Thanks for getting back to me about this pesky machine. I'm confused. I don't see anything that looks like a pedal that I can push. I'm looking at my vac now. It's laying on it's front so that I'm looking at the bottom of the machine. The beater bar is resting against the floor with the wheels up on top. Between the wheels is a U-shaped clear tube with a little hatch door (looks like a clean out). Just below that is a clear accordian tube that goes from the beater bar to the canister. To the left of the clear tube is a hook shaped gray piece about 3/4" wide. Is this the pedal your talking about? I tried stepping on it (my foot motion is down towards the beater bar). Is that correct? It didn't unlock the handle, but I may not be pressing hard enough. Thank you so much for your help.