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Baby Trend FLEX-LOC Owner’s Manual

  • Page 1 KEEP INSTRUCTIONS FOR FUTURE USE. Carefully read and understand all instructions and warnings in this manual. Failure to properly use this infant car seat increases the risk of serious injury or death in a sudden stop or crash. Store this manual in the pocket provided on the bottom of the seat. FLEX-LOC INFANT CAR SEAT Fixed Back…
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    TABLE OF CONTENTS WARNINGS TO ALERT YOU TO POSSIBLE DANGERS ……. 4 HOW TO REGISTER YOUR SAFETY SEAT ……….. 5 SAFETY INFORMATION ……………… 6 3.1 About your child ……………… 6 3.2 About your vehicle …………….6 3.3 About Active Air Bags …………….8 3.4 About an unoccupied Safety Seat …………

  • Page 3 FINAL SAFETY CHECKS …………….49 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ……………. 50 9.1 Using the Safety Seat in an Airplane ……….50 9.2 Using your Baby Trend Safety Seat with a Baby Trend Stroller ..50 9.3 Cleaning and Maintenance …………..50 9.4 Replacement Parts …………….52…
  • Page 4: Warnings To Alert You To Possible Dangers

    WARNING WARNINGS TO ALERT YOU TO POSSIBLE DANGERS The ultimate safety of your child depends on the proper installation of the Safety Seat in your vehicle. Proper installation requires that you read and understand this entire manual and your vehicle’s owner’s manual before placing your child in the Safety Seat.

  • Page 5: How To Register Your Safety Seat

    Send your name, address and the restraint’s model number and manufacturing date to Baby Trend, Inc, 1607 S. Campus Avenue, Ontario, CA 91761 or call 1-800-328-7363. For recall information, call the U.S. Government’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1–888–327–4236 (TTY: 1–800–424–…

  • Page 6: Safety Information

    SAFETY SAFETY INFORMATION 3.1 About your child • This Safety Seat is designed and tested to accommodate a child of a specific range of HEIGHT and WEIGHT. Using the Safety Seat for a child whose weight or height is outside of these limits will increase the risk of death or serious injury in the event of a crash.

  • Page 7 SAFETY the safety of your child. Quick turns, sudden stops, or other maneuvers in avoiding a crash, as well as a crash, can injure your child if not properly secured in the seat or if the seat is not properly installed in the vehicle. •…
  • Page 8: About Active Air Bags

    SAFETY 3.3 About Active Air Bags NEVER PLACE THIS SAFETY SEAT IN A VEHICLE SEATING LOCATION THAT HAS AN ACTIVE AIR BAG. If an Active Air bag inflates, it can hit the safety seat with great force and cause death or serious injury to your child. Refer to your vehicle owner’s manual for additional information and warnings about Active Air bags, and supplemental restraints, and their proper use with Safety Seats.

  • Page 9: About This Safety Seat

    SAFETY 3.5 About this Safety Seat • This Safety Seat is constructed of plastic that can deform over time if left with any object in the seat while stored. DO NOT leave heavy objects in the seat while not in use. DO NOT store the seat in the trunk of your car with heavy objects on it or with pressure on the seat from the trunk lid.

  • Page 10 SAFETY from the surface that the seat is on as well as from the pressure on their chest from the safety harness. In addition, if the carrier is placed too upright, the child’s head can fall forward and cause the child to have difficulty breathing. To avoid death or serious injury from suffocation, falls and other hazards: •…
  • Page 11 SAFETY • Strings and cords can cause strangulation: – DO NOT place items with string around a child’s neck, such as hood strings, pacifier cords, etc. – DO NOT suspend strings on or over carrier. – DO NOT attach strings to toys. – DO NOT place the carrier near a window where cords from blinds or drapes can strangle a child.
  • Page 12: Selecting The Best Location For The Safety Seat

