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Unread 05-29-2011, 07:11 PM   #1
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JKU rear seat question

My kid sat in the center position of the rear seat this weekend and said it felt like he was going to "fall through" the seat. I checked, and there is ZERO support for that seating position under the seat frame. You look up under there and there is wire support for the two outboard seating positions, but the center position is just foam covered in cloth! NOTHING there to support the occupant. WTH? Is this normal? Now that somebody sat there, you can see a visible indention in the bench seat.

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Unread 05-29-2011, 08:17 PM   #2
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didn't realize there were 3 seatbelts in the back.
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Unread 05-29-2011, 09:20 PM   #3
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sounds to me like something is missing. I have had 3 teenage sons riding in my back seat and had no problem. Have the dealer look at it.
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Unread 05-31-2011, 01:29 PM   #4
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I have noticed the same thing in mine. The middle section has almost no support. Wonder if the seat changed for the 11's?
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Unread 05-31-2011, 01:44 PM   #5
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Just got back from the dealer and the other JKs are the same way. So they are saying it's odd, but "normal". I told them that's fine...when the fabric rips it's under warranty.
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Unread 05-31-2011, 08:57 PM   #6
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didn't realize there were 3 seatbelts in the back.
The 2011's have 3 seat belts in the back.

I just went out and checked mine, only had it a month and havent had anyone sit in the back. I've got leather seats and mine also dips down when I get in the back middle seat, i'm 180 lbs but still, bit of a useless seat if it can't support an average size person let alone a kid...

Kinda disapointed, not that I'll ever sit back there but still. Looks like a bit of design flaw.
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Unread 05-31-2011, 09:19 PM   #7
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Don't worry too much, my brother has three sons from 8-14 and his rear middle seat is still fine after three years.

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Unread 05-31-2011, 09:27 PM   #8
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Don't worry too much, my brother has three sons from 8-14 and his rear middle seat is still fine after three years.

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I have a feeling something changed in the 2011 model, it doesnt look or feel like it'll hold up well over time at all, not if its used a bit.
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Unread 05-31-2011, 11:43 PM   #9
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My 2011 is the same way. It feels like a wire support or two are missing from under the cushion.

I'm going to try securing it better with some heavy seat type wire.
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Unread 06-01-2011, 08:06 AM   #10
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I just went out and checked mine cause yall made me curious. Mine is the same way. There is no support under the middle cushion. It sunk down like a hammock when I sat on it. So I guess the 2011 isn't different.
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Unread 06-01-2011, 08:38 AM   #11
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Yeah it's pretty ridiculous. In my first week of JKU ownership, my rear seat has turned into a sink hole, my instruments can't be calibrated for my 31" tires, and my temp display is 8 degrees too hot while cruising and my dealership is being a real d*** about helping me with any of it. Not getting off to a good start. Did I mention that my fender flares are all stained from being in mud ONE time even though I washed the Jeep with soap and water the same day?

For $28K, you should be 100% happy....at least for the first week.
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Unread 06-01-2011, 09:42 AM   #12
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Just called the Jeep hotline to file a complaint. I do worry that over time it may split the cloth. Not to mention it isn't comfortable to sit there, and honestly it's not as safe either. And I specifically bought the JKU because it had FIVE seatbelts for my family. So yeah... I complained and it's being sent to the engineering dept.

I wish a lot of other people would call in and let them know they aren't happy with it. Maybe the more calls that they get the more likely they'll be to fix what is a very simple design flaw.
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Unread 06-01-2011, 06:44 PM   #13
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Just called the Jeep hotline to file a complaint. I do worry that over time it may split the cloth. Not to mention it isn't comfortable to sit there, and honestly it's not as safe either. And I specifically bought the JKU because it had FIVE seatbelts for my family. So yeah... I complained and it's being sent to the engineering dept.

I wish a lot of other people would call in and let them know they aren't happy with it. Maybe the more calls that they get the more likely they'll be to fix what is a very simple design flaw.
I was just packing my JKU full of tons of gear for a trip this weekend and using every last bit of space I could get. Under that middle seat I had stuffed in a sleeping bag really tight and that fixed the issue. I'm sure you could find something even better to jam under it that would fix it right up, just needs some support under it. Just don't forget to remove whatever it is before you fold the seats up. I know we shouldnt have to do these things, but whatever works, works for me.
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Unread 06-01-2011, 08:04 PM   #14
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2009 here and no support in the middle rear seat too! If I sat there for a 4+hour trip I guarantee the seat would be f'd up. I'm only 195.

What's the number to call?
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Unread 06-01-2011, 08:11 PM   #15
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2009 here and no support in the middle rear seat too! If I sat there for a 4+hour trip I guarantee the seat would be f'd up. I'm only 195.

What's the number to call?
Now this gets me a bit confused. I had a 09 JK before my '11 JKU and the rear seats are completely different and the support under them. The JK seats were solid across with the 2 seatbelts and zero room for any kind of storge under them while the JKU has the missing support in the moddle and lots of under the seat room.

EDIT: Bassman, are you in a JK or JKU? that'll clear up my confusion!
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