Mazda CX-3: Rear Seat / Split Folding the Seatbacks

Mazda CX-3 (2015-2022) Owner's Manual / Essential Safety Equipment / Seats / Rear Seat / Split Folding the Seatbacks

By lowering the rear seatbacks the luggage compartment space can be expanded.

WARNING

Do not drive the vehicle with occupants on folded down seatbacks or in the luggage compartment.

Putting occupants in the luggage compartment is dangerous because seat belts cannot be fastened which could lead to serious injury or death during sudden braking or a collision.

Do not allow children to play inside the vehicle with the seatbacks lowered.

Allowing children to play in the vehicle with the seatbacks folded down is dangerous. If a child enters the luggage compartment and the seatbacks were raised back up, the child may become trapped in the luggage compartment which could lead to an accident.

Tightly secure cargo in the luggage compartment when it is transported with the seatbacks folded down.

Driving without tightly securing cargo and luggage is dangerous as it could move and become an obstruction to driving during emergency braking or a collision resulting in an unexpected accident.

When transporting cargo, do not allow the cargo to exceed the height of the seatbacks.

Transporting cargo stacked higher than the seatbacks is dangerous as visibility to the rear and sides of the vehicle is reduced which could interfere with driving operations and lead to an accident.

Lowering the seatbacks

CAUTION

  • When folding the seatback forward, always support the seatback with your hand. If it is not supported by a hand, fingers or the hand pressing the push knob could be injured.
  • Check the position of a front seat before folding a rear seatback.

    Depending on the position of a front seat, it may not be possible to fold a rear seatback all the way down because it may hit the seatback of the front seat which could scratch or damage the front seat or its pocket. Remove the head restraint on the rear outboard seat if necessary.

  • (Vehicles with rear armrest)

    Before folding a rear seatback, make sure that the armrest is stored. If a seatback is lowered without storing the armrest, it could deform, damage, or scratch the armrest.

  1. Lower the head restraint all the way down.

    Refer to Head Restraints.

  2. Press the push knob to fold down the seatback.

    Mazda CX-3. Split Folding the Seatbacks

To return the seatback to its upright position:

WARNING

When returning a seatback to its upright position, make sure the 3-point seat belt is not caught in the seatback and the 3-point seat belt is not twisted.

If the seat belt is used while it is twisted and caught in the seatback, the seat belt cannot function at its full capacity, which could cause serious injury or death.

When returning a seatback to its upright position, make sure that it is firmly locked and the red indication is not visible.

If the red indication is visible behind the push knob, it means the seatback is not locked. If the vehicle is driven without the seatback locked, it could fold down suddenly and cause an accident.

Mazda CX-3. Split Folding the Seatbacks

  1. Make sure that the seat belt passes through the seat belt guide correctly and it is not twisted, then raise the seatback while preventing the seat belt from being caught in the seatback.

    Mazda CX-3. Split Folding the Seatbacks

  2. Press the seatback rearward and lock it in place. After returning the seatback to its upright position, make sure it is securely locked.

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