I'm trying to remove my carseat cover to wash it, and I can't figure out how to remove the plastic holds on the seat that the seatbelt slides through. I've managed to manually pull off the top ones on the seat back.
Ok I just found the website for the instructions http://www.coscojuvenile.com/instructions/
Your carseat has the Model # and date manufactured on the side or bottom, type in the date & # and you can download the instructions.
It doesnt specifically address the plastic holds but they DO pop out. If you are facing the front of the car seat you can put a screwdriver under the edge of the plastic peice and turn the screwdriver sideways and the peice pops out. I got all four off.. took some muscle though! Good Luck
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Instructions on removal of carseat fabric can be found in your User Manual. If you no longer have the User Manual visit www.maxi-cosi.com and select the country you're in, then choose the carseat you have and click the Service tab to download a replacement copy.
It isn't recommended that you take apart the plastic shell of the carseat. You can remove the fabric from the carseat to wash it and then clean the shell with warm soapy water but it is not advisable to remove the harness or to take apart the factory seal of the shell.
Have a look at www.maxi-cosi.com and select the country you're in, then choose the Tobi carseat and select the instructions to view directions on how to remove the fabric.
Go to www.maxi-cosi.com and select the CabrioFix carseat to download a replacement instruction manual for details of how to replace the fabric.
The harness should not have been completely removed from the carseat in order to remove the fabric. If the harness has been completely removed we cannot advise that you re-thread it due to the safety implications of it being incorrectly done. In this instance please contact the customer service department on 01284 413 141 Mon-Fri 8.30-4.30 to discuss the carseat being sent to our engineers for them to re-thread the harness.
The grey tensioner strap appears to be stitched in place but it isn't. Follow it around under the bottom of the carseat and the strap is in a piece of plastic catch shaped like an H on it's side. Wiggle one way then the other to unhook from this catch, and the carseat fabric can be removed (where the grey circle part is the fabric is tucked underneath slightly, once you've unhooked the tensioner strap you'll be able to get the fabric off easily).
Hand washing is recommended, but if you have delicate or handwash cycle on machine this is also suitable. Use a mild detergent and maximum temp 30 degrees for washing. Do not tumble dry: Do not leave in direct sunlight to dry. Ensure fabric is completely dry before putting it back on for use as damp fabrics may result in mould or mildew growth.
Remember never remove the harness straps from the carseat, the fabrics can be completely removed while the harness remains in place!
There are two hoops of elastic at either end of the sun canopy - these hook in behind the knuckles of the bar that goes over the carseat (the carry handle/roll bar). Once you've hooked them in (it is fiddly, but possible) you can then tuck the rest of the fabric in between the plastic at the back of the carseat and the carseat fabric.
If you can't do it, pop it into a local retailer and ask them to give you a hand.
"I bought this car seat because it was able to go from rear facing to forward facing to a booster, and it looks nice. I spent many minutes trying to figure out how to take the fabric cover off and ended up having to use a screw driver to pop the plastic caps that hold the fabric on the plastic frame! It was a big hassle to take the infant headrest off and extremely difficult to remove the bottom latch! However, it was very easy to adjust the straps and to install."
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.
I too have had this problem. I'm not certain that my model is the same as yours. Mine was purchased new in 2002 from Babies are Us and was approx. $250. Though color doesn't matter, mine is a brown houndstooth with a micro fiber faux suede. The way I finally did this..... as the above contributor noted, their are four difficult places to release...all are where the straps go through the fabric. Two are near the seat and two are near the shoulders. The two near the seat are held by plastic casings that should pull up about a 1/4 inch when pressure is applied. This gives you just enough room to work the fabric around these plastic pieces and remove. This is tight, but should not require ripping the fabric. Work from the narrow end first. Slide the fabric as far over as you can and then work on it like you were undoing a very tight button and button hole. The ones near the shoulder do not unbutton this way. Here, I had to litterally pop the casings free. I did this by applying even pressure on the whole cloth unit and pulling away from the actual car seat. The plastic casing pulled free of the unit and allowed me to free the cloth. I washed the cloth in the washing machine and hung to dry and it did very well. I agree that for the price we paid for this chair, it should not be THIS difficult to free to launder.
The straps need to be removed from the metal clip in back, and then the plastic grommets must be pried loose from under the fabric with side pressure and an upward push. Its not easy. Bad design. There are no screws involved, but a standard screwdriver can help with the release. The oblong grommets have ridges that must be compressed to release.
You can remove the seat pad by unsnapping the two straps on either side of the bottom of the pad (where it covers over the metal frame). Then just thread the buckles through it. As far as the rest of the fabric such as canopy or fabrice sides, no luck. I got this stroller used and wanted to wash it all. I ended up just putting it (minus the removable pad) into my shower and washing it with the shower head. Then I got a Mr. Clean magic eraser and cleaned up the plastic parts. Now it looks so good!