pg. 57 Folding rear seat (sedan)





Locking levers

Folding rear seat


The rear seat is split into two sections so that each section can be folded independently.

  • Lift the rear seat belts to the fixed section of the backrest. The center seat belt can also be folded across the fixed part of the backrest so that it does not get in the way if the right-hand backrest is folded down (see illustration above).
  • Pull the catch forward and fold the backrest down.
    The two red levers on the rear side of the backrests can be used to bypass the folding mechanism and prevent the backrests from being folded down from inside the car. Push the levers down to lock backrests in the upright position. This function can be used to limit access to the trunk.
  • When folding the backrests up, make sure the seat belts return to their normal positions.


    WARNING! When the backrest is returned to the upright position, check that it is properly locked in place.


    NOTE: If the backrest is folded down for prolonged periods, the seat belt locks could be covered (i.e., with a towel) to help avoid marks on the backrest upholstery.

    pg. 58 Folding rear seat (wagon)


    Seat cushion strap Release lever - backrest Hooks fit into holes


    Folding rear seat (wagon)


    The rear seat is split into two sections so that each section can be folded independently.

  • Straighten front seat backrests if they are tilted too far to the rear.
  • Pull the strap to lift the rear seat cushion and swing the cushion up and toward the back of the front seats.
  • The outboard head restraints must be lowered before the backrest is folded down (see inset illustration above):
    1 - pull straight up, 2 - fold forward
  • Push the center head restraint straight down if it has been raised.
  • Move the backrest release lever rearward and fold the backrest down.
  • Check that the hooks under the seat cushions engage the holes on the top edge of the backrest.
    When the backrest is raised, the outboard head restraints must be returned to their normal position.
    The backrest must lock into place. The red lock indicator will not be visible if the seat has locked into place correctly.
    The seat belts must be correctly positioned when the seat is returned to the normal position.


    WARNING! When the rear seat is folded down, do not place heavy objects against the backs of the front seats. This places a severe strain on the folded down backrest of the rear seat. Be sure to secure cargo. Cargo must not be stacked higher than the top of seatbacks. This will reduce the possibility of luggage, etc. becoming projectiles during sudden maneuvers, rapid braking or an accident.

    pg. 59 Folding rear seat, Removing seat cushions (wagon)


    WARNING! The red lock indicator is VISIBLE (A) when the backrest is NOT locked in position and not visible (B) when the backrest is correctly locked in place. When the backrest is in the upright position, it must always be correctly locked in place.



    Removing seat cushions


    The seat cushion can be easily removed to provide a slightly larger cargo storage area.

  • Fold the seat cushion toward the back of the front seats
  • Release the red catches
  • Disconnect the connector for the rear seat heating (certain models)
  • Fold the cushion back to a nearly horizontal position.
  • Lift out the cushion



    WARNING! Do not place extremely heavy articles against the front seats, as the backrest which is folded down is then placed under severe strain.
    Be sure to secure cargo. Hard and sharp articles could otherwise damage the frontseat backrest and/or cause injury to passengers in the event of rapid braking or a collision.

    pg. 60 Concealed storage bin (wagon), Bumper cover (wagon), Avoiding battery drain


    The lid of the storage compartment is hinged in the middle


    Concealed storage bin


    The storage compartment under the floor of the cargo space is hinged in the middle and can be locked with a key.



    Bumper cover (certain models)


    A bumper cover is located in the concealed storage bin. This cover can be folded out when loading/unloading the cargo compartment to protect your clothing and to help protect the bumper from scratches.
    The bumper cover can also be used to protect the floor of the storage bin from muddy shoes, etc. if the optional auxiliary child seat is being used.
    The bumper cover is attached by a velcro strip and can easily be removed for cleaning.



    To avoid battery drain


    The courtesy lights and the warning lights in the rear of the doors come on when a door is opened.

