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RECARO Young Sport Instruction Manual
Forward-facing Universal Child Restraint System
When using as a child restraint system with integrated seatbelt harness system:
Suitable for use in vehicles with 2-point (lap) seatbelts, 3-point (lap & shoulder) seatbelts, and LATCH &
top tether anchorage systems. Only use with children who weigh between 20 and 40 pounds (8 and 18
kg), whose height is between 27 and 40 inches (69 and 102 cm), and who are over 1 year old.
When using as a belt-positioning booster child restraint system: Only suitable for use in
vehicles with 3-point (lap & shoulder) seat belts. Only use with children who weigh between 30 and 80
pounds (14 and 36 kg) and whose height is between 37 and 59 inches (94 and 150 cm).
Approved in accordance with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213. Tested in accordance to
ISO/TC 22/SC 12/WG 1 N538 side impact protection requirements.
Dear Parents,
Welcome to the Recaro family of high quality automotive products and
thank you for purchasing your new Recaro child restraint system.
Recaro has had 100 years’ experience in the design and manufacture of
premium automotive products. To make all the products Recaro makes
worthy of the name, we’ve subjected them to a comprehensive product
development program complying with American FMVSS 213 safety standards.
Although each RECARO child restraint system is equipped with the most
state-of-the-art safety features such as Side Impact Protection (SIP), it is
not a guarantee that this child restraint will prevent injury or death in a particular crash. However, if you stress careful driving and proper use of your
child restraint, it can lower the risk of injury or death in most crashes.
Therefore, please make sure to carefully review all the important information in this instruction manual to properly restrain your child. Also, before
using your new child restraint for the first time, please review all components carefully to make sure nothing has been damaged during shipping.
Failure to follow these instructions and the labels on the seat can result in
serious injury or even death.
The Recaro Child seat you have purchased is a high quality product. Its
different settings and its stable and ergonomic Design ensures that the
Recaro child seat is a safe and comfortable place for your child to sit when
traveling in your car. However, before you use it, you need to set it to your
child’s size and then install it carefully, so that the seat is properly adapted
to your child and will perform as required. These instructions will help you
do this, so please read them carefully. The child seat is covered by a two
year guarantee.
Remember, parents are a child’s best examples. Be sure to ALWAYS
buckle your seatbelt and your children will be much more likely to do the
same. Thanks again for choosing Recaro and enjoy your Young Sport! If
you have any questions or need assistance of any kind please contact us
at Recaro North America Inc. 4120 Luella Lane, Auburn Hills, Mi 48326
USA; 1-800-8Recaro; 1-248-364-3818 Tel; 1-248-364-3804
Internet: www.recaro.com
Email: info@recarousa.com
Yours sincerely,
Recaro North America, Inc.
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Contents
Safety Warnings
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Registration and Recall Information
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Use in Aircraft
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Warranty
7
Additional Information
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Extreme Weather
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Knowing Your Child Restraint
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Positioning a Child in Harness Mode
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Installing Harness Mode in Vehicles
13
Adjusting Harness Mode to Fit a Child
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Harness Mode Trim Cover Removal
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Positioning a Child in Booster Mode
35
Installing Booster Mode in Vehicles
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Adjusting Booster Mode to Fit a Child
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Booster Mode Trim Cover Removal
41
Use of Belt Shortening Clip
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Use and Installation of a Top Tether
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Converting from Harness to Booster
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Use of a Locking Clip
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Care and Maintenance
49
Trouble Shooting
50
Knowing your Labels
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Replacement Parts
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Glossary
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BOOSTER MODE
Converting from Booster to Harness
HARNESS MODE
Knowing Your Vehicle
Safety Warnings
WARNING! DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY can occur
● When using as a child restraint system with integrated seatbelt
harness system (or “harness mode”): Use only in vehicles with 2-point (lap)
seatbelts, 3-point (lap & shoulder) seatbelts, or LATCH & top tether anchorage
systems to install the child restraint in a vehicle, AND use only with
children who weigh between 20 and 40 pounds (8 and 18 kg), whose height is
between 27 and 40 inches (69 and 102 cm), and who are over 1 year old.
● When using as a belt-positioning booster child restraint system
(or “booster mode”): Use only the vehicle’s lap and shoulder belt (“3-point”)
system when restraining the child in the booster seat. Only use the booster
seat in vehicles with 3-point (lap & shoulder) seat belts, AND only use with
children who weigh between 30 and 80 pounds (14 and 36 kg) and whose
height is between 37 and 59 inches (94 and 150 cm).
● Follow all instructions on the child restraint and in this manual. Do NOT use
this child restraint system until you have read and understood the
instructions in this manual and in your vehicle owner’s manual. Do NOT let
others install or use this child restraint system unless they understand how to
use it.
● Do NOT make any technical modification to the child restraint system and
use it only as outlined in these instructions. Otherwise, the safety function of
the seat will be reduced or completely voided and death or serious injury can
occur.
● Use the child restraint only in rear seating positions equipped with proper
seatbelts and/or child restraint anchorage systems available to these seating
positions so that the child cannot be endangered by the front-seat passenger’s
airbag.
● According to accident statistics, children are safer when properly restrained
in the rear seating positions than in the front seating positions.
● Observe the safety instructions.
● Before each use, inspect the child restraint. Make sure nothing on the child
restraint is damaged, loose or broken. If anything on the restraint appears
damaged, loose, or broken, do NOT use the restraint.
● Failure to follow warnings on the child restraint labels could cause serious
injury or death.
● Restraint systems should be securely belted to the vehicle, even when they
are not occupied, since in a crash an unsecured child restraint system may
injure other occupants.
● This child restraint is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft when
used with the harness. This child restraint is NOT certified for use in aircraft
when used as a belt-positioning booster without the harness. This is because
a booster seat requires use of a shoulder belt and lap belt. Aircraft generally
only provide a lap belt.
● Placing your child in a hot child restraint may result in burns.
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WARNING! DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY can occur
●Discontinue use of your Vivo or Vivo lite child restraint that is older than
six years or has been in a severe crash to prevent injury due to
deterioration or hidden damage. See date of manufacture, located on
restraint.
●Do NOT lubricate buckles or fasteners.
●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.
●Do NOT add accessories, toys, padding, or other items to this child restraint
unless provided by Recaro.
●This child restraint must NOT be used in the home, boats, or other non-certified applications.
●NEVER use this child restraint in any vehicle seating position equipped with
an active airbag unless recommended by the vehicle manufacturer.
●If a child restraint has been in a crash or vehicle accident, it must be replaced; do NOT use the child restraint again. A crash can cause unseen damage and using it again can cause serious injury or death.
●NEVER leave a child unattended in the restraint even when sleeping.
●NEVER allow a child to play with this child restraint; it is NOT a toy.
●Do NOT use the vehicle’s lower LATCH System with the booster mode.
●There is no guarantee that this child restraint will prevent injury or death in a
particular crash. However, if you stress careful driving and proper use of your
child restraint, it can lower the risk of injury or death in most crashes.
