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01-19-2013 10:14 AM
ReiRey I've got the same issue on my 2012 titanium. I've only had the seats folded down a couple of times, but it was obviously long enough to make the marks permanent.
01-17-2013 08:08 PM
2012sel They don't stick out. I would make the material at least 1" wider then I made it.

This doesn't completely solve the issue. After posting the pics, I left the seats down until now. The dents were still there, just less defined. Which I kind of expected. They did smooth out almost immediately but I only had them down for 2 1/2 hours.
01-17-2013 06:35 PM
daemoniscinxi I'll have to give this a try when I get off work, 2012sel. It looks like it will do the trick. Does the sheet stick out when you put the seats down?
01-17-2013 05:32 PM
2012sel I tried swim noodles and pipe insulation but there was too much friction for them to stay in place permanently. Taping them or zipties didn't seem to help.

So I bought the vinyl cutting board at the Dollar Tree, cut it into pieces big enough, put a strip of Velcro on the ends to hold them over the brackets. I may have made the pieces a little too narrow (3.75" x 7.5") but we'll see. It seems to stay out of the way and serves it's purpose as far as I can see.

The piece with Velcro:


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01-17-2013 04:35 PM
paul21 Same problem in mine, thought it doesn't bother me that much.

01-17-2013 02:27 PM
daemoniscinxi nseah, thanks for the feedback! I just remembered that I did leave the seats down (nothing in the back of the car, no weight on the seat) for a week. Too lazy to put them back up i guess. Maybe leaving them down for a week caused the indents.

Regardless of whether this caused it or not, it is still a design flaw. I'm going to try the pipe insulation suggestion. I think i have some leftover from when I wrapped my house's pipes.
01-17-2013 02:06 PM
nseah 2012 (2011 build) SEL hb with leather. Ive only had my seats down a couple times, and once when I bought a tv. Also took a nap in my car with the seats down flat once. I haven't noticed any indents in my leather seats.
01-17-2013 01:58 PM
revhigh
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Originally Posted by frinesi2 View Post
A more permanent solution? Okay . . . throw a towel over it every time? How is that difficult?
Yeah ... that's REAL convenient .... needing to carry around spare towels around so that your car works properly without causing damage to itself .... good solution ....


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01-17-2013 08:46 AM
2012sel
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+1 it is the latch that the lower seats clip into.

First time i flipped up the seats and saw the impressions made by those things i was pissed and feared for my leather seats life but i found a fix that has been working fine.

I use a 6" piece of foam pipe insulation to cover those things when i fold the seats all the way down. Keeps them from making a sharp impression. There is still a small indent created but it in no way looks harmfull to my seats and when not in use the pieces of pipe insulation sit fine under the seat right next to where i will need them.


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Forgive me...I'm not going to read through 25+ responses. I have not noticed this in my Ti. However, if that were the case with mine, this would be my solution.

I'd buy a swimming noodle. I'd cut 2 sections out of it, and slide it over the metal LATCH system. I'd keep them in the bottom of the hatch by the spare in one of the compartments.
Great suggestions.

I just tried it with swim noodles and they are a little too big for what I want to do. Which is leave them on there all the time.

I think I've got some pipe insulation which is similar to a swim noodles only smaller diameter. I want to tape a 3 or 4 inch section permanently to the bracket and see how that works.

Won't eliminate the issue but will certainly help.
01-17-2013 08:07 AM
jdubhack
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Originally Posted by Bolto View Post
I just went out to my car to test this out and the LATCH mounts do the same thing to my seats, but I've never had them down for a long enough time to for them make much of a mark in my seats.

You could remove them since every baby seat I've ever seen has multiple mounting options, like using the seat belt if LATCH is not available. But then the LATCH system is much more convenient and easy to use.
It is not just "convenient" it is a much more efficient and SAFER way of securing the car seat of your child into your car.

If you cut these out and tried to sell your car later down the road I'd walk away the second I noticed.

Those are in your car for a reason. Leave them.
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