Care and Maintenance
The webbing and seat pad can be cleaned on the seat with a damp cloth using mild soap solution and lukewarm water. The pad
can be removed for machine washing in cold water on gentle cycle and tumbled dry on low heat. Do not use chlorine bleach or dry
clean the pad.
Instruction Manual
The seat pad is connected to the base with the use of hook and loop fasteners. To remove, pull up on the pad to remove from the
base and disconnect the hook and loop fasteners on the back of the pad in two places.
Student Transportation Add-On Restraint
If the seat pad becomes overly soiled or damaged, a replacement pad can be ordered from your original place of purchase or by
calling 877-447-2305.
STAR Restraint Replacement
STAR
The STAR restraint system is considered to have a finite life and must be frequently inspected and replaced as needed. The
service life of a STAR restraint is 6 years from the date of manufacture. Discontinue use of the STAR after that date. The date of
manufacture can be found on the back of the lower portion of the cam wrap strap where it connects to the seat base.
• 25 - 65 lbs. (11.3 - 29.5 kg)
• 57 in. (144 cm) tall or less
• over 1 year of age
The STAR and its components must be inspected frequently (per instructions below). If you have any doubts about the condition or
function of the restraint, REPLACE IT, even if it is less than 6 years from the date of manufacture.
If any component or part of the STAR restraint requires replacement (with the exception of the replaceable pad), the entire system
must be replaced. If the vehicle is involved in a significant accident, the entire STAR restraint must be replaced.
STAR Restraint Inspection
1.Inspect harness webbing on entire system for cuts, fraying, or extreme or unusual wear. Most common areas of belt wear
include the buckle/latch area and any place where the restraint makes contact with the vehicle or seat.
STAR plus
Corrective action – Replace entire STAR restraint.
2.Inspect latch and buckle for proper operation by inserting the latch into the buckle. Latch must insert smoothly, and you must
hear an audible click. Verify proper latching by tugging on the belt. Latch must not be worn, deformed or corroded. Buckle must
not be damaged, cracked or broken.
• 25 - 90 lbs. (11.3 - 40.8 kg)
• 57 in. (144 cm) tall or less
• over 1 year of age
Corrective action – Replace entire STAR restraint.
3.Inspect the seat belt height adjuster for damage. Move adjuster up and down. It must move freely and should not be damaged,
cracked or broken.
Corrective action – Replace entire STAR restraint.
4.Inspect dual cam wrap system for cuts, fraying, or extreme or unusual wear.
Corrective action – Replace entire STAR restraint.
5.Inspect chest clips for damage and operation. Chest clip halves should not be damaged, cracked or broken. Clips should engage
and disengage smoothly with each other. Move clip halves up and down. They must move freely.
STAR Special Needs
Corrective action – Replace entire STAR restraint.
Accessory - Connector Strap
Allows the positioning of three standard STAR restraints on a 39” school bus seat.
Federal Safety Standards
The SafeGuard STAR restraint is certified to applicable U.S. Federal Motor
Vehicle Safety Standard FMVSS 213 and 302.
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• 25 - 105 lbs. (11.3 - 47.5 kg)
• 57 in. (144 cm) tall or less
• over 1 year of age
PATENT PENDING
Table Of Contents
General Warnings
Page
Store this instruction
manual under
the STAR removable
seat pad.
General Information..............................................1
Registration Information.........................................1
General Warnings.................................................2
Features..............................................................2
Weight & Height Limitations...................................3
Installation...........................................................3
Securing Child......................................................5
Chest Strap Option................................................7
Emergency Evacuation...........................................7
STAR Special Needs Option.....................................8
Care & Maintenance................................ back cover
General Information
The SafeGuard team truly cares about child passenger safety and is committed to providing innovative restraints that offer
the utmost in safety and ease of use. While no restraint can prevent injury in every situation, proper installation and use of a
restraint can substantially reduce a child’s risk of serious injury or death.
It is critical to read and understand these instructions and the vehicle manufacturer’s instruction BEFORE using this restraint.
Failure to properly use this restraint may result in serious injury or death of the child being transported. If you have any
questions after reviewing the instructions, please contact us at:
SafeGuard Customer Service: www.safeguardseat.com (or) 1-877-447-2305.
This restraint system conforms to all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.
Registration Information
Please fill out the prepaid registration card attached to the restraint and mail it today or register online at the website listed
below.
