Car Seat Owner's Manual
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OWNER’S MANUAL
Keep for future use.
Embrace
™
Rear-facing
Child Restraint System
Child Requirements
Weight: 1.8 – 15.8 kg (4 – 35 lbs)
Height: 43 – 76 cm (17 – 30 inches)
WARNING
To reduce the risk
of SERIOUS INJURY or
DEATH, read this owner’s
manual prior to installing
and using this child
restraint.
© 2012 Evenflo Company, Inc.
25700820 6/12
More children are killed every year as passengers in
car crashes than by any other type of injury. To reduce
the risk of SERIOUS INJURY or DEATH, read this owner’s
manual and your vehicle owner’s manual before installing and
using this child restraint. Using a child restraint makes a big
difference. By properly using this child restraint and following these instructions (and the instructions that accompany
your vehicle), you will greatly reduce the risk of serious injury
or death to your child from a crash. Do not be misled by the
commonly used term “safety seat”; no restraint system can
prevent all injuries in all crashes. Many properly restrained
adults and children are injured in motor vehicle crashes,
including relatively minor crashes. A properly used child restraint is the best way to minimize injuries to your child and to
increase the chances for your child’s survival in most crashes.
Table of Contents
Premature Infant Use ........................................................ 2
Warnings........................................................................... 3
Safe Practices .................................................................... 8
Recall Information for U.S. Customers ............................... 9
Public Notice for Canadian Customers .............................. 9
Airplane Usage ................................................................ 10
LATCH/UAS Information.................................................. 10
Care and Cleaning........................................................... 10
Storing Your Instructions ................................................. 11
Visual Glossary................................................................. 12
Using the Embrace Handle .............................................. 16
Proper Installation WITH the Convenience Base
Installation Checklist..................................................... 19
Installing the Convenience Base with
the LATCH/UAS System............................................. 20
Installing the Convenience Base with
the Vehicle Seat Belt.................................................. 23
Placing the Carrier in the Base...................................... 25
Releasing the Carrier from the Base .............................. 27
Proper Installation WITHOUT the Convenience Base
Installation Checklist .................................................... 29
Installing the Carrier without the Convenience Base..... 30
Securing the Child in the Carrier...................................... 33
Removing the Child from the Carrier............................... 35
Changing the Harness Position ....................................... 36
Changing the Crotch Strap Position ................................ 38
Removing the LATCH/UAS System................................... 40
Using the Locking Clip .................................................... 41
Using as an Infant Carrier ................................................ 43
Installing the Canopy....................................................... 45
Installing the Accessories ................................................. 45
Replacement Parts........................................................... 46
Limited Warranty............................................................. 48
U.S. REGULATORY NOTICE
This child restraint meets all applicable requirements of
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213.
For Canadian Models
CANADIAN REGULATORY NOTICE
This child restraint meets all applicable requirements of
Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards CMVSS 213
and 213.1.
Child Requirements
• No restraint can guarantee absolute protection from
injury in every crash.
• This child restraint is designed for use ONLY by children in
rear-facing position. To use this child restraint properly,
children MUST meet weight/size specifications as follows:
For Rear-facing Use ONLY
• 1.8 – 15.8 kg (4 – 35 lbs)
• 43 – 76 cm (17 – 30 inches)
• Top of head is at least 25 mm (1 inch) below
the top of the child restraint seat back.
At least 25 mm
(1 inch)
Harness straps at, or
below, the shoulder.
Symbol Legend
Air Bag Symbol – Alerts you to important
information about air bag safety.
LATCH/UAS Symbol – Alerts you to important
information about LATCH safety.
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PREMATURE INFANT USE
Before using this child restraint for preterm or low
birth weight infants, you must read and follow the
guidelines in this section.
According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration, a properly installed child restraint
reduces the risk of death by over 70% for infants
involved in crashes. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety
Standard (FMVSS) 213 establishes design and
dynamic performance requirements for child restraint
systems. However, the standard has no minimum
weight limit and does not address the special
medical needs of preterm or low birth weight infants.
To ensure that preterm and low birth weight infants
are transported safely, the guidelines published by the
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in Pediatrics
2009;123:1424–1429 must be followed.
All children should ride rear-facing in the vehicle
as long as possible. Preterm and low birth weight
infants are at additional risk of breathing difficulties
and heart problems when placed in a child restraint.
Evenflo requires that the evaluation recommended by
the AAP be conducted for all infants born earlier than
37 weeks and all newborn infants who weigh less
than 5 lb at birth before their first car trip to check
for breathing difficulties or heart rate problems when
traveling in a rear-facing child restraint.
The AAP recommends that appropriate hospital staff
observe your infant in the child restraint for a
period of 90 to 120 minutes or the duration of travel,
whichever is longer. This period of observation must
be performed with the infant properly positioned
as described in these instructions and with the child
restraint placed at an angle that is approved for use
in the vehicle. The hospital staff will check for any
breathing difficulties or heart rate problems. Your
child’s pediatrician will let you know if there are
any special considerations for travel. The number of
trips and the duration of time the infant is seated in
the child restraint should be minimized. A caregiver
should ride in the back seat to monitor the infant
during travel.
You can learn more about the AAP’s recommendations
for observation of newborns and the guidelines for
safe transportation of preterm and low birth weight
infants, as well as other resources for parents and
medical professionals, at
http://www.aap.org/healthtopics/carseatsafety.cfm
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WARNING
General Warnings
• Child Restraints should be used only for travel.
