Graco Baby® Manual
CLASSIC RIDE TM 50
READY RIDE TM
Graco PD269298A 1/14 US
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Before You Begin
Important Information...................................3-5
Warnings................................................. 6-8
Basic Information...............................................9
What is LATCH?...............................................10
LATCH System................................................11
Features................................................... 12
Use
Height & Weight Limits....................................13
Rear-facing Installation With LATCH.........14-15
Forward-facing Installation With LATCH...16-17
Rear-facing Installation With
Vehicle Seat Belts.....................................18-19
Forward-facing Installation With
Vehicle Seat Belts....................................20-21
Placing Child in Child Restraint................22-24
2
Operations and Adjustments........................25-33
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s#HANGING(ARNESS3TRAP3LOTS
sLATCH Belt Routing
s2EMOVINGLATCH from Vehicle Anchor Points
sLATCH Storage
Special Information
Vehicle Seat Belts.........................................34-38
s,OCKING#LIP 37
Additional Information.................................39-46
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION
No child restraint can guarantee protection from injury in every situation, but proper use helps
reduce the risk of serious injury or death. READ THIS MANUAL CAREFULLY.
Safety First Check List
Read and understand instruction manual
and child restraint labels.
)NFANTSLESSTHANLBSKGmust use
child restraint rear-facing.
Do not use child restraint rear-facing in a
VEHICLESEATWITHANACTIVEFRONTAIRBAG
3ECURECHILDRENINREARSEATOFVEHICLE
WHENEVERPOSSIBLE
.EVERLEAVECHILDUNATTENDED
)NSTALLCHILDRESTRAINTSECURELYWITHVEHICLE
seat belt or LATCH belt.
$ONOTUSEAFTERDATESHOWNONBACKOF
child restraint.
$ONOTALLOWANYONEBABYSITTERRELATIVES
ETCTOUSECHILDRESTRAINTWITHOUTlRST
understanding all instructions.
3
IMPORTANT INFORMATION
CONTINUED
Registration Information
Model Number:
Date of Manufacture:
Purchase Date:
Register Your Child Restraint
0LEASElLLINTHEABOVEINFORMATION4HEMODELNUMBERANDDATEOFMANUFACTURECANBEFOUND
on a label on the child restraint. Fill out the prepaid registration postcard attached to the
harness and mail it today.
Child restraints could be recalled for safety reasons. You must register this restraint to be reached
in a recall. Send your name, address, and the restraint’s model number and date of manufacture.
4
IMPORTANT INFORMATION
CONTINUED
If You Need Help:
)NTHE53!PLEASECONTACTOUR#USTOMER3ERVICE$EPARTMENTWITHANYQUESTIONSYOUMAYHAVE
CONCERNINGPARTSUSEORMAINTENANCE7HENYOUCONTACTUSPLEASEHAVEYOURPRODUCTSmodel
number and date of manufactureREADYSOTHATWEMAYHELPYOUEFlCIENTLY4HESENUMBERSCAN
BEFOUNDONASTICKERONTHEUNDERSIDEOFYOURCHILDRESTRAINT
5
WARNINGS -
Prevent serious injury or death:
NEVER PLACE THIS CHILD RESTRAINT
REAR-FACING IN A VEHICLE SEATING
LOCATION THAT HAS AN ACTIVE FRONT
AIR BAG. If an air bag inflates, 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.
6
WARNINGS -
Prevent serious injury or death:
Failure to follow these instructions
and child restraint labels can result
in child striking the vehicle’s
interior during a sudden stop or
crash. Secure child restraint with
a vehicle seat belt or LATCH that is
properly routed as shown in this
manual.
Select a suitable location for the
child restraint in your vehicle.
Choose the correct mode of use for
the child restraint depending on
your child’s size. Infants less than
20 lbs. (9 kg) must use this child
restraint rear-facing. Serious
crippling injury or death can result
if infant faces front of vehicle. The
AAP recommends that children be
rear facing until age 2 or until they
reach the maximum rear facing
height and weight rating for their
seat.
7
Vehicle seat belt system MUST hold
child restraint securely. Not all
vehicle seat belts can be used with
a child restraint.
If vehicle seat belt does not hold
child restraint securely, read
“Vehicle Seat Belts” section.
Never put a child restraint 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 are safer
in the back seat. For vehicles with
air bags, refer to vehicle owner’s
manual for child restraint
installation information.
WARNINGS -
Prevent serious injury or death (continued):
If child restraint 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.
DO NOT remove LATCH system from
child restraint. If using vehicle seat
belt to secure child restraint, LATCH
connectors must be stored. (see
section “LATCH storage”)
DO NOT use child restraint if it is
damaged or missing parts.
Never attach two
LATCH connectors
to one vehicle lower
anchor point unless
specifically allowed
by the vehicle
manufacturer.
DO NOT use accessories or parts
other than those provided by
Graco. Their use could alter the
performance of the child restraint.
Rear-facing child restraint must be
properly leveled:
s4OORECLINEDCANRESULTININJURY
or ejection.
s4OOUPRIGHTCANRESULTIN
breathing difficulties.
Insert the harness straps in the
proper slots for your child.
Never leave child unattended, even
when sleeping. Child may become
tangled in harness straps and
suffocate or strangle.
8
BASIC INFORMATION:
4HISCHILDRESTRAINTMEETSOREXCEEDSALL
APPLICABLEREQUIREMENTSOF&EDERAL-OTOR
6EHICLE3AFETY3TANDARDFORUSEINMOTOR
VEHICLESANDAIRCRAFT
Unoccupied Child Restraint
Always secure child restraint with LATCH or a
VEHICLESEATBELTEVENWHENUNOCCUPIED
In a crash, an unsecured child restraint can
injure passengers.