Restraints could be recalled for safety reasons. You must register this restraint to be reached in a recall.
Send your name, address, the restraint’s model number, manufacturing date and serial number
to IMMI, 18881 U.S. 31 North, Westfield, IN 46074 or call 1-877-447-2305 or register online at
www.safeguardseat.com/register.
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.
The restraint model number and manufacture date are located
on a printed label sewn to the webbing above the seat base.
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WARNINGS
FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE WARNINGS CAN RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH. PLEASE READ AND
FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY.
•THIS RESTRAINT MUST ONLY BE USED ON SCHOOL BUS SEATS. ENTIRE SEAT DIRECTLY BEHIND MUST BE
UNOCCUPIED OR HAVE RESTRAINED OCCUPANTS.
•DO NOT USE THIS RESTRAINT UNTIL YOU READ AND UNDERSTAND THE INSTRUCTIONS IN THIS MANUAL.
• FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS ON THE RESTRAINT AND IN THIS MANUAL.
•DO NOT MODIFY THIS RESTRAINT OR USE ANY ACCESSORIES OR PARTS SUPPLIED BY OTHER
MANUFACTURERS. USE ONLY SAFEGUARD REPLACEMENT PARTS.
•NEVER USE THE RESTRAINT SYSTEM IF IT IS DAMAGED OR MISSING PARTS. DO NOT USE A CUT, FRAYED
OR DAMAGED HARNESS OR SEAT BELT.
•DO NOT USE BLEACH OR HARSH CLEANSERS ON SEAT CUSHIONS, WEBBING OR BUCKLES.
NEVER LUBRICATE THE SEAT BELT BUCKLES.
•A CHILD RESTRAINT SHOULD BE PROPERLY SECURED EVEN WHEN UNOCCUPIED SINCE AN UNSECURED
CHILD RESTRAINT MAY INJURE OTHER OCCUPANTS IN A CRASH.
Features
STAR & STAR plus
STAR Special Needs
Upper Cam
Wrap Straps
Shoulder Height
Adjusters
Adjustable
Headrest
Chest Clip
Torso Support
5-Point Harness
Buckle
Buckle Pull Loop
Abductor
Recline Wedge
Seat Base
Front Cam Wrap
Strap
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Weight & Height Limitations
STAR
• 25 - 65 lbs. (11.3 - 29.5 kg)
• 57 in. (144 cm) tall or less
• over 1 year of age
• 20 in. (50 cm) or less seated
torso height
STAR plus
3.Connect the left upper cam wrap strap to the left lower cam wrap strap. Connect the right
upper cam wrap strap to the right lower cam wrap strap. Pull adjuster straps to tighten
both outside cam wrap straps. C & D
Seated Torso Height
STAR Special Needs
• 25 - 90 lbs. (11.3 - 40.8 kg)
• 57 in. (144 cm) tall or less
• over 1 year of age
• 2 0 in. (50 cm) or less seated
torso height
• 25 - 105 lbs. (11.3 - 47.5 kg)
• 57 in. (144 cm) tall or less
• over 1 year of age
• 20 in. (50 cm) or less seated
torso height
Important: Be sure to secure and tighten the two outer cam wrap straps before
connecting the middle cam wrap strap. Proper tightening will compress the foam at the
top of the school bus seat by approximately a half inch.
4.Connect the middle upper cam wrap strap to the front cam wrap strap. Pull adjuster strap
to tighten. E
LEFT UPPER
Cam Wrap
Strap
Installation on the school bus seat
MIDDLE UPPER
Cam Wrap Strap
RIGHT UPPER
Cam Wrap
Strap
Note: For STAR Special Needs, refer to the installation instructions on pages 8-10 first.
Important Note: STAR may be secured to a standard 222 school bus seat unless your state code
requires that the seat be FMVSS 210 reinforced. Check your state codes.
WARNING! DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY can occur:
•Follow all instructions on the child restraint and in this manual. Failure to follow the manufacturer’s
warnings for proper use of this child restraint system can result in serious injury or death.
1.Position the STAR restraint on the bus seat. Place the three
upper cam wrap straps around the top of the school bus
seat back. Insert the two lower cam wrap straps through
the opening at the rear of the school bus seat cushion. A
2.If the opening at the rear of the school bus seat cushion
is blocked, lift the school bus seat cushion as shown in
B . Thread the two lower cam wrap straps through the
opening. Lower the seat cushion to its original position and
lock into place. Be sure the lower cam wrap straps are not
trapped within the seat cushion.
