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    VanIsleMommy
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    Graco replacement buckle - not impressed.

    My myride harness went moldy in storage (grr...) so I called and ordered a new harness. It came today and I'm less than impressed. The straps are thinner and the buckle is smaller and harder to close and open. It kind of...sucks. Are they all like this now or is there a way to get a better one??

    Not a huge deal breaker as the myride is going in DH's truck most likely, but it makes me love the seat a little less and I KNOW DH will complain. Graco seats are usually his favorite due to the harness.

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    Re: Graco replacement buckle - not impressed.

    that sucks. Mine was borrowed and returned moldy last week. Since it's a 3rd spare seat it just went to the dump, not worth replacing the harness and cover.
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    Re: Graco replacement buckle - not impressed.

    What a bummer to have the seat go moldy.

    The replacement buckle isn't bad once you get used to it. I think it's what Graco is using on all their seats except possibly the snugride 22. (Haven't seen a recent SR22 to know for sure though.)

    Lots of Evenflo are using the same style buckle now. I will miss the old style too, but don't mind the new style - I think it's good for houdini kids as it takes more thumb strength. On the flip side, people with limited thumb strength will probably really have issues with the different style of release.

    Hopefully it gets easier to adjust to and your dh figures it out ok. If he plays with it a few times to "feel" the way that the buckle tongues click in and the way that the button pushes in, he should have an easier time with it.
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    Re: Graco replacement buckle - not impressed.

    Be sure to insert the tongs straight down- if they're at an angle it's more difficult. Press the release button at the small indent at the top- not in the middle.

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    Re: Graco replacement buckle - not impressed.

    If it's the same as the Graco buckle here, that's the one people's kids have been getting stuck in. If it happens to you make sure you report it not just to Graco but to Transport Canada...
    CPST and Mom to Emma, 15, Bridget, 13, Maggie, 11, Katie Sue, 6, Jimmy, born May 2019,
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    It's weird my SR35 buckle is the same as the MR65 but my SR35 is wayyyy easier to use ....I can buckle DS in 2.2 seconds but the MR takes forever as it seems to "stick" (but not get "stuck") & the harness itself does seem thinner almost although I'm sure it's just my imagination lol

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    I do have a sticky nautilus chest clip that I still need to report but not sure about this one.

    I might call and see if there is a different one.. This one sucks and is hard to buckle.

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    Re: Graco replacement buckle - not impressed.

    Quote Originally Posted by VanIsleMommy View Post
    I do have a sticky nautilus chest clip that I still need to report but not sure about this one.

    I might call and see if there is a different one.. This one sucks and is hard to buckle.
    I've seen a few of the Nautilus chest clips that are a bit difficult to undo at first - but they do come apart and seem to get easier to use with use - in what way does yours stick? I'm wondering if it's the same thing I've noticed.
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    Re: Graco replacement buckle - not impressed.

    the chest clip started out fine, in fact even DS could undo it, but 2 years later when we try to unbuckle him for some reason it won't unbuckle. we have to fiddle with it for a while to get it to release. if I get some time I will take it off the harness and run some soapy water through it in case it's just food stuck in there or something.

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    Re: Graco replacement buckle - not impressed.

    Quote Originally Posted by VanIsleMommy View Post
    the chest clip started out fine, in fact even DS could undo it, but 2 years later when we try to unbuckle him for some reason it won't unbuckle. we have to fiddle with it for a while to get it to release. if I get some time I will take it off the harness and run some soapy water through it in case it's just food stuck in there or something.
    Thanks, can you keep me posted? This is the kind of thing that would be good to know in case I hear from other parents with the same problem.
    Trudy - Canadian CPSAC certified CRST Instructor-Trainer and mommy to:
    Janeen - 17 yrs and learning to drive!
    Jillian - 11 yrs, 80'ish lbs, 5-stepping in each car. :O
    Jonas - 8yrs, 65lbs, Riding in an Oobr in each car.
    Both safely riding in either a 2007 Outlook or a 2015 Subaru Legacy depending on the day.


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    Don't know why this didn't occur to me.. Smart people already figured this out but you can use the old buckle with the new harness webbing. Made my day!!

    I haven't had a chance to fiddle with the other buckle on the nautilus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VanIsleMommy View Post
    Don't know why this didn't occur to me.. Smart people already figured this out but you can use the old buckle with the new harness webbing. Made my day!!

    I haven't had a chance to fiddle with the other buckle on the nautilus.
    Good idea!!!

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    Re: Graco replacement buckle - not impressed.

    They offered replacements for a year before a recall happened. I never heard about the recall until it was too late. My son got stuck in his car seat when we had a car fire. I got burned on 18% of my body getting him out and he got burned on 28% being stuck because of a buckle they knew was defective. We have a federal lawsuit pending...

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