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Corolla 99 back seats won't lock

My Corolla 99 has the capability of letting the back seat down through the release pull knobs in the trunk. To put the seats back into the upright position I just push it back up until I hear the locks pop. I've done this several times in my 7 years of owning it without problems.
However, recently the seats won't lock back into place afterward. The locks that should lock the back seats into place won't lock. How do I fix it? Please explain in detail. Thanks!

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