How did you make the seat so lightweight and maintain the necessary level of safety?
Nuna has developed the PIPA lite series, constructed with a thick, flexible and energy absorbent wall of our proprietary Aeroflex™ EPP foam encased in a protective, plastic shell creating a car seat that is ultra-lightweight and secure. In a crash, the unique combination of the foam and shell minimize the force transferred to baby by redistributing crash forces over a larger area of the child’s body and the seat structure. The redistribution of these forces helps in the reduction of injuries to the child by effectively managing the energy using both the seat structure and the vehicle’s internal crash protection systems.
Why does the PIPA lite series come with an additional set of inserts?
Both inserts included with the purchase of the PIPA lite series car seats provide the same function. The extra insert accessory gives you the option to use a GOTS™ (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified organic cotton and dye alternative if you choose.
Can the PIPA series 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 lite series 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 PIPA lite series car seats 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.
Does the PIPA lite series have an expiration date?
Yes. The expiration date or useful life of the PIPA lite series car seat is 7 years after original purchase. This information can be found on the bottom of the seat shell and base.
What is the correct handle position for PIPA lite infant car seat when used in a Vehicle?
For in-vehicle use, the handle of the PIPA lite series can be in any locked position during travel. Handle MUST NOT contact the vehicle interior (side of car or seat in front) when installed.
How do I clean my car seat?
Wipe plastic 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.
Can I install the PIPA lite series without the base, for example when I travel?
No, the PIPA lite series cannot be installed in a vehicle or aircraft without the use of the base. It must be installed in a vehicle with the PIPA series base.
Is the PIPA lite series aircraft approved?
When used with the PIPA series base, the PIPA lite series is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft. Install the base on an aircraft by following the section “Installation Using Lap and Lap/Shoulder Belt” in the instruction manual. It may be necessary to shorten the lap belt by twisting it, to achieve a proper installation.
My PIPA lite series has a sticker showing it is not certified for aircraft use. What can I do?
To receive an updated FAA certification label and instruction manual, please call 1.855.NUNA.USA or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Do I need to use the lock-off for installation?
Yes. The lock-off must be used when installing the child seat base with the vehicle seat belt. The lock-off holds the vehicle seat belt tight to maintain a secure pre-crash installation. The belt system must lock the base into place prior to the crash.
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.
Can the PIPA lite series be used forward facing?
No, the PIPA lite series car seats are rear facing only seats and accommodate children from 4 to 32 pounds and 32 inches tall. Once your child exceeds the height or weight limits on the PIPA lite series seats, a convertible car seat is the next seat your child will need, which we offer the Nuna RAVA. Also check with your local authority for the car seat laws in your state.
Can a rear facing car seat be installed in the front seat of a vehicle?
According to statistics, children are safer when riding in the rear seats of a car. 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 owner’s manual when installing a child restraint.
Can the PIPA lite series accommodate a preterm or low birth weight baby?
Yes. The body support features a low birth weight pillow for babies weighing 4 lbs. Always consult your physician before using any car seat for a preterm or low birth weight baby.
When should I stop using the body support?
The body support includes a low birthweight pillow located on the back of the support. The low birth weight pillow can be used in the body support for smaller babies, but MUST be removed once a snug fit can be achieved without it, at approximately 11 lbs. You can continue to use the body support without the low birth weight pillow until your child can fit properly/snugly without it. Always consult your physician before using any car seat for a preterm or low birth weight baby.
When should I stop using the head support?
The head support may be used as necessary for improved comfort and to provide a snug fit. The head support straps cannot go through the same slots as the harness and should only be used in the top two harness slot positions.
What is the proper harness tightness for my car seat?
A snug but comfortable harness is important for good crash protection. If there is slack in the harness at the time of a crash the child could move unrestrained increasing the risk of injury. According to Safe Kids; with the chest clip placed at armpit level, pinch the strap at your child’s shoulder. If you are unable to pinch any excess webbing, you’re good to go.
At what level should the harness straps be for my child?
For an infant that is rear facing, the harness straps should be even with or just below the baby's shoulders. If the harness is above the baby's shoulders with the straps in the lowest position, do not use the car seat until the baby grows into it.
Is it acceptable to add something to the car seat for safe transport of preterm or low birth weight infants?
Yes, it may be helpful to add small blanket rolls on both sides of the infant for better support during car seat rides. Never add anything besides Nuna original equipment behind the child. For an example, please click here.
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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.