●Do NOT use frayed, cut, or damaged harnesses.
●NEVER use a used child seat unless you know its complete history.
Registration and Recall Information
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 name and manufacturing date to:
RECARO North America, Inc.
4120 Luella Lane
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
or call 1-800-8-RECARO or register online @ http://www.recaro-registry.com.
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.
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Warranty
Recaro North America, Inc. warrants this product against defects in materials
or workmanship to the original purchaser for a period of 12 months. You
must have the original purchase receipt for a warranty claim to be accepted.
Note that the upholstery fabric is subject to a certain degree of wear even
from normal use. This kind of normal wear is not covered under warranty.
Use in Aircraft
This child restraint is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft when
used with the harness. This child restraint is NOT certified for use in aircraft
when used as a belt-positioning booster without the harness. The use of a
booster seat requires use of a shoulder belt and lap belt. Aircraft generally
only provide a lap belt.
Additional Information
If you need help with installation or usage, please use the following contact
information:
RECARO North America, Inc.
4120 Luella Lane
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
Phone: 1-800-8-RECARO
Fax: 248-364-3806
Email: info@recaro-nao.com
Website: www.recaro.com
Contact a Child Passenger Safety (CPS) technician. You can find a CPS
technician in your area at www.nhtsa.dot.gov. Click on “Child Passenger
Safety” and select “Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician Locator.”
Attend a car seat check-up in your area. More information about car seat
check-ups is available at www.nhtsa.dot.gov under “Child Seat Inspections”
or at www.seatcheck.org. You can also call 1-855-SEAT-CHECK to find the
next and closest seat check event.
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Extreme Weather
When it is hot, Recaro recommends the following tips to reduce possible injury or discomfort to your child:
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Park in the shade.
Cover the child restraint with a sheet or blanket when not in use.
ALWAYS check surface temperatures of the child restraint before
placing a child in it.
When it is cold, Recaro recommends the following tips to reduce possible
injury or discomfort to your child:
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Remove the child’s bulky clothing before restraining the child in the
seat. This will help belts and other safety features function properly.
After restraining the child in the seat, cover the child and the re
straint system with a blanket to maintain warmth and comfort of the
child.
Knowing Your Child Restraint
This child restraint system is known as a “universal” child restraint because it
has more than one user mode:
1)
2)
HARNESS MODE: Child restraint system with integrated seatbelt
harness system.
BOOSTER MODE: Child restraint system for use as a belt-position
ing booster seat.
It is important to know the difference between these two use modes, be able
to choose which mode is appropriate for your child, and be able to choose
which sections of this instruction manual apply to the mode that you desire.
To help choose the right set of instructions for the mode that you desire, look
for color codes on the sides of the pages in this instruction manual. Specific
harness mode instructions are indicated in pink, and specific booster mode
instructions are indicated in blue. Note that general information and information applying to both user modes, is not color-coded.
WARNING! DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY could occur. NEVER use this
child restraint system unless it is set up for children of the proper size as recommended in this instruction manual
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HARNESS MODE
BOOSTER MODE
The chart below shows a graphic representation of which sizes of children
are suitable for each Young Sport user mode. The pink region represents
children who are suitable for use in the harness mode. The blue region represents children who are allowed to use its booster mode. The grey region
indicates where the two modes overlap, which means that parents with children in that region have the option of using either mode.
NOTE: Children must be at least
20 lbs and at least 1 year old to
use this Restraint System.
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It is equally important to become familiar with the features of your child restraint system. The diagrams below help you to identify key features.
CARRY HANDLE
HEAD RESTRAINT
SIDE IMPACT
PROTECTION (SIP)
RED BELT ROUTINGS
(BOTH SIDES)
SIDE IMPACT
PROTECTION (SIP)
BELT PAD
BACKREST
INTEGRATED HARNESS
SYSTEM & CHEST CLIP
RED BELT ROUTINGS
(BOTH SIDES)
ARMREST
CUSHION INLAY
RED BELT ROUTINGS
(BOTH SIDES)
A-LOCK COVER
SEAT CUSHION
RECLINER
TOP TETHER
LOWER LATCH
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Knowing Your Vehicle
Before using your child restraint, take time to become familiar with the safety
features of your vehicle so that you can use your child restraint system correctly. Below is a diagram that helps you to identify key features.
TOP TETHER ANCHORAGE
LOWER LATCH ANCHORAGE
AIRBAG
Because the design and operation of vehicle seating positions and seat belts
vary, make sure to ALWAYS observe the following guidelines:
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When using the harness mode, use only ONE of the following
means for securing the child restraint in a vehicle BEFORE
positioning your child in the system (most preferred means listed
first):
Lower LATCH and top tether
3-point (lap and shoulder) belt and top tether
2-point (lap) belt and top tether
Lower LATCH
3-point (lap and shoulder) belt
2-point (lap) belt
ALWAYS use your vehicle’s lap and shoulder (“3-point”) belt system
when restraining the child in booster mode. In booster mode, it is
also possible to use the top tether for additional safety.
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• Do NOT use a lap belt only in booster mode.
• Do NOT use the lower LATCH system in booster mode.
• Do NOT use motorized passive restraint shoulder belt systems.
• Do NOT use passive restraints lap or shoulder belt mounted on a door.
• ALWAYS install this child restraint system forward-facing. Forwardfacing vehicle seats MUST ALWAYS be used with this child restraint.
Do NOT install this child restraint into any of the following types of seating
positions:
NEVER install
rear-facing
NEVER install in
the rear seat of
small extended
cab pickups
NEVER install
side-facing
Recaro and the U.S. Department of Transportation warn that children 12 and
under MUST ride in the rear seats, away from front airbags. The only exception is if the airbag is turned off. If your vehicle does not have rear seats,
consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual to help identify safety features in your
vehicle or contact the vehicle manufacturer. If your vehicle is equipped with
front passenger side airbags, refer to your vehicle owner’s manual for child
restraint installation instructions.
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Provided that your child weighs between
20 and 40 pounds (8 and 18 kg), is between 27 and 40 inches (69 and 102 cm),
and is over 1 year old, the harness mode
may be used.
Make sure the child restraint is completely
configured in the harness mode before installing it in a vehicle. If the child restraint
is not configured in the harness mode, you
will need to physically convert it over to
harness mode. To learn how, go to the
section “Converting from Booster to Harness.”
If you are ready to proceed with installing
the harness mode in a vehicle, continue
with the following steps:
a
b
c
1. Choose a vehicle seating location with
one of the following (most preferred
means listed first):
• Lower LATCH and top tether
• 3-point (lap and shoulder) belt and top
tether
• 2-point (lap) belt and top tether
• Lower LATCH
• 3-point (lap and shoulder) belt
• 2-point (lap) belt
2. If the vehicle backrest is adjustable, ad
just vehicle’s backrest into the upright
position. Be sure this area is flat and
clear from objects that might get in the
way of installing the child restraint (a). If
not, choose another seating position.
