Car Seats

Evenflo Triumph Car Seat Instructions

Evenflo Triumph Rear-Facing Installation

Recline the seat by pulling on the red or yellow lever in the center of the front of the seat. You may have to push and then pull on the top of the seat to get it to disengage from its current position. Recline until the arrow aligns with the No. 1, labeled on the side of the seat.

Put the Triumph onto the vehicle's seat, facing backward. Feed the LATCH belt through the front openings, labeled "rear-facing".

Ensure the LATCH belt isn't twisted. Clip each LATCH fastener onto the corresponding anchor on your vehicle's seat.

Pull up on the LATCH belt strap while putting force on the seat. Continue doing so until the seat does not move more than an inch at the belt path.

Evenflo Triumph Forward-Facing Installation

Pull on the red or yellow lever in the front of the seat to put it in an upright position, either on level 2 or 3, as labeled on the side of the seat.

Move the LATCH belt from the rear-facing openings to the forward-facing openings. Ensure that the belt isn't twisted.

Put the Triumph onto the vehicle's seat facing forward. Clip each end of the LATCH belt onto the corresponding anchor on your vehicle's seat.

Tighten the belt by pulling up on the strap. Put pressure on the seat to help create a tighter adjustment.

Move the seat back and forth. It should not move more than an inch at the belt path. If it does, add more pressure to the seat and continue to tighten.

Connect the top tether to the LATCH anchor behind the vehicle's seat. Pull up to secure it tightly.

Tip

Rear-facing, the seat should sit at a 45-degree angle. Add a cut-up water noodle under the base nearest the seat back and re-tighten the straps.

Shoulder straps should fall at or below baby's shoulders when rear-facing, and at or above baby's shoulders when forward-facing.

Rear-facing is safest for babies under 1 year and 20 lbs.

Warning

After installation, have your seat inspected by a professional (see Resources). Always ensure that harness straps are adequately tightened before traveling.

Graco Turbo Booster Seat Instructions

How It Works

The Turbo Booster Seat is designed to literally boost your child into a higher level of positioning so that he is able to use the seat belt in your car properly. It is a front-facing seat with a detachable back that can be removed when your child no longer needs it (your child will not need the back of the seat when he reaches 40 pounds).

Install with Back Seat Cushion

When your child is between 30 and 40 pounds, he will need the back rest that comes attached to the Turbo Booster Seat. Installation of the seat is simple and requires only your seat belt from the inside of your car. To install, simply place the Turbo seat in the back seat of your car. Thread the lap portion of the belt through the front of the Turbo seat. Buckle the safety belt and ensure that you hear a clicking sound.

Install without Back Seat Cushion

The seat cushion on the Turbo seat can be removed once your child reaches 40 pounds. To remove the back seat cushion, detach it from the Turbo Booster seat. Detaching the seat is easy, simply press the button on the back of the seat and pull in an upward direction. To install the Turbo Booster without the back rest into your car, place the Turbo Booster seat in the back seat of your car facing the front. Place your child into the Turbo seat and buckle the seat belt in place so that it crosses his shoulder.

Safety Seat Inspection

To ensure the seat is properly fitted, find a Car Safety Seat Inspection Location Center near you to have a free inspection performed on your safety seat. To find a location, visit nhtsa.dot.gov.

Pennsylvania Car Seat Rules

Infants

Babies up to 1 year or 20 pounds are required to ride in rear-facing child safety seats with a base locked into the seat belt. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation notes that the AAP recommends that infants stay in that position until 2 years old or 35 pounds for safety reasons. To be safe, check that the harness belts come out of the seat at your infant’s shoulder level and fastens around the middle of his chest. Make sure to secure the car seat base correctly to the seat belt; it should not be able to budge more than 1 inch. Many car seats have levelers to help you check if it is in the right position since your baby’s head should not be able to flop forward.

Toddlers

Legally, children at least 1 year old can use a convertible front-facing seat that sits upright, providing neck support and cushioned arm rests. Newer models have a five-point harness, while older seats have a padded chest-height bar and buckle that come down over the child’s head. Regardless of the model, ensure the seat is still latched into the car back with a tether strap. See your car seat’s instructions for how to appropriately connect it to the hook hidden in the back seat. All cars manufactured since 2000 have hidden tether anchors. If you can’t find yours, check your owner's manual. After age 4, your child can transition to a booster seat.

Elementary-aged Children

From the ages of 4 to 8, children are required to use high back or backless booster seats. Pennsylvania law dictates that the seat must be placed in a car seat location that provides a shoulder harness -- ideally hitting the middle of your child’s chest. Some booster seats include a plastic clip guide to correctly position the seat belt. Pennsylvania law suggests that children younger than 12 years of age should ride in the back seat because most collisions affect the front seats.