Potential adverse health effects from excessive use
of infant child restraints have been documented.
You should limit the time spent each day in a child
restraint as much as possible. You must never use
your child restraint as a sleeping environment in
the home. Never leave your infant unattended in a
child restraint in or out of the vehicle.
• Failure to follow installation instructions can result
in your child striking the vehicle’s interior during
a sudden stop or crash. Serious injury or death
may result. These instructions and the instructions
in your vehicle owner’s manual must be followed
carefully. If there is a conflict between the two, the
vehicle owner’s manual regarding child restraint
installation must be followed.
• This child restraint MUST ALWAYS face the rear
of the vehicle. Serious injury or death can occur.
• NEVER leave child unattended.
• DO NOT use child restraint if it is damaged, broken,
or missing parts.
• DO NOT use this restraint if it has been involved in
a crash. It must be replaced.
• DO NOT attach additional padding, toys or other
devices not made by Evenflo, or described in these
instructions, to the child restraint. Items not tested
with the child restraint could injure the child.
• Be sure that the handle is firmly locked in Position 2
(Carry) before lifting the child restraint (p. 16).
• This child restraint must be securely belted to the
vehicle at all times, even when unoccupied. An
unsecured child restraint may injure someone if a
crash occurs.
Premature Infants
• DO NOT use this or any other child restraint with a
premature infant until after consulting your doctor.
Premature infants may have difficulty breathing when
in a sitting position.
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WARNING
Air Bag Warnings
• DO NOT use this restraint in the front seat of a
vehicle equipped with an air bag. Interaction
between a rear facing restraint and air bags may
cause serious injury or death. If your vehicle has an
air bag, refer to the vehicle owner’s manual for
child restraint installation.
• If the rear seat of your vehicle is equipped with
side air bags, refer to the following information for
proper usage.
Vehicles built prior to the 2002 model year:
DO NOT use this restraint in a vehicle seating position equipped with a side air bag unless authorized
by the vehicle manufacturer.
Model year 2002 and newer vehicles:
Refer to your vehicle owner’s manual before placing
this restraint in a seating position equipped with a
side air bag.
• DO NOT place any objects between the restraint
and the side air bag, as an expanding air bag may
cause the items to strike your child.
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WARNING
Location Warnings
• ALWAYS read and follow exactly the instructions
that accompany your vehicle and child restraint.
• According to accident statistics, children are safer
when properly restrained in a rear seating
position than in a front seating position. Generally,
the center rear is safest and should be used if
available. Children 12 and under should ride in
the back seat of the vehicle.
• If you are unable to use the center rear seating
position and have to install this child restraint
directly behind a front vehicle seat, ensure that
there is at least 38 mm (1.5 inches) of space
between any part of the child restraint and the
vehicle seat that is closest to the child’s head.
This space may be necessary for the child restraint
to properly perform in certain types of crashes.
• ONLY use this child restraint on forward-facing
vehicle seats. DO NOT use on vehicle seats which
face the rear or side.
• ONLY use this child restraint on vehicle seats with
backs that lock into place.
• Some child restraints do not fit all vehicles or all
seating locations. There are thousands of combinations of vehicle makes, models, child restraint
configurations, seat belt designs and seat cushion
shapes. The easiest way to determine whether your
child restraint is suitable for a particular seating
position is to check for a tight installation. If the
child restraint cannot be properly installed, DO
NOT use this child restraint. Consult vehicle owner’s
manual, try a different seating location or call
Evenflo at 1-800-233-5921 (U.S), or
1-937-773-3971 (Canada).
Vehicle Seat Belt Warnings
• DO NOT use this child restraint in a vehicle seating
position with door-mounted seat belts.
• DO NOT use this child restraint in a vehicle seating
position with seat belts that automatically move along
the vehicle frame when the door is opened. These
seat belts will not hold a child restraint properly.
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WARNING
Vehicle Seat Belt Warnings – cont.
• DO NOT use this child restraint rear-facing in a
vehicle equipped with lap belts that only lock
during a sudden stop or crash (emergency locking
retractor – ELR).
You must use a seating location with a locking seat
belt. Check your vehicle owner’s manual to see if
you have lap belts with ELR’s.
• DO NOT loosen the vehicle seat belt to provide
more leg room as this will prevent the child
restraint from protecting your child.
• Fold-down armrests could pose a hazard to a rearfacing child in certain types of collisions. Consult
your vehicle owner’s manual before installing any
rear-facing child restraint in front of a fold-down
armrest.
• The headrest on the vehicle seat that the child faces
should be placed in the lowest position. The vehicle
seat back that the child faces must be fully padded
and free of any hard objects.
• DO NOT use this child restraint if it moves more
than 25 mm (1 inch) forward or side-to-side at the
seat belt path. Serious injury or death may occur.
Move the child restraint to another seating location.
• If the vehicle seat belts are not routed and fastened
correctly, the child restraint may not protect your
child in a crash.
• DO NOT allow the vehicle seat belt release button to touch the child restraint. Accidental contact
may cause the seat belt to release. If necessary, turn
the seat belt release button away from the child
restraint or move the child restraint to a different
location.
• Failure to adjust the harness snugly around your
child may result in your child striking the vehicle’s
interior during a sudden stop or crash. Serious
injury or death may occur.
• Remove locking clip from vehicle seat belt when not
used with a child restraint, or the vehicle seat belt
will not properly restrain an adult or child. Serious
injury or death may occur.
