Adjusting Harness Requires Full Body Press
August 14, 2019
I bought the Graco Nautilus 65 in late winter 2017. I have hassled with the following features:
*When pulling the strap between my grandchild's legs in order to get the shoulder and chest-waist straps to snug-up safely, I literally have to fully press my hip against the seat because the strap is so difficult to pull. My husband won't loosen the strap, but just pops the buckles and takes our grandchild out of the straps, so he doesn't have to hassle with tightening them. My daughter-in-law lugs on the strap, and has complained recently that she thinks that the strap is getting harder and harder to pull. I recently washed the seat cushions/pads (whatever they're called) and was easily able to pull the crotch strap. I thought maybe there had been something sticky in that area (user error), and that the pulling would improve. Nope. It's as bad as ever, even though I followed the Graco You Tube tutorial for reinstalling the cushions/pads.
*I despise the rear tether. As hard as I try to press the release in order to feed the tether strap back through the buckle when I am transitioning the seat out of my Forester (which is weekly), I cannot depress the release sufficiently. So I unhook the seat from the tethers below, and awkwardly lift the entire car seat halfway over the back seat in order to provide enough "give" that I can unhook the rear tether.
*While we are on the subject of the hooks....It has taken this long to get THOSE buckle releases to press readily enough that they allow the strap to be loosened so I can actually UNHOOK the seat from the anchors without pressing my full body weight in to the car seat, causing the Forester's seat cushion to "give" just enough to get the hook unhooked. I owned a Graco rear facing seat with the push button thing-ies. Silly me, I thought that the push button thing-ies were the improved way to install a car seat, so I assumed that the next car seat I bought (this Nautilus model) would have the push button thing-ies. WRONG!!!!!
* This product review was collected by the manufacturer.