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All items carried in the vehicle should be properly secured. See LUGGAGE ANCHOR POINTS. Unsecured items can cause death or serious injury in the event of an impact or sudden manoeuvre.


Always take note of safety warnings and labels attached to the rear seats. The labels give advice on safely folding and raising the seats.


Before folding a rear seat, make sure that the seat is not occupied and that no person has any part of their body on the seat cushion. The rear seatbacks are spring-loaded and could cause personal injury or damage when released.


Folding rear seats are not available on all vehicles. It is dependent on the vehicle specification.

  1. Open the luggage compartment.

  2. Pull the relevant cable handle to release the seatback.

  3. Fold the seatback forwards and, if required, repeat the process for the other seat section.

The centre seatback can also be released separately. Press and hold the button to release, and then fold the centre seatback forward.


Make sure that when the seatbacks are raised, the seat belts are routed correctly in front of the seatback and are not trapped by the seatbacks or the locking mechanism. Failure to do this may cause damage to the seat belt, which could result in a new seat belt being required.


Make sure that when the seatbacks are raised, the locking mechanism is fully engaged.


Before driving, make sure that the head restraints are fitted and correctly adjusted for each seat's occupant. See REAR HEAD RESTRAINTS.

Rear centre seat belt release:

The rear centre seat belt can be released from its buckle before folding the rear seatback/s. This allows for improved access to the luggage compartment.

To release the centre seat belt: Using the seat belt's tongue (1) from a rear outboard seat, press the centre seat buckle's release button. The centre seat belt then fully retracts (2).


Make sure that the rear centre seat belt is correctly refitted to the buckle when the rear seatback/s have been returned to the raised position.