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WARNING
LATCH Warnings
• This LATCH system is intended to be used ONLY
as described in these instructions. Serious injury or
death may result from misuse.
• In addition to these instructions, read and follow
your vehicle owner’s manual regarding installation of the child restraint and LATCH. If there is a
discrepancy, follow your vehicle owner’s manual.
• ONLY use for securing convenience base to lower
LATCH anchor points.
• NEVER attach two LATCH connectors to one
vehicle lower anchor point.
• NEVER use the vehicle seat belts when using the
LATCH system. Using both together can cause slack
in a sudden stop or crash.
• When not in use, the LATCH connectors should be
securely stored in the storage area located in the
convenience base. Keep out of reach of children.
• ALWAYS be sure that the LATCH connectors are
fully engaged onto the LATCH anchor points by
pulling hard on the LATCH harness. If they are not
totally engaged, the LATCH system will not secure
your child restraint. Serious injury or death
may result.
• DO NOT use this child restraint if it moves more
than 25 mm (1 inch) forward or side-to-side at the
vehicle belt path. Serious injury or death may result
from poor installation. If you can not tightly secure
the child restraint, try again or move it to another
location.
Usage Warnings
• Use ONLY the Embrace 35 convenience base with
the Embrace 35 carrier. The Embrace 35 carrier
WILL NOT LOCK safely into any other convenience
base and serious injury or death will result. Refer to
page 13 to properly identify the Embrace 35
convenience base.
• ALWAYS check the restraint and buckle for hot
surfaces before putting a child into the restraint.
Your child could be burned.
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WARNING
Usage Warnings – cont.
• In cold weather, DO NOT dress the child in bulky
clothing, like snowsuits, if the child is riding in a
child restraint. This clothing makes it difficult to
properly tighten the harness to the child, which
may allow the child to be ejected from the restraint
during a crash.
• ALWAYS place the handle in either Position 1
(Canadian or U.S. models) or Position 4 (U.S. models
ONLY) when using this child restraint in a vehicle.
• When using this restraint in Position 5 (Stand)
(p. 16), ONLY use on level ground and NEVER
prop the restraint up with any object.
• NEVER place this child restraint on beds, sofas, or
other soft surfaces. The child restraint can roll over
on soft surfaces and suffocate the child.
• NEVER leave the child in this child restraint when
the harness straps are loose or undone. A child may
strangle when straps are loose or undone.
• NEVER place this child restraint near the edges of
counter tops, tables, shopping cart, or other high
surfaces. The child’s movements can cause the child
restraint to slide and fall.
• The full-coverage canopy is not intended to provide
UV protection.
Safe Practices
• Everyone rides buckled up or the vehicle does
not go. Make no exceptions for adults or children.
If someone unbuckles, stop the vehicle. Being firm
and consistent right from the start will mean fewer
discipline problems as children get older. Besides,
an unrestrained child or adult can be thrown into
and injure other passengers.
• NEVER try to tend to a crying baby’s needs while
driving. NEVER take a baby out of a child restraint
for comforting while the vehicle is moving.
• Always place the handle in Positions 1, 4, or 5
before removing infant from carrier.
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• DO NOT allow a child to have objects such as
lollipops or ice cream on a stick. The object can
injure the child if the vehicle swerves or hits a
bump.
• DO NOT feed an infant who is riding in a child
restraint.
• Anything loose can be deadly in a crash. Put sharp
or heavy items in the trunk.
• DO NOT dress the child in blanket sleepers or other
clothing that would prevent the crotch strap from
fitting snugly up against the child.
Recall Information for U.S.Customers
• Child 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, and manufacturing date to
Evenflo Company, Inc.
1801 Commerce Dr.
Piqua, OH 45356
or call 1-800-233-5921.
You may also register on-line at
www.evenflo.com/registercarseat
• 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: www.NHTSA.gov
Public Notice for Canadian Customers
Child restraints could be recalled for safety reasons.
You must register this restraint to be reached in a
public notice. Send your name, address, the restraint’s model number, and manufacturing date to
Evenflo Company, Inc.
1801 Commerce Dr.
Piqua, OH 45356
or call 1-937-773-3971 or register on-line at
www.evenflo.com/registercarseatcanada.
• For public notice information, call Transport Canada
at 1-800-333-0510 or go to www.tc.gc.ca
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Airplane Usage
Tip
ip!!
This restraint meets FAA
Inversion requirements for
Check with
airplane use. Airplane
your airline before
installation is the same
departure to make sure
as vehicle installation.
this
restraint meets their
Turn the top of the airplane
requirements.
seat belt buckle away from
the restraint for easy release
and removal.
LATCH/UAS Information
LATCH (Lower Anchorage and Tether for Children) is a
system for attaching the child restraint to your vehicle
seat. It can be used in place of the seat belts in vehicles
with LATCH anchors. Refer to your vehicle owner’s
manual for the locations of LATCH anchors.
Note: Your vehicle owner’s manual may refer to this
system as ISOFIX or Universal Anchorage System
(UAS).
Care and Cleaning
• To clean pad, slide the elastic loops/plastic clips
of the seat pad off of the seat shell. Remove the
harness system. See “Changing the Harness
Position” on page 36 to ensure proper reinstallation
of harness straps.
• Machine wash cloth pad, canopy, and head support
separately in cold water, delicate cycle, and tumble
dry 10 – 15 minutes, low heat.
