How To Fix A Stuck Car Seat

Beginner Info, Car Seat

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Well, if you’ve landed on this post then the probability is very high that you might be looking for an effective and quick method to fix a stuck car seat, right?

Trust me, we’re gonna discuss the nuts and bolts of how to fix a stuck car seat, and the best part is, that you can expedite it on your own without the need of a helping hand.

Frankly speaking, stuck car seats are a common problem, and trust me, you aren’t the first nor the last to deal with such a situation.

I know it’s quite frustrating especially when you’ve faced it for the very first time because you don’t know what to do.

I was also in a similar situation quite a few years back, and unfortunately, at that time so much information wasn’t available on the internet.

To cut a long story short, let’s get straight to the point, trust me, I’m here to help you get out of the problem in an epigrammatic span of time.

How to Fix a Car Seat Stuck in the Base?

If you’ve not bought the right infant car seat then it might get troublesome especially when it comes to installation and base adjustment.

There could be numerous reasons for a car seat to get jammed, and I don’t deny it either.

However, from our past experience, we can affirm that if the heavy and bulky seat isn’t aimed perfectly on the base attachments, then you’re gonna face a jammed issue for sure.

The easiest way to confirm whether the seat has settled well on the base or NOT is by confirming the “CLICK” sound.

If you heard something of that sort then you’ve installed the seat perfectly.

Well, what if your car seat gets stuck in the base of your stroller?

Don’t worry, we’re here to deal with it effectively.

Follow the below-mentioned steps, and they will do the trick for you.

Removal of Seat and Base

First thing first, remove the base and seat if possible.

If they aren’t detachable then it’s perfectly fine to skip this step.

However, I’m assuming that you’re able to remove both of them so once you’re done with it then relocate it to an area where you’ve room to work with it.

Move To and Fro with Quick Shaking Motions

From our past experience, we can say that in most cases, the root cause of a stuck car seat is the fact that it couldn’t connect fully with the base the last time it was placed inside.

Just try to recall whether you heard the “CLICK” sound or NOT.

And, even after clicking sound, if you’re facing the issue of the car seat getting stuck then it simply means that one side of the locking mechanism clicked but not the other side.


Let’s make it simpler.

What actually you need to do right is to connect the seat and the base.

And, in order to successfully accomplish it, all you need to do is to wiggle.

In most of the cases, shaking the seat around will do the trick for you.

However, if you’re not able to get rid of the issue after shaking then you need to push down on the sides in such a way that you hear that “CLICK” sound.

Time to Call the Manufacturer

If after trying all the aforementioned hacks, you’re not able to figure out the solution, then the best thing that you can do is to call the manufacturer.

On the user manual, you can find the customer service number, contact them, and explain your problem.

In most cases, the representative can assist you over the phone to get rid of the problem.

Fixing a stuck seat is a very common problem and doesn’t require any expert-level advice.

How to Fix a Car Seat Stuck in Recline?

Such a problem occurs mostly when you want to change the car seat position from reclined to upright, right?

It goes without saying that newborn babies are kept in the reclined position in the car seat for the first few months, and as soon as you’re trying to put it upright you’ll find your car seat stuck in recline, isn’t it?

Don’t worry, we’re here to help you out to get rid of this problem in an epigrammatic span of time.

It’s my humble request that please go through all the steps without skipping any to reap maximum benefits out of it.

Does it make sense?

Check Your Instruction Manual

Yes, you heard it, RIGHT.

Your instruction manual can work as a bible for you.

All you need to do is to thoroughly go through each and every step.

People often ignore the instruction manual but they don’t know how much useful information is present in it.

In fact, just by going through the user manual a lot of your problems can be solved easily and quickly.

Many of the first-time buyers wouldn’t be aware of the fact that different car seats have different recline mechanisms.

For example, the most advanced and top-rated car seats such as Britax and Graco come with an adjustable handle at the bottom front of the car seat in order to help the end-users expedite the adjustment as well as get better control over the seat.

Some other models use a base for adjustment.

So, check the manual and find out the way to adjust for your car seat.

Exert an Impulse

Try exerting impulse, and if by doing so you’re able to hear the “CLICK” sound then it simply means that the moving mechanism has operated successfully.

Depending upon the mechanism of your seat, try laying it or the base on the side of the ground.

You need to keep a note of recline controls and do the needful accordingly.

If needed ask for a pair of helping hands to push down on the recline adjustment button while you’re pressing the seatback forward.

A pair of helping hands would be able to exert more force and create powerful impulses which is the prerequisite to deal with such problems.

