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Old 01-10-2011, 02:03 PM   #1
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Default Latch on back of front seat broke

I searched this forum no luck so far. The handle you use to release the front seat so someone can get into the back the plastic handle broke.

Anyone fix this on their own? How much and how hard?

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Old 01-10-2011, 02:49 PM   #2
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Join the crowd. This has been a chronic issue for a lot of people but don't know about replacements. I just thought I'd chime in so you didn't feel... alone.
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Old 01-10-2011, 02:54 PM   #3
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There is not one single person that's gotten in the back that's been able to release the front seat in one try. I'm just waiting for it to break
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Old 01-10-2011, 03:19 PM   #4
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I can't imagine it is good for the latch that the damn seat is so heavily spring-loaded that it flies forward like a gun shot unless the passenger holds onto the seat while releasing the latch...
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Old 01-10-2011, 03:54 PM   #5
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After having mine break, and me just sticking it back on (knowing it's loose and will not survive any amount of use), I always make sure I let the seat down, and I use the handle on the side of the seat at the bottom so that I don't damage that little **** on the back.

However, the stupid piece that's broke isn't expensive, I'm just not sure it's worth replacing since mine has the appearance of being functional.
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Old 01-10-2011, 04:28 PM   #6
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mine broke too...i expected it to break beforehand after reading about how everyone else's had
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Old 01-10-2011, 05:03 PM   #7
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I read about the problem long before I got my '06,so I just don't use them. They look great!
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Old 01-10-2011, 06:07 PM   #8
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The plastic ones are prone to break. Try these, they will last.
http://www.mossmuscle.com/Shop/ViewP...eIndexID=84283
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Old 01-10-2011, 06:34 PM   #9
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Definately go for the ones in the link AmericanIron posted. The plastic ones from the dealer are $35 each, which is totally rediculous. Mine haven't broke yet but no one ever gets in my back seat either.
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Old 01-10-2011, 06:39 PM   #10
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Did it break or just slip off? Mine slipped off and i thought i broke it. But then i noticed it was just loose and slipped. I just opened it up and made sure it was snug in there. Its kind of a bitch to get on though. After that, no problems at all.
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Old 01-11-2011, 06:57 AM   #11
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I can see how people end up breaking that button. With one hand you need to grab the seat up at the headrest and push the front seat rearward a bit to take the spring load off the mechanism, then with the other hand lift up the button. It makes it much easier to lift the lever up, at least for me.
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Old 01-11-2011, 10:29 AM   #12
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When I bought my car, it didn't come with seat release levers.. I just ended up buying chrome seat release levers from AM. Works fine.
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I usually use the 2 handed approach mentioned by Timmbo... However the one time I use the latch to move the seat back forward on the passenger seat while sitting in the driver's seat, I broke mine... Crap... So I bought these from UPR. Couldn't be happier and they are anodized black, so they match pretty good... I am so surprised (no not really, thank you bean counters) that Ford would use cheap plastic handles for this.

Anyways, good luck. Also, in the mean time, use the lever on the side of the seat cushion like previously stated.

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Old 01-11-2011, 01:26 PM   #14
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I usually use the 2 handed approach mentioned by Timmbo... However the one time I use the latch to move the seat back forward on the passenger seat while sitting in the driver's seat, I broke mine... Crap... So I bought these from UPR. Couldn't be happier and they are anodized black, so they match pretty good... I am so surprised (no not really, thank you bean counters) that Ford would use cheap plastic handles for this.

Anyways, good luck. Also, in the mean time, use the lever on the side of the seat cushion like previously stated.

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That just seems expensive for two levers.
So far mine have held up.....could be because only my son has ridden in the back and I will not let him mess with the levers. I do it myself as described by Timmbo.
Now if mine were to break, I think I would search the junk yards first.
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Old 01-11-2011, 01:48 PM   #15
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I can see how people end up breaking that button. With one hand you need to grab the seat up at the headrest and push the front seat rearward a bit to take the spring load off the mechanism, then with the other hand lift up the button. It makes it much easier to lift the lever up, at least for me.
No issues with my handles either (knock on plastic). I use the method above for mine and my kids all know it. So far so good. (08 GT)
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Old 01-11-2011, 02:25 PM   #16
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These little seat latches never did work right. We had the same damn things on our 88 Lincoln Mark VII LSC and they were trash then. Same deal with my buddy's 94 Cobra.
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Old 08-06-2012, 04:36 PM   #17
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The lever on the drivers seat back on my '06 GT 'vert gave up the ghost & snapped off. I knew this was a common problem so I expected it. What I didn't expect was the cost for a new one. The list price on this piece of plastic crap is almost $48. The parts guy in my local dealer felt so bad about it he gave it to me for $32. Way to go Ford!
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There's a latch on the back of the seat? I've never used it since I don't have any kids and don't know any midgets. No full size person can ride in the back of a s197.
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Old 08-07-2012, 12:17 AM   #19
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There's a latch on the back of the seat? I've never used it since I don't have any kids and don't know any midgets. No full size person can ride in the back of a s197.
Lucky for them.
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