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waveprincess 11-15-2010 01:50 PM

Hi All,

I know this sounds totally LAME, but it's very annoying and I can't be the only one this has happened to....

I have an '01 Santa Fe and love it, except for the fact that I can no longer fold the passenger side of my rear seat. We recently moved and I guess one of the kids put the rear seats back up and didn't think to make sure that the strap that goes to the latch release was where it belonged, because now it's stuck under the seat. Actually, I think it may be stuck in the latch itself. My sis (a proud '05 SF owner) and I have tried everything we can think of to free it - it was actually quite comical to watch - but no luck. We can feel the strap but we can't get a good grip on it and can't really move it. It folds under the seat right where the latch is, that's why I think it's stuck in the latch.

Like I said, I can't be the only one this has happened to - since it appears to be just a sad design flaw to begin with. So if anyone has any ideas I'd love to hear them.



DSHornet 11-15-2010 08:43 PM

No, Marti, it isn't lame. You have a problem and you want to fix it. Nothing wrong with that.

I hope I understand your description of the problem. If you fold the seat cushion forward, can you get to it then?

Do you have something that can get in a small space and grab the seat belt so you can get a better grip on it? I'm thinking of some long nose pliers, although some regular slip joint pliers might do it. Don't use anything that may cut or otherwise damage the belt. All you want to do is pull it out of where it's caught.

sbr711 11-15-2010 09:44 PM

It is a matter of being able to reach under seat and getting at the loop... I had to deal with that on 1,, been a while, dont remember what I did, but it was kind of a pain to get at.. take a light and look under the set, it is just a matter of seeing the strap and pulling it while under the seat... long screwdriver, coat hanger.. something to pull the strap and unlock the seat bottom.

DSHornet 11-18-2010 09:20 PM

QUOTE (sbr711 @ Nov 15 2010, 08:44 PM)

... long screwdriver, coat hanger ... something to pull the strap and unlock the seat bottom.
Now I understand - it's the loop that releases the seat cushion latch. I thought it was the seat belt.

I'm a little slow. Sorry about that.

TerryMSU 03-01-2012 04:06 PM

Seat Latch unable to release.
Any solution on this? I have the same issue on my 2002 SF.


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