Considerations

As a safety precaution, ensure that your car seat is not old or recalled. When in doubt, check SaferCar.gov for more information. Beyond the legal requirements, pediatricians recommend following precautions that exceed minimum standards. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests using a booster until a child reaches 4 feet 9 inches tall, a height most children hit somewhere between 8 and 12. For a quick safety clue, note whether your child’s ears hit the top of the back seat.

Maxi Cosi car seat instructions

Pull the base release lever on the rear of the car seat base while simultaneously rotating the seat forward to detach the car seat from the base.

Place the car seat base onto the back seat of the vehicle. Make sure the latch, or holes that will hold the seat belt are facing the rear of the car.

Pull the seat belt through the latch holes on the sides of the base. The seat belt should be threaded inside the nearest latch hole, pulled through to the other side. The belt should be inserted into the seat buckle in the seat.

Push the base of the seat down with one hand, use the other hand to pull the seat belt and adjust it so there is no slack.

Attach the locking clip about 2.5 cm (1 inch) from the vehicle belt's buckle plate. The locking clip is a completely separate piece that comes with the car seat, and holds both the ends of the harness and lap portions of the seat belt together. Place both portions of the belts into both sides of the locking clip. You don't need the locking clip if using a single lap belt.

Pull the "base release" handle all the way out and slide the car seat back on the base. The label will say, "The carrier can now be attached to the base" in green text when the handle is pulled all the way out.

Place the child in the car seat. Place the harness straps over each shoulder and insert the buckle plate on each harness into the car seat buckle. Pull the harness over the baby, and snap the harness retainer together. With the child securely in the seat, you can now insert the seat into the base.

Align the two bars on base of the seat with the two hooks on the base as you place the car seat on top of the base. Once aligned, pushed the car seat onto the base and lock into place. You will hear the seat and base click into place when they are securely locked. Try to pull the seat up to ensure that it is secure.

Instructions for Safety 1st Car Seats

Place the car seat in the back of your car. The back of the car is the safest place for a toddler or infant to be in the event of a crash.

Strap your child into the car seat using the car seat harness. For a toddler in the forward facing position, harness straps must be even with or above your toddler's shoulders. For an infant in the rear facing position, harness straps should be even with or below the baby's shoulder's. Children smaller than 34 inches should be in the rear facing position, according to the Safety 1st product testing and certification.

Thread the seat belt of your car through the belt path at the foot of the base of the car seat. In the case of automobile shoulder and lap belts that are attached, thread both through the belt path on the car seat.

Buckle the car belt. Adjust it tightly by pushing down on the base of the car seat while simultaneously pulling up on the shoulder belt. This will tighten the lap belt and ensure the safety of your child.

Tilt and push the car seat forward and back and from side to side. The base of the car seat should not move more than an inch or two. If the seat is too loose, unbuckle the car seat belt and tighten it again or use locking clip to secure the car seat. Locking clips are available in baby product stores.

Tip

To locate a specific Safety 1st car seat model instruction manual, see Resources.

Warning

Do not use the Safety 1st car seat if the baby is too small for it.

How to Attach a Toddler Car Seat to Rolling Luggage

Push the last link of your chain into the open end of one of your car seat's lower connectors until it clips into the connector.

Stretch out the length of chain and lay it flat on the ground.

Lay the back of your luggage on the ground, centered on top of the chain.

Lay your car seat on its back, on top of your luggage.

Push the other end of your chain against the open end of your car seat's remaining lower connector until it clips into the connector. Use links further up the chain to get as tight a fit as you can, if needed, without tightening the straps on the car seat.

Stand your car seat and luggage upright.

Run the car seat tether over the top of your luggage. Weave the tether straps through or around handles on your luggage as necessary.

Clip the top tether hook to a link in the middle of your chain.

Position your car seat as high on the luggage as possible, and tighten the tether strap.

Adjust the straps on the lower connectors so that the chain is straight across the back of your luggage.

Tighten the straps on the lower connectors as tight as you can.

Things You Will Need

  • Chain, 1/8-inch gauge and 2 to 2 1/2 feet long
  • Toddler car seat equipped with LATCH system (see References)

Tip

Your car seat will stay more securely fastened if your luggage is packed full. After going through these steps once, the straps will be set close to the right position, enabling you to redo the process more quickly. Do not force a chain that is too thick into your car seat anchor, or you may have trouble getting it back out. Put the car seat and luggage through airport security separately.

