Probably not related, but...
I was never satisfied with the OEM recliner in my 98 National Dolphin. It just never reclined quite enough to be really comfortable.
After much research (ok, I accidently discovered this)... while leaning as far back as it would go, I pushed down on the foot rest then it allowed me to lean back to the exact position I wanted. I was then able to raise up the foot rest. Life is good.
Not sure why this workaround works, but I'm very happy with the recliner now.