Dangerous Vehicle Seats
Do not use child restraint on rear-facing or
SIDEFACINGVEHICLESEATS
Child Restraint Useful Life
STOP using this child restraint or base and
THROWITAWAYYEARSAFTERTHEDATEOF
manufacture.
,OOKFORTHISSTICKERONREAROFCHILDRESTRAINT
MODEL
Date of Manufacture
NAME
year
month
day
GRACO CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS, INC.
PD206938A
Certification
Made in China
Vehicle Seat Protection
0ROTECTVEHICLESEAT5SEACHILDRESTRAINTMAT
TOWELORTHINBLANKETUNDERANDBEHINDCHILD
restraint.
Warm Weather
#HILDRESTRAINTPARTSCANGETVERYHOTINTHESUN
or warm weather.
To avoid burns, always check before putting
child in child restraint.
9
WHAT IS LATCH?
5NITED3TATES&EDERAL-OTOR6EHICLE3AFETY
3TANDARDSHAVEDElNEDASYSTEMFOR
INSTALLINGCHILDRESTRAINTSINVEHICLES4HE
system is called LATCH. LATCH stands for:
Lower Anchorage and Tethers for CH ildren.
Vehicle
Top Tether Anchor
Points
4YPICALSEATINA
PASSENGERVEHICLE
/THERVEHICLETYPES
MAYHAVEDIFFERENT
LATCH locations.
LATCH System for Vehicles:
LATCHINTHEVEHICLECONSISTSOFATOPTETHER
anchor point and two lower anchor points.
Vehicle
Lower Anchor
Points
3OMEVEHICLEOWNERMANUALSUSETHETERM
ISOFIX to identify the new child restraint
ANCHORAGESYSTEM4HISCHILDRESTRAINTWITH
LATCHCANALSOBEUSEDINVEHICLESEATING
POSITIONSEQUIPPEDWITHISOFIX.
.EWERVEHICLESMAYHAVEONEORMORESEATING
POSITIONSEQUIPPEDWITHLATCH anchor points.
Vehicle
Seat Crease
)FVEHICLEISEQUIPPEDWITHLATCHTHEVEHICLE
LOWERANCHORPOINTSMAYBEVISIBLEATTHEVEHICLE
SEATCREASE)FNOTVISIBLETHEYMAYBEMARKED
with a symbol (Fig. a) or a colored dot.
See your vehicle owner’s manual for exact
locations, anchor identification, and
requirements for use with a child restraint.
#HECKVEHICLEOWNERSMANUALFORVEHICLETOP
TETHERANCHORLOCATIONS4HEYMAYBEIDENTIlED
using one of the anchor symbols (Fig. b or Fig. c).
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(Fig. a)
(Fig. b)
(Fig. c)
LATCH SYSTEM
LATCH consists of a permanently attached
lower anchorage belt and a top tether strap
(Fig. a).
ONLY use LATCH in a seating
position recommended
BYVEHICLEMANUFACTURER
Vehicle
Top Tether
Anchor
Point
Child Restraint
Top Tether
LATCHLOWERVEHICLEANCHOR
POINTSAREDElNEDAS
INCHESCMFROMTHE
center of one LATCH anchor
to the center of another
LATCH anchor.
If allowed by your Vehicle
/WNERS-ANUALTHE
center seating position may
be used if the anchor spacing
Vehicle
ISvCMORGREATER
Lower
Anchor
Points
(Fig. a)
Child Restraint
Lower Anchorage
Belt
11
FEATURES
,OCKINGCLIPSTORAGE
Instruction
-ANUALSTORAGE
Harness slots
4ETHERSTORAGE
bar
4ETHER
strap**
Chest
clip
Harness strap
4ETHERHOOK
Harness
BUCKLE
Harness
strap
Harness slots
Adjustment
belt
Crotch strap
Recline stand
LATCH Belt
STORED
Harness release
LEVER
LATCH
belt***
Harness adjustment
strap
Splitter plate
LATCH connector
6EHICLESARENOWORCANBEEQUIPPEDWITHTETHER
anchor points behind some seats. A tether anchors
the top of the child restraint to the body of the
VEHICLE7HENUSEDPROPERLYWITHTHEVEHICLESEAT
belt or LATCH, a tether helps reduce injury in a
sudden stop or crash.
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5NITED3TATES&EDERAL-OTOR6EHICLE3AFETY
3TANDARDSHAVEDElNEDASYSTEMFORINSTALLING
CHILDRESTRAINTSINVEHICLES4HESYSTEMISCALLED
LATCH. LATCH may ONLY be used IN PLACE
of vehicle belt if vehicle is equipped with
LATCH anchor points. Please refer to vehicle
owner’s manual for LATCH locations in
vehicles.
HEIGHT & WEIGHT LIMITS
Rear Facing: 4 to 40 lbs. (1.8 - 18 kg)
s)NFANTSWHOWEIGHLESSTHANLBS
KGANDAREATLEASTYEAROFAGE
MUST be rear-facing.
1” (2.5cm)
s)NFANTSORTODDLERSTOLBS
TOKGMAYBErear-facing.
IMPORTANT:4HISCHILDRESTRAINTIS
CERTIlEDFORUSErear-facingWITHCHILDRENUPTOLBS
KG(OWEVERSOMECHILDRENAPPROACHINGLBS
KGMAYBETOOTALLTOlTrear-facing4OPOF
HEADMUSTBEATLEASTvCMBELOWTHETOPOF
the child restraint. Child should use car seat
FORWARDFACINGONLYIFCHILDISOVERLBSKGAND
can sit upright unassisted.