3. Next, place the child restraint onto the
seating surface. Situate the child re
straint properly by firmly pushing it rear
ward toward the vehicle backrest (b),
making sure the restraint is positioned
flat against all seating surfaces.
4. Finally, check the alignment of the
Young Sport. It MUST be forward-facing
just like the vehicle’s seat, and it MUST
NOT be twisted or binding up for any
reason (c).
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HARNESS MODE
Installing Harness Mode in Vehicles
HARNESS MODE
d
If it is not aligned correctly, you may need
to remove the restraint system from the vehicle and install it again, find another seating position, or consult your vehicle’s
owner’s manual.
5. Next, secure the child restraint to the
vehicle via one of the following means
(most preferred means listed first):
e
f
g
h
• Lower LATCH
To install with the lower LATCH system,
first remove the lower LATCH buckles
from their storage hangers on both sides
of the unit (d). Make sure the lower
LATCH belt is routed securely above the
large black hooks and across the red
routing labels on both sides of the unit (e).
Look for this label for the correct place to
route the lower LATCH belt in harness
mode:
2 PT/3 PT/LATCH ROUTING
Next, simply engage the lower LATCH
buckles onto the vehicle’s lower LATCH
anchorage bars. The anchorage bars are
located on each side of the child restraint
between the backrest and seat cushion of
the vehicle seat (f). Note that anchorages
may be hidden in the vehicle’s seat so you
may need to locate them blindly with your
hand before being able to engage the
lower LATCH buckles (g).
You may need to loosen the strap of the
lower LATCH belt to provide more slack
before engaging the lower LATCH buckles.
ALWAYS make sure you hear an audible
click when engaging the LATCH system.
Finally, tighten the lower LATCH belts
snugly (h). To obtain a snug fit, we recommend applying a little weight to the unit
while tightening the lower LATCH belts,
which will compress the vehicle seat and
allow further cinching of the lower LATCH
belts.
To install the top tether, see the
“Top Tether” subsection on page
16.
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j
k
• 3-point (lap and shoulder) belt
To install with a 3-point belt, route the
vehicle’s 3-point belt across the top
corner of the child restraint (i). Look for
this label for the correct place to route the
shoulder portion of the belt in harness
mode:
3 PT SHLDR BELT ROUTING
Next, pass the vehicle’s 3-point belt behind
the head restraint trim cover (j), making
sure to route the lap portion above the
large black hooks and across the red routing labels on both sides of the unit (k).
Look for this label for the correct place to
route the lap portion of the belt in harness
mode:
2 PT/3 PT/LATCH ROUTING
l
m
Finally, buckle the seat belt (l) and pull
back on the shoulder belt to remove excess slack (m). Be sure that the belt fits
snugly around the child restraint.
To install the top tether, see the
“Top Tether” subsection on page
16.
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HARNESS MODE
i
HARNESS MODE
n
• 2-point (lap) belt
To install with a 2-point belt, pass the vehicle’s 2-point belt behind the head restraint trim cover, routing the lap portion
above the large black hooks and across
the red routing labels on both sides of the
unit (n). Look for this label for the proper
place to route the 2-point (lap) belt in
harness mode:
2 PT/3 PT/LATCH ROUTING
o
Finally, buckle the seat belt (o) and pull
back on it to remove all excess slack. Be
sure that the belt fits snugly around the
child restraint.
To install the top tether, see the
“Top Tether” subsection below.
Top Tether
Regardless of whether you are using
harness mode or booster mode, use the
top tether AT ALL TIMES if your vehicle is
equipped with top tether anchorages. See
the section “Knowing Your Vehicle” for the
general location of top tether anchors.
If your vehicle is equipped with top tether
anchorages, locate the top tether anchorage at the seating position that you wish to
install the child restraint system. Note that
this anchorage is usually just above the top
of the vehicle seat’s backrest, but it may
also be located behind the vehicle seat
(hidden from frontal view). See your vehicle owner’s manual to learn about whether
your vehicle is equipped with top tether anchorages and where your top tether anchorages are located.
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If your vehicle has top tether anchorages
and you are ready to install your top tether,
follow these simple steps:
1. Pull the top tether out of its storage
pouch on the rear side of the child restraint (p).
2. Fully engage the child restraint’s top
tether buckle onto the vehicle’s top tether
anchorage loop (q).
q
r
3. Remove slack from the top tether by
pulling tightly on the strap (r). The top
tether MUST be snug.
Note that if the vehicle will be driven without a child positioned in the restraint, then
either fasten a safety belt around the unit,
or store it somewhere outside the passenger cabin so that it cannot injure anyone
while the vehicle is in motion. Recaro recommends storing the child restraint in a
cool and dry location.
WARNING! DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY can occur. Restraint systems should
be securely belted to the vehicle, even
when they are not occupied, since in a
crash an unsecured child restraint system
may injure other occupants.
WARNING! DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY can occur. Check for secure fit by
placing your hands on the child restraint
system, near the base of the unit, and pull.
The child safety seat should not move
more than one inch (25mm) forward or
sideways.
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HARNESS MODE
p
HARNESS MODE
Positioning a Child in Harness Mode
a
b
Provided that your child weighs between
20 and 40 pounds (8 and 18 kg), is between 27 and 40 inches (69 and 102 cm),
and is over 1 year old, the harness mode
may be used.
Determine based on the size of the child
whether adjustments to the child restraint
need to be made. Use the following guideline to determine whether your child fits the
restraint:
1. The child’s shoulders MUST be below
the bottom edge of the head restraint at all
times (a).
2. The child’s ear (or middle of the head)
MUST be centered in the head restraint
(b).
c
a. The child is too tall when he or she is
greater than 40 inches (102 cm) tall or
when his or her ear is above the top edge
of the head restraint when the head restraint is adjusted to its highest position –
position #3 for harness mode (c).
b. The child is too short when he or she is
less than 27 inches (69 cm) tall or when his
or her ear is below the bottom edge of the
head restraint when the head restraint is
adjusted to its lowest position (d).
d
If adjustments need to be made, refer to
the section, “Adjusting Harness Mode to Fit
a Child.”
If the child restraint is not completely configured in the harness mode, you will need
to physically convert it over to harness
mode. To learn how, go to the section
“Converting from Booster to Harness.”
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f
g
h
i
If, at any time, you discover that restraint
system adjustments need to be made to
help the child fit the child restraint, STOP
positioning the child in the unit, remove the
child from the unit, and go directly to the
“Adjusting Harness Mode to fit a Child“
section and perform the necessary adjustments. Only after the system is properly
adjusted, come back to this section to position a child in the restraint. Note that all
adjustments MUST be made BEFORE positioning the child in the restraint AND BEFORE the child restraint is installed in a
vehicle. Remember, NEVER perform installation, positioning, or adjustment to the
child restraint while the vehicle is in motion.
If you are ready to begin positioning a child
in the harness mode, follow these steps:
1. Loosen the harness system by pressing the A-Lock button with one hand and
pulling the shoulder harnesses forward
with your other hand (e).
2. Unbuckle the chest clip by squeezing
in the center of the chest clip (f).
