an Appropriate Vehicle Seat
Location p. 17.
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11.3 With LATCH
Use vehicle belt (not LATCH connectors) for
installations with children weighing more than 48
pounds (21.7 kg). NOTE: Some vehicle manufacturers
have lower ma[imum weight ratings for LATCH anchors
so you must consult your vehicle owner’s manual or call
the vehicle manufacturer to confirm the limits on your
vehicle’s LATCH anchors.
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1. Unhook LATCH from storage bars on the sides of
the seat. For ease of installation e[tend LATCH to its
ma[imum length.
2. Place the child restraint firmly against
the back of a forward-facing vehicle seat.
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3. Hook LATCH Connectors to vehicle
lower anchors ™. Pull firmly on Connectors
to be sure they are attached. Belt must
lay flat and not be twisted.
4. Tighten LATCH by pushing down hard on
child restraint and pulling the adjustment belt š.
5. If you need to remove LATCH to readjust
push button on LATCH buckle ›
to loosen strap.
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6. NEVER put two LATCH connectors on
one vehicle LATCH anchor unless specifically
allowed by the vehicle manufacturer œ.
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7. All LATCH seating positions have
tether anchors. Secure the top of the seat
using the tether strap. See Section 19.0 Using
the Tether page 56.
8. Safety Check for Secure Installation
Perform this test every time you drive with
your child.
Twist and pull child restraint forward and to
both sides to make sure the LATCH belt does
not lengthen or loosen and the child restraint
does not easily move. The child restraint
should not move side to side or forward more
than 1 inch (2.5 cm). .If child restraint is
loose or not secure repeat procedure OR find
another location for the child restraint see
Section 8.0 Choosing an Appropriate Vehicle
Seat Location p. 17.
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12.0 Securing Your Child in the Child Restraint
FAILURE TO PROPERLY SECURE YOUR CHILD IN THE CHILD
RESTRAINT INCREASES THE RISK OF SERIOUS INJURY OR
DEATH IN THE EVENT OF A SHARP TURN, SUDDEN STOP
OR CRASH. In a crash the child restraint 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 child
restraint.
‡ Avoid bulky clothing.
1. Place child in child restraint with child’s back flat
against back of car seat.
2. Place harness straps over child’s shoulders
and insert tongues into buckle until they click
into place ™.
CHECK that straps are not twisted.
CHECK that harness is securely latched by pulling up
on straps.
DO NOT use child restraint if harness does not latch.
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CLICK!
™
š
3. Fasten harness clip š. Position harness
clip at middle of child’s chest level with
armpits.
4. Tighten the harness straps by pulling the
adjustment strap on the front of the seat › .
›
5. Make sure straps are flat and snug
against child’s shoulders and thighs.
You should not be able to pinch œ the
harness straps. A snug strap should not
allow any slack. It lies in a relatively straight
line without sagging. It does not press on
the child’s flesh or push the child’s body into
an unnatural position.
œ
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13.0 Harness Removal or Re-attaching Harness
1. Remove harness straps.
Open chest clip and harness buckle ™.
™
š
2. Face the rear of the seat and remove the
belt straps from metal junction plate šas
shown .
3. Remove crotch strap by pushing the strap
retainer ›on bottom of seat up through slot.
›
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4. Grab the crotch strap buckle and pull it
completely out œ.
œ
5. Pull on the adjustment strap on the front
of the seat to lock the metal junction plate into
place.

6. Grab hold of the shoulder straps ž and pull
them out of their respective slots on the seat
pad.
ž
Remove body support and crotch pad.
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7. On the rear of the seat detach 2 lower seat
pad elastic straps from hooks as shown in Ÿ.
8. Also detach the elastic straps that are
threaded through the vehicle belt guides on the
sides of the seat as shown in . Repeat on
other side.
Ÿ
9. Pull the seat pad out of the way to reveal the
red buttons as shown in the seating area ¡ .
Slide the buttons to release the back support
from the base and lower it into a flat position.
Hold the back support to avoid it from falling
back and hitting something.
¡
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10. Remove harness straps from arms as
shown in ¢.
Store the body support harness covers crotch
pad cover and harness straps
in safe place for future use.
¢
Harness Strap
T-slot
Arm
11. Move seat pad fabric out of the way then
raise seat back so that both arms LOCK into
the gutters 11 .
You should hear a CLICK when the arms lock
into the gutters.
MAKE sure to keep the gutters clear of any
obstructions.
11
KEEP
GUTTERS CLEAR
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12. Tuck seat pad in between the gap of the
back support and seat area of the booster seat
to allow 2 elastic straps to show at the rear of
the seat.
13. Attach 2 seat pad elastic straps onto the
hooks on the rear of the child restraint as
shown in 12 .
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14. Pull elastic strap on the seat pad through
the vehicle belt guide on side of seat and
attach to hook as shown.
Repeat on other side 13 .