*
Rear-facing
4 lbs.
(1.8 kg)
20 lbs.
(9 kg)
40 lbs.
(18 kg)
50 lbs.
(22.7 kg)
Forward Facing
Forward-facing: 20 to 50 lbs. (9 - 22.7 kg)
s#HILDMUSTNOTEXCEEDINCHESCM
4HETOPOFTHECHILDSEARSSHOULDBEATOR
BELOWTHECHILDRESTRAINTSEATBACK
s4ODDLERSTOLBSTOKG
who are capable of sitting upright
unassisted may be forward-facing .
If unable to sit unassisted, use
rear-facing.
*
s4ODDLERSTOLBSTOKGANDUPTO
INCHESCMTALLMUST be forward-facing.
Preterm or Low Birth Weight
Infant
A preterm infant or low birth weight infant may
BEATSPECIALRISKINAVEHICLEORAIRCRAFT
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics
!!0THESEINFANTSMAYSUFFERBREATHINGDIFlCULTIES
if improperly reclined in a child restraint.
When installing the child restraint rear-facing, use
CORRECTEDAGEFORPREEMIESSEEPGFORMORE
information.
'RACOADVISESTHATYOUHAVEYOURPHYSICIANOR
HOSPITALSTAFFEVALUATEYOURINFANTANDRECOMMEND
the proper child restraint or car bed before you
ANDYOURINFANTLEAVETHEHOSPITAL
*4HE!!0RECOMMENDSTHATCHILDRENBEREAR
FACINGUNTILAGEORUNTILTHEYREACHTHEMAXIMUM
rear facing height and weight rating for their seat.
Outgrowing Child Restraint
WARNING
Prevent serious injury or death:
s4OPOFCHILDSEARSMUSTBEATOR
below top edge of child restraint
seat back.
s#HILDSSHOULDERS-534NOTBE
above top harness slots.
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REAR-FACING INSTALLATION WITH LATCH
1
LATCH belt must be routed through opening in
child restraint for rear-facing mode.
SEEPAGEfig. d
6
0ULLFRONTTOBACKANDLEFTTORIGHTATBELTPATH
TOCHECKFORSECUREINSTALLATION(fig. e)4HE
CHILDRESTRAINTSHOULDNOTMOVESIDETOSIDEOR
FORWARDMORETHANINCHCM
Belt must lay flat and not be twisted.
2
Adjust child restraint to recline position
(see fig. aANDPAGEfig. g0LACE
rear-facingONVEHICLESEATEQUIPPEDWITH
LATCH anchors.
#HECKTHATTHELOWERANCHORAGEBELTSTAYS
tight and does not slip from the tightened
position. If it does not stay tight, try another
SEATINGPOSITIONORCONTACT#USTOMER3ERVICE
7
#HECKLEVELINDICATORONCHILDRESTRAINT
3
&OREASEOFINSTALLATIONEXTENDLATCH belt to its
MAXIMUMLENGTH
Vehicle mustBEONLEVELGROUND and child in
CHILDRESTRAINTWHENCHECKINGLEVELINDICATOR
4
(OOKCONNECTORSTOVEHICLELOWERANCHORS
(fig. b). Pull connectors to be sure they are
securely attached to the anchor points. (fig. c).
Ball MUST be entirely in blue zone (fig.f). If
necessary, place rolled towels under child
RESTRAINTATVEHICLESEATCREASEUNTILENTIREBALL
ISINBLUEZONE4HENRECHECKLEVELINDICATOR
SEEPAGES fig. c
5
0RESSDOWNlRMLYINCENTEROFCHILDRESTRAINT
while pulling LATCH adjustment belt. (fig. d).
DO NOT use tether rear-facing4ETHERmust
BESTOREDSEEh4ETHER3TORAGEvPAGE
0ERFORMTHISTESTEVERYTIMEYOUDRIVEWITHYOUR
child.
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REAR-FACING INSTALLATION WITH LATCH
(continued)
Recline Position
(fig. a)
Tether
Openings
Towels
Recline
Position
(fig. b)
(fig. f)
LATCH
AL
0CP
A011
(fig. c)
(fig. d)
(fig. e)
15
FORWARD-FACING INSTALLATION WITH LATCH
1
LATCH belt must be routed through
opening in child restraint for forward-facing
SEEPAGEfig. e
7
0ULLFRONTTOBACKANDLEFTTORIGHTATBELTPATH
TOCHECKFORSECUREINSTALLATION(fig. e)4HE
CHILDRESTRAINTSHOULDNOTMOVESIDETOSIDEOR
FORWARDMORETHANINCHCM
Belt must lay flat and not be twisted.
2
Adjust car seat to upright position (see fig. a
ANDPAGE fig. g3ECURERECLINE
STANDINTO5PRIGHT0OSITIONBYPUSHINGTABS
INTOLOCKPOSITION
Place forward-facingONVEHICLESEATEQUIPPED
with LATCH anchors.
3
&OREASEOFINSTALLATIONEXTENDLATCH belt
TOITSMAXIMUMLENGTH
4
(OOKCONNECTORSTOVEHICLELOWERANCHORS
(fig. b). Pull connectors to be sure they are
securely attached (fig. c).
5
3LIDECHILDRESTRAINTBACKUNTILTHECHILDRESTRAINT
ISINCONTACTWITHTHEVEHICLESEATBACK
6
0RESSDOWNlRMLYINCENTEROFCHILDRESTRAINTTO
COMPRESSVEHICLESEATCUSHIONWHILETIGHTENING
LATCH belt by pulling adjustment belt.
