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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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.
TO FOLD STROLLER • Close the canopy as described in the canopy section. Recline seat by releasing buckle as described in seatback positioning section. • The stroller is folded by simultaneously pulling each trigger fold. . When the fold latches are released, the handle will begin to fall toward the floor. Release the fold buttons and press downward on the stroller handle until the stroller is completely folded. Secure the stroller in the folded position by hooking the fold latch, located on the right side of the stroller, over the rivet that protrudes from the frame. CANOPY * The canopy features a ratchet system that allows the canopy to be moved forward to block the sun or wind. To adjust the canopy’s position, push forward or backward on the canopy until the canopy is in the desired position. See figure 23. SEATBACK POSITIONING * The seat has a multiple position recline that is controlled by a strap and buckle assembly behind the seat. . To recline the seat, loosen the strap through the buckle and adjust to the required recline position. To place the seat back in the upright position, press upward on the seat back with one hand while pulling the strap through the buckle with the other. The strap will lock automatically. http://www.babytrend.com/download/2007061021349109CT_instructions.pdf
The seat position is changed through the use of a cable that runs through a flexible tunnel, under the seat. In one case that I'm aware of, this cable got stuck around a projecting seat spring under the seat. When the seat was reclined and moved backward or forward, the cable caught on the seat spring and the seat had insufficient slack in the cable to release from the reclined position.