2014 Mazda CX-5: Second Row Seatback Won't Latch
March 26, 2013
"The strangest thing happened to our 2014 Mazda CX-5. The second row seatback won't latch." That was the statement that greeted me as I walked into the office. I grabbed the key and walked down to our garage to take a look.
Sure enough, he wasn't kidding. The driver side of the 60/40 folding second row was lying in the lowered position. I tried it myself first. I pulled the seatbelt aside, which is directly in the way when not looped through the seatbelt guide, and lifted the seatback. No surprise. It wouldn't latch.
The clasp was not locking as it should, as evident by the red warning on the release button. The mechanism did not appear to be binding. It just wouldn't latch.
I walked back to the release lever in the cargo area. The release on the passenger side required about 60 degrees of action before the seat released. I pulled the driver side lever the same amount to no avail. Then I carefully went more. At almost 90 degrees something gave. Now the seat latch locked. Good as new. Almost.
After two or three cycles the issue returned. I again pulled the lever slightly beyond what felt like comfortable, and it was enough to release the latch. After numerous successful ups and downs, and a second opinion, it was issued a clean bill of health. Of course, we'll keep an eye on it. But all seems fine now.
Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 3,390 miles