I am so frustrated. I know that the harness straps need to be removed in order to remove the pad. However, the harness straps are weaved into a box that do not fix through the slots in the seat. I tried to remove the straps from this box in order to have the straps fit through the slots but was unsuccessful. Please help.
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The harness of a carseat should never be removed or replaced by anyone other than a trained engineer due to the safety implications of it being incorrectly replaced.
The carseat fabric should be removed from this carseat and they can be washed - the harness itself should be cleaned in place in the carseat using a solution of stain remover and water and a small scrubbing brush or hard scourering pad to clean the harness. Excess water in the carseat should be dried immediately and thoroughly to prevent any parts rusting. Loose crumbs can be removed using a vacuum cleaner.
Alternatively the carseat can be sent in for the engineers to replace with a new one. Inspection and single repair (replacement of the harness) plus safety checks and courier collection and repair can be booked for 39.99GBP if you're in the UK by calling 01284 413 141 Mon-Thur 8.30-6.30 / Fri 8.30-4.30 (Excluding Bank Holidays)
Hi Beth - First open the footmuff, and set the carseat down on the floor in front of you so you're facing it. Take the harness pads and ****** pad off the harness straps and place the footmuff into the carseat. Pull the harness straps through the holes in the footmuff and press the back of the footmuff into the curve of the carseat. Replace the harness pads. You're ready to go! When you use the carseat, simply put baby in and do up the harness as usual, then do up the footmuff for cosy, safe travelling.
If you are a UK customer, replacement harness pads for the Maxi Cosi CabrioFix can be ordered via your local authorised retailer or direct with the customer service department on 01284 413 141 Mon-Fri 8.30-4.30. The harness pads are available in plain Black only, as a set of three, and are RRP £15 (with £3.99 p+p if ordered direct).
If you're in another country, go to www.maxi-cosi.com and select the country you're in, then use the "Contact Us" tab to ask if they're available in your country to order.
Press and hold down the harness release button. With your other hand below the chest pads, pull the shoulder straps forward as far as possible. With the Eclipse Si fully reclined, open the seat-belt guard at the back of the shell. Pull the yoke out from behind the seat and unhook both shoulder straps. Pull the cover from the top of the seat so that you can see the slots in the seat shell. Pull each shoulder strap and chest pad strap forward and towards the centre of the shell, easing the metal tab and straps through the slot. Then thread them through to the front of the cover. Unfasten the buckle and remove the comfort pad. Gently pull the cover off the seat, easing the shoulder straps, chest pads, harness buckle and adjuster strap through the slots in the cover.
You may have solved this problem already, but I had a similiar situation. If you can remove the round hard plastic fasteners that the straps pass through, it really is not too difficult to take the pad off. They are just clips that push against the hard plastic back of the seat to hold the straps in place. To remove them, I just took a flat head screw driver and placed it against the long side of the fastener and pushed up and toward the center of the fastener. I did this for both sides of the fastener and it popped right out. The straps then just unhook from the back and thread through to the front. Make sure to note how the straps are placed so that they can be replaced correctly. The pad washed up very nicely for me. I used warm water and regular detergent. I let it dry in the sun. Hope that this helps.
The back of my manual has a page to order parts and send to:
Dorel Juvenile Group, Inc
Consumer Relations Dept
PO Box 2609
Columbus, IN 47202-2609
They need your model # and manufacture date, as well as money order or Visa/Mastercard info. (number, name, exp date, and signature)
**** Strap/Buckle $4.99
Harness Strap $2
Pad Set $42
Harness Retainer $1.50
Locking Clip $2.50
Tether Kit $9.99
Latch Kit $24.99
up to $25 $5.95
upt to $50 $6.95
up to $75 $8.95
up to $100 $9.95
up to $150 $10.95
up to $200 $11.95
over $200 $13.95
outside con. US $10
plus sales tax in IN, CA, and MA
I still had my manual and it said to unscrew the back; and you do have to take out the top of the straps to get the pad off. I just did this last weekend and then re-install everything. It worked great! The only problem I found was that when the pad is washed, the pad backing gets caught in the velcro and needs to be removed.
Hope that helps!
If you push down on the top of the handle you should then be able to move it. Also, to remove the straps you have to feed the bottom portion of the straps from underneath the seat up through first and then you should be able to feed through the material to remove the pad.
How do I care and clean for my PortAbout 3/PortAbout V infant car seat?
To clean pad slide the elastic loops of the seat pad off of the seat shell. Remove the harness system. Cloth pad, canopy, and head support may be machine washed separately cold water, delicate cycle, tumble dry 10-15 minutes, low heat. Wipe straps, buckles, and harness adjusters with warm damp cloth and mild soap. Air dry. NOTE: DO NOT submerge harness assembly in water. To help protect the vehicle upholstery, place a towel beneath and behind the child restraint.