5SEYOURKNEETOPRESSDOWNINCENTEROF
child restraint (fig. d).
16
#HECKTHATTHELOWERANCHORAGEBELTSTAYS
tight and does not slip from the tightened
position. If it does not stay tight, try another
SEATINGPOSITIONORCONTACT#USTOMER3ERVICE
8
!TTACHTETHERSTRAPHOOK(A) to anchor
hardware (B) and tighten adjustment belt to
REMOVEANYSLACK(fig. f).
Belt must lay flat and not be twisted.
0ERFORMTHISTESTEVERYTIMEYOUDRIVEWITHYOUR
child.
NOTE: 3OMEVEHICLEMANUFACTURERSHAVELOWER
MAXIMUMWEIGHTRATINGSFORLATCH anchors,
SOYOUMUSTCONSULTYOURVEHICLEOWNERS
MANUALORCALLTHEVEHICLEMANUFACTURERTO
CONlRMTHELIMITSONYOURVEHICLESLATCH
anchors.
FORWARD-FACING INSTALLATION WITH LATCH
(continued)
Tether
Pull to
tighten
(A)
(B)
Lock
Position
Upright
Position
(fig. a)
(fig. b)
(fig. f)
Openings
LATCH
Upright
Position
(fig. c)
(fig. e)
(fig. d)
17
REAR-FACING INSTALLATION WITH VEHICLE SEAT BELTS
WARNING
5
LATCH belt MUST be stored when
using vehicle seat belt to install
child restraint.
1
Store LATCH belt by attaching to connectors
through forward-facing openings
SEEPAGEfig. k
)FNOTSECURESEEh6EHICLE3EAT"ELTSvPAGE
6
#HECKLEVELINDICATORONCHILDRESTRAINT
s!TTACHCONNECTORSTOSTORAGEBARONEACH
side (fig. a).
Vehicle mustBEONLEVELGROUND and child in
CHILDRESTRAINTWHENCHECKINGLEVELINDICATOR
s!DJUSTLATCHBELTTOREMOVEEXCESSSLACK
by pulling adjustment belt.
Ball MUST be entirely in blue zone (fig.e). If
necessary, place rolled towels under child
RESTRAINTATVEHICLESEATCREASEUNTILENTIREBALL
ISINBLUEZONE4HENRECHECKLEVELINDICATOR
SEEPAGES fig. c
2
Adjust car seat to recline position
(see fig. bANDPAGEfig. g
Place rear-facingONVEHICLESEAT
3
4HREADVEHICLESEATBELTTHROUGHOPENINGSAND
BUCKLEBELT
4
0RESSDOWNlRMLYINCENTEROFCHILDRESTRAINTTO
COMPRESSVEHICLESEATCUSHIONWHILETIGHTENING
VEHICLESEATBELT(fig. c).
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0ULLFRONTTOBACKANDLEFTTORIGHTATBELTPATH
TOCHECKFORSECUREINSTALLATION(fig. d)4HE
CHILDRESTRAINTSHOULDNOTMOVESIDETOSIDEOR
FORWARDMORETHANINCHCM6EHICLELAP
belt MUST stay tight.
DO NOT use tether rear-facing4ETHERmust
BESTOREDSEEh4ETHER3TORAGEvPAGE
0ERFORMTHISTESTEVERYTIMEYOUDRIVEWITHYOUR
child.
REAR-FACING INSTALLATION WITH VEHICLE SEAT BELTS
LAPC0110A
(continued)
Tether
Openings
LATCH
Installation with
Lap belt only
LAPC0110A
Towels
Recline
Position
Installation with Lap/shoulder belt
(fig. e)
(fig. d)
LAPC
0110A
Recline Position
(fig. a)
(fig. b)
(fig. c)
19
FORWARD-FACING INSTALLATION WITH VEHICLE SEAT BELTS
WARNING
4
LATCH belt MUST be stored when
using vehicle seat belt to install
child restraint.
1
Store LATCH belt by attaching to connectors
through rear-facing openings
SEEPAGEfig. j
5SEYOURKNEETOPRESSDOWNINCENTEROF
child restraint (fig. d).
5
s!TTACHCONNECTORSTOSTORAGEBARONEACH
side (fig. a).
s!DJUSTLATCHBELTTOREMOVEEXCESSSLACK
by pulling adjustment belt.
2
3
20
Adjust car seat to upright position (see fig. b
ANDPAGEfig. g3ECURERECLINE
STANDINTO5PRIGHT0OSITIONBYPUSHINGTABS
INTOLOCKPOSITION
Place forward-facingONVEHICLESEAT
3LIDECHILDRESTRAINTBACKUNTILTHERESTRAINTISIN
CONTACTWITHTHEVEHICLESEATBACK
4HREADVEHICLESEATBELTTHROUGHOPENINGS
(fig. c).
0RESSDOWNlRMLYINCENTEROFCHILDRESTRAINTTO
COMPRESSVEHICLESEATCUSHIONWHILETIGHTENING
VEHICLESEATBELT
0ULLFRONTTOBACKANDLEFTTORIGHTATBELTPATH
TOCHECKFORSECUREINSTALLATION(fig. e)4HE
CHILDRESTRAINTSHOULDNOTMOVESIDETOSIDEOR
FORWARDMORETHANINCHCM6EHICLELAP
belt MUST stay tight.
