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Welcome RAVA fans! 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 simply smart convertible.

videos

  • RAVA features video

  • RAVA rear facing installation

  • RAVA forward facing installation

details

particulars

  • When is the best time to begin using the RAVA?
    The best time to begin using the RAVA depends on your personal preference and situation. The RAVA accepts infants starting at 5 lbs. giving you the option to use a convertible seat as your child's first seat if preferred. However, if you prefer to use a rear facing infant car seat that attaches to a stroller, we suggest using our PIPA infant car seat. Once your child outgrows the PIPA, we suggest choosing the RAVA convertible seat as your next seat.
  • How long should my child ride rear facing? Why?
    Nuna and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend children ride rear facing until they are at least 2 years old. Most children meet the weight and height requirement to ride rear facing in the RAVA for longer than 2 years. We encourage you to keep your child rear facing in RAVA as long your child fits and is within the maximum rear facing requirements for both height and weight.
  • Is it dangerous or uncomfortable for my child's legs to be touching the back of the vehicle seat when rear facing?
    Though it may seem uncomfortable to you, children are more flexible than adults. Children will find different leg positions to make themselves comfortable, from criss-cross, to putting their legs straight, to hanging them over the sides of the car seat. These are all acceptable riding positions. There is no data that shows when a child's feet or legs reach the vehicle seat that they are at an increased risk for lower-extremity injuries. It is much more important to protect the head, neck and spine during a crash - which is what riding rear facing does. Studies have shown that forward facing children are at a higher risk for lower extremity injuries as their legs can come in contact with the vehicle seatback in front of them.
  • When can my child be turned around to face forward?
    We recommend children ride rear facing as long as their weight and height are within the rear facing requirements, and until at least 2 years of age. Children can safely ride forward facing when they weigh 25 lbs and are at least 2 years old.
  • Can I use a seat protector under my RAVA to protect my vehicle seat?
    The RAVA was designed with a smooth seat back and seat bottom, so using a vehicle seat protector is not necessary. 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 RAVA if ever involved in a crash. We do not recommend placing any seat protector or other item under your RAVA.

install items

  • Why does Nuna prefer the Vehicle Seat Belt installation rather than the Lower Anchor Belts (LATCH) installation?
    Both methods of installation are safe and have been tested and pass the FMVSS 213 standard. Nuna's preferred installation method is the Vehicle Seat Belt because 1) it eliminates confusion of when to switch from Lower Anchor Belts to Vehicle Seat Belt, 2) all vehicle seating positions are manufactured with a seat belt but not all vehicle seating positions include Lower Anchor Belts/LATCH, and 3) you can install the RAVA in more seating positions with a Vehicle Seat Belt install. Always use Tether for forward facing installations if your vehicle is equipped with a Tether Anchor point and vehicle requirements are met (see vehicle owner's manual).
  • What is the difference between installing with a Vehicle Seat Belt vs. LATCH (Lower Anchor Belt)?

    The Vehicle Seat Belt can hold a higher weight limit than the Vehicle Lower Anchorage system. The vehicle's Lower Anchorage System can only hold a maximum of 65 pounds TOTAL. This is calculated by adding the child's weight + weight of the RAVA car seat (consult instruction manual, "Child Usage Requirements" for details).

    In Rear Facing: Do not use the Lower Anchors (LATCH system) for a child weighing more than 35 lbs (15.8 kg)

    In Forward Facing: Do not use the Lower Anchors (LATCH system) for a child weighing more than 40 lbs (18.1 kg)
  • How long can I use LATCH/Lower Anchor Belts?
    In Rear Facing: Use of the Lower Anchors (LATCH system) in rear facing is for a child weighing 35 lbs (15.8 kg) or less.
    In Forward Facing: Use of the Lower Anchors (LATCH system) in forward facing is for a child weighing 40 lbs (18.1 kg) or less.
  • Can I install RAVA with both the Vehicle Seat Belt and Lower Anchor Belts (LATCH)?
    The RAVA can only be installed using 1 method; either the Vehicle Seat Belt or Lower Anchor Belt. Always use Tether for forward facing installations if your vehicle is equipped with a Tether Anchor point and vehicle requirements are met (see vehicle owner's manual).
  • Where is the bubble indicator or line?
    The RAVA was designed and engineered to give you the ability to choose your preferred recline angle in rear facing and forward facing, without the need for a bubble or line. There is no recline bubble or line on the RAVA. Use the BLUE recline positions for rear facing and the RED recline positions for forward facing. With the seat installed in your vehicle, always check to make sure your child's head does not fall forward. If it does, recline the seat more to get a better angle.
  • What recline angle is appropriate for my child?
    In rear facing, any of the 5 positions in blue are acceptable. However, if your infant's head falls forward, recline the seat more to get a better angle. In forward facing, any of the 5 positions in RED are acceptable. If your child's head falls forward, the seat can be reclined more.
  • How do I know if my child is at the proper recline angle for rear facing?
    If your infant's head falls forward, recline the seat more to get a better angle. For infants from 5-11 lbs, you may use the infant insert/wedge to improve the recline angle for smaller infants.