• Wipe straps, buckles, and harness adjuster with
warm damp cloth and mild soap. Air dry.
• To help protect the vehicle upholstery, place a
towel beneath and behind the child restraint.
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Storing Your Instructions
After thoroughly reading and following
these instructions, store them in the
carrier behind the seat pad, as shown.
For future reference, record the model number of your
child restraint AND the date of manufacture below.
Model Number:
Date of Manufacture:
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Visual Glossary
Your vehicle components may be significantly different than pictured.
Consult your vehicle owner’s manual to help you identify your vehicle
components.
Fold-down Armrest
Consult your vehicle owner’s manual.
Rear
Headrests
Back Seat
Belt Buckles
Center Lap
Belt
Back Seat
Retractor
Lap/Shoulder
Belt
LATCH
Anchors
Seat Crease
Embrace 35 Convenience Base
Locking Clip
LATCH Harness
Angle Indicator
Vehicle Seat Belt/LATCH
Harness Path
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Level
Adjustment
Button
Visual Glossary
Front Seat Lap
and Shoulder Belts
Front Headrests
10
4
30
20
12
0
A
IR
B
A
G
Important
Consult your vehicle
owner’s manual to determine
proper placement of child restraint
in your vehicle and familiarize
yourself with your vehicle’s
components.
Front Seat Retractor
Convenience Base Identification
Embrace 35
Convenience Base
This is the correct base to use
with the Embrace 35 Carrier.
ONLY use the Embrace 35
Carrier with this base.
Embrace
Convenience Base
Adjustment Foot Level Window
This base DOES NOT
work with the Embrace 35
Carrier. NEVER use it with
the Embrace 35 Carrier.
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Visual Glossary
Front View
Canopy
Handle
Harness Slots
Chest Clip
Instruction
Storage Area
(behind seat pad)
Seat Pad
Buckle
Release
Harness
Straps
Harness
Release
Button
Carrier
Convenience Base
Harness
Adjuster Strap
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Visual Glossary
Back View
Carrier Release
Handle
Harness Slots
Handle
Release
Handle
Release
Harness
Straps
Harness
Adjuster Strap
Crotch Strap
Anchor
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Using the Embrace Handle
To change handle positions, squeeze both red
Handle Releases and rotate the handle to the desired
position. When the handle is locked into position,
the Lock Indicator will be green.
Position 2*
Position 3*
Position 1
Position 4
Handle
Releases
Position 5
Lock Indicator
*IMPORTANT: NEVER use Positions 2 or 3 when
traveling in a vehicle.
Position 1 – This position can be used while traveling
in a vehicle (U.S). For Canadian Models, you MUST place
the handle in this position while traveling.
Position 2 – This position is ONLY to be used to carry
your child. NEVER use this position in a vehicle.
Position 3 – NEVER use this position to carry your child
in the carrier. NEVER use this position in the vehicle.
Position 4 – This position can be used while traveling
in a vehicle (U.S). For Canadian Models, you MUST place
the handle in Position 1 while traveling.
Position 5 – Place the handle in this position when you
set the carrier on the floor.
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Using the Embrace Handle
IMPORTANT: Always secure the child in the carrier.
Refer to “Securing your Child in the Carrier” on page 33.
Position 1 (Travel)
This position can be
used while traveling in
a vehicle. For Canadian
Models, you MUST place
the handle in this position
while traveling.
Position 2 (Carry)
This position is ONLY to
be used to carry your
child. NEVER use this
position in a vehicle.
Position 3 (Convenience)
NEVER use this position
to carry your child in the
carrier. NEVER use this
position in the vehicle.
Position 4 (Travel – U.S.)
This position can be used
while traveling in a vehicle
(U.S). For Canadian
Models, you MUST place
the handle in Position 1
while traveling.
Position 5 (Stand)
Place the handle in this
position when you set
the carrier on the floor.
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Proper Installation
WITH
the Convenience Base
Child Requirements
Weight: 1.8 – 15.8 kg (4 – 35 lbs)
Height: Top of head must be at least 25 mm (1 inch)
below the top of the child restraint seat back.
At least 25 mm
(1 inch)
Harness straps at, or
below, the shoulder.
LATCH Harness/
Vehicle Belt Path
Tip!
To make installation easier, watch the installation
video of this child restraint at www.evenflo.com.
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Installation Checklist
1.Secure convenience base to the
vehicle seat.
LATCH system (shown) (p. 20).
OR
aConvenience base is securely installed with
vehicle seat belt (p. 23).
IMPORTANT: A properly secured convenience base
does NOT move more than 25 mm (1 inch) from
side-to-side or from front-to-back at the LATCH
harness/vehicle belt path.
aLocking clip is installed, if necessary (p. 41).
aConvenience base is adjusted so that level
indicator is completely green (pp. 21 and 23).
aIf necessary, a towel/small blanket is rolled up
and placed beneath the front edge of the base
for additional leveling (p. 26).
2.Secure child to the carrier. Refer to p. 33.
aHarness straps MUST start as close as possible to,
but NEVER above, the child’s shoulders (p. 36).
aBoth buckle tongues are fastened (p. 33).
aChest clip is connected and positioned at
armpit level (p. 34).
aHarness straps are snug against the child with
no more than two finger-widths between
your child and straps (p. 34).
aCrotch strap is snug against the child but
NOT under the child’s bottom (p. 38).