3. Unbuckle the 5-point integrated harness buckle by depressing the red button
in the center of the buckle (g).
4. Open up the 5-point point harness so
that it can accept the child (h).
5. Place the child in the restraint system
and pull the buckle and crotch pad upward so that it is positioned comfortably
between the child’s legs (i).
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HARNESS MODE
e
HARNESS MODE
j
6. Pull the shoulder belts around the child,
making sure all of the belts are straight
and are not twisted (j).
7. Fasten the free ends into the center
buckle (k). You should hear an audible
click when engaging into the center
buckle.
k
l
m
n
8. Pull the center strap below the A-Lock
to remove slack in the 5-point harness
system (l).
9. Fasten the chest clip together and slide
it along the belt such that it is positioned
even with the child’s armpits (m).
10. Position the shoulder belt pads in a
comfortable position, preferably at the top
or front of the shoulders. However, do
NOT allow the belt pads to interfere with
the correct positioning of the chest clip
(shown in m).
11. Verify the tension of the belts by placing two fingers underneath the shoulder
belts at their tightest point. Belts should
be adjusted snugly so that ONLY two
adult fingers are able to be placed between the belts and the child (n).
12. If further tightening is necessary, pull
the center strap below the A-Lock again,
but don’t forget to properly position the
chest clip and shoulder belt pads if necessary.
WARNING! DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY
can occur. Make sure to fasten and tighten
the harness system properly and snugly.
WARNING! DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY
can occur. 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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a
b
c
d
There are three VERY IMPORTANT rules
before making any adjustments:
1. The integrated harness belts
MUST ALWAYS be positioned AT
or ABOVE your child’s shoulders
AT ALL TIMES (a)!
2. The child’s shoulders MUST be
below the bottom edge of the
head restraint at all times (b)!
3. The child’s ear (or middle of
the head) MUST be centered in
the head restraint (c)!
There is one main adjustment that you can
perform to fulfill these three rules – head
restraint height adjustment. The
head restraint height is critical for protecting the child’s head from side impacts, determining the exact position of the
integrated shoulder belt system and has a
very important relationship with the position of the “rear tube” (d) on the child restraint system. It is very important to
understand the relationship between the
head restraint height and the “rear tube”
height. When you adjust the head restraint
height, you MUST ALWAYS adjust the
“rear tube” height. Likewise, when you adjust the “rear tube” height, you MUST ALWAYS adjust the head restraint height.
Follow these steps to adjust the head restraint height:
e
1.
Access the rear side of the child
restraint and locate the yellow head restraint adjustment knob.
2.
Pull the yellow knob with one hand
and move the head restraint with the other
hand (e). Make sure the head restraint engages fully into the desired adjustment positions.
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HARNESS MODE
Adjusting Harness Mode to Fit a Child
HARNESS MODE
3. Using the chart (f), determine the position in which the “rear tube” MUST be located. See the label on the rear side of
the unit for the head restraint position (g).
Positions 4 and 5 are for booster mode
only. NEVER use positions 4 or 5 in
harness mode. NEVER try to extend the
head restraint beyond position 5.
f
a. Example A: If the “rear tube” is in its
middle position, ALWAYS make sure the
head restraint is in position 2.
g
h
b. Example B: If the head restraint is in
position 1, ALWAYS make sure the “rear
tube” is in its bottom position.
c. Example C: When using the booster
mode, you may use any of the head restraint positions (1-5) as long as the child
fulfills all booster mode requirements.
Note that because the harness system is
removed during booster mode, the “rear
tube” is NOT used during booster mode.
See “BOOSTER MODE” sections for
more details about booster mode.
4. If the “rear tube” is not already in the
correct position, pull it out of the child restraint and reposition it into the correct position (h).
i
5. Make sure that no belt is trapped underneath the “rear tube” and that all belts
move freely. Use your hand to check both
left and right shoulder belts to verify that
they move freely (i).
Sleep Position
j
A minor adjustment option available on the
Young Sport is the sleep position. This feature is designed to help your child be more
comfortable while seated. To make this adjustment, simply turn the knobs (j) on both
sides of the child restraint seat cushion to
raise the child restraint into the sleep position. Note that the sleep position has only
two positions: all the way up or all the way
down. NEVER make adjustments while the
vehicle is in motion.
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WARNING! DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY can occur. In harness mode, the integrated harness belts MUST ALWAYS be
positioned AT or ABOVE your child’s
shoulders AT ALL TIMES.
WARNING! DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY can occur. In harness mode, ALWAYS make sure the “rear tube” is fully
engaged and adjusted to the correct position.
WARNING! DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY can occur. In harness mode, ALWAYS properly adjust the “rear tube” when
making adjustments to the head restraint.
ALWAYS properly adjust the head restraint
when making adjustments to the “rear
tube.”
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HARNESS MODE
WARNING! DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY can occur. For your child’s safety,
head restraint positions 4 and 5 are ONLY
appropriate when using the seat in
booster mode. Therefore, do NOT use
head restraint positions 4 or 5 in harness
mode!
HARNESS MODE
Harness Mode Trim Cover Removal
a
You may wish to remove the trim cover, for
example, if you wish to wash the trim
cover. To do so, follow these steps:
1. Unbuckle the chest clip and the harness buckle so that the belts are loose
(a).
b
c
d
2. Slide the crotch pad off of the buckle
(b) and remove the crotch pad from the
unit.
3. Push the buckle through the center slot
on the cushion inlay (c) and remove the
cushion inlay from the unit.
4. Unfasten and remove the shoulder belt
pads (d).
5. On the rear side of the unit, unhook the
two shoulder belt straps from the yoke (e).
This will free up the belts from the front
side of the unit.
e
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g
h
6. On the front side of the unit, pull the
shoulder belts out of the head restraint
trim cover openings (f).
7. Unfasten the snaps and Velcro near
the handle of the unit and pull the head
restraint trim cover off of the head restraint (g).
8. On both sides of the unit, unfasten the
Velcro and pull the trim cover forward (h).
Make sure to free the lower LATCH belt
from the trim cover by routing it through
the holes on both sides of the trim cover
(i).
9. Pull the trim cover over the recliner
knob on both sides of the unit (j).
i
j
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HARNESS MODE
f
HARNESS MODE
k
10. Finally, route the belts (k) and center
buckle (l) through the trim cover and remove the trim cover completely.
For trim cover reassembly follow the
above steps in reverse.
l
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a
b
c
If you would like to use the harness mode,
the child restraint MUST be completely
configured in harness mode before installing it in a vehicle. If the child restraint
is not configured in harness mode, you will
need to physically convert it over to
harness mode. To do so, following these
instructions:
1. Flip the head restraint trim cover upward so you have access to the understructure of the child restraint (a).
2. On both sides of the unit, unfasten the
Velcro and pull the trim cover forward so
you have access to the understructure of
the child restraint (b).
3. Free the lower LATCH belt from the
trim cover by feeding its ends through the
trim cover (c). This will help keep the
lower LATCH belt out of your way during
the conversion process.