  • To avoid battery drain when the doors are opened for prolonged periods, these lights can be switched off by pressing the lock mechanism (A) located in the rear facing side of the driver's door.
  • To return the lights to their normal function, pull the door handle out before closing the door (B) and use a small screwdriver to push the lock mechanism back to its original position.

    pg. 61 Luggage net, Side cargo net - wagon (certain models)




    Luggage net


    The luggage net helps prevent cargo from being thrown forward should the vehicle stop suddenly or be involved in an accident.
    The net unreels from the rear upper edge of the rear seat backrest and must be accessed from the cargo compartment.


    1 Open the cover on the passenger side seat back and pull the luggage net toward you.
    2 Hook the rod onto the bracket on the right side ceiling (A).
    Pull out the left side of the rod and attach it to the bracket on the driver's side ceiling (B).
    3 Unreel the driver's side luggage net.
    4 Hook it to the rod.
    Make sure the nets are securely attached to the hooks under the covers and pulled taut.


    Use the reverse procedure to retract the net.


    NOTE: The luggage net can also be used when the rear seat is folded down. However, extra brackets (optional) must be installed on the upper front door hand grips.


    WARNING! If your car is equipped with an auxiliary child seat in the cargo compartment, the cargo net must be retracted before using the child seat. Otherwise, in the event of a sudden stop or accident, the child could be injured and the net could hinder rapid access to the cargo compartment.


    Side cargo net


    To install the side cargo net, slide the rounded hook on the net through the cargo eyelet (1), slide the wire frame of the net into the clips provided and press the lower wire into the hole in the floor (2) and secure the upper rear corner of thecargo net in the clip (3).


    WARNING! Never use this net to secure sharp or heavy objects using the cargo eyelets in the cargo compartment. The net should not be used if the optional auxiliary child seat is occupied. The side cargo net should only be used in combination wit h the luggage net.

    pg. 62 Securing cargo


    Eyelets in trunk (sedans)



    Eyelets in cargo area (wagons)



    Eyelets inside car (sedans/wagons)


    Securing cargo


    As a safety precaution, your car is equipped with four eyelets (six on wagons) to which straps can be attached to secure luggage.


    WARNING! The eyelets are not to be used as passenger restraints or as anchorages for child restraints. See page 9.
    Wagons only:
    Unless the station wagon is equipped with Volvo's auxiliary seat for children (option), passengers should not ride in the rear cargo area.


    Wagons only:
    If the optional auxiliary seat for children is in use, fold this seat down before folding down the rear seat backrest.


    Remember that a 44 lbs object weighs the equivalent of 2,200 lbs in a head-on collision at 30 mph!


    Remember the following when loading the car:


  • Load the cargo against the backrest
  • Load heavy objects as low down as possible
  • Load wide cargo on either side of the rear seat split.
  • Secure the cargo with cargo straps through the eyelets in the cargo straps
  • If nobody is sitting in the rear seat reinforce the backrest by fastening the rear seat belts
  • Never load cargo above the backrest without a cargo net

    pg. 63 Folding front seat (sedans/wagons), Long load storage (sedans)


    Folding front seat (certain models)


    The passenger seat backrest can be folded down to the horizontal position for carrying long loads. To fold down the backrest:

  • Move the seat as far rearward as possible.
  • Adjust the backrest tilt to the most upright position
  • Lift the catches on the lower rear side of the backrest
  • Without releasing the catches, push the backrest forward
  • Move the seat as far forward as possible.


    WARNING! Cover sharp edges on the load to help prevent injury to occupants. Secure the load to help prevent shifting during sudden stops.



    Long load storage (sedans)


    There is a flap located in the panel behind the rear seat which makes it possible to carry long loads such as skis, etc. To open, pull the strap forward.
    Protective covers (for skis) should be used to avoid soiling or tearing the upholstery. Please note that the flap in the rear seat is only intended for light loads such as skis, carpets, etc.
    Max. length: 6 1/2 ft (2 meters) Max. weight: 55 lbs (25 kg)


    WARNING! Always turn the engine off and apply parking brake when loading/unloading the vehicle. Place the transmission in the P (PARK) position to help prevent inadvertent movement of the gear selector.




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