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REVERSE INSTRUCTIONS TO REINSTALL
HARNESS.
See Section 10.0 page 27-32 for the correct
path for the harness.
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14.0 Using Your Child Restraint WITHOUT Built-in Harness
FAILURE TO PROPERLY SECURE YOUR CHILD IN THE CHILD
RESTRAINT INCREASES THE RISK OF SERIOUS INJURY OR
DEATH IN THE EVENT OF A SHARP TURN, SUDDEN STOP OR
CRASH. In a crash the child restraint provides NO protection for your child unless the vehicle lap/
shoulder belt is properly secured. Follow these instructions carefully to properly secure your child.
WARNING! Use only the vehicle lap and
shoulder belt system when restraining the child
in the booster seat. LATCH will not secure your
child in the booster seat ™.
™
Vehicle belts MUST lie flat against child and
MUST not be twisted.
NEVER use a vehicle lap-only belt across front
of child š.
š
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INCORRECT
DO NOT use shoulder belt loose
or positioned under arm ›.
DO NOT place shoulder belt behind child’s
back œ.
›
œ
INCORRECT
INCORRECT
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 .

If child will not keep vehicle belt properly
positioned DO NOT use this booster seat.
Use a different child restraint system.
DO NOT position vehicle belt over top of the
armrests ž.
ž
INCORRECT
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INCORRECT
Vehicle seat headrest should not create a
gap between vehicle seat and booster seat
Ÿ. The front of booster seat MUST NOT
hang over front of vehicle seat .
Ÿ
INCORRECT
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INCORRECT
15.0 Securing Child & Booster Seat in Vehicle
1. Place booster seat firmly against the back of a forward-facing
vehicle seat. The vehicle seat must be equipped with a lap/shoulder
belt.
2. Place child in car seat with child’s back flat against back of
car seat.
™
3. Position lap/shoulder belt through shoulder belt guide ™ not
underneath shoulder belt guide š. Belt should pass over vehicle
belt guide ›. Fasten buckle and pull up on the shoulder belt to
tighten.
4. If belt lies across child’s neck head or face
redirect belt over shoulder by adjusting the head
support setting See page 48, Adjusting
Head Support.
5. Check that shoulder belt is properly positioned
over shoulder and snug against child. A snug strap
should not allow any slack. It lies in a relatively
straight line without sagging. It does not press on
the child’s flesh or push the child’s body into an
unnatural position.
š
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›
16.0 Adjusting Head Support
When using with or without the built-in
harness.
™
BEFORE adjusting the head support height
have your child lean forward slightly.
Squeeze the red adjustment handle ™ on
top of seat and pull back support up until it
snaps into one of the 5 height positions.
To lower squeeze red adjustment handle
and push down.
CHECK to make sure it is securely snapped
into one of the 5 height positions by pulling
up on head support.
The shoulder belt guides must be even with
or just above the shoulders as shown by
dotted line š.
š
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17.0 Removing or Re-attaching Back Support
To use booster seat WITHOUT back
support remove harness straps if attached
(see section 13.0 Harness Removal, p.39-43)
then continue with the following steps:
1. Detach 2 lower elastic straps from rear of
seat as shown ™.
™
2. Detach elastic strap from the hooks on the
seat pad as shown. Repeat on other side š.
š
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3. Pull the seat pad out of the way to reveal
red buttons as shown in ›. Slide the buttons
to release the back support from the base and
lower it into a flat position.
When removing back support you must
support the back support when sliding the red
buttons that disengage the back support from
the base. Make sure all hands fingers and
other objects are not behind the back support
when removing it.
›
4. Move seat pad fabric out of the way and
squeeze red buttons together to release back
support from seat. Pull seat and back support
apart œ.
œ
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
5. Once back support is separated  store
back support with all the harness straps head
support body support and crotch pad cover in
safe place.
6. Reattach the elastic straps at the back of the
seat ž and through the vehicle belt guide on
the sides of seat Ÿ as shown.
ž
Ÿ
7. Seat is ready to install.
TO REATTACH BACK SUPPORT IF NEEDED,
reverse steps from p. 51 to p. 49.
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18.0 Securing Child in Vehicle with Shoulder Belt
Positioning Clip
The shoulder belt MUST lie across child’s
shoulders in red zone as shown ™.
If shoulder belt lies outside this zone the
shoulder belt positioning clip MUST be used.
™
To attach clip to booster seat:
1. Insert the loop end of strap through the slot
on rear of seat e[actly where shown š.
There is a slot on each side of booster seat
the shoulder belt positioning clip MUST be
attached through the slot closest to where the
vehicle shoulder belt lies across the child.
š
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2. Pass the clip and the strap through the loop
end ›as shown and pull strap up.
›
3. NOTE: Free end of strap œ should face
front of seat.
œ
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4. Slide the vehicle shoulder belt onto the clip as shown  and pull free end of strap down ž to
tighten clip against the child’s shoulder.