)FNOTSECURESEEh6EHICLE3EAT"ELTSvPAGE
6
!TTACHTETHERSTRAPHOOK(A) to anchor
hardware (B) and tighten adjustment belt to
REMOVEANYSLACK(fig. f))FVEHICLEDOESNOT
HAVEANCHORPOINTSTOATTACHTETHERHOOK
TETHERHOOKSHOULDBESTOREDSEEh4ETHER
3TORAGEvPAGE
Belt must lay flat and not be twisted.
0ERFORMTHISTESTEVERYTIMEYOUDRIVEWITHYOUR
child.
FORWARD-FACING INSTALLATION WITH VEHICLE SEAT BELTS
(continued)
Tether
LATCH
(stored)
Installation with
Lap belt only
Openings
Pull to
tighten
(A)
(fig. a)
Upright
Position
Lock
Position
(B)
(fig. f)
Installation with Lap/shoulder belt
Upright
Position
(fig. b)
(fig. c)
(fig. d)
(fig. e)
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PLACING CHILD IN CHILD RESTRAINT
Check harness system:
REAR-FACING
sRear-facing - 4-40 lbs (1.8-18 kg)
Harness straps must be through bottom or
middle slots at or below shoulders.
s(ARNESSHEIGHTMUSTBEat or below
child’s shoulders.
Body support MUST be used if shoulders
are below lowest slots.
s4OPOFHEADMUSTBEATLEAST1” (2.5 cm)
below the
top of the child restraint.
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1” (2.5cm)
PLACING CHILD IN CHILD RESTRAINT
(continued)
FORWARD-FACING
sForward-facing - 20-30 lbs (9-14 kg)
and are at least one year old.
Harness straps must be through middle or
top slots at or above shoulders.
sForward-facing - 30-50 lbs (14-22.7 kg)
Harness straps must be through top slots only.
DO NOTUSEMIDDLESLOTSFORCHILDOVERLBS
KG
s(ARNESSHEIGHTMUSTBEat or above
child’s shoulders.
s4OPOFCHILDSears are at or below the
CHILDRESTRAINTSEATBACK
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PLACING CHILD IN CHILD RESTRAINT
(continued)
WARNING
To prevent serious injury or death:
s+EEPHARNESSSTRAPSSNUGANDPOSITIONEDONSHOULDERS
with chest clip at arm pit level.
s$ONOTUSESTRAPCOVERSBLANKETSCUSHIONSOR
padding under harness straps or child unless provided
by Graco.
s#HILDSHOULDBEDRESSEDINCLOTHINGTHATDOESNOT
interfere with buckling the harness.
1
3
2
1
0LACECHILDINCHILDRESTRAINTWITHCHILDSBACKmATAGAINSTBACKOFCHILD
restraint.
2
0LACEHARNESSSTRAPSOVERCHILDSSHOULDERSANDINSERTTONGUESINTOBUCKLE
0ULLUPONTONGUESTOBESURETHEYARELOCKED
3
Close chest clip:
4
0OSITIONCHESTCLIPATARMPITLEVEL
4
You should not be able to pinch the harness straps (fig. a). A snug strap
SHOULDNOTALLOWANYSLACK)TLIESINARELATIVELYSTRAIGHTLINEWITHOUTSAGGING
It does not press on the child’s flesh or push the child’s body into an
UNNATURALPOSITION#HECKTHATHARNESSSTRAPSONchest and thighs are snug.
5
A rolled towel can be used on each side to support small children (fig. b).
"ESURETOWELSDONOTINTERFEREWITHHARNESSSYSTEM4OWELSSHOULDNOT be
placed under child.
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(fig. a)
(fig. b)
OPERATIONS and ADJUSTMENTS
1
Harness Straps (fig. a-b):
s4OTIGHTEN0ULLHARNESSADJUSTMENTSTRAP
(fig. a).
s4OLOOSEN,IFTUPLEVERWHILEPULLINGON
shoulder straps (fig. b).
2
Chest Clip (fig. c-d):
Lift Up
(to loosen)
Harness
Adjustment
Strap
(pull to tighten)
s4OOPEN0RESSTABSANDPULLAPART(fig. c).
Lever
(fig. a)
(fig. b)
(fig. c)
(fig. d)
s4OCLOSE3NAPHALVESTOGETHER-AKE
SURECHESTCLIPISLOCKEDBYPULLINGOUT
on each half (fig. d).
3
Buckle (fig. e-h):
s4OBUCKLE)NSERTBOTHTONGUESINTO
BUCKLE0ULLUPONTONGUESTOBESURE
THEYARELOCKED(fig. e).
4OTIGHTEN0ULLHARNESSADJUSTMENTSTRAP
(fig. f)
s4OUNBUCKLE,OOSENBYLIFTINGLEVERAND
pulling shoulder harness straps (fig. g).
Press in the red button (fig. h) and
PULLTONGUESOUTOFBUCKLE(fig. i)
(fig. g)
CLICK!
(fig. e)
(fig. f)
(fig. h)
(fig. i)
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OPERATIONS and ADJUSTMENTS
4
Recline / Upright Positions:
WARNING
FAILURE TO PROPERLY recline the infant restraint on
THEVEHICLESEATINCREASESTHERISKOFSERIOUSINJURYORDEATH
Rear-facing - MUST use Recline position.
Forward-facing - MUST use Upright position
sRecline Position: Pull stand out and rotate
into child restraint (fig. a).