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HARNESS MODE
Converting from Booster to Harness
HARNESS MODE
4. Begin installing the shoulder belts by
feeding the metal belt anchor plates
downward and through the outer slots in
the black plastic housing (d & e). Do this
for both right and left shoulder belts. In a
similar fashion, route the center buckle’s
metal anchor plate through the slot in the
center of the trim cover and begin feeding
it through the center slot in the plastic
housing (f). In this step, it is only necessary to start feeding the plates. See the
next step to continue the process on the
underside of the unit.
d
e
5. Flip the unit over and use your hand to
carefully pull the base panel loose from
the swivel end ONLY (g). Then lay the
base panel on a flat surface while you
work with the underside of the unit, paying
careful attention not to damage the elastic
band holding the base panel to the unit.
f
6. From the underside of the unit, continue feeding the metal belt anchors
through the outer slots and back up
through the inner slots (h).
g
Swivel
End
Base
Panel
h
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j
7. Reach around to the top side of the
unit and finish pulling the metal belt anchors through the slots (i). Do this for
both right and left shoulder belts.
8. On both sides of the unit, ensure that
the shoulder belt anchor plates are fully
seated for both shoulder belts (j) and center buckle (k).
9. After all anchor plates have been securely installed, snap the base panel
back into place (l) and turn the unit back
over so you can access the front.
k
10. From the front side of the unit, feed
the shoulder belts completely through
their respective slots in the trim cover
(m), making sure to route the belts in
such a manner that they are straight (not
twisted) and the center buckle and chest
clip can be fastened properly.
l
m
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HARNESS MODE
i
HARNESS MODE
n
o
p
11. At this point, it is best to go ahead and
fasten the chest clip and center buckle as
they would be with a child in the restraint
(n). Lay them flat on the seating surface.
This will help keep the belts organized
while you finish the conversion. Again,
make sure the belts are not twisted.
12. Next, reinstall the backrest and head
restraint trim covers and begin feeding the
left shoulder belt through the left belt slot
and the right shoulder belt through the
right belt slot (o).
13. Reach around the back side of the
unit and make sure that you feed both left
and right shoulder belts through the trim
cover slots, through the head restraint
housing slots, through the backrest frame,
and over top of the “rear tube” (p).
14. Unsnap the yoke from its storage receptacle (q).
q
15. Loop the ends of both left and right
shoulder belts securely onto the yoke (r).
r
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t
u
16. After you have secured the shoulder
belts onto the yoke, pull the center adjustment strap on the front side of the unit to
remove excess slack in the belts (s). This
will allow you to inspect the belts to ensure no belt is twisted and that the harness system has been correctly installed.
Note that the cushion inlay is designed to
provide optimum comfort for your child
and is optional when using either
harness mode or booster mode. The
shoulder belt pads are optional when
using the harness mode.
NEVER, under any circumstances, remove the lower LATCH belt* or the
top tether belt** from the child restraint system!
*Lower LATCH belt – NEVER use the
lower LATCH belt in booster mode. When
not in use, simply attach the lower LATCH
belt receptacles on the storage hangers
provided (t).
**Top tether belt – If your vehicle is
equipped with top tether anchorages, ALWAYS use the top tether properly (see
the section “Installing Harness Mode in
Vehicles“). If your vehicle is not equipped
with top tether anchorages, simply stow
the top tether assembly in the pouch provided (u).
You are now ready to install the
harness mode in a vehicle. See the section “Installing Harness Mode in a Vehicle” for the procedures.
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HARNESS MODE
s
BOOSTER MODE
Installing Booster Mode in Vehicles
a
b
Provided that your child weighs between
30 and 80 pounds (14 and 36 kg) and is
between 37 and 59 inches (94 and 150
cm) tall, the child may use the booster
mode.
Make sure the child restraint is completely
configured in the booster mode before installing it in a vehicle. If the child restraint is
not configured in the booster mode, you
will need to physically convert it over to
booster mode. To learn how, go to the section “Converting from Harness to Booster.”
If you are ready to proceed with installing
the booster mode in a vehicle, continue
with the following steps:
c
1. Choose a vehicle seating location with
a 3-point seat belt. If the vehicle backrest
is adjustable, adjust vehicle’s backrest
into the upright position. Be sure this area
is flat and clear from objects that might
get in the way of installing the child restraint (a). If not, choose another seating
position.
2. Next, place the child restraint onto the
seating surface. Situate the child restraint
properly by firmly pushing it rearward toward the vehicle backrest (b), making
sure the restraint is positioned flat against
all seating surfaces.
3. Finally, check the alignment of the
Young Sport. It MUST be forward-facing
just like the vehicle’s seat, and it MUST
NOT be twisted or binding up for any reason (c). If it is not aligned correctly, you
may need to remove the restraint system
from the vehicle and install it again, find
another seating position, or consult your
vehicle’s owner’s manual.
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Regardless of whether you are using
harness mode or booster mode, use the
top tether AT ALL TIMES if your vehicle is
equipped with top tether anchorages. See
the section “Knowing Your Vehicle” for the
general location of top tether anchors.
If your vehicle is equipped with top tether
anchorages, locate the top tether anchorage at the seating position that you wish to
install the child restraint system. Note that
this anchorage is usually just above the
top of the vehicle seat’s backrest, but it
may also be located behind the vehicle
seat (hidden from frontal view). See your
vehicle owner’s manual to learn about
whether your vehicle is equipped with top
tether anchorages and where your top
tether anchorages are located.
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BOOSTER MODE
Top Tether
BOOSTER MODE
d
If your vehicle has top tether anchorages
and you are ready to install your top tether,
follow these simple steps:
4. Pull the top tether out of its storage
pouch on the rear side of the child restraint (d).
e
f
5. Engage the child restraint’s top tether
buckle onto the vehicle’s top tether anchorage loop (e).
6. Remove all slack from the top tether by
pulling tightly on the strap (f). The top
tether MUST be snug.
Note that if the vehicle will be driven without a child positioned in the restraint, then
either fasten a safety belt around the unit,
or store it somewhere outside the passenger cabin so that it cannot injure anyone
while the vehicle is in motion. Recaro recommends storing the child restraint in a
cool and dry location.
WARNING! DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY can occur. Restraint systems should
be securely belted to the vehicle, even
when they are not occupied, since in a
crash an unsecured child restraint system
may injure other occupants.
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a
b
Provided that your child weighs between
30 and 80 pounds (14 and 36 kg) and is
between 37 and 59 inches (94 and 150
cm) tall, the child may use the booster
mode.
Determine based on the size of the child
whether adjustments to the child restraint
need to be made. Use the following
guideline to determine whether your child
fits the restraint:
1. The child’s shoulders MUST be below
the bottom edge of the head restraint at
all times (a).
2. The child’s ear (or middle of the head)
MUST be centered in the head restraint
(b).
c
c. The child is too tall when he or she is
greater than 59 inches (150 cm) tall or
when his or her ear is above the top edge
of the head restraint when the head restraint is adjusted to its highest position –
position #5 for booster mode (c).
d. The child is too short when he or she
is less than 37 inches (94 cm) tall or
when his or her ear is below the bottom
edge of the head restraint when the head
restraint is adjusted to its lowest position
(d).
d
If adjustments need to be made, refer to
the section, “Adjusting Booster Mode to
Fit a Child.”