3.Check your work.
aThe convenience base does NOT move more
than 25 mm (1 inch) from side-to-side or from
front-to-back at the LATCH harness/vehicle
belt path.
aThe base is level with only green (no red)
showing in the level indicator window
(pp. 21 and 23).
aThe handle is in Position 1 (Canadian OR U.S.
models) or Position 4 (U.S. models ONLY) (p. 26).
(Position 4 shown at left.)
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Installation Checklist – WITH the Convenience Base
aConvenience base is securely installed with
Installing the Convenience Base
with the LATCH System
LATCH is a system for attaching the child restraint
system to your vehicle seat. It is to be used in place of
your vehicle’s seat belts, and can only be used in vehicles
with LATCH anchors. Your vehicle owners manual may
refer to this system as ISOFIX or Universal Anchorage
System.
WARNING
• ThisLATCHsystemisintendedtobeusedONLY as
described in these instructions. Serious injury or death
may result from misuse.
• Inadditiontotheseinstructions,readandfollowyour
vehicle owner’s manual regarding installation of the
child restraint and LATCH. If there is a discrepancy,
follow your vehicle owner’s manual.
• ONLY use for securing convenience base to lower
LATCH anchor points.
• NEVER attach two LATCH connectors to one vehicle
lower anchor point.
• NEVER use the vehicle seat belts when using the
LATCH system. Using both together can cause slack in
a sudden stop or crash.
• Whennotinuse,theLATCHconnectorsshouldbe
securely stored in the storage area located in the
convenience base (see page 40). Keep out of reach of
children.
• ALWAYS be sure that the LATCH connectors are fully
engaged onto the LATCH anchor points by pulling
hard on the LATCH harness. If they are not totally
engaged, the LATCH system will not secure your child
restraint. Serious injury or death may result.
• DO NOT use this child restraint if it moves more than
25 mm (1 inch) forward or side-to-side at the vehicle
belt path. Serious injury or death may result from poor
installation. If you can not tightly secure the child
restraint, try again or move it to another location.
• ThischildrestraintMUST face the rear of the vehicle.
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WARNING
• The carrier MUST be locked firmly into the base.
Check by lifting up on the carrier.
• NEVER use this child restraint in the forward-facing
position.
Before you begin, be sure the
vehicle is on a level surface.
Place the base A on the vehicle seat
and check the level indicator B.
1
A
B
If the indicator is red,
adjust the level of the base
by pressing adjustment
button C and lowering
the adjustment foot D.
Note: The adjustment foot
has multiple levels.
C
Tip
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D
The base is level when only
green (no red) is showing in
the level indicator window B.
A green
filled window means
go to Step 2.
IMPORTANT
Not all models are equipped with an adjustment foot. If
your model does not have one, use a rolled-up towel to
adjust base level (p. 26).
2
A
Route LATCH harness and hook through LATCH
harness openings A.
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3
B
C
Refer to your owner’s manual to locate the lower
anchors on your vehicle seat.
Attach the right hook B to the right anchor C, and
the left hook to the left anchor. DOUBLE CHECK that
the hooks are fully engaged by pulling hard on each
side of the LATCH harness.
5
➚
4
Using your full weight,
push the base firmly into
the vehicle seat, while
pulling up on the strap to
tighten.
WARNING
A
Make sure the LATCH harness is tight. Grab the base
at the areas D, as shown.
If you can move the base
more than 25 mm (1 inch)
forward or side-to-side the
harness is not tight enough. You will need to try again,
or find another location for your convenience base.
D
E
IMPORTANT
Route any excess LATCH harness strap through the
openings A, on the sides of the base, so it does not
interfere with the metal carrier retainers E when
attaching the carrier.
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Installing the Convenience Base
with the Vehicle Seat Belt
WARNING
• The carrier MUST be locked firmly into the convenience base. Check by lifting up on the carrier.
• NEVER use this child restraint in the forward-facing
position.
• DO NOT use this child restraint rear-facing in a vehicle
equipped with lap belts that only lock during a sudden
stop or crash (emergency locking retractor – ELR). You
must use a seating location with a locking seat belt.
Check your vehicle owner’s manual to see if you have
lap belts with ELR’s.
1
Before you begin, be sure the vehicle is
on a level surface.
A
Place the base A on the
vehicle seat and check the
level indicator B.
B
C
D
Tip!
If the indicator is red,
adjust the level of the base
by pressing adjustment
button C and lowering
the adjustment foot D.
Note: The adjustment foot
has multiple levels.
The base is level when only green (no red) is
showing in the level indicator window.
IMPORTANT
Not all models are equipped with an adjustment foot. If
your model does not have one, use a rolled-up towel to
adjust base level (p. 26).
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2
Secure the base to your
vehicle seat by routing
the vehicle seat belt
through the openings F
on the sides of the base.
F
IMPORTANT: Some ELR vehicle belts can be switched so
that they lock when tightened. It may not be necessary
to use a locking clip in these situations.
To install a locking clip, refer to p. 41.
Refer to the vehicle owner’s manual to determine which
type of belt retractor is in the vehicle.
LAP AND
SHOULDER BELT
LAP BELT
H
G
➚
3
Pull the shoulder
belt G tightly to remove
all slack from the lap
portion of the belt H,
at the same time push
down on the base using
your full weight. Check
to be sure the base is
secured in the vehicle
seat.