Upright Position: Rotate stand out and push
into child restraint (fig. a). Secure recline stand
BYPUSHINGTABSINTOLOCKPOSITION
s"ALLINLEVELINDICATORMUSTBEENTIRELYINBLUE
(fig. c). See (fig. c)FORPROPERLEVELINDICATOR
use. If necessary, use a pool noodle or tightly
ROLLEDTOWELFORLEVELING(fig. b).
s6EHICLEMUSTBEONLEVELGROUNDANDCHILDIN
CHILDRESTRAINTWHENCHECKINGLEVELINDICATOR
NOTE: Level indicator is for rear-facing use
only.
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Harness straps MUSTMOVEFREELY-AKESURE
harness straps are not pinched by recline
stand.
OPERATIONS and ADJUSTMENTS
(continued)
Upright - Forward-facing
Recline - Rear-facing
(fig. a)
(fig. b)
When reading the level indicator,
5SECORRECTEDAGEFORPREEMIES
- If the ball is entirely in light blue, the
RESTRAINTISLEVELFORINFANTSMONTHS
in age.
)FTHEBALLISINLIGHTBLUEANDDARK
BLUETHERESTRAINTISLEVELFORACHILD
MONTHSINAGE
- If the ball is in RED, child restraint is
NOTLEVEL9OUMUSTADJUSTYOUR
recline position.
(fig. c)
27
OPERATIONS and ADJUSTMENTS
5
(continued)
Changing harness strap slots:
A Loosen harness straps:
,IFTUPLEVER(fig. b, pg. 25)
while pulling on shoulder straps.
B 2EMOVEBOTHSHOULDERHARNESSSTRAP
LOOPSFROMSPLITTERPLATEONBACKOF
child restraint.
C Change harness strap slots.
-AKESUREHARNESSSTRAPSARETHREADED
through matching slot of seat pad and
child restraint.
)TMAYBENECESSARYTOREMOVESEATPAD
from top of child restraint while relocating.
D Re-attach harness strap loops to splitter
plate:
sFor Infants or Small Toddlers:
Put Top right strap loop on splitter
PLATElRSTTHENATTACHTop left strap
loop (fig. b - fig. c).
NOTE:-AKESUREENDSOFSTRAPSARE
behind splitter plate (fig. d).
sFor Toddlers:
Put Bottom right strap loop on
SPLITTERPLATElRSTTHENATTACHBottom
left strap loop (fig. e - fig. f).
NOTE:
s-AKESUREBOTHSTRAPLOOPSARESECURELY
ATTACHEDWITHINSPLITTERPLATEHOOK
(fig. g).
s-AKESURESTRAPSARENOT twisted and
are routed behind stand (fig. a).
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OPERATIONS and ADJUSTMENTS
(continued)
For Infants or Small Toddlers
Top
Loop
(fig. b)
Splitter
plate
Bottom
Loop
(fig. c)
(fig. d)
(fig. f)
(fig. g)
For Toddlers
Stand
(fig. e)
(fig. a)
29
OPERATIONS and ADJUSTMENTS
6
(continued)
LATCH Belt Routing:
LATCH belt MUST be routed through
the proper openings depending on direction
of child restraint use.
A 2EMOVEPADFROMFRONTOFSEATAREABY
pulling out 2-button clips on lower front
edge of child restraint (fig. a) and
BUTTONCLIPONCERTAINMODELS
in center of seat.
2EMOVINGPADWILLEXPOSETHEROTATING
LATCH belt. (fig. b)
(fig. a)
(fig. b)
Rotating LATCH Belt
(under seat pad)
B Rotate LATCH belt so that the belt routes
THROUGHTHEPROPEROPENINGS0G
fig. d and fig. e"ELTSMUSTREMAINmAT
and tight against the child restraint
BEFORE reattaching the seat pad
2-button clips. LATCH belt must
not interfere with the harness. (fig. c)
C Re-attach pad to child restraint by
SNAPPINGTHEBUTTONCLIPSBACKIN
place. DO NOT allow 2-button clip to
interfere with the LATCHBELTORVEHICLE
seat belt.
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Belt must be
flat and tight
(fig. c)
OPERATIONS and ADJUSTMENTS
Route LATCH belt through Rear-facing
openings for:
sLATCH Rear-facing use.
or
sLATCH storage with Forward-facing
VEHICLESEATBELTUSE0Gfig. j.
(continued)
Route LATCH belt through Forward-facing
openings for:
sLATCH Forward-facing use.
or
sLATCH storage with Rear-facing
VEHICLESEATBELTUSE0Gfig. k.
All belts must be flat and the adjuster belt must be facing out for easy adjustment.
Rear-facing openings
Forward-facing openings
(fig. d)
(fig. e)
31
OPERATIONS and ADJUSTMENTS
7
(continued)
Removing LATCH from Vehicle
Anchor Points:
A 4OREMOVELATCH, push button while
pulling on the LATCH belt as shown (fig. f).
Press down on child restraint compressing
VEHICLESEATCUSHIONTOREDUCETENSIONON
lower anchorage belt.
(fig. f)
B Press and hold LATCH release hinge.
(fig. g).
C Push connector in, lift connector up and
PULLOUTAWAYFROMANCHORPOINT(fig. h).
Repeat step B and C for other connector.
(fig. g)
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(fig. h)
OPERATIONS and ADJUSTMENTS
8
(continued)
LATCH Storage:
s,OCATELATCH storage bars under arm rest
on sides of child restraint (fig. i).
s&ASTENLATCH onto storage bar as shown.
(fig. j or k)
LATCH
storage bar
Repeat for other side of seat.
(fig. i)
(fig. j)
(fig. k)
33
VEHICLE SEAT BELTS
WARNING
Not all vehicle seat belts can be
used with a child restraint. The
child restraint 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.