If the child restraint is not completely configured in the booster mode, you will need
to physically convert it over to booster
mode. To learn how, go to the section
“Converting from Harness to Booster.” If,
at any time, you discover that restraint
system adjustments need to be made to
help the child fit the child restraint, STOP
positioning the child in the unit, remove
the child from the unit, and go directly to
the “Adjusting Booster Mode to fit a Child“
section and perform the necessary adjustments. Only after the system is properly adjusted, come back to this section
to position a child in the restraint.
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BOOSTER MODE
Positioning a Child in Booster Mode
BOOSTER MODE
e
f
g
h
Note that all adjustments MUST be made
BEFORE positioning the child in the restraint AND BEFORE the child restraint is
installed in a vehicle. Remember, NEVER
perform installation, positioning, or adjustment to the child restraint while the vehicle
is in motion.
If you are ready to begin positioning a child
in the booster mode, follow these steps:
1. Place the child in the restraint system
(e).
2. Route the shoulder portion of the vehicle’s 3-point seat belt past the red routing
label and through the black plastic guide
hook on the seat belt supply side of the
child restraint’s head restraint (f). Look for
this label for the proper location to route
the shoulder belt in booster mode:
BOOSTER ROUTING
3. Also on the seat belt supply side, route
the lap belt portion of the 3-point seat belt
across the red routing label and through
the belt guide located just below the armrests (g). Look for this label for the proper
location to route the lap belt in booster
mode:
BOOSTER ROUTING
4. Route the lap and shoulder belt portions of the 3-point seat belt across the
child and through the belt guide on the
non-seat belt supply side of the restraint
located just below the armrests (h).
Buckle the seat belt securely.
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5. After fastening the safety belt buckle,
pull the seat belt tight to remove all excess slack from the lap and shoulder
belts so the belt fits snugly around the
child (i).
The seat belts MUST ALWAYS be adjusted
snugly across the child. Inspect the seat to
make sure it is squarely positioned on the
vehicle seat and that the child is not
pinched, squeezed or experiencing discomfort.
WARNING! DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY can occur if the following is not followed:
• 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.
• Do NOT use the child restraint when the
child’s shoulders are even with or above
the bottom edge of the head restraint
when the head restraint is adjusted to its
highest position.
• Do NOT use the child restraint when the
child’s ear is above the top edge of the
head restraint when the head restraint is
adjusted to its highest position.
• Do NOT use the child restraint when the
child’s ear is below the bottom edge of
the head restraint when the head restraint
is adjusted to its lowest position.
• ALWAYS adjust the 3-point seat belt
snugly across the child.
• NEVER place the child’s shoulder belt
under the child’s arm.
• Avoid bulky clothing so the 3-point seat
belt fits snugly around the child.
• A snug strap should NOT allow any
slack.
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BOOSTER MODE
i
BOOSTER MODE
• In the booster mode, it is possible to use
the top tether for added safety. However,
NEVER use any other belt except for the
vehicle’s lap and shoulder (“3-point”) system to restrain the child in the booster
mode.
• Do NOT use the lower LATCH system
when using the booster mode.
• Do NOT use ONLY a lap (“2-point”) belt
when restraining the child in the booster
mode.
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a
b
c
There are three VERY IMPORTANT rules
before making any adjustments:
1. The vehicle’s shoulder belt
MUST ALWAYS be positioned AT
or ABOVE your child’s shoulders
AT ALL TIMES (a)!
2. The child’s shoulders MUST be
below the bottom edge of the
head restraint at all times (b)!
3. The child’s ear (or middle of
the head) MUST be centered in
the head restraint (c)!
There is one main adjustment that you can
perform to fulfill these three rules – head
restraint height adjustment. During
booster mode, the head restraint height is
critical for protecting the child’s head from
side impacts and for guiding the vehicle’s
shoulder belt into the proper position.
Follow these steps to adjust the head restraint height:
d
e
1. Access the rear side of the child restraint and locate the yellow head restraint adjustment knob.
2. Pull the yellow knob with one hand and
move the head restraint with the other
hand (d). Make sure the head restraint
engages fully into the desired adjustment
positions.
During booster mode, you may use any of
the five positions (e) to properly fit the
child. However, NEVER use positions 4 or
5 in harness mode. Also, NEVER attempt
to extend the head restraint beyond position 5.
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BOOSTER MODE
Adjusting Booster Mode to Fit a Child
BOOSTER MODE
f
Sleep Position
A minor adjustment option available on the
Young Sport is the sleep position. This feature is designed to help your child be more
comfortable while seated. To make this adjustment, simply turn the knobs on both
sides of the child restraint seat cushion (f)
to raise the child restraint into the sleep position. Note that the sleep position has only
two positions: all the way up or all the way
down. NEVER make adjustments while the
vehicle is in motion.
WARNING! DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY can occur. For your child’s safety,
head restraint positions 4 and 5 are ONLY
appropriate when using the seat in booster
mode. Therefore, do NOT use head restraint positions 4 or 5 in harness mode!
• The vehicle’s shoulder belt MUST ALWAYS be positioned AT or ABOVE your
child’s shoulders AT ALL TIMES.
• Do NOT use the child restraint when the
child’s shoulders are even with or above
the bottom edge of the head restraint
when the head restraint is adjusted to its
highest position.
• Do NOT use the child restraint when the
child’s ear is above the top edge of the
head restraint when the head restraint is
adjusted to its highest position.
• Do NOT use the child restraint when the
child’s ear is below the bottom edge of the
head restraint when the head restraint is
adjusted to its lowest position.
• NEVER make adjustments while the vehicle is in motion or while the child is in
the restraint.
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a
b
c
d
You may wish to remove the trim cover, for
example, if you wish to wash the trim
cover. To do so, please follow these steps:
1. Unfasten the snaps and Velcro near
the handle of the unit and pull the head
restraint trim cover off of the head restraint (a).
2. On both sides of the unit, unfasten the
Velcro and pull the trim cover forward (b).
Make sure to route the lower LATCH belt
through the holes on both sides of the
trim cover (c).
3. Pull the trim cover over the recliner
knob (d) on both sides of the unit and remove the rest of the trim cover from the
child restraint system.
For trim cover reassembly follow the
above steps in reverse.
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BOOSTER MODE
Booster Mode Trim Cover Removal
BOOSTER MODE
Converting from Harness to Booster
a
b
c
d
e
If you would like to use the booster mode,
the child restraint MUST be completely
configured in booster mode before installing it in a vehicle. If the child restraint is
not configured in booster mode, you will
need to physically convert it over to
booster mode. To do so, following these instructions:
1. Unbuckle the chest clip and the harness buckle so that the belts are loose
(a).
2. Slide the crotch pad off of the buckle
(b) and remove the crotch pad from the
unit.
