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Old 17 Oct 2006, 12:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Collapsing Subaru Seat Shocker!

Was waiting to turn right in my 2000 Classic at a smallish (but solid) roundabout, saw a gap in traffic and booted it - whereupon my my seat back duly collapsed! This caused my foot to stamp down even harder and I duly found myself fighting a worsening 4-wheel powerslide, with only the heavily turned wheel to get 'purchase' on (as Alan Partridge would say). Only just held it away from the barrier on the left.

I managed to wriggle into a more secure seating position and got control as the car snapped back into focus into the exit lane.

Thankfully it was a very high bricked roundabout and no-one could see the full extent of my shennakins from the busy traffic side.

Has anyone else experienced seat collapse? No matter how hard I bashed my back on it thereafter it wouldn't collapse again. Here's praying it was a one-off.

(p.s. Do not laugh at me... for I was once human like you)
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Old 17 Oct 2006, 12:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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pmsl, not larfing at you but at your description pmsl

never had this before, but i've got different seats, might be mechanism is warn so can no longer hold it up
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Old 17 Oct 2006, 12:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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OMG...you were lucky...

cant say anything has ever happened to me like that, except when my seat belt got caught around the recliner lever when getting out of a car......
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Old 17 Oct 2006, 12:32 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Sounds a tad dangerous! I havnt heard this before when you say collapse do you mean slide backwards>?
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Old 17 Oct 2006, 12:38 PM   #5 (permalink)
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No, that would have resulted in auto-acceleration-cancellation!

Just the seat back flung backwards, sliding the right foot forwards as an equal & opposite reaction (Physics 101).

Now as it happens, this occurred one time in my Prelude as well. Is the Universe trying to tell me something...?
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Old 17 Oct 2006, 12:42 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I think so, bet your wary when you drive now......??
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Old 17 Oct 2006, 03:40 PM   #7 (permalink)
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perhaps your seat belts snagging on the release handle
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Old 17 Oct 2006, 03:58 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Im really sorry but that made me laugh.
Although im worried as i have the same motor.
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Old 17 Oct 2006, 04:09 PM   #9 (permalink)
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A good suggestion, tiny. I will check how probable that is in 1hr on my way home. My best guess is that I adjusted it some time ago and didn't click it firmly into place. Since that day, it has been a ticking time bomb waiting to destroy my dignity.

If any of you see an apparently driverless Impreza going down the M1, and just a pair of hands, it's only me.
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Old 17 Oct 2006, 04:13 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Quote:
Originally Posted by JohnnyFive

If any of you see an apparently driverless Impreza going down the M1, and just a pair of hands, it's only me.
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Old 19 Oct 2006, 11:19 AM   #12 (permalink)
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This happened to my good lady the other day................No, of course i didn't let her drive, she was in the navigator seat. She turned round to check the wee one in the back and the seat shot back. When I checked the seat belt it was routed under the seat adjust lever, this is fine when facing forward but when the lap belt strap is tightened by any sideway force if flips the lever out and your on your @rse. I think she thought I had an ejector seat fitted. LOL

Worth checking as even when you take your seatbelt off, the bottom of the belt stays routed round the lever.

Who says seatbelts are safe?????
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Old 19 Oct 2006, 09:53 PM   #13 (permalink)
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After the seat back slipping yet again by a small amount under mild acceleration, I checked it, and the belt was indeed looped around the release lever. Lord knows for how long!

I'm left wondering why two such mutually destructive items are placed so close to each other. Kinda like having a quick release foot pedal on the door of an EasyJet.
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Old 20 Oct 2006, 12:02 PM   #14 (permalink)
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glad you found it ok mate, at least its nothing major
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