4OPROVIDETHEMOSTSECUREINSTALLATIONOFTHECHILD
restraint:
s2EADTHEVEHICLEOWNERSMANUAL
regarding child restraint installation
and seat belt use with child restraint.
s&OLLOWALLINSTRUCTIONLABELSONVEHICLE
seat belt and child restraint.
If child restraint is not held securely after
FOLLOWINGINSTRUCTIONSINTHISMANUALVEHICLESEAT
BELTLABELSANDVEHICLEOWNERSMANUAL
s-OVECHILDRESTRAINTTOANOTHER
seating location and try again
34
VEHICLE SEAT BELTS
(continued)
Lap/Shoulder Belt with Switchable
Retractor and Sliding Latch Plate
&OLLOWTHESESTEPSTODETERMINEIFYOUHAVEA
retractor system that will hold child restraint securely:
a. Pull belt all the way out
B!LLOWBELTTORETRACTABOUTINCHESCM
C)FYOUHEARCLICKINGSLOWLYPULLOUTONBELTAGAIN
IFITLOCKSTHENYOUHAVEARETRACTORTHATCANBE
SWITCHEDTOAN!UTOMATIC,OCKING2ETRACTOR
-ODEANDCANBEUSEDTOSECUREYOURSEATTO
VEHICLE
Pull
(fig. a)
)FYOUDONTHAVEARETRACTORTHATCANBESWITCHEDTO
AN!UTOMATIC,OCKING2ETRACTOR-ODE!.$YOUPULL
ONTHELATCHPLATEANDITSLIDESFREELYALOCKINGCLIP
MUSTBEUSEDSEE0Gh,OCKING#LIPvSECTION
Lap/Shoulder Belt with Emergency
Locking Retractor (ELR) and
Locking Latch Plate
4HELOCKINGLATCHPLATEONSOMESEATBELTSMAY
SLIPANDLOOSENAFTERBEINGBUCKLEDONCHILD
restraint if positioned at a certain angle. If this
HAPPENSmIPTHELATCHPLATEOVER(fig. b) and
REBUCKLE4ESTINSTALLATIONAGAINTOSEEIFTHIS
WORKS)FNOTMOVECHILDRESTRAINTTOANOTHER
seating position.
Flip
(fig. b)
35
VEHICLE SEAT BELTS
(continued)
Lap Belts - Manually Adjustable
4HELOCKINGLATCHPLATEONSOMESEATBELTSMAY
SLIPANDLOOSENAFTERBEINGBUCKLEDONCHILD
restraint if positioned at a certain angle. If this
HAPPENSmIPLATCHPLATEOVER (fig. a) and
REBUCKLE4ESTINSTALLATIONAGAINTOSEEIFTHIS
WORKS)FNOTMOVECHILDRESTRAINTTOANOTHER
seating position.
Lap Belts - With Retractor
Flip
Lap belts with retractors may or may not hold
a child restraint securely.
&OLLOWTHESESTEPSTODETERMINEIFYOUHAVEA
retractor system that will hold child restraint
securely:
(fig. a)
a. Pull belt all the way out.
b. Allow belt to retract about 6 inches (15 cm).
c. Slowly pull out on belt again.
)FBELTISLOCKEDANDYOUcannot pull the belt out
ANYFURTHERYOUHAVEAN!UTOMATIC,OCKING
Retractor which may be used with a child
restraint.
Remember, when installing a child restraint, pull
BELTALLTHEWAYOUTBUCKLEBELTANDTHENTIGHTEN
If you canPULLTHEBELTOUTAGAIN3TEPCABOVE
YOUHAVEAN%MERGENCY,OCKING2ETRACTORWHICH
MUST NOT be used with a child restraint.
36
Retractor
Lap/Shoulder Belt with Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) and
Sliding Latch Plate
Locking Clip
5
WARNING
Avoid serious injury or death:
s&AILURETOUSELOCKINGCLIPWHERE
required will result in child restraint not
being securely held in place.
s2EMOVELOCKINGCLIPFROMSEATBELTS
when not being used with child restraint.
s$/./4USELOCKINGCLIPASAVEHICLESEAT
belt shortener.
You MUSTUSELOCKINGCLIPPROVIDEDWITH
CHILDRESTRAINTWITHAVEHICLESEATBELTTHAT
slides freely through the latch plate or the lap
belt cannot be tightly secured.
1
)NSTALLCHILDRESTRAINTANDTIGHTENVEHICLE
seat belt.
2
Hold seat belts together at latch plate (fig. a)
THENUNBUCKLE
3
)FALOCKINGCLIPISNEEDEDSLIDELOCKINGCLIPON
SEATBELTSAPPOXIMATELYINCHCMAWAY
from latch plate.
4
2EBUCKLESEATBELT
4ESTINSTALLATIONTOSEEIFCHILDRESTRAINTISSECURE
If not secure, additional belt tightening may be
REQUIRED
s5NBUCKLEVEHICLESEATBELT
s(OLDBELTSTOGETHERANDREMOVELOCKING
clip.
s3HORTENLENGTHOFLAPBELTPORTIONSLIGHTLY
by pulling belt through latch plate.
s2EATTACHLOCKINGCLIP
s"UCKLEVEHICLESEATBELT
0RESSCHILDRESTRAINTFURTHERDOWNINTOVEHICLE
SEATCUSHIONTOHELPBUCKLEVEHICLESEATBELT
4ESTINSTALLATIONTOSEEIFCHILDRESTRAINTISSECURE
)FNOTSECUREREPEATABOVESTEPUNTILSECURE
within 1”
(2.5 cm)
(fig. a)
37
VEHICLE SEAT BELTS
(continued)
Passive Restraint - Lap Belt
with Motorized Shoulder Belt
DO NOT use with any child restraint.
