Hyundai Elantra: Folding the rear seat - Rear seat - Seats - Safety features of your vehicle - Hyundai Elantra MD 2010-2018 Owners manualHyundai Elantra: Folding the rear seat


The rear seatbacks can be folded to facilitate carrying long items or to increase the luggage capacity of the vehicle.

The purpose of the fold-down rear seatbacks is to allow you to carry longer objectsWARNING

The purpose of the fold-down rear seatbacks is to allow you to carry longer objects that could not be accommodated in the cargo area. Never allow passengers sit on top of the folded down seatback while the vehicle is moving. This is not a proper seating position and no seat belts are available for use.

This could result in serious injury or death in case of an accident or sudden stop. Objects carried on the folded down seatback should not extend higher than the top of the front seatbacks. Doing this could allow cargo to slide forward and cause injury or damage during sudden stops.

To fold down the rear seatback:

1. Set the front seatback to the upright position and if necessary, slide the front seat forward.

2.Lower the rear headrests to the lowest position.

3. Pull on the seatback folding lever located in the trunk.

3. Pull on the seatback folding lever located in the trunk.

4.Fold the seatback toward the front of the vehicle.

4.Fold the seatback toward the front of the vehicle.

5. To use the rear seat, lift and pull the seatback rearward. Pull the seatback firmly until it clicks into place. Make sure the seatback is locked in place. When you return the seatback to its upright position, always be sure it has locked into position by pushing on the top of the seatback.

6. Return the rear seat belt to the proper position.

✽ NOTICE

If you are not able to pull out the seat belt from the retractor, firmly pull the belt out and release it. Then you will be able to pull the belt out smoothly.

When you return the rear seatback to its upright position after being foldedWARNING

When you return the rear seatback to its upright position after being folded down:

Be careful not to damage the seat belt webbing or buckle. Do not allow the seat belt webbing or buckle to get caught or pinched in the rear seat. Ensure that the seatback is completely locked into its upright position by pushing on the top of the seatback. Otherwise, in an accident or sudden stop, the seat could fold down and allow cargo to enter the passenger compartment, which could result in serious injury or death.

When folding the rear seatback, insert the buckle in the pocket between the rear CAUTION - Damaging rear seat belt buckles

When folding the rear seatback, insert the buckle in the pocket between the rear seatback and cushion. Doing so can prevent the buckle from being damaged by the rear seatback.

CAUTION - Rear seat belts

  • When returning the rear seatbacks to the upright position, remember to return the rear shoulder belts to their proper position.
  • Routing the seat belt webbing through the rear seat belt guides will help keep the seat belts from being trapped behind or under the seats.

- CargoWARNING - Cargo

Cargo should always be secured to prevent it from being thrown about the vehicle in a collision and causing injury to the vehicle occupants. Do not place objects in the rear seats, since they cannot be properly secured and may hit the front seat occupants in a collision.

- Cargo loadingWARNING - Cargo loading

Make sure the engine is off, the automatic transaxle is in P (Park) or the manual transaxle is in R (Reverse) or 1st, and the parking brake is securely applied whenever loading or unloading cargo. Failure to take these steps may allow the vehicle to move if the shift lever is inadvertently moved to another position.

    Armrest
    To use the armrest, pull it forward from the seatback. ...