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there recline on a seat is operate by a rod that goes the width of the seat and when handle is lifted the rod release's the cam that holds the seat back in position, the handle breaking has let the rod fall to the bottom of the seat back
Should only be 4 bolts holding it in ?, If You have the tools toremove lube up the frame , but be very careful about the recliner , usually a heavy duty Tension spring could get dangerous if you mess with it ! any Uposery shop should be able to fix it
Here's a link to a cool chevy part page,click on the blue view info,and it will show you all the pictures of the parts of the seat.Keep this page to look up parts.YOU MAY HAVE TO ENTER YOUR MAKE,MODEL AND ENGINE INFO TO FIND PARTS.THEN GO TO SEAT SPLIT.
It sounds like the inside of the recliner knob is stripped out. If
you go to your local GM dealership and give them your VIN number they
can order you a new one. Here is the removal and installation
directions. Driver or Passenger Seat Recliner Handle Replacement Removal Procedure
Use a flat-bladed tool to remove the plastic center cap from the center of the recliner handle.
REMOVE TAIL GATE HANDLE YOU USE A TRIM TOOL OR FLAT SCREW DRIVER PRY OFF THE HANDLE ESCUTCHEON DOWN AND AWAY FROM THE TAILGATE IF SCREW DRIVER IS USED COVER THE TIP WITH ELECRICAL TAPE TO PREVENT DAMAGING PAINT SURFACE.FROM THE BED SIDE OF THE TAILGATE REMOVE THE HANDLE MOUNTING BOLTS.ROTATE THE PLASTIC RETAINING CLIPS OFF THE CONTROL RODS AND DETACH THE RODS FROM THE HANDLE. REMOVE THE BOLTS AND WITHDRAW THE LATCH FROM THE END OF THE TAILGATE.PUT EVERY THING BACK VISA VERSA.