Passive Restraint - Lap or
Shoulder Belt Mounted on Door
DO NOT use with any child restraint. Belts will
NOTSTAYTIGHTWHILEDRIVING
38
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Tether Storage
DO NOTANCHORTETHERSTRAPTOTHEVEHICLE
when using child restraint rear-facing.
Tether hook must be attached to child restraint
for rear-facingUSEORIFVEHICLEISNOTEQUIPPED
with tether anchors.
Tether Hook
For storage of tether hook:
s!TTACHTETHERHOOKTOBACKOFCHILD
restraint as shown.
s0ULLLOOSEENDOFADJUSTMENTSTRAPTO
REMOVEANYSLACK
s2OLLLOOSEENDOFADJUSTMENTSTRAPUP
and secure with a rubber band.
Rear of Child Restraint
39
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
(continued)
Cup holder (available on some models)
WARNING
Never place sharp or pointed
objects in a cupholder. In a crash,
these objects could hit your child
and cause serious injuries.
Available on some models:
s)NSERTTHETWOPRONGSOFTHECUPHOLDERINTO
the two slots on either the left or right side of
the seat. 1
s0USHCUPHOLDERDOWNUNTILTHECLIPSNAPS
onto the bottom of seat 2 #(%#+THAT
cupholder is secure by pulling on it.
1
2
Clip
40
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
(continued)
Head Support (available on some models)
WARNING
To prevent ejection in sudden stop or
crash, shoulder straps must be threaded
through slots and properly positioned
on shoulders.
s/NLYUSEHEADSUPPORTINBOTTOM
or middle harness slots.
41
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Body Support (available on some models)
WARNING
To prevent ejection in sudden stop or
crash, shoulder straps must be threaded
through slots and properly positioned
on shoulders.
s"ODYSUPPORT-534BEUSEDIF
shoulders are below lowest
harness slots.
s.EVERALLOWBODYSUPPORTTOBUNCH
or fold behind child.
42
(continued)
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
(continued)
Harness Covers (available on some models)
WARNING
s-AKESURETHEHARNESSSYSTEMIS
properly secured.
Harness
#OVER
s#HECKTHATHARNESSSTRAPSARENOT
twisted.
s-AKESURETHATHARNESSCOVERSDO
not interfere with placement of the
chest clip.
43
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
(continued)
Care & Cleaning
Refer to your care tag on your seat pad for washing
INSTRUCTIONS./",%!#(
Removing Seat Pad:
2EMOVEBOTHHARNESSSTRAPLOOPSFROM
SPLITTERPLATEONBACKOFCHILDRESTRAINTAND
pull through front of pad. Open chest clip,
RELEASETONGUESFROMBUCKLESEEPAGE
1
44
Pull two 2-button clips out of lower front
edge of child restraint shell and inside
CENTEROFCHILDRESTRAINTSHELLONSOMEMODELS
1
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Seat Pad:
2EMOVETHEPLASTICBUTTONCLIPS
Refer to your care tag on your seat pad for
WASHINGINSTRUCTIONS./",%!#(
Harness Straps and LATCH belt:
Surface wash only with mild soap and damp
CLOTH$/./4)--%23%4(%(!2.%33342!03
or LATCH"%,4).7!4%2DOINGSOMAYWEAKEN
the harness straps or LATCH belt.
(continued)
Aircraft Use
4HISCHILDRESTRAINTISCERTIlEDFORUSEONAIRCRAFT
SEELABELONCHILDRESTRAINT#ONTACTAIRLINE
about their policy.
5SETHISCHILDRESTRAINTONLYONforward-facing
aircraft seats.
Install child restraint on an aircraft the same
WAYITISINSTALLEDINAVEHICLEWHENUSINGA
VEHICLESEATBELT
If harness straps or LATCH belt are frayed or
HEAVILYSOILEDCONTACT#USTOMER3ERVICE.
Cup Holder:
Wipe with mild solution of soap and water.
!VOIDWETTINGLABELS
Second Hand Child Restraint
'RACO#HILDRENS0RODUCTS)NCADVISESAGAINST
loaning or passing along a child restraint.
.EVERUSEhHOUSEHOLDDETERGENTSvTHEYCAN
WEAKENPLASTIC
45
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
(continued)
Buckle Cleaning Process:
WARNING
Prevent serious injury or death:
s"UCKLEMUSTBEPROPERLYLATCHED
s0ERIODICALLYINSPECTANDCLEAN
buckle to remove objects or
debris that could prevent latching.
4URNRESTRAINTOVERPUSHRETAINERTHROUGHCROTCHSTRAPSLOT(fig. a).
4OCLEANBUCKLEPLACEINACUPOFWARMWATERANDGENTLYAGITATETHE
BUCKLEPRESSTHEREDBUTTONSEVERALTIMESWHILEINTHEWATER(fig. b). DO
NOT SUBMERGE THE HARNESS WEBBING.$/./453%3/!03OR
,5"2)#!.43$/./4USEHOUSEHOLDDETERGENTS.EVERLUBRICATEBUCKLE
3HAKEOUTEXCESSWATERANDALLOWTOAIRDRYHARNESSWEBBINGSHOULDBE
dry before use (fig. c).
2EPEAT3TEPANDASNEEDED"UCKLESHOULDFASTENWITHAhCLICKv
2EATTACHBUCKLEINTOTHESAMESLOTFROM3TEP2ECHECKHARNESSFOR
correct installation before use.
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fig. a
fig. b
fig. c
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