Seat­belt is­sue with some Seat mod­els

The Corkman - - SUMMER MOTORING 2018 -

SEAT has con­firmed a tech­ni­cal is­sue on the new Ibiza (2017 and 2018 mod­els) and Arona (2018 model year): there is the pos­si­bil­ity that in rare sit­u­a­tions (e.g. sud­den quick lane changes with five pas­sen­gers on board) and when the rear cen­tre seat and the rear left seat are oc­cu­pied at the same time, the left seat belt could be un­in­ten­tion­ally re­leased.

At SEAT safety re­mains a main pri­or­ity and the brand has al­ready iden­ti­fied a tech­ni­cal so­lu­tion which will pre­vent this from hap­pen­ing.

The new SEAT Ibiza and Arona are legally ho­molo­gated and safe to drive; how­ever the brand ad­vises its cus­tomers not to use the mid­dle seat of the new Ibiza and Arona un­til the car has been equipped with the re­designed belt lock fix­ture. SEAT is now ad­dress­ing the rel­e­vant author­i­ties for their fi­nal val­i­da­tion in order to im­ple­ment the so­lu­tion, both on ve­hi­cles in the mar­ket as well as on the fu­ture series pro­duc­tion.

Within the next few weeks, SEAT will start a re­call cam­paign. Cus­tomers will re­ceive a let­ter to ar­range an ap­point­ment with a SEAT of­fi­cial ser­vice cen­tre. The check and the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the tech­ni­cal so­lu­tion will be free of charge.

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