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How to remove back seat to a toyota 2001 Prius

How to remove back of the back seats to a toyota 2001 Prius need to get to trunk latch the key doesn't work and the inside lever cable broke got to get the clubs out to play?

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You grab on the bottom of the seat and pull upward. it sucks putting it back on though lol.

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