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Front seats won't lock in upright position. The mechanisms of the sides of the seat don't work

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You will need new seats, or you will have to take the mechanism apart to see why it isn't holding. Seems very odd that both are the same. Have you read the manual?

Posted on Dec 11, 2016

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  • Kristi Hummel
    Kristi Hummel Dec 11, 2016

    I know it is weird that both seats are doing the same thing. At first it was just the passengers side but not it is doing it on the drivers side. It's a 2014 and it only had 14,000 miles when I got it in August of this year. I thought maybe this was a common problem for this type of car. I had a 2006 Elantra before this and never had any issues with the seats in that. It was a 4 door and this one is a 2 door.

  • Andrew Taylor
    Andrew Taylor Dec 11, 2016

    What is the model and I'll see if it is a known issue or the subject of a recall?

    I assume it is a 2 door and you lift a lever so people can get in the back? Those were the good old days :>)

  • Kristi Hummel
    Kristi Hummel Dec 11, 2016

    Thanks it's a Hyundai Elantra Coupe GS/se. I appreciate you doing that.

  • Andrew Taylor
    Andrew Taylor Dec 11, 2016

    http://www.gencoupe.com/interior-2008-20...

  • Andrew Taylor
    Andrew Taylor Dec 11, 2016

    https://www.google.ca/search?q=+Hyundai+...

  • Andrew Taylor
    Andrew Taylor Dec 11, 2016

    http://www.carcomplaints.com/Hyundai/Ela...

  • Andrew Taylor
    Andrew Taylor Dec 11, 2016

    http://www.carcomplaints.com/Hyundai/Ela...

  • Andrew Taylor
    Andrew Taylor Dec 11, 2016

    Goodness me, NO SPARE TIRE. I would NOT buy this vehicle!
    https://www.edmunds.com/hyundai/elantra-...

  • Andrew Taylor
    Andrew Taylor Dec 11, 2016

    No recallshttp://www.autoblog.com/buy/2014-Hyundai...

  • Andrew Taylor
    Andrew Taylor Dec 11, 2016

    Your manual is here. Seats on page 23, but look very normal operation.
    https://carmanuals2.com/get/hyundai-elan...

  • Andrew Taylor
    Andrew Taylor Dec 11, 2016

    Incidentally, I thought your car was a 'Seat', pronounced 'see-at', which is a company originally called Fiat and now called Seat in Spain. :>)

  • Kristi Hummel
    Kristi Hummel Dec 12, 2016

    Thanks for your help. My husband was able to fix it.

  • Andrew Taylor
    Andrew Taylor Dec 12, 2016

    Great, thanks for the feedback.

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