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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Owners Manual: Through-loading feature in the rear bench seat

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Owners Manual / Seats and stowing / Stowage areas / Through-loading feature in the rear bench seat

Folding the rear seat backrest forwards

WARNING Risk of injury if the rear bench seat/rear seat and seat backrest are not engaged
If the rear bench seat/rear seat and seat backrest are not engaged they could fold forwards, e.g. when braking suddenly or in the event of an accident.
  • If this is the case, the vehicle occupant would be forced into the seat belt by the rear bench seat/rear seat or by the seat backrest. The seat belt cannot protect as intended and could result in additional injury.
  • Objects or loads in the trunk/cargo compartment cannot be restrained by the seat backrest.
  • Make sure that the seat backrest and the rear bench seat/rear seat are engaged before every trip.

If the left and right seat backrests are not engaged and locked, this will be shown on the multifunction display of the instrument cluster. A warning tone will also sound.

If the center seat backrest is not engaged and locked, the red lock verification indicator will be visible.

The center and outer seat backrests can be folded forwards separately.

Stowage areas

  • Vehicles without a memory function: Move the driver's or front passenger seat forwards, if necessary.
  • Vehicles with a memory function: If at least one section of the rear seat backrest is folded forwards, the corresponding front seat will move forwards slightly, if necessary, to avoid a collision.
  • If necessary, fully insert the rear seat backrest head restraints.
  • Left and right seat backrests: pull the left or right release handle 1.

    The corresponding seat backrest will fold forwards.

Stowage areas

  • Center seat backrest: pull release catch 3 of seat backrest 2 forwards.
  • Fold seat backrest 2 forwards.
  • If necessary, reset the driver's or front passenger seat.

Folding the rear seat backrest back

NOTE Damage to the seat belt
The seat belt could become trapped and thus damaged when folding back the seat backrest.
  • Make sure that the seat belt is not trapped when folding back the seat backrest.
  • Move the driver's or front passenger seat forwards, if necessary.

Stowage areas

  • Fold the corresponding seat backrest 1 back until it engages.

    Left and right seat backrests: if the seat backrest is not engaged and locked, this will be shown on the multifunction display on the instrument cluster.

    A warning tone also sounds.

    Center seat backrest: if the seat backrest is not engaged and locked, red lock verification indicator 2 will be visible.

Locking the release catch of the center rear seat backrest

Requirements:

  • The left and center seat backrests are engaged and joined together.

You can lock the center seat backrest release catch if you want to secure the trunk against unauthorized access. The center seat backrest can then be folded forwards only together with the left seat backrest.

Stowage areas

  • Fold the center and left seat backrests forwards.
  • To lock: slide catch 1 upwards.

    The release catch of the center seat backrest will be locked.

  • To unlock: slide catch 1 downwards.

Overview of the tie-down eyes

Observe the notes on loading the vehicle.

Stowage areas

  1. Tie-down eyes (vehicles with through-loading feature in the rear bench seat)

Overview of bag hooks

WARNING Risk of injury when using bag hooks with heavy objects
The bag hooks cannot restrain heavy objects or items of luggage.

Objects or items of luggage could be thrown around and thereby hit vehicle occupants when braking or abruptly changing directions.

  • Only hang light objects on the bag hooks.
  • Never hang hard, sharp-edged or fragile objects on the bag hooks.

Observe the notes on loading the vehicle.

The bag hooks can bear a maximum load of 6.6 lbs (3 kg). Do not use them to secure a load.

Stowage areas

  1. Bag hook
    Stowage spaces in the vehicle interior

    Hooking in the parcel net

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