The double seat actually gets caught on the bottom of the second row seat cover. If you move the second row middle seat forward a couple of inches it will release the rear folding seat and allow it to return to the upright position. You can also reach inside the back seat and push the seat cover ( which by the way has a metal bar in it ) forward to release the rear seat.
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I agree with the above comments. I just had this same problem. Holden (Australia) quoted me AU$650 to fix it. I bought a T50 torx bit (like an Allen key)from supercheap auto for $11.
raise the seat back up as much as you can (I could only raise mine about 20 inches). Wriggle your hand in and find the bottom bolt of the seat belt clip (this will be the seatbelt clip for the side seatbelt) and start undoing it. It isn't hard, just fiddly considering you probably won't be able to see what you are doing. Once undone, you will be able to raise the seat.
I was still unable to loosen my middle seatbelt immediately. I came back to it a while later and it had freed up.
Simply a matter of then bolting it back in place. It was so easy - and I'm just a middle aged woman with no handyman/car skills whatsoever!
That just happened to our 05 equinox. We have car seats so one of the seats was reclined just a bit. This will cause the seatbelt to lock. We took out the car seat, folded down the other seat and folded it back. It cause the locked seat to release and unfold.
The manual says to pull the strap or level and "double fold" it. The first time I tried it, the seat stuck. The trick was to do it as a single motion, fold the chair in half and swing the seat up and forward. Don't fold the back down then pull again to get the seat forward, it just gets stuck.