Sola Car Seat
Conforms to
ECE R44/04
Sola
user guide
IMPORTANT ! KEEP FOR FUTURE REFERENCE
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safety warnings
C PLEASE READ THOROUGHLY BEFORE COMMENCING INSTALLATION AS AN INCORRECT INSTALLATION COULD BE DANGEROUS.
C DO NOT USE THIS CHILD SEAT IN PASSENGER SEATS EQUIPPED WITH AIRBAGS.
C This child seat must only be installed in a forward facing position in passenger
seats.
Do not use on side facing or rear facing seats.
C Never use this child seat without fastening the childs’ harness correctly, and never
attempt to use it without fastening it into the car as described in these instructions.
C Do not add to or modify the seat in any way.
C In the event of an emergency it is important that the child can be released quickly.
This means that the buckle is not fully tamperproof and so your child must be taught
never to play with the buckle.
C Do not leave your child unattended in the seat at any time.
C It is recommended that this car seat should be changed when it has been subjected to violent stresses in an accident or has become badly worn.
Periodically inspect the harness for wear, paying particular attention to the attachment points, stitching and adjusting devices.
C Ensure that no part of the seat is trapped in a door or folding seat. If your car has a
folding rear seat, ensure that it is correctly latched in the upright position.
C Car interiors can become very hot when in direct sunlight, it is therefore recommended that the child seat is covered when not in use.This prevents components,
particularly those attached to the child seat, becoming hot and burning the child.
C Luggage and other heavy or sharp objects should be secured in the car. Loose
objects are liable to cause injury in the event of an accident.
C The safest seating position for a child car seat is on the rear seat of a vehicle.
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getting to know your child seat
This child seat must only be installed in a forward facing position.
This seat is classified as:
Group 1 for children weighing from 9kg to 18kg (9 months - 4 years approx.)
Group 2 for children weighing from 15kg to 25kg (4 - 6 years approx.)
Group 3 for children weighing from 22kg to 36kg (4 - 11 years approx.)
SET UP FOR USE BY
9-18 kg CHILDREN
GROUP 1
SET UP FOR USE BY
15-25 kg CHILDREN
GROUP 2
SET UP FOR USE BY
22-36 kg CHILDREN
GROUP 3
SEAT BELT ADJUSTER GUIDE
(for use in group 2 only,
see above. The metal clip is
stored in the pocket located
at the rear of the seat cover.)
HEAD
SUPPORT
CUSHION
SHOULDER
PADS
METAL
YOKE
DIAGONAL
BELT GUIDE
FOR GROUP 1
USE
BUCKLE AND
RELEASE
BUTTON
HARNESS
RELEASE
BUTTON
(Underneath
base)
CROTCH
STRAP
HARNESS ADJUSTER
FRONT OF THE SEAT
STORAGE
POCKET
FOR THE
SEAT BELT
ADJUSTER
GUIDE
REAR OF THE SEAT
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the type of approved seat belt you must have
DIAGONAL BELT
Your mothercare child seat can only be installed
forward facing using a lap and diagonal seat
belt.
DO NOT USE THIS CHILD SEAT IN PASSENGER
SEATS EQUIPPED WITH AIRBAGS
LAP BELT
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legal requirements
This child seat is approved to ECE R44.04 and is ONLY suitable for use with a 3 point
lap and diagonal seat belt, approved to UN/ECE Regulation No.16 or other equivalent
safety standards.
front seat
Anyone, especially children, travelling in the front seat of a car must be properly restrained. Children under three years must use a suitable approved restraint designed
for their weight.
rear seat
All adults and children must use seat belts or child restraints where they are fitted in the
rear of a car and are available for use.
If the appropriate restraint is not available, children from 3 years must wear an adult
seat belt if available.
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important notes
C In an emergency your child can be released quickly by pressing the red button on
the harness buckle.
C This user guide should be stored under the seat cover of the base.
C When the child seat is not in use, it is recommended that it is fastened into the car
with a seat belt to avoid being thrown about in the event of an accident.
C If you travel with passengers using both the front and rear seats, the lighter occupants should be in the rear seats and the heavier occupants in the front of the
vehicle.When a child is in the front seat, the lighter passenger should be behind the
child.
C Do not allow the child seat to come into contact with corrosive substances e.g. battery acid.
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the harness
Securing the harness
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Place the left hand harness connector behind the
right hand one. They should slot together neatly.
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Push the harness ends into the hole in the buckle
at the top of the crotch strap. You will hear and feel
a ‘CLICK’ when it is secure. Check by attempting
to remove the connectors by pulling the webbing
above and below the buckle. Periodically check
that your child has not released the buckle. (To
release the harness, press the red button down.)
Tightening the harness
Pull gently on the harness adjuster to take up any
slack.
A loose harness is dangerous, so it should be
checked every time the seat is used.
It is recommended that there is just enough room
to insert two fingers between the shoulder straps
and the childs’ chest.
Loosening the harness
If the harness is too tight, loosen it by first pressing
the tab underneath the front of the seat, and then
pulling both straps, as shown.
