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Unstable seaat When I install the carseat, front facing, in my Mazda 3, the back of the seat is secure but the bottom part can be moved all around, like it isn't solid on the seat of my car. I have heard advice from others to put towels and thing under the set, but would like to hear from the experts.

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The base is too wide for some car seats, especially if you have bucket seats. The bottom-most portion of the carseat base can be removed to make it more stable. I have not tried to do this, as mine is fine with the wider base, but I have read reviews online that stated that other parents have had success removing the bottom part. I believe the manual tells you how to do this; if not, you can call the manufacturer, Dorel Juvenile Group, at (800) 219-0509 and they will advise you on how to do it. You may also want to check www.carseat.org/recalls to see if your AOE is one of the ones that has a problem with the harness adjuster; if so, they can send you a repair kit for free. Good luck!

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