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4
F
I
J
WARNING
Make sure the lap belt is tight. Grab the base at the
areas I, as shown. If you can move the base more
than 25 mm (1 inch) forward or side-to-side the lap
belt is not tight enough. You will need to try again, or
find another location for your convenience base.
Route any excess lap belt through the openings F,
on the sides of the base, so it does not interfere
with the metal carrier retainers J when attaching
the carrier.
Placing the Carrier in the Base
1
Secure the carrier to the
base by placing it into
the base and pressing
down on the front and
back.
➚
The carrier MUST be
locked firmly into the
base. Check by lifting
up on the carrier handle
or the front of the
carrier to make sure it’s
locked in place.
25
2
B
A
B
The level indicator must be completely green A.
If you have fully adjusted the convenience base and
the level indicator is still not level, use a tightly rolled
towel or small blanket B beneath the front edge of
the base.
IMPORTANT: Infants may have difficulty breathing
when in a sitting position. Make sure they recline enough
for their head to lie back comfortably and safely. Failure
to properly recline the child restraint could increase the
child’s risk of serious injury or death.
3
Canadian OR
U.S. Models
U.S. Models
ONLY
Position 1
Position 4
C
C
Squeeze both handle releases C and move the handle
to either Position 1 (Canadian OR U.S. models) or
Position 4 (U.S. models ONLY) until it locks into place.
Note: When using Position 4, make sure there is at
least 38 mm (1.5 inches) of space between any part
of the carrier and the vehicle seat that is closest to
the child’s head. If you need additional clearance,
place the handle in Position 1.
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Releasing the Carrier from the Base
A
Position 2
B
C
Move the handle A to Position 2 (Carry) by
squeezing in on both handle releases B and rotating
the handle until it locks into place above the carrier.
Squeeze the carrier release handle C while lifting up
the carrier.
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Proper Installation
WITHOUT
the Convenience Base
Child Requirements
Weight: 1.8 – 15.8 kg (4 – 35 lbs)
Height: Top of head must be at least 25 mm (1 inch)
below the top of the child restraint seat back.
Harness straps at, or
below, the shoulder.
At least 25 mm
(1 inch)
Tip!
To make installation easier, watch the installation
video of this child restraint at www.evenflo.com.
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Installation Checklist
1.Place the child in the carrier.
aThe child’s back and bottom are flat against
the back and bottom surfaces of the carrier.
below the top of the child restraint seat back.
2.Secure child to the carrier. Refer to p. 33.
aHarness straps MUST start as close as possible to,
but NEVER above, the child’s shoulders (p. 36).
aBoth buckle tongues are fastened (p. 33).
aChest clip is connected and positioned at
armpit level (p. 34).
aHarness straps are snug against the child with no
more than two finger-widths between
your child and straps (p. 34).
aCrotch strap is snug against the child, but
NOT under the child’s bottom (p. 38).
3.Secure child restraint to the vehicle
seat.
aCarrier is securely installed with vehicle seat
belt (p. 30).
aThe shoulder strap portion of the seat belt is
lying across the vehicle seat back, (p. 31).
aLocking clip is installed, if necessary (p. 41).
aThe level line is level with ground (p. 30).
aThe handle is in Position 1 (Canadian OR U.S.
models) or Position 4 (U.S. models ONLY) (p. 32).
(Position 4 shown at left.)
aIf necessary, a towel/small blanket is rolled up
and placed beneath the front edge of the carrier
so the child’s head lies back comfortably (p. 32).
4.Check your work.
aTo properly protect your child, the carrier MUST
NOT move more than 25 mm (1 inch) from
side-to-side or from front-to-back at the vehicle
belt path.
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Installation Checklist – WITHOUT the Convenience Base
aTop of child’s head is at least 25 mm (1 inch)
Installing the Carrier without the
Convenience Base
1
A
After securing the infant, place the restraint into your
vehicle. Adjust the restraint so that the level line A is
parallel with the vehicle floor.
Note: Generally, the center rear seating position is the
safest. This infant restraint MUST face the rear of
the vehicle.
2
Position 4
B
Move the handle out of the way by squeezing both
handle releases B and placing in Position 4.
30
3
C
LAP AND
SHOULDER BELT
LAP BELT
D
Route ONLY the lap portion of the vehicle seat belt
through the belt slots C on the carrier. In vehicles
with a lap and shoulder belt D, DO NOT route the
shoulder belt through the belt slots. Instead, let it lay
across the vehicle seat back, as shown.
IMPORTANT: Some ELR vehicle belts can be switched so
that they lock when tightened. It may not be necessary
to use a locking clip in these situations.
To install a locking clip, refer to p. 41.
Refer to the vehicle owner’s manual to determine which
type of belt retractor is in the vehicle.
4
Tip!
E
Push down on
the bottom of the
seat using your
full weight.
WARNING
• NEVER use this child restraint in forward-facing position.
• DO NOT use this carrier if it moves more than 25mm
(1 inch) forward or side-to-side at the belt path.
Serious injury or death may occur. Move the child
restraint to another seating location, or try to tighten
the seat belt again.
The seat belt E must be as tight as possible. Put your
full weight into the seat as you tighten the seat belt.
If you can move the child restraint more than 25 mm
(1 inch) forward or side-to-side at the belt path, the seat
belt is not tight enough, and you need to try again.
31
5
Canadian OR
U.S. Models
U.S. Models
ONLY
Position 1
Position 4
B
B
Squeeze both handle releases B and move the handle
to either Position 1 (Canadian OR U.S. models) or
Position 4 (U.S. models ONLY) until it locks into place.