3. Push the buckle through the center slot
on the cushion inlay (c) and remove the
cushion inlay from the unit. Note that the
cushion inlay is designed to provide optimum comfort for your child and is optional
when using either harness mode or
booster mode.
4. Unfasten and remove the shoulder belt
pads (d).
5. On the rear side of the unit, unhook the
two shoulder belt straps from the yoke (e).
This will free up the belts from the front
side of the unit.
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g
6. Snap the yoke into its storage position
on the rear side of the child restraint (f)
because the yoke is NOT used in booster
mode.
7. On the front side of the unit, pull the
shoulder belts out of the head restraint
trim cover openings (g).
8. Flip the head restraint trim cover upward so you have access to the understructure of the child restraint (h).
h
9. On both sides of the unit, unfasten the
Velcro (i) and pull the trim cover forward
so that you have access to the understructure of the child restraint (j).
i
j
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BOOSTER MODE
f
BOOSTER MODE
10. On the seat cushion, use your hand to
begin feeding the metal belt anchor downward and through the slot in the black
plastic housing (k). In this step, it is only
necessary to start feeding the plates. See
the next step to continue the process on
the underside of the unit.
k
l
Swivel
End
m
n
Base
Panel
11. Flip the unit over and use your hand to
carefully pull the base panel loose from
the swivel end ONLY (l). Then lay the
base panel on a flat surface while you
work with the underside of the unit, paying
careful attention not to damage the elastic
band holding the base panel to the unit.
12. From the underside of the unit, continue feeding the metal belt anchor
through the slots (m) until the belts are
completely free. When the belts are free,
remove them from the child restraint.
13. In a similar fashion, feed the metal anchor for the center buckle through its slot
(n). After the center buckle assembly is
free, remove it from the child restraint.
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p
q
r
s
14. Next simply snap the base panel back
into place (o) and reinstall the trim cover
(p).
NEVER under any circumstances remove
the lower LATCH belt or the top
tether belt from the child restraint system!
*Lower LATCH belt – NEVER use the
lower LATCH belt in booster mode. When
not in use, simply attach the lower LATCH
belt receptacles on the storage hangers
provided (q).
**Top tether belt – If your vehicle is
equipped with top tether anchorages, ALWAYS use the top tether properly (see
the section “Installing Booster Mode in
Vehicles“). If your vehicle is not equipped
with top tether anchorages, simply stow
the top tether assembly in the pouch provided (r).
15. You are now ready to install the
booster mode in a vehicle (s). See the
section “Installing Booster Mode in a Vehicle” for the procedures.
WARNING! DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY can occur. Do NOT misplace harness mode items while using the booster
mode. Store the extra items in a safe place
because you will need them again later.
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BOOSTER MODE
o
Use of Belt Shortening Clip
(The information presented below was obtained from www.nhtsa.dot.gov)
Some pre-1996 vehicles have lap belts that will not stay locked after they
have been tightened. They may be in the front or the back seat. For these
belts, the webbing of the lap belt is sewn to the buckle tongue; there may be
no shoulder belt or one that is made of a separate piece of webbing.
To install a child safety seat, this type of lap belt must be shortened with a
“belt-shortening clip” (BSC). The metal BSC is used to fix the length of the
lap belt that has an emergency-locking retractor (ELR), the type that only
locks during a crash. The clip takes all excess webbing out of the lap belt.
The manufacturers listed below made one or more vehicles that require the
use of a belt-shortening clip to install a child safety seat. Some vehicles
made by manufacturers not on the list also have belts that need this part. A
belt-shortening clip from any of the vehicle manufacturers listed can be used
on another manufacturer's vehicle; they are interchangeable. Use these part
numbers to order the clip from the dealer parts department.
It is important but sometimes difficult to obtain the appropriate instructions.
Belt-shortening clips sold by most vehicle dealers do not include belt-shortening instructions. If the package does not include instructions for using the
clip to shorten a belt, look in the vehicle owner's manual. As of December
2002, the Toyota BSC was the only one sold with belt-shortening instructions.
Note: Many other pre-1996 vehicles require the use of a “regular locking
clip.” This type of clip, which comes with child safety seats, is used on lapshoulder belts made of a single piece of webbing with a sliding latchplate.
The clip locks the two pieces of webbing together at the latchplate. (Newer
vehicles are required to meet a standard for safety belts that will stay tight
around a child safety seat without adding clips.)
Belt-shortening clips are the same shape as regular locking clips, but they
are used differently and are much stronger. Some, but not all, BSCs are
larger than regular locking clips. It is impossible to rely on markings on BSCs
to differentiate them from regular locking clips. The only way to identify
a belt-shortening clip positively is to obtain the clip in its original packaging from a vehicle manufacturer.
Warning: NEVER use the regular locking clip supplied with a
child safety seat as a BSC. It could fail in a crash, allowing
the child restraint to move forward dangerously.
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Mfr.
Ford
GM
Toyota
Nissan
Part Number for Belt-Shortening Clips (Part name used by
manufacturer may be different)
F03Z-5461249-A (includes instructions for use as locking clip
only; refer to vehicle manual)
94844571 (no instructions included; refer to vehicle manual)
73119-22010 (includes instructions for belt shortening)
H8010-89970 (includes instructions for use as locking clip only;
refer to vehicle manual)
Use of a Locking Clip
A locking clip is used to lock a lap and shoulder belt that does not have a
means to secure a child safety seat, such as an emergency locking retractor
(ELR) and a free sliding latch plate. It is a flat H-shaped metal clip intended
to fasten together belt webbing (lap and shoulder portion) at a sliding latch
plate, to prevent the webbing from sliding through. Typically the clip which
comes attached with most child safety seats and can also be purchased
through retailers. A locking clip cannot be used in place of a belt
shortening/heavy duty locking clip.
Use and Installation of a Top Tether
A top tether strap is an additional belt that anchors the child safety seat top to
the vehicle. A tether reduces the forward movement and rotation of the child
safety seat in a crash. A tether strap can be optional or factory installed on a
child safety restraint. A tether strap is typically available on most child safety
seats manufactured after September 1, 1999.
Your new Young Sport comes standard with a top tether strap. If you own
other child restraint systems that did not come with a top tether strap, contact
the manufacturer to determine if it can be ordered as an option.
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See sections “Installing Harness Mode in a Vehicle” and “Installing Booster
Mode in a Vehicle” to learn how to correctly install your top tether strap on
this child restraint system.
(The information presented below was obtained from Tethering Child Restraints, developed by Safe Ride News Publications, Inc.)
If your vehicle does not have a ready-to-use tether anchor, read your vehicle's owner manual, which may include information on where to install tether
anchors in your vehicle. Contact the vehicle dealer or manufacturer customer
service line for tether anchor hardware and installation information. Use vehicle-specific parts whenever possible.
In some vehicle models, tether anchor hardware is easy for consumers to install themselves. In other vehicles, however, special equipment or complex
procedures are necessary, so the dealership or a mechanic should do the in
stallation.
