Stick­ing cen­tre seat

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The rear seat in my 2015 Vaux­hall Zafira is split into three parts and each one moves back and forth sep­a­rately. The near­side sec­tion is now re­fus­ing to move on the run­ners. I have looked un­der­neath and there are two lit­tle levers which press down when you pull the han­dle on the seat which re­leases it from the run­ner to en­able it to move. If I move them man­u­ally, you can feel one of them click­ing in and out, but the other one feels vague, as though it’s not mov­ing enough. I can’t take out the seat be­cause the bolts that hold it in place are un­der­neath the run­ners, so I can’t ac­cess them be­cause the seat won’t move.

The car is still un­der war­ranty un­til Septem­ber 2018, so if it were the front seat I would take it to the dealer. But the only time the rear seats get moved is when I use the third row, which isn’t very of­ten these days, so I can’t re­ally be both­ered with the has­sle for such a mi­nor prob­lem and would rather fix it my­self. Ken Chad­wick

The two outer seats in the cen­tre row should be fit­ted with an easy-ac­cess func­tion. Pro­vided the cen­tre seat in the row is not in the com­fort po­si­tion, by pulling the lever at the top of the seat back the whole seat should tilt for­ward. Us­ing this fa­cil­ity should give bet­ter ac­cess to the base fit­tings to view the prob­lem with the slid­ing mech­a­nism. The most likely cause is that a small piece of de­bris has be­come jammed in the mech­a­nism; if this can be cleared, the prob­lem should be re­solved. Oth­er­wise, it could be the in­ter­nal re­lease mech­a­nism of the seat has failed – if this is the case, I rec­om­mend get­ting the job done un­der the man­u­fac­turer’s war­ranty as it could be quite in­volved.

The cen­tre seat set-up has three sep­a­rate seats, each of which should be able to be moved in­di­vid­u­aly.

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