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Welcome PIPA lover! From videos to FAQs and everything in between, we’ve provided the below so you too can be the expert on your little one’s safe haven.

videos

  • PIPA features video

  • PIPA base features video

  • 5 second install video

details

particulars

  • When should I remove the infant insert on the PIPA?
    When your "mini me" has grown to approximately 11 lbs. Essentially, infant inserts can be used as long as needed- so that little riders can fit snuggly into the seat (which is what it is meant for, to improve the comfort and sitting position of smaller babies).
  • Can the PIPA's base be installed without the stability leg?
    Yes. Though there are significant benefits to using the stability leg there may be times when it is not practical or desirable to use it. When that is the case, it is fully acceptable to install the base without the stability leg. The PIPA has been tested according to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 213 and meets or exceeds ALL standards with or without the stability leg.
  • What are the benefits of using the base’s stability leg?
    The stability leg greatly reduces rotation of the child restraint during a crash, by as much as 90%. This is important for the protection of the child's head and spinal cord. By reducing rotation the child is supported by the seat shell and the energy absorbing material.
  • Can I install the PIPA seat without the base, for example when I travel?
    Yes. The PIPA is designed for installation with or without the base, making it convenient for traveling. It is also tested and approved for use in an aircraft with or without the base.
  • Can the PIPA be used forward facing?
    NO. The PIPA is a rear facing only seat and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises parents to keep their toddlers in rear-facing car seats until age 2, or until they reach the maximum height or weight for their seat. The PIPA rear facing seat accommodates children from 4 to 32 pounds and 32 inches tall. Also check with your local authority for the car seat laws in your state.
  • Is the PIPA aircraft approved?
    Yes. The PIPA has been tested and certified to meet FAA requirements. Because some aircraft configurations are different than others, it is always a good idea to contact your airline prior to travel to double confirm compatibility.
  • What is the correct handle position for PIPA infant car seat when used in a vehicle?
    For in-vehicle use, whether used with or without the base, the handle to the PIPA can be in any locked position during travel.

install items

  • Is it OK to install the base with both the vehicle seat belt and the lower rigid anchors (LATCH)?
    Yes. Installing with both is OK-but it does not improve the performance of the installation. We have done additional crash testing to make sure that both methods are safe- even when used together.
  • Can a rear facing car seat be installed in the front seat of a vehicle?
    No. Never place a child seat rear facing in a front passenger seat that has an airbag, unless the airbag is off. If you need to place the child seat in the front seat, make sure the airbag is turned off and move the vehicle seat as far back as possible. DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY can occur if an airbag contacts the seat. Always refer to the vehicle owners manual when installing a child restraint.
  • Can the PIPA's base be installed without the stability leg?
    Yes. Though there are significant benefits to using the stability leg there may be times when it is not practical or desirable to use it. When that is the case, it is fully acceptable to install the base without the stability leg. This seat has been tested according to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 213 and meets or exceeds ALL standards with or without the stability leg.
  • Can I install the PIPA seat without the base, for example when I travel?
    Yes. The PIPA is designed for installation with or without the base, making it convenient for traveling. It is also tested and approved for use in an aircraft with or without the base.
  • Do I need to use the lock-off for installation?
    Yes. It is recommended that the lock-off is used when installing the child seat base with the vehicle seat belt. The lock-off maintains a snug pre-crash installation.
  • How can I tell if my seat is properly installed?
    It is important to follow the directions provided with the child seat AND the vehicle in order to achieve a proper installation. When the base is at the correct angle the bubble will be touching the line. When using the lower rigid attachments or the stability leg, the indicators will change from red to green. After installation, grasp the base near the seat belt path (Closest to the vehicles seat back and seat bottom) to check for movement. It should not move more than 1 inch side-to-side or front-to-back at the seat belt path. (Some movement is allowable). If you are still unsure of the install Nuna also recommends consulting with a certified Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Technician to determine if your car seat is properly installed. In most cases, this service is free. Visit http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cps/cpsfitting/index.cfm to find an Inspection Station near you.
  • When should I use the seat belt routing where the shoulder belt goes around the back of the seat instead of staying in the front of the seat?
    This is an alternate belt routing when installing ONLY the seat shell using the vehicle lap and shoulder belt. This routing is often referred to as the European style belt routing and is a preferred method when the shoulder belt is long enough to go around the back of the seat shell and the vehicle includes a switchable (locking) retractor. Refer to your vehicles owners’ manual to determine the type of seat belt retractor that is in your vehicle.

fitting facts

car seat family

  • I have misplaced or lost my instruction manual, what can I do?
    If your instruction manual is missing or you need another copy visit the support section of our website where you may download instructions for any Nuna product.
  • I was recently in an accident. There doesn't appear to be any damage. Do I have to replace my child's car seat?
    Yes. You need to replace your child's car seat if it was involved in any accident - even a minor one. Even if there is no visible damage to the car seat, the impact and force of a collision can cause unseen structural damage. Any such damage may prohibit your car seat from adequately protecting your child in the event of a sudden stop or crash. Some insurance carriers will reimburse you for the replacement of a new car seat if it was in a crash. Check with your insurance provider for details on your policy.
  • Does my PIPA have an expiration date?
    Yes. The expiration date or useful life of the PIPA is 7 years after the date of manufacture. This information can be found on the bottom of your car seat.
  • How do I clean my car seat?
    Wipe plastic, vinyl, and metal parts with a damp sponge or soft cloth. For fabrics, use cool water with a mild soap, rinse with clean water, and air dry. The harness system should be cleaned with mild soap and water and allowed to air dry. Wipe the outside of the buckle with a damp cloth. Do not lubricate the buckle or immerse in water. Do not use bleach or harsh chemicals on your car seat and do not dry clean. Use of cleaning agents such as these can damage your car seat and cause deterioration of the materials.
  • How do I keep my child warm in a car seat?
    Wearing bulky clothing can prevent a proper harness fit. You should not put your child in any car seat wearing bulky clothing or jackets. Instead, remove any bulky clothing and cover your child with a blanket or jacket after securing your child in the seat. We do not recommend using any products or accessories that are not approved by Nuna.
  • Can I use any aftermarket car seat accessories?
    We do not recommend using any products or accessories that are not approved by Nuna. Adding a product or accessory could alter the effectiveness or performance of the PIPA if ever involved in a crash.