1985 and older vehicles frequently require the drilling of a tether anchor point
hole. If tether anchor hardware is not available from the vehicle manufacturer
for older vehicles, use tether anchor hardware offered by child restraint manufacturers.
1986-1988 vehicles may have pre-drilled holes fitted with a plug or filler.
1989 and more recent model vehicles usually have threaded weld nuts, predrilled holes, or dimpled drill locations designated for tether anchor use.
General steps for installing a tether anchor include:
1.
Identify and find the preferred anchor point.
2.
Obtain the tether anchor kit.
3.
If necessary, drill a tether anchor hole in the appropriate location.
4.
Install the anchor hardware according to manufacturer's instructions.
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Care and Maintenance
Your Young Sport has been engineered for long life and trouble-free usage.
The fabric has been designed to resist stains and soiling, and with proper
care and maintenance, this premium fabric will retain its beauty for years to
come.
To clean the trim cover “on the go”, follow these easy steps:
• Remove excess soiling immediately.
• Blot area with dry cloth.
• To remove remaining stain, spray a light mist of soap solution and rub
gently in a circular motion with a clean cloth or toothbrush so not to dam
age the fabric.
• Pat dry with cloth.
• When dry, use a soft brush to regain fabric's smooth feel.
To clean the trim cover in the home, follow these steps:
• Remove the trim cover as explained in the section “Trim Cover Removal.”
• Hand wash using cold water and mild soap.
• Line dry to avoid shrinkage of the trim cover.
• Do NOT bleach, machine wash, or machine dry.
To clean the child restraint’s plastic housing, follow these tips:
• Clean by hand with a sponge or soft rag using warm water and mild soap.
• Dry the housing off thoroughly with a soft towel.
Heavily soiled areas can be spot-treated using non-solvent commercial
cleaners. Use only water soluble cleaning agents. NEVER use solutions that
contain a petroleum or alcohol base.
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Trouble Shooting
In certain vehicle applications, you may encounter challenges to safely install
and position a child in the restraint system. If this is the case, you should reference this section of the manual because it gives ideas on how to solve
some of these situations. If you do not find an adequate solution, call us at 1800-8-RECARO for help.
Problem:
The seat belt is twisted.
Problem:
During booster mode, the seat belt is not firm around the
child.
Solution:
Solution:
Unbuckle the seat belt, pull the seatbelt away from the child
restraint remove it from the child restraint routings, allow it to
retract into the vehicle (it might help to slowly guide it back
into the vehicle’s seat belt retractor to prevent binding), and
then route the entire seat belt around the restraint and child
once again.
Press downward on the child restraint and firmly pull the ten
sion out of the seat belt. This will allow the child restraint to
compress the vehicle’s seat and allow the seat belt to be fur
ther tightened.
Replacement Parts
Recaro offers a variety of replacement parts for your child restraint system.
Please call us at 1-800-8-RECARO and speak to one of our customer service representatives for more information on what’s available for purchase.
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Knowing Your Labels
WARNING! DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY can occur. Failure to follow warnings on the child restraint labels could cause serious injury or death.
When you are done referencing your instruction manual, ALWAYS store it on
the child restraint. This will prevent the manual from being lost or damaged.
Just look on the back of your child restraint for the label pictured below and
stow it underneath the trim cover.
30937907
LIFT HERE FOR
INSTRUCTION
MANUAL
Look for this label for general safety information and procedures for registering your child restraint, which is very important for reaching you in the event
of a recall. You have the option of registering via either postal mail or online
at www.recaro-nao.com.
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Look for this label on the side of the head restraint for important safety information and a quick instruction on how to adjust the head restraint.
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Look for this label on the side of the child restraint for general safety information, including installation diagram, and weight and height recommendation.
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Glossary
2-Point Seat Belt: A restraint system with two attachment points. (Also
called a “lap belt.”)
3-Point Seat Belt: A seat belt with both a lap and a shoulder portion, having three attachment points (one shoulder, two hips).
Airbag: A passive (idle) restraint system that automatically deploys during a
crash to act as a cushion for the occupant. It creates a broad surface on
which to spread the forces of the crash, to reduce head and chest injury. It is
considered “supplementary” to the lap/shoulder belts because it enhances
the protection the belt system offers in frontal crashes. Also known as SRS supplemental restraint system; SIR - supplemental inflatable restraint; SIPS side impact protection system; IC - inflatable curtain; SIAB - side impact
airbag.
Belt-Positioning Booster: (also called a “Booster Seat”) A platform that
raises the child (provides a taller sitting height) so adult lap and shoulder
belts fit better; some have high backs as well. NEVER use with a lap belt
only across the child.
Belt Routings: The manufacturer's required place where the safety belt
passes around or through the child restraint. Belt routings are indicated in
red on this child restraint.
Belt-Shortening Clip or Heavy Duty Locking Clip: A heavy duty
locking clip intended for use to shorten lap belts which have emergency locking retractors (ELRs) for use with a child restraint. Not to be confused with a
standard locking clip. Heavy duty locking clips can only be obtained through
a vehicle manufacturer.
Car Seat: Common term for a specially designed device that secures a
child in a motor vehicle, meets federal safety standards, and increases child
safety in a crash. (Also called a “child restraint system” or “child safety seat.”)
Child Restraint System: Common term for a specially designed device
that secures a child in a motor vehicle, meets federal safety standards, and
increases child safety in a crash. (Also called a “Car Seat.”)
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 213: Federal
Motor Vehicle Safety Standard that pertains to all restraint systems intended
for use as crash protection in vehicles for children up to 50 pounds. FMVSS
213 is required for child restraints sold in the USA.
Head Restraint: Structure at the top of the backrest which is designed to
keep the child’s head in the proper position and provide protection for the
child’s head during a crash.
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ISO/TC 22/SC 12/WG 1 N538: Side impact test requirements for child
restraints. Not required for child restraints sold in the USA.
LATCH: Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren. New acronym for standardized vehicle anchorage system. Method to affix child restraint systems to
vehicles independent of the vehicle seat belts. The LATCH system includes
both lower LATCH and top tether.
Side Impact Protection (SIP): Extra safety feature of Recaro child restraints having energy absorbing foam strategically placed in areas on the
child restraint where it is especially important to protect the child in a crash.
Top Tether Anchorage: Attachment point in vehicle for child safety seat
tether strap. Refer to vehicle owner's manual regarding anchor location. A
tether strap is an additional belt that anchors the child restraint system top to
the vehicle frame; keeps the restraint from tipping forward on impact; can
provide an extra margin of protection. Can be optional or factory installed. A
tether strap is typically available on most child restraints manufactured after
September 1, 1999.
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RECARO North America, Inc.
4120 Luella Lane, Auburn Hills, MI 48326 USA
Phone: 248-364-3818 Fax: 248-364-3804 800-line: 1-800-8-RECARO
Internet: www.recaro.com, E-Mail: info@recarousa.com
In the interest of product development, RECARO reserves all rights to make changes to the construction
and design of its products without prior notification.
RECARO does not assume the liability in case of misprint. Pictures may include extras.
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