It seems that the base is stuck in a recline position. When I try to move the seat to the upright position it does not lock in place. It seems to move as far as it needs to but it does not click and stay in that position. I have been trying this when it is not attached to the car at all. It is in the living room. We have not reached the 33 pound limit for recline, but will soon. Please help! Thanks!
I know this post is old but I figured somebody w/the same problem might come across this. I had the same problem with my Marathon today. I also own a Roundabout & had no problem changing the recline myself. When my husband came home he took a look & fixed it. All he did was put it in the upright postion , held it in place & turned the seat on it's side & pushed up on the base and it clicked! he pushed on one of the corners (but I don't know if that even matters)
Has anyone else been able to solve this issue? My Marathon won't latch in the upright position, but will in the recline position. When I pull the latch, it will move like it wasn't to latch but won't ever click. The plastic on the front is all the way up, so I don't think it's an issue of how far it travels - the latch just won't catch.
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Hi Normally it's not reccomandable to remove the base ... It's build to last forever and keep the seat sturdy in it's place. This construction gives you the option to change the position into 5 different angles for sitting, resting and sleeping. Just when you want to install the seat or put it into it's "sleeping position" just lift the recline handle under the seat shell and pull it. This way you'll have more space to get the seat-belts through. http://images.owneriq.net/download/images/7/73cb1008-15f7-452b-8191-2a676308c9fb-000001.png Hope this answers your question. Kind regards
One month old should not be in a car seat that allows for upright sitting. If it is convertible you have it in wrong. The seat should have a base unit which should be firmly fastened and the carrier should snap in and out of this base allowing you to carry your infant to and from the vehicle without having to detach the base every time you exit the vehicle. This is done so to prevent the unsafe installation of car seat under the stresses of time. If you seat is the kind that does not have a permanent base, go get one. It is very important that you do not modify the installation of any car seat for any reason. Placing a towel under the base as a barrier between the base and your seat is acceptable, but not to raise or lower the front or back as this may compromise its' design and decrease its' effectiveness. If you cannot figure it out, go to your local State Police Barracks where in most states they have a pregame designated for the safe installation of child infant seat carriers. This is very serious. The proper installation and choice in infant carriers can mean the difference of life and death in case of a relatively minor accident.
Just had to completely take ours apart & wash everything.... putting it back together I found the 33lb recline weight limit & since our guy is 32 figured I'd move it upright & had the same problem.... googled & never found an answer..... but figured it out myself.
Flip it over & there are 4 "screws" on the bottom - they are hex head so you'll need the right screwdriver (I have a kid with interchangeable heads that had the right one)... unscrew them, pull the handle & manually snap it into place - it's like it gets off a bit when reclined for a long time. Once I did that & it snapped in I put the bottom plate & 4 screws back on... presto!
Hopefully you didn't give up already since this is a few months old of a question.
Yes it seems to be a design fault. Has happened twice on our Tobi seat.
To fix, lay the seat on its back.
Locate the 3 Torx head screws middle front and rear left and right. You'll need a Torx screwdriver or head of the correct size. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torx
Undo the screws, then pop the four catches at each corner with a flat-head screwdriver and remove the base.
Look at the recline mechanism, you'll see large bar at the rear (both sides) which is meant to be there. At the front, on one side or the other, you'll see a smaller bar which is part of the hinge for the recline handle. It's slipped sideways and into one of the recline mechanism slots.
Jiggle the recline handle and push the hinge bar back into the centre. It might help to use gravity - lay the seat on its side with the blocking bar uppermost. I can't see a way to prevent this slipping out again over time.
Snap the base back on and replace the Torx screws.
Converting the seat to a booster: (Alpha Omega Elite Deluxe 2004 version, Eddie Bauer) After all said and done, the base can probably be left on, it helps to recline the chair when the child is asleep. If you want to leave it out, the manual says the base can be removed for narrow vehicle seats or airline use. Locate the center bar at the bottom of the seat, push the tab at the end of the bar and pull the bar out. The seat can then be separated from the base. The seat has a "kickstand" that can be pulled out to sit the seat upright. Put the bar back in the base so you don't lose it.
To remove the harness, remove the base first. Then from the back of the seat, unfasten the harness from the harness bracket. Store the bracket by looping it behind and around the back spine of the shell. You can unthread the harness from that point and pull it out. From the bottom of the seat, locate the buckle's metal clip. Insert the clip up through the shell and pad, from the front pull the buckle free from the shell. Lock latch plates into buckle for safekeeping.
Once the seat is converted to adult straps don't use the latch system; hook the hooks together to keep it from swinging around, and place the top anchorage strap behind the seat with the anchor hook under the seat.
Well, I don't have a solution to getting it back on, but if you could tell me how to get the stupid thing off, I could maybe figure out how to get it back on for you. :) I can't find anything about it via Cosco either. grrrrr!