Warning

Always check manufacturer’s warnings and instructions when using any car seat. Do not place your child in a car seat attached to luggage.

Jumperoo directions

Open the battery compartment and insert the batteries. Screw the compartment door back into place.

Place the baby into the Jumperoo seat and assess the height. The proper height is with the baby's toes just touching the floor. If the baby's feet dangle without touching, lower the seat. If the baby's feet rest firmly on the floor, raise the seat.

Change the seat height if necessary by turning the Jumperoo upside down. Adjust the three strap bars around the bottom of the seat by pulling each strap bar up and sliding the canvas strap away from the bar. Reinsert the bars into the straps at the desired height and snap the bars back into place.

Place the baby into the seat again after adjusting the seat height and confirm that the baby's feet are at the proper height.

Turn the power switch to the "on" position to start the music. Adjust the play for short or long play, and the volume control as you desire.

Supervise the baby while she plays in the Jumperoo and remove her from the seat when she is finished playing.

Tip

Remove the seat pad from the Jumperoo and wash it in a gentle, cold wash cycle in the washing machine. Dry the seat in the dryer. Wipe the plastic parts of the Jumperoo with a damp cloth and dishwashing soap. Do not use chlorine bleach or abrasive cleaners on the Jumperoo.

Warning

Stop using the Jumperoo when your baby becomes able to climb out unassisted.

Dvla child seat laws

Risky Times

The morning and afternoon school runs are the peak times for automobile accidents involving children, according to the Department for Transport (DIT), which promotes the law and road safety with its executive agencies, including the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). Even at low speeds, says the DIT, children risk injury if the child seat or restraining equipment is incorrectly fitted. So it's important children learn from an early age that wearing the seat belt or sitting in the child seat is about keeping them safe. Make the "belting up" part of the routine when getting in the car.

Getting It Right

The DIT and the DVLA provide consumer information about getting the right kind of restraints fitted for children, depending on their height, age and, especially for babies, their weight. There also are clear guidelines on where to fix the seats and restraints, including what can be fitted in the front seat--and what should not be--as well as the recommended hardware to use. For instance, rear-facing child seats must not be used in front seats with an active airbag. And for front-facing child seats, the car seat itself must be moved back as far as possible.

It's important to fit the seat to the manufacturer's instructions. Stores selling child seats and restraints usually have trained staff on hand to show drivers how to fit them properly. And try it out before you buy anything---you want to be sure.

Visitors be aware

Visitors to the UK are bound by the law, too. Car rental companies should supply child restraints for customers, but these need to be ordered ahead of time when reserving your rental. Anyone expecting family or friends on a visit from abroad should make them aware of the rules regarding proper restraints.

Exceptions to the rules

There are some exceptions to the law. For instance, if you already have two child seats in the rear of the car and there is no room for a restraint for a third one, a child aged 3 or over is allowed to sit in the back and use the adult-lap or lap-and-diagonal seat belt. Or in a taxi cab, children under 3 may travel unrestrained if there are no child restraints fitted, but children over 3 must use the adult seat belt. Or there may be medical reasons for exceptions to the law. All legal exceptions are included in the DIT information.

Iowa Seat Belt Laws for Children

Infants Through Age 6

Infants under 1 year of age that weigh less than 20 pounds must be restrained in a rear-facing car seat. The seat must meet federal safety standards and be installed properly according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If the car has air bags, the child seat must be installed in the rear seat of the vehicle. Children age 6 or under who weigh at least 20 pounds must be restrained in a child safety seat or booster seat rather than a seat belt. The seat must be designed for your child’s weight and size.

Ages 6 Through 11

Children who are least age 6 may use a seat belt instead of a child restraint system, provided they are big enough for the seat belt to fit properly. The seat belt fits properly if the child can sit with her back and bottom against the seat back, her knees bent over the seat’s edge, and the seat belt sits across her hips and chest rather than her stomach or neck. If the seat belt does not fit properly, the child must use a child restraint system. National safety standards recommend that all children under age of 13 sit in the rear seat.

Under Age 18

Kids ages 12 through 17 must use a seat belt at all times, even when sitting in the rear seat. In addition, minors driving with a graduated driver's license are not allowed to carry more passengers than the number of seat belts in the vehicle, regardless of the ages of those passengers. The driver is responsible for the seat belt violations of passengers ages 13 and below, while passengers ages 14 and above are responsible for their own violations. If a passenger age 14 or above has a disability that prevents him from buckling his own seat belt, then the driver is charged for any violation.