    Safety Seat within the vehicle, contact your vehicle manufacturer directly, or through their dealer before using this seat. You are also invited to call Baby Trend at1-800-328-7363 for additional information or assistance. 4.1 Overall Considerations in Selecting a Location •…

  • Page 13: Check That The Vehicle Seat Meets The Following Requirements

    LOCATION • If the driver is the only adult in the vehicle and the child requires constant monitoring, then the forward seating position may be used if there is no passenger side Active Air bag and all of the following requirements are met for this location. 4.2 Check that the Vehicle Seat Meets the Following Requirements WARNING…

  • Page 14: Check That The Vehicle Seat Belt Is Safe To Use

    LOCATION • DO NOT place this Safety Seat in any vehicle seat that faces to the rear or to either side of the vehicle. (Fig. 14-1 & 14-2). • DO NOT use this Safety Seat in a vehicle that has a vehicle seat back that does not lock into place.

  • Page 15 LOCATION for use with the Safety Seat. Even newer vehicles can have seat belts systems that are not safe for use with the Safety Seat. These systems may look safe but their method of operation precludes their use with the Safety Seat. If you are unsure if the vehicle seat belt is safe for use with the Safety Seat, please contact the vehicle manufacturer for additional information.
  • Page 16 LOCATION • DO NOT use a lap belt that stays loose after installed and locks only in a crash or sudden stop. These lap belts utilize an Emergency Locking Retractor and are often found in combination with motorized shoulder belts. Because these belts will allow the Safety Seat to move about on the seat, the chance of the Safety Seat being out of the proper…
  • Page 17 LOCATION • DO NOT use a seat belt that is anchored on the seat more than 2 inches forward of the crease between the seat bottom and the seat back. This type of seat belt anchors the Safety Seat too far forward and the Safety Seat will not be safely restrained in the vehicle (Fig.
  • Page 18 LOCATION Seat belt systems that are Adequate for use with the Safety Seat: The following seat belt systems can be used with the Safety Seat provided, that all of the other requirements prescribed in these instructions, including seat position, and all instructions provided by your vehicle’s owner’s manual are followed.
  • Page 19 LOCATION loosening. This combination seat belt does not require a locking clip (Fig. 19-1). • A lap/shoulder combination belt system Fig. 19-1 with a latch plate that can slide freely along the belt is suitable for use with the Safety Seat if it includes a lockable retractor or if a locking clip is used to secure the lap belt into position and prevent loosening.
  • Page 20: Safety Seat Features And Their Proper Use

    FEATURES SAFETY SEAT FEATURES AND THEIR PROPER USE 5.1 5-Point Harness Carry Handle Moving Seat Canopy Back (Adjustable Back Model) Seat Pad Handle Harness Release Straps Button Buckle Harness Clip Vehicle Belt Path/Hook Harness without base Adjuster Strap Harness Adjuster Button…

  • Page 21: Rear View Of Adjustable Back Model

    FEATURES 5.2 Rear view of Adjustable Back Model Harness Slots Canopy Adjuster Seat Angle Knob Indicator Harness Belt Owner’s Manual Base/Stroller Holder Hook Harness Belt Adjuster Adjuster Strap Plate…

  • Page 22: Rear View Of Fixed Back Model

    FEATURES 5.3 Rear View of Fixed Back Model Harness Slots Canopy Harness Belt Seat Angle Indicator Base/Stroller Owner’s Hook Manual Holder Belt Adjuster Plate Harness Adjuster Strap…

  • Page 23: Base

    FEATURES 5.4 Base Attachment Locks Latch Connector Storage Belt Path for Vehicle Belt Installation Foot Adjustment Lock Button Latch Hook Release Button Webbing Release Button Latch Connectors Latch Attachment Hook…

  • Page 24 FEATURES Your Safety Seat base can be installed with either the vehicle belt or with the included LATCH attachment system. To properly install the Safety Seat and protect your child, you must carefully follow the instructions that correspond with the model you have purchased.
  • Page 25: Use Of The Safety Seat With The Base

    FEATURES 5.5 Use of the Safety Seat with the Base • To remove the car seat from the base, squeeze the Base Release handle, located below the foot end of the Safety Seat, to release the Safety Seat from the Base. Please see Fig.

