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Little tykes trike' we have followed the instructions regarding the hub on the front wheel - pull it out to stop the pedals going round - the hub seems to be loose and did not click into place or anything and the pedals still go round, we do not want to force anything into place and break the hub. any sugestions on where we are going wrong as everything else was easy to assemble. our granddaughter is only 10 months old and we do not need the pedals to be going round

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SOURCE: Just ranover wheel on Little Tykes 3 in 1 Smart Trike

maybe you should look in the mirror when you back up or get a reverse camera from canadian tire

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