Exemptions

Vehicles manufactured before 1966, including school buses, motorcycles and authorized emergency vehicles are exempt from seat belt requirements. In addition, children with a doctor’s note explaining that seat belts are inadvisable due to a medical condition are exempt. If the vehicle is driven by someone with a full, rather than graduated, driver's license, children in the back seat are exempt if all the seat belts are already in use. Children riding in a motor home are exempt except when sitting in the front passenger seat.

How Do I Put Together a Cosco Summit Car Seat?

Place the buckle strap through the slot on the base of the car seat. This will hook into place. Make sure the buckle strap is inserted completely and does not slip out. The buckle's red button needs to be facing out.

Replace the pad and cover of the car seat. There will be four elastic bands that will stretch over plastic hooks on the bottom sides and the top sides of the car seat. Before connecting the elastic straps, guide the buckle and side harness straps through the slots on the seat of the car seat padding. The pad and cover of the car seat are needed whether the car seat is used as a booster seat or as a five-point harness car seat.

Clip the top shoulder straps into the buckle. Slide the chest bar onto the shoulder straps.

Insert the shoulder straps through the top slots of the car seat. Use the screwdriver to help push the straps through the cover and plastic back slots of the car seat. The shoulder straps must be just above your child's shoulders, not behind the child's shoulders. There are three different shoulder strap slots from which to choose.

Attach the metal clip in the back of the car seat by sliding the shoulder straps over each side of the metal clip.

Adjust the tightness of the shoulder straps to fit snug against your child. You do not want the strap to be loose, as this will not restrain the child if an accident does occur.

Install the car seat into the car once all the straps and padding have been re-assembled.

Things You Will Need

  • Cosco Summit car seat
  • Screwdriver

Tip

As your child grows, the Cosco Summit car seat will grow with your child. It is important to adjust the settings of the shoulder straps whenever your child's shoulders move above the shoulder strap slots. This is also a great opportunity to clean the car seat.

Warning

It is very important to check that all connections and straps are securely attached before placing your child into the car seat.

How to Remove a Seat From a Jumperoo to Wash

Lift up on the seat ring to take it out of the plastic frame.

Locate the notches where the seat connects to the seat ring. Press on the notches by using the flathead screwdriver. This will separate the seat from the seat ring.

Pull the seat off of the seat ring and set it upside down on a table.

Find the plastic tabs around the perimeter of the seat. Separate the seat cushion from the tabs or pegs by pulling it out.

Remove the seat cushion from the seat.

Warning

Do not bend the plastic tabs or pegs as they may break.

How to Install a Rainforest Baby View

Headrest

Locate the two Velcro strips that attach to the back of the mirror.

Wrap the strips around the back of the headrest, positioning the mirror where you want it to go.

Stick the two ends of the Velcro together to hold it in place. Adjust the height and tilt of the mirror so that when you look through the rearview mirror you can see the baby’s car seat.

Seat Anchor

Locate the clip attachment that attaches to the seat anchor.

Clip the clip attachment to the seat anchor located behind the back seat. Typically, only vans and SUVs have these clips on the back of the seats.

Arrange the length of the strand holding the mirror in place to adjust the height of the mirror so that you can see the car seat when looking into the rearview mirror.

Should a Toddler Wear a Coat in a Car Seat?

Potential Risks

Car seat manufacturers perform a series of tests to ensure that the child restraint system functions as it should when a child is strapped in. Bulky coats, snowsuits and swaddling blankets have the potential to interfere with the safety mechanism. Although the safety harness is capable of expanding to accommodate the coat, the fabric may compress during impact, causing the restraints to become to loose. Loose restraints put your toddler at risk of injury during a crash.

Coats Off

While a heavy coat is OK for going out into the weather, once your toddler gets into the car -- coats off. This is not to say that she has to remain uncomfortable during her travels. If the car is chilly inside, wrap your toddler’s coat around her after strapping her into the car seat and checking that she is secure. The same goes for snowsuits and blankets -- strap, then wrap.

A Snug Fit

Keep the straps of your toddler’s car seat adjusted correctly to fit his body. Always make certain that the car seat’s harness straps fit snugly but comfortably against his body. Adjust the chest clip so that it rests at armpit level to ensure that the straps remain in place on your toddler’s shoulders. Check the manufacturer’s instructions for making adjustments to the harness straps and chest clip.

Coat Check

If you are unsure if the thickness of your toddler’s coat will have an impact on the effectiveness of her car seat’s safety straps, try this test. Seat your toddler in the car seat while wearing the coat. Secure the harness strap, adjusting it until it is snug enough that there is no slack when you pinch the webbing between your thumb and forefinger. Try the test again without adjusting the length of the harness, this time with the coat off. If there is slack when you pinch, the coat is too thick.