fitting facts

  • Can the RAVA accept a preterm or low birth weight baby?
    Always consult your physician before using any car seat for a preterm or low birth weight baby. We suggest using the PIPA for a preterm or low birth weight baby as the infant insert is designed and rated to fit a smaller baby with a start weight of 4 lbs.
  • When should I use the infant insert and infant head insert?
    The infant insert can be used for a child that is 5 lbs and if the harness straps are positioned ABOVE the child’s shoulders in the 2 lowest sets of harness slots. The harness must fall AT or BELOW the child’s shoulders. The infant insert can be used up to 11 lbs. The head insert may be used or removed for improved comfort to child at any time.
  • Can the infant insert and wedge be used separately?
    Both are designed to be used together.
  • My child has exceeded either the weight or height limit of RAVA, but not both. Can I continue using RAVA?
    To use the RAVA, your child must be within BOTH the height and weight requirements. If your child exceeds the usage requirements for forward facing, he or she may be ready for a belt positioning booster like the Nuna AACE. The AACE starts at 4 years old, 40 lbs and 38 inches in the high back booster mode.
  • What is the proper harness tightness for my car seat?

    A snug harness cannot be pinched, and should not allow any slack. Make sure the harness is snug around the child and lays flat. It lies in a relatively straight line without sagging. It does not press on the child’s flesh or push the child’s body in an unnatural position.
    A snug but comfortable harness is important for good crash protection. Slack in the harness at the time of a crash could result in serious injury or death. The harness is tight enough if after placing the harness at the proper height (AT or JUST BELOW the shoulder height for rear facing, and AT or JUST ABOVE the shoulder height for forward facing) you cannot pinch a fold in the strap.
  • Should I add a noodle or towel under my RAVA?
    Noodles or towels are not needed on the RAVA as it was designed and engineered with the proper recline angle built in to the seat. The RAVA has 5 dedicated rear facing positions and 5 dedicated forward facing positions. ALL of these angles have been designed into the seat with vehicle seat slopes in mind and these additional "fixes" are not needed, and should not be used. If your infant or child's head falls forward, recline the seat more to get a better angle.

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.
  • Do I have to replace my RAVA if it has been involved in a car accident? What if it was a minor accident, ie: fender bender?
    Yes. You must replace the RAVA if it has been involved in a car accident, even if it was minor, and there appears to be no damage to the car seat. Check with your insurance company as some may cover the replacement of your seat.
  • 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 RAVA if ever involved in a crash.
  • Can I use a seat protector under my RAVA to protect my vehicle seat?
    The RAVA was designed with a smooth seat back and seat bottom, so using a vehicle seat protector is not necessary. 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 RAVA if ever involved in a crash. We do not recommend placing any seat protector or other item under your RAVA.
  • Is the RAVA aircraft approved?
    Yes, the RAVA has been tested and certified to meet FAA requirements. Follow the instruction manual for installation on an aircraft (see "Aircraft Installation"). The FAA certified sticker is located on the bottom of the RAVA. Look for the label with the airplane. Because some aircraft seat configurations are different than others, it is always a good idea to contact your airline prior to travel to double confirm compatibility.
  • How do I clean my RAVA?
    Wipe plastic, vinyl, and metal parts with a damp sponge or soft cloth. The harness system should be cleaned with mild soap and water and allowed to air dry. Do not attempt to remove the harness system. 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 wash my seat cover?
    You may hand wash or machine wash your covers on the delicate cycle, using cold water and mild detergent. Hang to dry. Do not dry clean.
  • Does my RAVA have an expiration date?
    Yes. The expiration date or useful life of the RAVA is 10 years after the date of manufacture. This information can be found on the bottom of your car seat.