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Hi All
Ours is 55 plate Carens and has a 60/40 split to the back seats. We have no problem getting the cushion section llifted up but we are stumped when it comes to releasing the back of seats to get them to lie flat. We have read the manual but I think something is lost in translation because it doesn't seem too clear. We are unable to find any release clips or anything like that. Maybe, again, we are missing something which is obvious.


Any advice will be welcome.

Sally
 

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There should be 2 lengths of webbing (1 on either side of the rear seat) between the base & the upright. They may well be tucked down behind the base so take a look when the base is up.

WARNING:
There is a VERY sharp piece of metal in there which has been known to attract fingers, thumbs & hands in its time, probe carefully! This may also have sliced off the webbing, it's a common fault on this model.
 

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As you open the rear doors of your car, you'll be looking at the sides of the rear seats....now look on the seat fronts close to the bottom and you'll see, or should see, a plastic pull ring poking out of the seat back, this is what you pull to release the seats so they'll fold down- pull the vring, it's attached to a strap which works the mechanism.

Chances are though that they won't be there...........all you'll see will be the holes that the straps are supposed to come through. They are a weak design and what happens is that the strap breaks inside the seat and the whole lot comes out leaving no means of dropping the seat back.

You can however get at the mechanism fairly easily to do a repair, on the fabric seats anyway, I don't know about the leather ones. You can with a bit of fiddling 'unfold' so to speak, the lower part of the seat back at the side by the door opening, it's not stitched or riveted together,it's just folded, and you should be able to then see the (rather sharp edged) bit that the strap pulls on to unlatch the seat- if your straps are missing just fabricate some and pass them through the holes in the seats.
 
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