Do not pull on the shoulder pads, as these are
fixed in length.
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the harness
Adjusting the shoulder height
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The harness has 3 height positions.
The straps should go into the slots nearest to the
top of your child’s shoulders.
IMPORTANT
If your child’s shoulders are between two pairs
of slots, always use the higher position.
Release the head cushion support by undoing the
knot at the rear of backrest.
Slide the head cushion support down to have a
better access to the shoulder straps.
To adjust the shoulder straps of the harness, remove one of the shoulder straps from the metal
retaining yoke located at the back of the seat.
Leave the other one in place for reference.
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the harness
Pull the shoulder strap through the harness slot in
the shell, cover and head support cushion, then
pull through the shoulder pad.
Pull the shoulder pad back through harness slot
in head support cushion, cover and shell, and relocate to desired harness slot.
Feed the shoulder strap back through the
shoulder pad, then through the same slot,
and re-attach to metal yoke at rear. Repeat
the same prodedure for the shoulder strap
and pad on the other side. Make sure there
are no kinks or twists in the straps.
Replace the head cushion support:
the cords should be routed in the slots that are
just above the shoulder straps. (Except when
shoulder straps are at the highest position, the
cords of head support cushion should be guided
in the same slots.)
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fitting your child seat into your car
WARNING:
Do not use this child seat in passenger seats fitted with airbags.
Do not use on rear-facing or side-facing vehicle seats.
To set up for use to 9 to 18 kg
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Place the child’s car seat on a passenger seat
with a 3 point seat belt.
Make sure the child seat is facing towards the
front of the car.
Pull the lap and diagonal sections of the car seat
until fully extended.
Guide the seat belt around the side panel of the
car seat making sure that the lap belt is below the
arm rest of the seat base.
Then feed both lap and diagonal belt into the
side slot, around the plastic back panel (over the
harness) and back through the opposite slot.
Pull the belt around the seat and fasten in the normal way making sure that the lap section is below the arm rest and the diagonal section goes
through the red guide. Make sure that there are
no kinks or twists in the car seat belt.
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fig 4
fitting your child seat into your car
Put your knee on the child seat to push it right
down into the car seat.
You should then pull upwards simultaneously on
both the lap and diagonal belts.
Your car seat should now be fixed securely.
To check that the seat is fixed securely, tug the top
of the shoulder straps there should be little or no
forwards movement.
To set up for use to 15 to 25 kg
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fig 2
Your child will be secured using the vehicle’s seat
belt.
It will therefore be necessary to remove the harness fitted to the child seat before use.
Remove the shoulder straps from the metal yoke.
Pull the shoulder straps through the shoulder
pads, then through the buckle connectors and
through the side slots in plastic base and cover.
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fitting your child seat into your car
Remove the shoulder straps from the shell and
cover.
Pull the harness adjuster until the metal yoke is
tight against the back of the seat base.
The end of the harness adjuster which is left can
be fed back behind the cover for storage for future use.
Remove the crotch strap by twisting and feeding
the metal retaining keeper through the BOTTOM
of the child seat and up through the seat’s upholstery.
Seat belt adjuster guide for diagonal belt adjustment: the purpose of this guide is to position the
diagonal belt securely on the child’s shoulder.
It should be fed through either of the two upper
slots of the backrest.
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fitting your child seat into your car
Check first in which slot to feed the Seat Belt Adjuster Guide, by sitting your child in the booster
seat: the guide should go into the slot nearest to
the top of your child’s shoulder, and to the side
where the belt retractor is located.
Feed the Seat Belt Adjuster Guide through the desired slot, through shell and cover.
Install the child seat on a passenger seat with a
3 point seat belt, facing towards the front of the
vehicle.
Pull the diagonal belt of the vehicle.
Insert the diagonal belt into the Seat Belt Adjuster
Guide.
Then feed the Seat Belt Adjuster Guide + belt
back through the same slot in cover and shell.
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fitting your child seat into your car
Make sure that the opening of the Seat Belt Adjuster Guide is on the outside of the loop of the
diagonal belt.
Lock the Seat Belt Adjuster Guide + belt in the
recess behind the slot by pulling upwards on the
diagonal belt.
Make sure that the guide is correctly positionned
in the recess.
Now you can install your child:
Pull again the lap and diagonal sections of the
car seat belt accross your child and secure it in
the normal way.
Make sure that there are no kinks or twists in the
car seat belt.
The lap belt should be routed under both the
armrests of the child seat and the diagonal belt
routed under the armrest as shown.
Make sure the seat belt is tightened:
pull as shown on drawing, first on lap section, then
on lower part of diagonal belt, then above the
Seat Belt Adjuster Guide towards retractor.
When your child gets out of the child seat, the
Seat Belt Adjuster Guide can stay in position in its
recess behind the shell.
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fitting your child seat into your car
To set up for use to 22 to 36 kg
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The child seat can be used as a ‘booster seat’
by removing the back section. If you have not
already removed the child’s harness, do this first.