  • Page 26: Crotch Strap

    FEATURES Crotch Strap The crotch strap is adjustable in length to ensure a safe and comfortable fit for harness. Seat Angle Indicator The Seat Angle Indicator is used to ensure that the seat is installed at the proper degree of recline to Seat Angle Indicator adequately protect your child in a crash.

  • Page 27: Operation Of The Carry Handle

    FEATURES 5.7 Operation of the Carry Handle • The Carry Handle has three positions: the upright carry position, a mid-storage position, and the non-rocking position. • Depress the two buttons located on the handle just above the connection to the Safety Seat shell to release the handle.

  • Page 28: Attaching The Canopy

    FEATURES 5.8 Attaching the Canopy Slip the canopy stays through the sleeves on the canopy. The canopy is attached by inserting the ends of the canopy plastic stays into the female fittings found on the inside of the handle hub. 5.9 Adjustment of the Shoulder Straps WARNING Failure to properly adjust the harness on your child…

  • Page 29 FEATURES To adjust the seat back height, turn the moving Knob handle must be vertical back adjuster knob behind the seat clockwise to increase the seat back height and counter clockwise to decrease the seat back height. Each half turn will raise or lower the slots 1/2”. The proper height of the harness straps is even with or just below your child’s shoulders.
  • Page 30: Harness Straps Adjusting

    FEATURES straps to be even with or just below your Proper height is even or just below shoulder child’s shoulders. (Fig. 30-1) The harness straps are adjusted as follows: 1. Remove the Safety Seat from the Base and rotate the Carry Handle to the back position. Place your child in the Safety Seat such that your child’s bottom is all the way to the rear and bottom of the seat.

  • Page 31 FEATURES Belt Threading Tool Adjuster Plate. From the front of the seat, pull the Harness Straps through the shoulder area slots and seat pad. 6. Using the included Belt Threading Tool, insert the Harness Straps through the Slots selected in step 2 above, in the seat pad and the seat shell, respectively.
  • Page 32: Adjustment Of Crotch Strap Length

    FEATURES 10. Before using the Safety Seat, please pull on the Harness Straps from the front to ensure that they are securely reattached. Adjustment of the Crotch Strap Length The crotch strap length should be adjusted such that a gap of 1/2” to 1” is present between the ears of the buckle, and the top of the child’s thigh, disregarding any clothing or diaper (Fig.

  • Page 33 FEATURES 2. The length of the crotch strap is shortened by wrapping additional strap material around the metal clip. The length is increased by unwrapping material from around the metal clip. Adjust the length of the crotch strap to the desired length. (Fig. 33-1) 3.
  • Page 34: Using Infant Restraint

    INFANT RESTRAINT USING INFANT RESTRAINT 6.1 Securing your Child in the Safety Seat / Carrier WARNING Failure to properly secure your child in the Safety Seat / Carrier increases the risk of death or serious injury from suffocation or falls, or in the event of a sharp turn, sudden stop or crash.

  • Page 35 INFANT RESTRAINT The clothing you dress you affect the proper use of the Safety Seat. Please dress your child in clothing that will: • Allow the Harness Straps to securely latch between your child’s legs. • Keep the shoulder straps properly located on your child’s shoulders.
  • Page 36: For The 5-point Harness

    NOT provide protection for your child. DO NOT use the safety seat, even as a carrier, if the harness does not securely buckle. Please call Baby Trend at Fig. 36-2 1-800-328-7363 for assistance. • From the front of the Safety Seat, pull outward on the Harness Adjuster Strap to tighten the Harness Straps.

