Evenflo Revolve 360 Seat Won’t Rotate

Few products if any at all under the sun function forever without a hitch here and another there. And the Evenflo Revolve 360 car seat, a piece of baby gear that parents everywhere suddenly want to own, is no exception.

well, it’s not cheap. And when pricey things break, it’s easy to freak out or regret the purchase if not hate it. In this post, I’ll let you know what to do if your Evenflo Revolve 360 seat won’t rotate after you install it on the base.

To be clear, the issue of this car seat not rotating in any direction after installation isn’t a widespread one. Mine spins as smoothly as it did the day hubby installed it. And I can’t say I’ve come across many moms and dads online dealing with this annoyance.

Here’s a comparison between the Evenflo Gold 360 and Cybex Sirona S in case you’re interested in learning about the competition.

Evenflo 360 Rotating Car Seat is an Easy Install, But…

Problems can and do happen.

You believe you installed it properly, and it wasn’t much of a hassle doing that.

You’ve read that this car seat works great for ever-exhausted parents, a real life safer that makes loading and unloading baby super easy. That’s sadly not the case for you.

Because when you tried to rotate your Evenflo Gold Revolve360, it got stuck and didn’t move in any direction. No matter what you did to make it spin, it didn’t budge. And you started looking for answers and landed here.

There’s a Fix For It, But It Takes Some Effort

Don’t freak out, because there’s a fix for this issue. Well, my Eenflo 360 hasn’t once gotten stuck during use, but I’ve done some work and learned how to make the swivel feature work as it should.

A mom, a fan of, recently shot me an email asking if I knew how to get a stuck Evenflo 360 unstuck. I researched the problem: watched a few videos, spent some time reading comments on various parenting forums, and emailed Eveflo about the issue.

In the end, I found a way to resolve the problem completely and make your Evenflo Revolve 360 rotate right. And I describe the exact steps to follow below.

How to Make a Stuck Evenflo Gold Revolve360 Rotate Again

Step #1: Reach behind your 360 Swivel car seat. On the back of the car seat shell, you’ll find the recline adjustment handle.

Step #2: Grab this recline handle and squeeze it.

Step #3: Adjust the Evenflo 360 swivel car seat into the fully reclined position. In some cases, parents who tried this fix had trouble getting this seat to move to the fully reclined position. If you face this challenge when trying to get your stuck Evenflo 360 car seat to unstuck, do this:

Squeeze the recline adjustment handle as you did in step #1 above. Next, pull up on the back of the car seat and then firmly and quickly push down on the back of the car seat. This little trick usually gets the seat to move into its most reclined angle.

Note: Slamming the completely reclined car seat to get the it free does take a decent amount of physical effort. In fact, I read somewhere that Evenflo support says to use two people to push down on the car seat. I found it’s something you can do without help, but you still have to use a great deal of physical effort. The process is worth the extra effort in the end, though.

*I have a tip at the bottom of this post on how to make sure your Evenflo 360 never gets stuck in the first place.

Step #4: Once the car seat is fully reclined, squeeze the rotation handle while rotating the seat to the rear-facing seating position or to the forward-facing position.

*Be sure the car seat locks into position no matter which direction it’s facing. There’s a red/green seat lock indicator on the side that always makes sure you never use the seat before it’s securely locked into position. When the indicator lights green, you know that the seat is ready for use when the vehicle is in motion.

BTW, the rotation handle of the Evenflo 360 Swivel car seat is located at the top of the seat shell. There’s a white handle on either side of shell. You need only one of the handles to get the seat to rotate.

Here’s something you need to know above the fix I just described:

When you rotate the seat into the forward-facing position, the fully reclined position rear-facing becomes the most upright position forward-facing.

And according to the car seat installation manual from the manufacturer, you can only recline the Evenflo Revolve 360 car seat while it’s in the rear-facing mode.

How to Avoid the Evenflo 360 Getting Stuck Problem

Preventing problems is often easier and wiser than solving them. And here’s good news: there’s a little trick that makes sure the Evenflo Gold 360 never gets stuck after  the install. Here’s the trick, and it’s simple but super effective: recline the Evenflo Revolve Gold 360 FULLY before installing this car seat into the base.

I wonder why the manufacturer fails to mention this in the installation manual. And I imagine that some parents, particularly those who fight with a stuck seat, end up returning the product and ordering something else.

Get your brand-new Evenflo Gold 360 to recline all the way before installing it to the detachable base, and you won’t need to read this post.

Related: How to Install a Car Seat Right


Try the fix I described above and see if it gets your Evenflo 360 Gold rotating car seat to stop getting stuck between positions. If the suggested solution fails to work for you, consider getting down to the fire department and see if they can help. Alternatively, get a car seat technician to help with the issue.

And if all else fails, contact Evenflo support and do this inside of the company’s working hours since there’s no support outside of business hours.

Author: Joe Waweru

As a medical professional practicing in the United States, Joe Waweru medically reviews every piece of relevant content at, but nothing he says here should be construed as medical advice of any kind.

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10 thoughts on “Evenflo Revolve 360 Seat Won’t Rotate”

  1. Thank you so much, I thought it was broke. It was reclined and I couldn’t get it to go into the forward facing position. Much frustration resolved so to this post!

  2. Your post was the 2nd or 3rd I came across and your description of having to push hard was all I had to see. I thought it was fully reclined and it certainly was not haha. I put some decent weight on it, but not a scary amount and it popped further down and rotated just as it should! Thank you

  3. The reclining Slam back and forth technique actually worked. I honestly was at the point of total meltdown. My seat was so stuck and I was losing my mind.
    Thank you 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

  4. My car seat is stuck in a rental. To add insult to injury, the car seat is at an angle because the seat belt started to retract when I was moving the car seat. Am I going to need to buy this car since the seat won’t get unstuck? I’m wondering how much force I can apply with a sideways car seat.

  5. Hi Jakeisha, I’m sorry you’re having to deal with a stuck car seat. It seems to me that most people who had a stuck Evenflo 360 managed to get it unstuck by applying sheer force. Not trying to invalidate your concern, but you’re the first person I’ve come across who tried the “unstucking” method I’ve described above and it didn’t work. I hope you’re not going to need to buy the car lol. Unfortunately, the reclining slam-back-and-forth method is the only way I know of when it comes to the issue you’re having.

  6. It worked! Oh and I forgot to say.. luckly mine didn’t need any force, just need to be put in fully recline and it finally faced forward. Super easy fix ! Thank u again!

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