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Old 04-16-2018, 07:35 PM   #1
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Default Folding back seat stuck - seatbelt in latch

Hello everyone

I recently bought an 08 Astra XR3 and I noticed after buying it that on one side, the back seat is stuck in the vertical position because the seat belt is stuck in the latching mechanism. Pressing the button to fold the seat is very difficult, but even when it is fully depressed, the seat does not come free. This is very frustrating as the seat will not fold down, and the back seat can't safely take a passenger either. Worst of both worlds.

Anyone know of any tricks to resolve this problem?

I took a picture to show what I mean - not sure if you can see much on it though
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Old 04-16-2018, 08:15 PM   #2
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Default Re: Folding back seat stuck - seatbelt in latch

That happened to me also.

Can't remember how I got it out but think I lowered the other seat and gently moved the stuck seat and belt and it worked out. Forcing it will not help matters.

I think the bottom cushions also tilt forward so that trick might help you. Can't remember how to do that either but maybe there is are two plastic loops at the bottom of the back seat cushion where the rug meets. Do a search for how that is done. Not sure if that will help, however.

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Old 04-17-2018, 10:35 PM   #3
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Default Re: Folding back seat stuck - seatbelt in latch

This happened to me actually last week. I just kind of did the whole brute force thing, I pushed the button down all the way and just shook the crap out the seat until it came out.

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Old 04-19-2018, 09:18 PM   #4
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This has also happened to me a couple of times. There doesn't seem to be an exact solution. Just some brute force and a few well placed swear words seems to free it.

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Old 04-22-2018, 04:50 PM   #5
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Hello everyone

I recently bought an 08 Astra XR3 and I noticed after buying it that on one side, the back seat is stuck in the vertical position because the seat belt is stuck in the latching mechanism. Pressing the button to fold the seat is very difficult, but even when it is fully depressed, the seat does not come free. This is very frustrating as the seat will not fold down, and the back seat can't safely take a passenger either. Worst of both worlds.

Anyone know of any tricks to resolve this problem?

I took a picture to show what I mean - not sure if you can see much on it though
I have had my left rear seat back jammed like that for the last 6 months on my XE POS. Must have put the seat back up with the belt in the latch like that over a dozen times in the last 5 years. But I really did do it this last time. Hey, thanks for giving me the inspiration begin another struggle with it.

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Old 04-25-2018, 09:24 AM   #6
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I have had my left rear seat back jammed like that for the last 6 months on my XE POS. Must have put the seat back up with the belt in the latch like that over a dozen times in the last 5 years. But I really did do it this last time. Hey, thanks for giving me the inspiration begin another struggle with it.
Hope that went well. I myself was inspired by the other answers on brute force and eventually wiggled it free.

In fact I did not tell the whole story in my first post. It came with one of the seats like this, but I didn't notice until I did it to the other side and I looked over to see how it's normally supposed to work--then I saw the other side was like that too. The side that came that way actually came free much more easily just by pushing the button really hard and pulling on the seat (I got into the back seat for better leverage). But the side I did to myself was really stubborn. Then I was inspired by a mix of AstraFasta saying to gently maneuver the belt, and others saying to brute force it. With the button pushed all the way, I could sort of wiggle the belt a bit and eventually it came free enough to release the seat.

However on the down side, the latch has apparently been damaged, and the seat can now wiggle about an inch without coming free of the latch... I think this is a hard lesson in always remembering to move those belts before putting the seat back up. I doubt I will forget now

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Old 04-25-2018, 09:17 PM   #7
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Hope that went well. I myself was inspired by the other answers on brute force and eventually wiggled it free.

In fact I did not tell the whole story in my first post. It came with one of the seats like this, but I didn't notice until I did it to the other side and I looked over to see how it's normally supposed to work--then I saw the other side was like that too. The side that came that way actually came free much more easily just by pushing the button really hard and pulling on the seat (I got into the back seat for better leverage). But the side I did to myself was really stubborn. Then I was inspired by a mix of AstraFasta saying to gently maneuver the belt, and others saying to brute force it. With the button pushed all the way, I could sort of wiggle the belt a bit and eventually it came free enough to release the seat.

However on the down side, the latch has apparently been damaged, and the seat can now wiggle about an inch without coming free of the latch... I think this is a hard lesson in always remembering to move those belts before putting the seat back up. I doubt I will forget now
Hey, I did get the belt free and it was easier than I thought. I just pulled the seat back forward enough to slip the belt out of the side of the latch. It was kind of like how you did it. But wait, now I notice there is something else wrong with the POS. When I open the left rear door, and the driver's window is down, the driver's window will roll up by itself. I love this car! See the full description of this little fiasco in another one of my posts.

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