Sticking centre seat
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.