2015 Acura TLX: Accidental Trunk Release
July 30, 2015
I was carrying some beverages in an ice chest this past weekend, stored in the trunk of the long-term 2015 Acura TLX. I had to brake hard to avoid hitting a car that cut me off. This caused the cooler to slide around and make a loud noise. I was worried that it had tipped over and started leaking ice water all over the trunk. I was on the freeway and running late to a party. So rather than pull over, I asked my friend to hop into the rear seats, pull the seat back and check if the cooler had tilted over.
"I can't find the switch," he said. I told him to keep checking, most sedans have 60/40-split seats and there was bound to be a way in. He finally located the keyhole behind a plastic cover, shown in the photo above. "That must be it!" I told him. Lucky for us, the TLX has a smart key, so I could still stay on the road. I passed the key fob to him. Next he pulled out the removable physical key and inserted it in the lock.
Instead of releasing the seatbacks, it actually opened the trunk! At this point I had to pull over. I made my way to the shoulder, turned on my hazard lights and quickly shut the trunk. The cooler had moved, but was still upright.
I later checked to see if my friend might've overlooked the location of the seat release. But as it turns, out the TLX doesn't have one ? at least not on the inside. The photo below shows one of the seat release levers, located in the trunk of the vehicle. The TLX has two, one on each side.
Here's what the opening looks like once you release the lever. This is the "60" part of the 60/40 opening.
My last car was a 1992 Honda Prelude and it had a similar keyhole above the rear seats. That one did release the seats, so I figured this would do the same. Boy, was I wrong.
Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor @ 4,462 miles