On the other hand, if no one is available then you can expedite on your own as well.

What you actually need to do is to step on the recline buttons and use your hand to pull the setback.

Try Lubricant

Definitely, lubricant can do wonders for you if applied correctly.

Use lubricant in case you’ve exhausted all your energy.

Something like Olive oil can do the trick for you.

Moreover, if your car seat has been sitting for years then try some grease to get the wheels rolling.

Contact Manufacturer

After trying all the tips and tricks, if you’re still not able to figure out what to do then without any further delay contact your manufacturer.

Explain your problem to the customer service and ask for the solution.

How to Fix a Car Seat Stuck All the Way Back?

What if, your car seat gets stuck all the way back?

I wouldn’t deny the fact that if your child’s car seat is stuck all the way back, it might be a bit tricky to get out of it.

You don’t have to do anything extraordinary rather most of the steps are similar to what we’ve discussed above.

Exert Force

In any type of stuck car seat problem, the first thing that you need to do is to exert force in the correct direction so that things can settle down well.

However, the amount of force that you need to exert when your car seat gets stuck all the way back is much more than the previous two scenarios.

Try laying the car seat on the ground with the help of your hands, if needed ask for help because the amount of force that you need to exert is good enough.

With the help of both your hands and feet try to push the car seat back.


Lubricant can act as a catalyst and help the mechanism to gain its original functioning.

Olive oil if used in proper quantity can do wonders for you.

Take Help from Manufacturer

If nothing works then the manufacturer is the last helpline, and in most cases, they will help you to resolve your issues.

One of the easiest ways to contact your manufacturer is through the contact details present on the website.

In case, you’re not able to find out the contact details then make a call, explain the problem, and ask for a solution.

How to Fix a Car With a Jammed Buckle?

So, are you struggling to fix a car with a jammed buckle?

We’ve got some really easy and quick solutions that will do the trick for you.

Try Lubricant

Find a good lubricant such as WD-40 and spray it on the buckle to loosen it.

Just for your information, keep your baby away while spraying it on the buckle as it can be dangerous if inhaled though.

In case, you’re not comfortable with using WD-40 then try Olive Oil, and I’m damn sure it will do the trick for you.

And, in case, both aren’t available on the spot, then you can try any edible oil present in your kitchen, and yes it might be overwhelming but will definitely do the trick for you.

I’ve personally used coconut oil and the end results were satisfactory.

All you need to do is simply smear the oil over the buckle, and then wiggle the buckle strongly, and trust me, with some effort it will pop up.

Repeat the process until you get the SUCCESS.

Clean the Buckle

Cleaning the buckle is another thing that you can do for sure.

If your baby has spilled any form of liquid on the buckle except water in the past then it can lead to buckling getting stuck.

And, you’ll find it difficult to operate.

In case, the lubrication hasn’t proved to be successful then try warm soapy water and a Q-tip.

Make sure that any specks of dirt in the base of the buckle are properly cleaned.

Deep cleaning is required in case your buckle isn’t showing any positive results even after expediting the lubrication and mild cleaning.

Our clients have found success when they removed the buckle completely and placed it under running warm water.

Well, as the water soaks, engage the buttons and tongues to get into the nooks and crannies.

Lastly, rubbing alcohol and Q-tips should be able to remove any remaining residue.

Take Help from Your Car Seat Manufacturer

Well, a stuck harness buckle can lead to real danger in an unprecedented situation for sure.

So, the best thing that you can do is to contact the manufacturer and update him about your problem.

In most cases, we’ve found that the manufacturer sends a new replacement buckle.

It’s A Wrap

First and foremost, I would like to thank you for being with us till the end.

Secondly, I would like to bring to your notice that I along with my core team have put loads and loads of effort into coming up with this idiosyncratic superlative piece of information.

And, in case, you liked our effort then please feel free to share this piece of information with like-minded people and the ones who are in need of it.

After all, sharing is caring, isn’t it?

Cutting long story short, stuck, or jammed car seats are a very common issue nowadays.

Follow all the aforementioned steps, and trust me, your car seat will be right on track.

In case of confusion or not getting the expected result, don’t hesitate to contact your manufacturer, he will definitely help you in getting rid of a stuck car seat.

However, in the case of a defective product, the best option is the replacement, nothing else can be done other than that.

Last but not least, we’ve tried our best to come up with the most suitable methods to get rid of a stuck car.

However, if you’ve faced this issue in the past and have used methods other than the ones mentioned in this post, then please do let us know about it in the comment section.

That’s all, as of now :):)

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