Note: When using Position 4, make sure there is at
least 38 mm (1.5 inches) of space between any part
of the carrier and the vehicle seat that is closest to
the child’s head. If you need additional clearance,
place the handle in Position 1.
6
A
F
If the level line A is not parallel to the vehicle floor,
use a tightly rolled towel or small blanket F beneath
the front edge of the child restraint to provide enough
recline for an infant’s head to lie back comfortably.
IMPORTANT: Infants may have difficulty breathing
when in a sitting position. Make sure they recline enough
for their head to lie back comfortably and safely. Failure
to properly recline the child restraint could increase the
child’s risk of serious injury or death.
32
Securing the Child in the Carrier
Place the baby into the carrier. Baby’s bottom and back
should be flat against the seat. If there is a gap, baby
will not be comfortable.
1
Slide each harness
strap over the child’s
shoulders.
➚
2
Insert the buckle tongues
into the buckle. Pull up
on the harness strap
to ensure the buckle
tongues are engaged.
IMPORTANT: The buckle strap should be snug against
the baby’s crotch, but never under the baby’s bottom.
Adjust the crotch strap if necessary (p. 38).
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3
➚
A
➚
The harness straps must be
snug against the child.
A snug strap should not
Align the two sides of the allow any slack. It lies in
a relatively straight line
chest clip A and snap
them together. The chest without sagging. It does
clip must be positioned at not press on the child’s flesh
or push the child’s body
armpit level.
into an unnatural position.
Check the harness straps
near the shoulders for slack
and adjust as needed.
4
B
To tighten the harness straps, pull the harness adjuster
strap B on front of the restraint, as shown.
34
Removing the Child from the Carrier
1
Press the red buckle
release A, and remove
the buckle tongues.
A
2
Push the release button B
and pull the chest clip
apart.
B
3
D
C
To loosen the harness
straps, press the harness
release button C while
pulling upward on the
harness straps D.
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Changing the Harness Position
As your child grows, you will need to change the harness
strap position so they are routed through the slots
closest to the child’s shoulders. The shoulder harness
straps should ALWAYS be as close as possible to, but
NEVER above, the child’s shoulders.
1
A
Loosen the harness
straps A by pressing
the harness release
button B while
pulling on the straps.
2
C
E
D
B
There are two positions
on the harness straps.
The top loop C is for
newborn use. The bottom
pocket D is for use as
your child grows.
Slide the harness strap off
of the splitter plate E.
3
Pull both harness straps A
through the front of the
child restraint.
A
36
4
Insert both harness
straps A into the new
harness position slots.
A
5
Attach the appropriate
pocket on the harness
straps A (according to
your child’s size) to the
splitter plate E.
A
E
IMPORTANT: Make sure
both harness straps are
installed completely on the
splitter plate, as shown.
6
F
Tighten the harness straps by pulling the adjustment
strap F on front of the restraint.
Note: Final adjustment of the harness straps must be
completed with the baby in the child restraint.
37
Changing the Crotch Strap Position
As your child grows, you will need to change the crotch
strap position so that it is in the slot closest to your child.
The crotch strap should ALWAYS be as close as possible
to, but NEVER under, the child’s bottom.
There are four positions for the crotch strap to be used
based upon your child’s maximum security and comfort.
Crotch Strap in the Newborn Position
Crotch Strap in the Rear Slot
Crotch Strap in the Middle Slot
Crotch Strap in the Front Slot
38
1
B
A
Loosen the harness
straps (p. 34) and move
the strap A out of the
way.
Remove the crotch strap anchor B from its position
on the bottom of the carrier, and push the anchor up
through the slot to the top of the seat.
2
Insert the crotch strap
anchor B into the slot
that is the closest to the
child AND the most
comfortable for the
child.
B
Make sure the anchor is completely through and
is lying flat against the bottom of the seat. Pull up on
the crotch strap to make sure it is securely fastened.
3
B
➚
For newborn position, place the anchor B
through the rear slot, then feed
it through the middle slot.
Make sure the anchor is
completely through the middle
slot and is lying flat against the bottom of the seat.
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Removing the LATCH System
1
Press the adjuster release
button A to loosen harness
strap.
A
2
To remove the hook B,
press the tab C and
twist, then remove from
anchor D.
B
D
3
C
E
F
F
When the LATCH system is not in use, you MUST
securely store it in the area provided in the bottom of
the base E.
Route the harness strap through the belt path on top of
the base then attach the hooks to the slots F located on
each side of the storage area beneath the base.
A loose LATCH harness and hook may injure your child.
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Using the Locking Clip
To watch a video about installing a locking clip, go to
www.evenflo.com.
Use the locking clip with:
• Lap/shoulder seat belt
combinations that have a
buckle tongue that slides
freely along the belt
without locking into
place; OR
• Seat belts equipped with an emergency locking
retractor (ELR). Some ELR vehicle belts can be
switched so that they lock when tightened. It may
not be necessary to use a locking clip in these
situations.
Locking Clip
Consult your vehicle
owner’s manual before
installing the locking
clip.
WARNING
Remove locking clip from vehicle seat belt when
not used with a child restraint, or the vehicle seat
belt will not properly restrain an adult or child.
Serious injury could occur.
1
C
B
D
➚
A
Tip
ip!!
Push down
on the base using
your foot or
knee.
