Buick Encore: Rear Seats / Folding the Seatback

Buick Encore 2020-2023 Owner's Manual / Seats and Restraints / Rear Seats / Rear Seats / Folding the Seatback

Either side of the seatback can be folded down for more cargo space. Fold a seatback only when the vehicle is not moving.


Folding a rear seat with the seat belts still fastened may cause damage to the seat or the seat belts. Always unbuckle the seat belts and return them to their normal stowed position before folding a rear seat.


Folding the rear seatback prior to tilting the seat cushion forward may damage the rear seat. Always tilt the rear seat cushion forward before folding the seatback.

To fold a seatback down:

  1. Make sure the floor area in front of the rear seats is clear.
  2. Fully lower the head restraint. See Head Restraints.
  3. Slide the front seats forward and place the front seatbacks in the upright position. See Seat Adjustment and Reclining Seatbacks.

    Buick Encore. Folding the Seatback

  4. Pull the strap on the front edge of the rear seat cushion to release the cushion. Tilt the seat cushion forward toward the front of the vehicle.

    The seat cushion must be tilted forward before the seatback is folded down. Otherwise, the seatback will not fold down properly.

    Buick Encore. Folding the Seatback

    Rear Seat with Retainer Hook on the Seatback

  5. Make sure the seat belt is in the retainer hook on top of the seatback, if equipped.

    Buick Encore. Folding the Seatback


    Do not allow the seat belt webbing to become caught under the retainer hook trim, as this may cause the seat belt to not be worn properly.

    Buick Encore. Folding the Seatback

  6. Reach under the belt and pull the lever on top of the seatback to unlock the seatback.

    A tab near the seatback lever raises when the seatback is unlocked.

    Buick Encore. Folding the Seatback

  7. Fold the seatback forward and down.

    Buick Encore. Folding the Seatback

    Seat Belt Clip on Side Trim

  8. Place the outboard seat belt in the seat belt clip (if equipped) on the side trim of the vehicle.
  9. Repeat Steps 1–8 for the other seatback and seat cushion, if desired.

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    Buick Encore. Vehicle Alarm System

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