Q: How do I adjust the seat backs?

asked by on

How do I adjust the seat backs?

Adjusting the seat backs is important for comfort, but also for safety. Sitting too close to the steering wheel could result in injury if the air bag deploys. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends drivers have at least 10 inches of space between your chest and the center of the steering wheel to maintain a safe distance from the air bag, and to avoid impacting the steering wheel or dash.

Adjusting your seat backs is easy – here’s what you should know.

  • Power Seats: For power seats, turn the ignition on and locate the power adjuster controls on the bottom left edge of the driver’s seat.

  • Manual Seats: For manual seats, pull up on the bar at the bottom front of the seat to slide the seat backward. Use the lever on the lower left side of the seat to adjust the back.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. How do I adjust the seat backs?

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Can I transport passengers in the cargo area?

Passengers should never, under any circumstances, be in the cargo area of your car when the vehicle is in motion. The cargo area does not have sufficient safety features for passengers, and it is an illegal place for a passenger...

Q: How should I sit while driving ?

Proper posture makes you more comfortable while driving. Sitting correctly can prevent fatigue and other aches caused from having the wrong posture for long periods. Sit against the seat back with your back upright. Move the seat position backward...

Q: Can't start car

The parking brake mechanism controls the rear brakes, and if the rear brakes, or the parking brake cable is overtightened, the brakes may bind. Also, if the parking cables are rusted excessively, then the cables may bind and cause the...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...