LEFT
LOWER
Cam
Wrap
Strap
RIGHT
LOWER
Cam
Wrap
Strap
C
UPPER
Cam Wrap
Straps
E
D
5.Verify the security of the restraint by moving the rear of the seat base sideways. It should
move less than on inch.
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FRONT
Cam Wrap
Strap
A
FRONT
Cam
Wrap
Strap
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6.Once all straps are tight and secured, use the plastic keeper on each strap to secure the
free ends of the three upper cam wrap straps. F
Important: Straps must appear as in G after installation is complete.
LOWER
Cam Wrap
Straps
UPPER
Cam Wrap
Straps
FRONT
Cam Wrap
Strap
B
3
Plastic
Keeper
LOWER
Cam Wrap
Straps
F
G
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4
seat diagrams
Securing the Child
5. Fasten harness chest clip: E
WARNING! DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY can occur:
•Follow all instructions on the child restraint and in this manual. Failure to follow the manufacturer’s
warnings for proper use of this child restraint system can result in serious injury or death.
• Backpacks must be removed before using the STAR restraint.
• Snugly adjust the belts provided with this restraint around the occupant.
•Fasten chest clip by pushing both sides together.
•Position chest clip at middle of child’s chest, at armpit level.
6. Adjust harness height:
•Position each yellow shoulder height adjuster at or just above
child’s shoulder. F
E
1. Prepare harness:
•Loosen harness: Push left harness adjuster button and pull up on left
shoulder strap. A Repeat with right shoulder strap.
To remove child from the child restraint:
•Open chest clip and unbuckle harness.
•Open chest clip by squeezing middle tabs and pulling apart. G
•Lay buckle flat, toward front of restraint.
•Loosen harness: Pull shoulder strap up while pushing button on
harness adjuster located on outside of child’s leg. Repeat with
second harness strap. H
•Use buckle pull loop to pull buckle and buckle pad away from
child. Unbuckle harness buckle by pressing down on red release
button. I
• Remove child.
•Rebuckle harness to prevent twisting of the straps.
A
2. Place child in restraint: B
•Place child in restraint with child’s back flat against the back of the
restraint.
•Remove any twists from harness straps.
•Position harness shoulder straps over child’s shoulders.
F
3. Buckle harness:
•Use buckle pull loop to pull buckle away from child.
•Make sure harness straps are not twisted.
•Insert buckle tongues into harness buckle. Listen for an audible click
when each buckle tongue is fastened. C
•Check buckle connection is secure by pulling on shoulder straps.
B
G
4. Tighten harness:
•Pull free end of harness strap, located on the outside of child’s leg, until
harness is snug around the child. D
•Repeat with second harness strap.
•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.
•Be sure the harness is snug and tight on both the thighs and chest
before each use.
C
H
D
5
I
6
Chest Strap option
STAR Special Needs
For STAR and STAR plus
WARNING! DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY can occur:
• Orange chest strap is for positioning assistance only and is not a restraint device.
• Orange chest strap may not be substituted for shoulder straps or any other portion of STAR restraint.
• Orange chest strap should be used only in addition to the full harness.
• Orange chest strap must be placed under the shoulder straps.
Weight Range: 25 - 105 lbs. (11.3 - 47.5 kg)
Standing Height: 57 in. (144 cm) or less
Seated Torso Height: 20 in. (50 cm) or less
Seated Torso Height
The STAR chest strap is designed to provide positioning
assistance for children with special needs.
Restraint Features
Chest Strap Option Installation:
The STAR Special Needs restraint is equipped with
additional features as shown below to provide support for
children with special health care needs.
Adjustable
Headrest
The STAR Special Needs restraint features may be used in
any combination based on the child’s needs.
Torso Support
1.Position the optional orange chest strap around the
child’s chest. Proper position of orange chest strap is at
the middle of child’s chest, at armpit level.
2.Fasten the orange chest strap buckle and adjust the
strap snugly. 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. A
Abductor
A
3.Properly secure the child in the STAR restraint system.
B
Recline Wedge
Important: Orange chest strap must be placed
under the shoulder straps.
Recline Wedge
Emergency Evacuation
The recline wedge is used to provide additional lower torso support
as needed.