(Refer to diagrams 1 to 5 on pages 9 and 10).The
back section of the seat is removed by pushing
the back of the seat away from the base of the
seat.
Leave the seat belt adjuster guide attached to
the elastic band with the backrest.
Place the child car seat on the passenger seat
with a 3 point seat belt. Make sure it is facing towards the front of the car.
Pull the lap and shoulder sections of the vehicle
seat belt across and secure it in the normal way.
The lap belt should be routed under both the
arm rests of the child seat, and the diagonal belt
routed over the armrest as shown.
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final checklist
However safe a child seat is, however well built it is, your childs’ safety depends on you.
Read this final checklist once you have fitted your child seat in your car.
1. Check that you have adjusted the harness to suit your child.
A fitting for winter clothes will be too loose for a child wearing summer clothes.
2. Check you have installed your child seat properly using a 3 point lap and diagonal
belt. See section 7, fitting your child seat into your car.
3. Check that your child seat is secure before each journey.
REMEMBER: mis-using your child seat will reduce the protection and safety you
offer your child.
IF YOU ARE UNSURE ABOUT THE FIT OF YOUR CHILD SEAT, PLEASE VISIT YOUR LOCAL
MOTHERCARE STORE FOR ADVICE.
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returning the seat to its configuration for younger children
AFTER YOU HAVE USED THE CHILD SEAT FOR AN OLDER CHILD
(GROUP 2 OR 3) YOU MUST FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES BELOW
WHEN RE-USING THE SEAT FOR A YOUNGER (GROUP 1) CHILD.
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Re-fit the back of the child seat.To do this, lay the
seat back flat. Engage the two locating pegs and
lift upwards as shown. Then press down firmly on
the back of the seat so that the two pegs engage
securely.
Feed the metal keeper of the crotch strap through
the slot in the cover and plastic base.
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returning the seat to its configuration for younger children
Make sure that the metal keeper is securely engaged against the seat base.
Underneath the base : feed the shoulder strap
between the plastic base and adjustment strap.
Then feed both ends of shoulder straps back
through side slots in base and cover.
Feed both shoulder pads through the harness
slots at the correct height for your child.
The shoulder pads are an important safety feature, and must be fitted with the friction side
against your child’s shoulders.
Feed the shoulder straps through the buckle connectors, through the shoulder pads and then
through the same slots in cover and shell.
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returning the seat to its configuration for younger children
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Re attach the shoulder straps to the metal yoke as
shown, making sure that shoulder straps are routed between the plastic shell and the back cover.
Make sure there are no kinks or twists in the
straps.
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care of your product
removing the fabric cover
CC The fabric cover can be removed from the seat. Remove the child’s harness refer to
diagrams 1 to 5 on pages 9 and 10.
Then release the elasticated edges of the cover from the seat.
cleaning the seat
CC The harness and plastic parts can be sponged with a mild detergent and warm
water.
Ensure no soap gets into the buckle or adjusters.
Do not use chemical cleaners or bleach on the harness straps.
Dry thoroughly before use.
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accessories & replacement parts
Your child seat and its cover have been carefully designed,manufactured and tested
to the highest safety standards.
Do not put your child’s safety at risk by using without a seat cover. The seat cover
should not be replaced with any other than the one recommended by mothercare,
because the cover constitutes an integral part of the restraint performance.
The safety of this seat may be compromised by the use of accessories not approved
by mothercare.
The replacement parts listed below are available for your product. In the event that
you require any of these parts, please contact your local mothercare store or contact
Customer Care on 08453 30 40 30.
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accessories & replacement parts
SEAT BELT ADJUSTER GUIDE
BACK
COVER
HEAD
SUPPORT
CUSHION
SHOULDER
PADS
Replacement Parts
BELT GUIDES
BUCKLE SET
BOOSTER
COVER
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BUCKLE PAD
CC Booster cover
CC Shoulder pads and
harness
CC Back unit cover
CC Seat Belt Adjuster
Guide
CC Buckle set
CC Head support cushion
CC Belt guides
customer care
If you have a problem with this product or require replacement parts, please contact
your nearest mothercare store or telephone the mothercare Customer Care Line on
08453 30 40 30.
Alternatively, write to: Customer Care
Mothercare Uk Ltd, Cherry Tree Road
Watford, Herts, WD24 6SH
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notice
1. This is a ‘Universal’ child restraint. It is approved to Regulation No. 44.04 series of
amendments, for general use in vehicles and it will fit most, but not all car seats.
2. A correct fit is likely if the vehicle manufacturer has declared that the vehicle is
capable of accepting a ‘Universal’ child restraint for this age group.
3. This child restraint has been classified as ‘Universal’ under more stringent conditions than those which applied to earlier designs which do not carry this notice.
4. If in doubt, consult either the child restraint manufacturer or the retailer.
5. Only suitable if the approved vehicles are fitted with 3 point static or retractor
safety belts approved to UN/ECE Regulation No.16 or other equivalent standards.
Made in France
for Mothercare,
Watford, Herts,
WD24 6SH
Issue 1 - 08-04
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