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  • Marc Cohen CPSTI Jun 05, 2013

    What is the brand, model, and date of manufacture of this seat? This information should be on a label on the seat.



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I have a '04 Eddie Bauer infant carseat-carrier I

Best to contact Eddie Bauer customer sevice about how to fix the straps and buckles:BY PHONE

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Feb 02, 2013 | Baby Gear

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The seat tilts after correct installation with buckle


This is not a realistic movement for the carseat - it wouldn't be tilted like this in an accident so it is not something that can correctly confirm a good fitting.

Was the carseat fitted by a trained member of staff prior to purchase and confirmed suitable? Did they demonstrate how to correctly fit it using the seatbelt only?

Jun 10, 2012 | Maxi-Cosi Cabrio Red Flame Reflection...

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My Child is jumping out of the Straps (even it's tight enough)

Children are copy-cats. They watch your every move so closely and repeat it to see what happens when they do it. You're aware of them doing it a lot of the time - many people avoid swearing in front of their children, some people don't like arguing in front of them, you allow them to see you using the loo and brushing your teeth by way of encouragement of what they need to learn.

So what about when they copy the bad stuff? Stuff that we, as parents, need to do, but stuff that they really shouldn't. Stuff like opening the oven, pouring boiling water from the kettle, opening the buckle of their harness on their carseat.

Well, it's down to parental guidance: "Don't touch the oven", "Don't play with the kettle", "Don't undo the carseat harness". Most often than not, you'll follow up that statement with a reason - "Don't touch the oven - it's hot, and it might burn you". It's the same with the carseat harness buckle - you have to provide a reason why it's important for them not to undo it.

There are various pages set up on the internet to help parents with techniques for discouraging children from undoing their carseat harness; Tips such as making it into a game, demonstrating to them how everyone must wear a seatbelt and explaining the importance for it on a level that the child can understand, whether they're a curious toddler or a bored six year old. In addition, distraction techniques can be helpful, and for younger children the Maxi Cosi PlayTray will fit onto all the Group 1 carseats in the range, providing not just entertainment but also making it more difficult to access the red release button.

The Maxi Cosi carseat range requires a pressure of 60 Newtons of force to open it. This is the maximum allowed under UK safety law so we can't make it any harder to undo. To make it more difficult for the child to undo the harness, always ensure that the harness is adjusted to the appropriate height for their shoulders (it should be no more than an inch above or below their shoulder height) and also check before every journey that the harness has been properly tensioned. You should only be able to fit 2 fingers between the childs chest and the harness once it is correctly tensioned as per the user manual. While the child may not like being restrained in the carseat harness, you aren't hurting them by ensuring it's correctly tightened before each journey, and you must remember in the event of an accident you want the harness to be nice and secure to prevent them flopping around in the carseat.
The harness must be completely released by a single, red push button. This is the universally recognised seatbelt and carseat release button, and in the event of an emergency if someone other than yourself needs to get the child out of the carseat quickly they need to be able to do so easily and without specific guidance from yourself on how to do it, so adding things to the harness is not advised and some additional chest clips are in fact not legal for use under UK law.

If you're on a long journey and the child falls asleep, you may find that the harness appears looser on them than it did when you first set off - this is as they've relaxed, and as the harness is not self-retracting like an adult seat belt it may become loose as their posture changes in the seat. In this event, if you were to have an accident at this point, the harness would prevent the child from moving any further forward from the position they were originally in; the carseat harness has not loosened off at all. In the event that you're concerned about the amount of additional gap when the child falls asleep, pull over when it is safe to do so and give the tensioner strap that extra pull to remove the slack. If you're not sure that you are able to fit the carseat and tension the harness correctly, please refer to the website for video demonstrations on fitting the carseat, or ask your local retailer for a refresher lesson in how to correctly fit and tension it.

These sites are worth having a look at if you encounter the issue of your child trying to get out of the harness, whether they are releasing the red button or attempting to slip out of the harness any other way:

May 23, 2012 | Baby Gear

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How to fit a maxi cosi cabrio car seat - note it is the old style not the new cabriofix


To fit the Cabrio (with seat belts only), follow these steps:
Note that you will have three metallic looking blue seatbelt hooks (made of plastic) on the Cabrio. One is at the back to carseat (directly behind the childs head) and also there is one either side of the child (when seated in the carseat), these hooks are used to slip the seat belt into and therefore secure the seat.
Placing the carseat facing the rear windscreen of the car - if this is in the front seat, then ensure that your airbag is disabled if you have one. If this is not possible, then DO NOT use the front seat.
Ensure that the carseat handle is clicked into the 'carrying' position, upright.
Taking the seatbelt in your hands, slip the lapbelt through the two blue hooks which are either side of baby and then click the seatbelt into the buckle. Pull firmly so it's nice and taut, hold onto the carseat when you are pulling the seatbelt.
Whilst taking the slack with one hand, take the shoulder seatbelt and loop through the third blue hook (located on the back of the carseat) and again pull firmly whilst holding onto the carseat.
When you attempt this, practice without the baby in as this is much easier to do.

Finally, check that the buckle of your seatbelt is not resting too high or on an angle of the cabrios plastic shell, as this is considered dangerous and is called 'buckle crunch', for more information on this, please see the link below, which explains with images:

I hope this helps.

Oct 04, 2009 | Baby Gear

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How do i buckle in my childs carseat if my car has no carseat safety bars?

you need to but a kit to fit into your vehicle!
the store where you got it from should have them
Cheers Rob

Aug 15, 2009 | Cosco Baby Gear

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How do i assemble my cosco car seat

Well.. I really could use some more info about how the carseat looks but thinking todler if it is the largest todler one you should just put the seat belt over the childs arm and waist and buckle regularly. If it is the one with the pull down plastic piece. you run the seat belt through the first side put your hand in the other side get the belt and pull through the last side then buckle.

Please right back and let me know if this helped :)

Oct 29, 2008 | Baby Gear

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Safe Seat stuck to base

Ok. You should be able to put your weight on the base to create some slack in the strap. Then push the release buckle and alternate your weight to pull the strap and loosen. Then you'll have enough room to manipulate the improperly installed latch.

Aug 25, 2008 | Baby Gear

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I cant losen the tether in the back

Usually you just rotate the buckle away from the strap as you push in the release button. Every carseat is a little different so your best bet is to look in the original owner's manual. if yo do not have it, it can be downloaded from the manufacturer's website.

Aug 21, 2008 | Evenflo Chase Comfort Touch

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Cosco 5-point omega carseat

ok I had such a hard time with this, i looked on the internet for hours and found NOTHING!! haha so i went to babies r us and checked out a similar one so here it is.
first the strap goes on the bottom, pull them even and the add the buckle, plastic buckle thing, and the other thing soft thing. then put the strap through the back of the seat (you should have two ends) not the must go OVER the adjusts! now take the metal piece that adjust the length and pull it long enough for it to reach the two straps and hook them up!! haha if this isnt good enough go to a store that carries the alpha omega elite car seats and check it out! GOOD LUCK!!

May 10, 2007 | Cosco Alpha Omega Elite 5-Point 22-155

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