  • Page 37: Securing The Safety Seat Or Base In The Vehicle

    INSTALLATION Accessory products for use with the Safety Seat are acceptable for use provided that they do not interfere with the harness assembly, or the proper adjustment of the harness such that it remains tight on the child’s shoulders at all times. Thick, soft, or other compressible material in excess of 1/4 inch thick should not be placed behind or under the child or between the child…

  • Page 38: Preparation

    INSTALLATION 7.1 Preparation 1. Park your vehicle on a level surface so that the level indicator located on the left side of the Safety Seat will properly indicate the proper angle of recline of the seat. 2. Make sure you have selected an acceptable location for the safety seat as instructed in section Selecting the Best Location for the Safety Seat on page 12.

  • Page 39: Installation Of The Safety Seat / Vehicle Belt Installation Of Base

    INSTALLATION 5. Check that the vehicle seat back is locked in the upright position and will not fold forward onto the Safety Seat. (Fig. 39-1) 7.2 Installation of the Safety Seat / Vehicle Belt Installation of Base: 1. Remove the Safety Seat from the base by squeezing the base release handle located under the center of the foot end of the Safety Seat and lifting upward on the…

  • Page 40 INSTALLATION through the Safety Seat without the Base. 4. Buckle the seat belt being careful that the seat belt is not twisted and is securely latched into the appropriate buckle, and not the adjacent buckle. (Fig. 40-2) 5. Proper installation of the Safety Seat or Base requires that the seat belt be Lap/Shoulder Belt very tight.
  • Page 41 INSTALLATION 6. To tighten a lap belt only: • An automatically retracted lap seat belt is tightened by feeding belt back into its retractor while pushing down hard on the Fig. 41-1 Safety Seat or Base. Make sure that the retractor locks the lap belt into place and that the belt remains very tight.
  • Page 42 INSTALLATION 8. A lap/shoulder combination seat belt with a buckle that can slide freely along the seat belt may require the use of a locking clip. (Fig. 42-2) Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual to see if the vehicle manufacturer has provided an alternate manner, such Fig.
  • Page 43: Installation Of The Base Using Latch

    Safety Seat will NOT provide Protection for your child. DO NOT use the Safety Seat with the Base if it does not securely latch into place. Please call Baby Trend at 1-800-328-7363 for assistance. 7.3 Installation of the Base using LATCH…

  • Page 44 INSTALLATION 1. Locate a LATCH seating position as identified in your vehicle owner’s manual. Some LATCH seating positions may require deploying of anchors, or installation of guides. 2. Remove the Safety Seat from the base by squeezing the base release handle located under the center of the foot end of the Safety Seat and lifting upward on the Safety Seat.
  • Page 45 No Protection for your child. DO NOT use the Safety Seat with the Base if it does not securely latch onto the Base. Please call Baby Trend at 1-800-328-7363 for assistance. Fig. 45-2 7. To remove the base from the vehicle,…
  • Page 46: Setting Proper Recline Of The Safety Seat / Base

    INSTALLATION 7.4 Setting Proper Recline of the Safety Seat / Base Fig. 46-1a For your child’s safety, the Safety Press to release Seat must be properly reclined Fig. 46-1b when installed in the vehicle. The Safety Seat includes a Seat Angle Indicator on the lower portion of the shell on the child’s left side, to assist in achieving…

  • Page 47 INSTALLATION 1. Safety Seat with Base: Make sure the vehicle is parked on level ground. Lock the Safety Seat onto the Base and check that the Safety Seat is level side to side on the vehicle seat. (Fig. 47-1) Check the Seat Angle Indicator that matches the weight of your child.
  • Page 48 INSTALLATION proper angle of recline, place a rolled towel, or car seat noodle, under the base at the foot end to achieve the correct position. (Fig. 48-1) 2. Safety Seat without Base: Check that the Safety Seat is level side to side on the vehicle seat.
  • Page 49: Final Safety Checks

    FINAL CHECKS FINAL SAFETY CHECKS 1. If your child is already in the Safety Seat, check that the harness is properly fitted and tight as instructed in the section 6.1, Securing your Child in the Safety Seat / Carrier. 2. Make sure that the Safety Seat is tightly installed and secure in the vehicle by performing the following test every time you use the Safety Seat.

