3rd row Power Fold Interference

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Tyrell

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Does anyone else have this issue with the 3rd row power folding seat? Is there a simple fix?

If trying to raise or lower the 3rd row using the power folding feature when the 2nd row seats are in the rear-most position, the 3rd row cannot raise/lower.
- Cannot raise 3rd row because there is a slight friction/interference with the back of the 2nd row seat.
- Cannot lower 3rd row because the 3rd row headrests do not fold down in time to clear the back of the 2nd row seat.
- To resolve both situations, I have to move the 2nd row seats slightly forward from the rear-most position.
 

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The fix is moving up the 2nd row 1 notch unfortunately. Same issue on my denali with 2nd row bench
 
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At least I'm not alone in this obvious design flaw. I've been thinking maybe there's a way to restrict the 2nd row from sliding back all the way to prevent the interference. Maybe a 3D-printed insert in the seat track or something? I haven't had a chance to look into the design of the seat track myself.
 

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Small workaround...if you are back there and need to get it done quick, you can hit the tumble button for row 2, it forces the seat up a notch, and then the 3rd row can fold...(obviously if you then need the 2nd row, or 2nd row has child seats installed, this won't work, but I have used it to ball myself out in a pinch.
 

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This is some good info. Seems to me that when the salesman demo'd the 3rd-row folding, he ran into this problem.

Sorry to thread-jack, but I'm guessing the OP et al might know the answer to this quick question: If I press both of the 3rd-row fold buttons at the same time, will both seats in fact fold at the same time? (I've got a bench-seat cover that spans both the back seats, and it ties behind each headrest. So, if I only fold one seat without detaching the headrest straps, then it's going to pull on the headrest of the other seat.)
 
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Pressing both buttons at same time folds both 3rd row seats at roughly the same time. Mine are ever-so-slightly out of sync, barely noticeable. I think it's because the cable tension/actuation is slightly different on each side.
 

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