The centre seat belt inertia reel will not release. Seat back is folded down with the strap being to tight to release. How do I get into the seat back to release it, allowing the seat to then be pulled upright
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Pull the release straps located in the trunk. The right strap operates the passenger's side rear split seat. The left strap operates the driver's side rear split seat. Fold the seatback down from the inside of the vehicle
There might be a short strap in the center of each section where the back and the seat come together. Pull that strap to release and fold the seat aginst the front seat. Then you should seelatches to release the backs and fold them down. Hope this helps
You should notice a looped strap of cloth next to the head rest at the top of the seat. That is the release for the seatback lock. Simultaneously pull up on the strap and pull the head rest forward to fold the seat forward. The seats are split 60/40, so each seat has its own release looped strap.
The rear seatbelt of the forester was a bit of a puzzle for me as well when we first got ours. The buckle is really in two parts. The first part anchors the strap, and the second part secures the occupant.
Check if your belt is fully retracted, look in the inertia reel housing at the roof in the boot of the vehicle. Remove it passing the end through the 'loop' in the backrest Make sure that you have the two buckle parts I referred to earlier. There should be an odd looking buckle fixed at the end of the belt, and the more familiar buckle that slides up and down the belt. The end buckle goes into the receptacle vertically below the loop between the centre and window passenger and achors the belt in place. This buckle should not be normally released once used regularly. Once the centre passenger is in place, use the sliding buckle as you would for any other seatbelt and fasten on the receptacle on the other side to secure.
Use same procedure for fixing a car seat or booster, etc.
This happens to me also. To solve the problem you need to un-bolt the seat belt clip. A bit tricky when the bench is tight down, but get a friend to hold it up out of the way as much as possible. This will relieve the tension and allow the seat belt to return to normal. To prevent this in future, pull the seat belt out and clip it in to place before lowering the back bench. This allows enough slack on the seat belt tensioner to stop the problem from happening again.
Here is how I fold down the back seat of my 1995 Rodeo. First thing I do is remove the headrests on the back seat. Then I place my knees (and all my weight) on the middle of the seat (bench), and pull on both belts straps. If this is done properly, I will hear each strap release. (sort of a click). As soon as I hear it release, I stand up as best I can while at the same time pulling up the seat. I then manage to step out of the Rodeo while letting the seat fall forward. After that, I am able to drop the other part of the seat into the forward position.