  • Page 50: Additional Information

    Seat. Please follow these instructions for proper installation and perform the Final Safety Check as instructed herein. 9.2 Using your Baby Trend Safety Seat with a Baby Trend Stroller Please see the stroller owner’s manual for information on the use of the Safety Seat with the Baby Trend stroller.

  • Page 51: Cleaning

    ADD’L INFORMATION DO NOT use lubricants of any kind on any of the components of the Safety Seat and Base, including the buckle and LATCH system. The seat pad may be washed as follows: 1. Remove the harness shoulder straps from the Safety Seat as instructed in the section Adjustment of the Shoulder Straps.

  • Page 52: Replacement Parts

    ADD’L INFORMATION on Pad. Thread the Harness Straps through Buckle Tongues and Harness-Tie. See section Adjustment of the Shoulder Straps for re-threading of shoulder straps. • To re-install the Harness straps on the adjustable seat back model, move the Seat Back to its highest position, then follow steps in section Adjustment of the Shoulder Straps.

Infant Car Seat review: Baby Trend Flex-Loc

Web: Infant Car Seat review: Baby Trend Flex-Loc

Price: EZ Flex-Loc is $95.

Type: Infant seat, five-point harness.

Limits: 5 to 30 lbs. and 30”. EZ-Flex Loc 32 works to 32 lbs.

NHTSA ease of use rating: Four out of Five stars.

Pros: Top rated seat in crash test—back in 2007.

Cons: Mostly sold as part of a travel system with an inferior stroller. 2017 CR tests placed this seat dead last.

Comments: Baby Trend advertises the Flex-Loc infant car seat as a “top rated” seat—we assume they are referring to a 2007 report from Consumer Reports that named the seat a “Best Buy.” But that was 2007 . . . in CR’s 2017 report, the Flex Loc ranked DEAD LAST. 32 out of 32 seats. Baby Trend is like the New York Jets of car seats.

And our reader feedback on Baby Trend’s infant car seats is similarly downbeat. Yes, these infant car seats features a four-position height adjustable base and EPS foam for head protection. Some models come with a boot for extra warmth.

But this seat hasn’t been updated in years. It appears to exist so Baby Trend can pair it with its poorly-rated (in our opinion) strollers for cheap travel systems.

Confusingly, Baby Trend marketed two versions of this seat: Flex-Loc and the EZ Flex-Loc. The only difference: the Flex-Loc has a height adjustable seat back with no rethread harness. The EZ version does not. (On some websites, the Flex Loc is referred to as the Flex Loc Adjustable Back).

Parent reviews for this seat are, at best, mixed. Fans like the narrow width of the base and the seat’s overall value—and if you have a Baby Trend stroller, it is compatible. Unfortunately for everyone else who doesn’t have a Baby Trend stroller, this infant car seat is a bust. Few stroller makers make adapters for this seat.

And more than one parent complained their infant quickly outgrew this seat, despite the stated 30 lb. limit (some Flex Locs have 32 lb. weight limits). More criticism: the handle release button can be hard to reach and stiff to release. And the strange triangle handle takes a bit of getting used to.

Finally, we should note that Baby Trend’s customer service, or lack thereof, is also disappointing. Unanswered emails, un-returned phone calls and a general “we don’t care” attitude mar Baby Trend’s brand.

(FYI: Consumer Reports doesn’t even rate the Flex-Loc in its most recent report.) Yes, Baby Trend’s Flex-Loc seats are cheap, but you get what you pay for. If you’re looking for an affordable but high quality seat, check out our review of the Graco Snugride SnugLock.

Rating: D