The lap portion MUST pass through the vehicle belt guide and be positionned low on the hips.
The belt MUST NOT be twisted.

Shoulder belt
positioning clip
Shoulder belt
positioning clip
ž
REAR VIEW OF CHILD
SITTING IN SEAT
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5. 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 Ÿ.
Ÿ
CORRECT
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19.0 Using the Tether
All LATCH seating positions have tether anchors. Always use tether if a vehicle tether anchor is
available check your vehicle owner’s manual for the tether anchor location(s). If your vehicle is
not equipped with a tether anchor it may be possible to install one. Contact your vehicle
dealership for the proper anchor location and installation.
™
1. Check that tether is securely attached to
child restraint.
2. Fasten tether clip to anchor point ™.
š
3. Tighten the tether strap securely š.
4. To loosen push button while
pulling on the belt as shown ›.
›
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19.1 Storing Lower Anchors and Tether (LATCH)
1. For ease of storing e[tend LATCH to its
ma[imum length.
2. Locate the storage bars on back of
child restraint ™.
™
3. Fasten ends of tether and lower anchors
onto their respective storage bars as shown
š.
Tether
Storage bars located
on each side at the
back of the seat
š
Lower
anchors
4. Tether and lower anchors storage should
look like this when complete š.
Lower
anchors
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20.0 Airplane Use
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 aircraft use
because aircraft seats do not have a shoulder belt.
Important points to remember:
1. Airlines have some restrictions about the use of child restraints.
2. Install your car seat on an airplane in the same way it is installed in an automobile with a lap
belt (see Section 11.1 Using Child Restraint WITH Built-in harness pp. 33-34).
3. Check that the airplane seat belt holds the child restraint securely in place at all times.
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21.0 Accessories (on certain models ONLY)
21.1 Body Support & Harness Covers
To prevent ejection in sudden stop or crash:
‡ Always make sure shoulder straps are threaded through
slots and properly positioned on shoulders.
‡ Never allow body support to bunch or fold behind child.
‡ Use body support with bottom harness slots only.
‡ Make sure that harness covers do not interfere with
placement of the chest clip at armpit level.
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22.0 Recline Foot
Your child restraint has 3 recline positions: adjust
recline foot before installing child restraint.
š
1. To recline seat pull recline handle out ™ and
tilt seat back š to e[tend foot as shown ›.
›
™

2. To set seat to upright position pull recline
handle out œand tilt seat foward  to retract
foot ž.
ž
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œ
23.0 Care and Maintenance
‡ Continuous use of child restraint may cause damage to vehicle seat. Use a child restraint mat
towel or thin blanket to protect upholstery.
‡ Metal and plastic parts: clean with mild soap and cool water. No bleach or detergents.
‡ Harness straps and LATCH straps: spot clean or replace. Do not immerse the straps in water.
Doing so may weaken the straps.
‡ If buckle or harness adjuster sticks or will not remain tight check for foreign objects such as
food dirt etc. Remove objects with tweezers and/or clean with a cotton swab. If you cannot get
the harness to remain tight with the buckle securely locked do not use this child restraint. Call
Graco at 1-800-345-4109 to purchase a replacement harness or buckle.
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23.1 Buckle Cleaning Process
™
Prevent serious inMury or death:
‡ Buckle must be properly latched.
‡ Periodically inspect and clean buckle to remove
objects or debris that could prevent latching.
1. Turn restraint over push retainer through crotch strap slot ™.
2. To clean buckle - place in a cup of warm water and gently agitate
the buckle press the red button several times while in the water
š. DO NOT SUBMERGE THE HARNESS WEBBING. DO NOT
USE SOAPS or LUBRICANTS. DO NOT use household detergents.
Never lubricate buckle.
3. Shake out e[cess water and allow to air dry harness webbing
should be dry before use ›.
4. Repeat Step 2 and 3 as needed. Buckle should fasten with a
“click”.
5. Re-attach buckle into the same slot from Step 1. Re-check
harness for correct installation before use.
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š
›
24.0 To Remove or Re-attach Seat Cover
Seat Cover: clean with a damp sponge using
mild soap and cool water. If necessary cover
may be removed for cleaning.
1. Remove harness and crotch straps (see
Section 13.0 Harness Removal p.39).
2. Remove elastic loops from seat as indicated
in ™and š.
™
š
Hook and loop
attachment tape
3. Machine wash cover in cold water on
delicate cycle and drip-dry. DO NOT USE
BLEACH.
TO PUT THE SEAT COVER BACK ON,
REVERSE PRECEDING INSTRUCTIONS.
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Hook and loop
attachment tape
25.0 Owners Manual Storage
Your Owner’s Manual can be stored on
the bottom of the seat inside the slot in the
footrest as shown.
26.0 Replacement Parts and Warranty
To purchase parts or accessories or for warranty information in the United States,
please contact us at the following:
www.gracobaby.com
or
1-800-345-4109
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