Remove the locking clip A from the slot in your
convenience base.
Thread the seat belt through the base openings B
for the vehicle belt path, and buckle the seat belt.
Pull the shoulder belt C tightly to remove all slack
from the lap portion D of the belt.
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2
E
Hold the lap/shoulder belts together just behind
the free sliding buckle tongue E and unfasten the
seat belt.
3
A
E
A
While holding the belts and
buckle tongue E, thread
the locking clip A onto the
seat belt, and slide it into
place.
Note: Locking clip must
be placed within 13 mm
(0.5 inch) of seat belt
buckle.
13 mm (0.5 in.)
4
A
Buckle the seat belt with
the locking clip A in
place.
• If installing the convenience base with a vehicle seat
belt, return to page 24, Step 3.
• If installing the carrier (no convenience base) with a
vehicle seat belt, return to page 31, Step 4.
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Using as an Infant Carrier
Secure the child in the carrier by following “Securing the
Child in the Carrier” on page 33.
Position 5
Lock Indicator
To use as a stand: Squeeze both handle releases and
rotate the handle to Position 5 (Stand) until it locks
into place (the Lock Indicator will be green) and the
carrier rests on a level surface.
Position 2
To use as a carrier: Squeeze both handle releases
and rotate the handle to Position 2 (Carry) until it
locks into place (the Lock Indicator will be green).
Carry at your side, using the handle as shown.
IMPORTANT
The harness MUST be
securely buckled at all
times.
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WARNING
• NEVER place this carrier near the edges of counter
tops, tables, or other high surfaces. The child’s movements can cause the carrier to slide and fall.
• NEVER leave the child in this carrier when the harness
straps are loose or undone. A child may strangle when
straps are loose or undone.
• NEVER place the carrier
in any position in a
shopping cart.
The carrier may fall from
the cart and injury may
occur to your child.
• DO NOT carry on your
hip.
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Installing the Canopy
A
B
Insert front canopy end A into the holder B. Repeat
on the other side.
Installing the Accessories
1
Not available on all models.
B
A
The optional Body Pillow A
is used to help support your
child by placing it in the
restraint, as shown.
The optional Head Support B should lie flat against
the seat back, as shown.
Be sure to cut off the plastic attachment between the
head support and the seat pad. Small parts may be a
choking hazard.
IMPORTANT:
Support the child’s head. Infants may have difficulty
breathing when in a sitting position. Using additional
padding or pillows behind the infant’s head, or failure
to properly recline the child restraint could increase the
child’s risk of serious injury or death.
45
Replacement Parts
Not available on all models.
To order replacement parts you can order online at
www.evenflo.com or contact Evenflo. When you
contact us, please have the product model number and
date of manufacture (found on the back of the child
restraint).
Locking Clip
EPS Foam
Head Foam
Canopy
Harness System
Seat pad
Body Pillow
Head Support
Accessory Base
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Proper Disposal of this Child Restraint
At the end of this child restraint’s useful life, Evenflo
encourages you to dispose of it properly. Most of the
components in this child restraint are recyclable.
1. Remove all fabric and padding.
2. Remove all screws and disassemble the restraint.
3. Recycle all plastic/foam parts and discard the rest.
If your local recycling center won’t accept the
padding, you may dispose of it in the landfill.
Note: Evenflo uses recycled materials in the
manufacturing process whenever possible but
never for components that are critical for safety.
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Limited Warranty
For a period of 90 days from the original purchase of
this Product, Evenflo warrants to the original end user
(“Purchaser”) this Product (including any accessories)
against defects in material or workmanship. Evenflo’s
sole obligation under this express limited warranty
shall be, at Evenflo’s option, to repair or replace any
Product that is determined to be defective by Evenflo
and determined to be covered by this warranty.
Repair or replacement as provided under this warranty is the exclusive remedy of the Purchaser. Proof
of purchase in the form of a receipted invoice or bill of
sale evidencing that the Product is within the warranty
period must be presented to obtain warranty service.
This express limited warranty is extended by Evenflo
ONLY to the original Purchaser of the Product and is
not assignable or transferable to subsequent purchasers
or end users of the Product. For warranty service, contact Evenflo’s ParentLink Consumer Resource Center at
(800) 233-5921 (U.S.), (937) 773-3971 (Canada), or
www.evenflo.com.
EXCEPT TO THE EXTENT PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE
LAW, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ON
THIS PRODUCT IS HEREBY DISCLAIMED. EVENFLO
SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES OF
ANY KIND FOR BREACH OF THE EXPRESS LIMITED
WARRANTY ON THIS PRODUCT, OR ANY WARRANTY
IMPLIED BY OPERATION OF LAW. OTHER THAN THE
EXPRESS LIMITED WARRANTY SET FORTH ABOVE,
THERE ARE NO OTHER WARRANTIES THAT ACCOMPANY THIS PRODUCT AND ANY ORAL, WRITTEN OR
ANY OTHER EXPRESS REPRESENTATION OF ANY KIND
IS HEREBY DISCLAIMED.
• www.evenflo.com
• USA: 1-800-233-5921, 8 AM to 5 PM E.T.
• Canada: 1-937-773-3971
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After thoroughly reading and following
these instructions, store them in the
carrier behind the seat pad, as shown.
• www.evenflo.com
• USA: 1-800-233-5921, 8 AM to 5 PM E.T.
• Canada: 1-937-773-3971
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