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Had the same problem where you are left with the cover trapped by the quick adjust part for the shoulder straps located near the foot of the seat. The solution, the strap does detach at the front of the seat. The loop that is stiched round what feels like a solid plastic part of the base, turns out that there is a gap in the plastic so push the strap to either side and pull it out through the gap. With this removed you should now be able to remove the cover completly and bung it in the washing machine on a hand wash.
Remove the back and bottom covers (the back cover has four clips; the bottom cover stretches over the front of the base and has two elastic bands that stretch back on top of the base). While holding the base on the floor, push the backrest all the way back until flat (this will take some force). Slide the axel off to the right (your right as you are facing the front of the seat).
Remove the back and bottom covers (the back cover has four clips; the
bottom cover stretches over the front of the base and has two elastic
bands that stretch back on top of the base). While holding the base on
the floor, push the backrest all the way back until flat (this will
take some force). Slide the axel off to the right (your right as you
are facing the front of the seat).
First, snap out the black pieces that attach the cover to the seat with a pair of pliers or a kitchen knife. Then turn the seat over and remove the base by sliding out the metal rod that runs thru the base and seat. Then unhook the center buckle from the bottom of the seat and back up thru the seat.
Unhook the straps from the metal bar on the back of the seat and thread them back thru the seat. Be sure to remember the order in which you slide it thru the components so you can reassemble. It may be helpful to lay them out in the order you removed them.
Unhook the elastic bands holding the bottom in place and slide it over the top part of the seat and off the seat.
If you need to remove the top part and wash, remove the black pieces the same way as the bottom, unhook all elastic and slip it off the top.
I wash mine in cold water with mild detergent and usually let it air dry so as to not shrink it.
Reassemble by reversing steps.
My daughter has a car seat just like this one, and I wash it about once a month so I hope I can explain this detailed. First, at the base there is a metal rod that will need removed. When you take this rod out the base and seat will seperate. Set base aside and turn seat upside down. Take your strap and put an end into each slot. Turn seat over and pull your straps even. Put the two black pieces for your latch on (one on each side) then put you chest pieces on and run straps thru slots on back of seat. Turn seat around and make sure the straps go OVER the silver bar in back (this allows you to adjust shoulder height) Secure to the metal piece that runs to front for tightening adjustment. Sey seat back on base and replace rod. Hope this was helpful.
You have to unlatch the shoulder straps from underneath then unscrew the side handle to remove the elastic. Then your able to completely remove the cover. Just pay attention, because getting if off is the easy part, putting it back can proove difficult. Good Luck!
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.
There is a trick to this. All the straps are kinda connected together. The main harness is one piece, a clever clip on each of the lap section. (one on each side) needs to be removed to allow the belt to slide through the seat and cover openings. Once here the strap needs to go through the actual seatbelt buckle. Once the buckles are off you can pull the harness through the shoulder opening. The note to take here is that the harness runs through a loop on the adjuster belt (a narrower belt that runs from the back of the chair under the it to and through the adjusting fastener) Once through the loop you can pull the main harness strap free from the chair. Now the next part, depress the release clip of the adjuster and with the other hand pull this belt free from adjuster. It may require a bit of two handed work as belt nears the end. You should now have a wide belt, a narrow belt, 2x clips and 2x harness buckles. All you need to do now is remove the adjuster which usually requires the manipulation of a metal 'B' buckle which is sewn into the loop to be twisted sideways to allow it to pass through the opening. You are home free now. The cover should be elasticated around the edging and easily removed for washing.(you can also put the straps in too) Now is also a good time to just give the actual seat a good clean too. Refitting is reversal of removal.
However REMEMBER and NOTE the way clips,buckles and which openings the straps went through when removing. There are usually a couple. Mark the items with a marker if you think you'll forget. On refitting you might want to put it to the next one up. (as a child grows ie. the shoulder straps should be above the shoulders when the child is seated, equally important is they must be the same on both sides.) I think there might be a couple of slots for the adjuster strap. You might want to move that one out too. Have your child seated in the chair before you start the reassembly and mark out the openings the staps need to pass through which would be most comfortable for the him/her. Good Luck.