Removing the cover to wash my alpha omega elite carseat from cost
I lost my instructions and I almost have the cover off but Im down to the bottom where the case around the bottom straps is holding down the cover. I cant seem to find a way to loosen up the bottom covers to take the cover off and I need to wash it. Please help!
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When I took mine apart I did the following.Take many pictures of it first so you can see how it goes back together. Put all of the parts in a container so you don't lose any. Start by removing the screws on the headrests. There are four of them. Using a flat screwdriver on the left side and a pair of pliers on the right (as you are facing it) pull the metal rod from the hinge to the right. Make sure you don't damage the springs. The screwdriver can be used to gently pry the square metal strap anchor from the plastic holder. It is tight! Then fish the anchor through the seat and fabric. The shoulder straps have to go from the front through the fabric. There is a front clip that is located between the child's legs. I had to finesse the fabric cover around this. I think that is all I did. We washed the cover in COLD water on delicate and soaked it overnight to get it clean. Hang dry!
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Not all carseats have this option. Look in your owner's manual to see if this is a feature of your particular carseat. If it is, the instructions will be spelled out there. If you do not have the owner's manual, you can download it from the manufacturer's website.
You can get a new manual free of charge from the manufacturer, Dorel Juvenile Group, at www.djgusa.com or by calling their toll-free number (1-800-219-0509). You will need the model number and the date of manufacture, both of which are located on a sticker on the side of the carseat. You may also want to check out www.carseat.org/recalls, as some of the AOE's have been recalled for problems with the harness. It's no big deal; if your seat is one of the recalled ones, just mention it when ordering your manual and they will send you a repair kit for free.
Another option is to check with your local police department and/or County Health Department to see if there is a Certified Carseat Safety Technician available to help you. They are trained in the proper installation of carseats and will show you how to install yours correctly, for free. You should probably do this anyway, as about 98% of all child safety seats are installed incorrectly (even when parents have followed the directions in the manual). Good luck!
Dorel Juvenile Group manufactures these car seats for under the Cosco brand. You should check out their web site.
Check out the recall notices and make sure your seat is not listed.
Register your car seat so that you are informed of any future recalls.
We have taken our car booster seat apart and ran the cover through the laundry. We used the delicate cycle and COLD water. We also soaked it overnight. This resulted in a very clean cover. MAKE SURE you take several good quality photos of it so that you can get it back together again. Online manuals do not seem to exist.