Subaru Forester: Rear seats / Reclining the seatback (if equipped)

Subaru Forester. Reclining the seatback (if equipped)


To prevent the passenger from sliding under the seatbelt in the event of a collision, observe the following precautions:

  • Keep the seatback in the upright position while the vehicle is in motion.
  • Do not place objects such as cushions between the passenger and the seatback.

Otherwise, the risk of sliding under the lap belt and of the lap belt sliding up over the abdomen will increase, and both can result in serious internal injury or death.


If your vehicle is equipped with a cargo area cover, observe the following precautions.

  • Be careful not to pinch your hand between the head restraint and the cargo area cover when you recline the rear seat.
  • Move the front cover of the cargo area cover backward so that the cover is not damaged by the reclined seatback. Refer to “Cargo area cover” .

Subaru Forester. Reclining the seatback (if equipped)

Pull the strap and adjust the seatback to the desired position.

Then release the strap and make sure the seatback is securely locked into place.

    Return the rear seatback


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