B
Recline Wedge Installation:
For STAR and STAR plus
The STAR restraint system is designed to remain operational after most crash situations. In the event of a crash
or an event that necessitates an emergency evacuation, follow this procedure.
1.Open chest clip by squeezing middle tabs and pulling apart.
2.Unbuckle harness buckle by pressing down on red release
button.
3.If not possible to perform Steps 1 and 2, use a belt cutter to
cut shoulder webs below chest clip. A If optional orange
chest strap is being used, cut chest strap on right side of
child. A
4.Remove child.
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1.Verify adhesive-backed velcro strips are on bottom of seat base.
If missing replace with new strips.
2.Position the recline wedge on the bus seat with the tallest side
facing the front of the bus seat. Be sure to align the hook and
loop fasteners on the bottom of the seat base and the top of the
recline wedge.
A
3.Thread the front black cam wrap strap through the webbing sewn onto the front of the recline wedge. A
4.Follow the STAR installation instructions on page 3 to complete the installation of the restraint to the bus seat.
A
Cut Lines
Installation Tip: When using both the abductor and the recline wedge, first thread the front black cam
wrap strap through the elastic strap sewn onto the front of the abductor then through the webbing sewn onto
the front of the recline wedge.
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STAR Special Needs
STAR Special Needs
continued
continued
Abductor
Headrest
The abductor is used to provide additional leg support as needed.
The width and height of the headrest are both adjustable to provide
additional support for the child’s head.
Abductor Installation:
Headrest Installation:
1. Unbuckle the harness buckle.
1.Adjust headrest width if necessary. (See instructions below.)
2.Position the abductor on the restraint in front of the buckle with the
widest portion of the abductor facing the front of the bus seat.
2.Orient the STAR Special Needs restraint so the back of the
shoulder harness faces up.
A
3.Thread the buckle through the webbing sewn onto the back of the
abductor. A
3.Position the headrest such that the I-shaped openings are
centered on the exposed black webbing. A
4.Thread the front black cam wrap strap through the elastic strap
sewn onto the front of the abductor. B
4.Grasp the black webbing and pull it through the first I-shaped
opening. Repeat with the second I-shaped opening. B
5.Follow the STAR installation instructions on page 3 to complete the
installation of the restraint to the bus seat.
B
Headrest Width Adjustment:
1.Remove the headrest from the STAR Special Needs restraint.
2.Open the two fabric tabs on the back of the headrest cover.
Attach Tab
Slot 1 Slot 2
3.Detach the vinyl tab from the attach tab.
Installation Tip: When using both the abductor and the recline
wedge, first thread the front black cam wrap strap through the elastic
strap sewn onto the front of the abductor then through the webbing
sewn onto the front of the recline wedge.
Torso Support
4.Detach the elastic strap from the attach tab.
headrest_Installation.ai
5.Remove the plastic headrest panel from the headrest cover and
foam.
6.Select Slot 1 for a wide width headrest or Slot 2 for a narrow
width headrest. C
7.Insert the plastic headrest panel into the selected slot.
A
Elastic Strap
C
Vinyl Tab
Fabric Tab
8.Reattach the elastic strap to the attach tab. D
WARNING! DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY can occur:
• Torso support is for positioning assistance only and is not a restraint device.
• Torso support may not be substituted for shoulder straps or any other portion of STAR restraint
• Torso support should be used only in addition to the full harness
• Torso support must be place under the shoulder straps
9.Reattach the vinyl tab using Hole 1 for wide width or Hole 2 for
narrow width. D
Elastic
Strap
10. Close the two fabric headrest cover tabs.
Hole 2
Torso Support Installation:
Hole 1
1.Follow the STAR installation instructions on page 3 to complete the
installation of the restraint to the bus seat.
11.Repeat steps 2-10 for the opposite side of the headrest.
D
Headrest Height Adjustment:
B
The torso support is used to provide additional support to the upper
torso as needed.
2.Open the torso support and thread it between the restraint and the
bus seat. A
After the STAR Special Needs restraint is installed on the bus seat,
grasp both sides of the headrest and slide it up or down to provide
proper support for the child’s head. E
3.Position and secure the torso support around the child using the
hook and loop fastener.
E
4.Position and secure the child in the restraint following the STAR
instructions. Be sure the harness is snug and tight on both the
thighs and chest before each use.
A
Important: Torso support must be placed under shoulder straps.
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