Front Seat-back Cover Replacement

For some models: SRS components are located in this area. Review the SRS component locations and the precautions and procedures before performing repairs or service.

  • Do not repair any tears or frayed spots of the seat-back cover. If necessary, replace the seat-back cover.
  • Take care not to tear the seams or damage the seat covers.
  • On the passenger's seat, do not touch the OPDS sensor in the seat-back pad, and keep it away from oil. Oil can corrode the sensor causing it to fail.
  • Put on gloves to protect your hands.
  • LHD is shown; RHD is symmetrical.

1.Remove the front seat.

2.Remove the headrest.

3.From under the seat cushion, disconnect or detach the connector(s):

  • Passenger's seat with OPDS:
    • Side airbag connector (A)
  • Passenger's seat without OPDS/Driver's seat:
    • Side airbag connector (A)
    • Seat-back heater connector (B)

Passenger's seat with OPDS 

Passenger's seat without OPDS 

Driver's seat 

4.Release slits in the seat cushion cover (C) from the seat cushion frame spring (D), then pull the cover back. Release the hooks (E) and remove the wire tie (F).

5.Detach the clips and hooks (A) by pulling the bottom of the back panel (B) back, then gently pull down the panel to release the hooks (C) from the seat frame, and remove the panel.


6.Pull the side airbag harness (A) out through the loop (B), if equipped. Release the hook(s) (C), and fasteners (D) (exclusive), then pull the seat-back cover (E) back.



7.If equipped, detach the harness clip (A), and pull the side airbag harness (B) and seat-back heater harness (C) (without OPDS) out through the harness holes (D) in the seat-back cover and seat frame. Passenger's is shown; driver's seat is similar.


8.With side airbag: Remove the side airbag.

9.Release the hook strips (A), then loosen the seat-back cover (B). Driver's seat is shown; passenger's seat is symmetrical.


10.With side airbag: Turn over the reinforcing cloth (A), then release the hooks (B) from the side airbag module holder (C). Passenger's seat is shown; driver's seat is symmetrical.


11.Passenger's seat with OPDS: Disconnect the OPDS sensor connectors (A) and OPDS subharness connector (B) from the OPDS unit (C), and pull them in through the hole in the seat frame. Pull the OPDS subharness (D) out through the harness hole (E) in the seat-back cover (F). Detach the harness clips (G), and remove the wire tie (H).


12.For some models: Remove the screw, then remove the seat-back hook (A).


13.Pinch the tabs on the ends of the headrest guides (A), and remove them from the seat-back.


14.Remove the seat-back cover/pad (A) from the seat (B).


15.Pull back the edge of the seat-back cover all the way around, and release the clips (A), then remove the seat-back cover.



16.Install the cover in the reverse order of removal, and note these items:

  • Reinitialize the OPDS unit.
  • To prevent wrinkles when installing a seat-back cover, make sure the material is stretched evenly over the pad before securing the clips, hooks, and hook strips.
  • Replace any clips you removed with new ones (A).
  • Before installing the side airbag (B), make sure the reinforcing cloth (C) is fixed on the seat-back frame (D) securely.
  • Make sure the side airbag harness and seat-back heater harness or OPDS subharness (some passenger's seat) are routed properly.