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IanG

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Driverís seat wear
« on: May 18, 2022, 05:54:21 PM »
My driverís side seat squab leatherette side has cracked, exposing the white inner material. The cracking appears to correspond to the area that creases when compressed.
Car is only 1 year old but 24k miles. Iím not a heavy or large person, no physical abrasion as on outer edge of seat, no cleaning products used and never experienced this issue with my previous cars  at later age and higher mileage.
Has anyone else the same issue? Dealer have taken photos and contacting Honda, so await outcome.

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Re: Driverís seat wear
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2022, 09:59:18 AM »
I wonder if Honda overlooked that people tend to sit on the edge of the seat when getting in and out and chose the wrong material. I hope not, as this could turn into a major replacement exercise.

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Re: Driverís seat wear
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2022, 12:39:47 PM »
Some owners of the Suzuki Vitara have had this problem with their drivers seat, quite a discussion about it on their forum a while back. It was mentioned that regular treatment with suitable balms or oils could prevent this.Would be interesting to see Hondas recommendations for maintenance of this material.

Kremmen

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Re: Driverís seat wear
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2022, 01:24:10 PM »
Having had a closer look I'm not surprised.

Where that bit of leather/PVC or whatever touches the side plastic, the plastic is a semi-sharp solid edge.

Not the best of designs.
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Re: Driverís seat wear
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2022, 03:22:22 PM »
Having had a closer look I'm not surprised.

Where that bit of leather/PVC or whatever touches the side plastic, the plastic is a semi-sharp solid edge.

Not the best of designs.

Looked at mine too - lifting the seat base cushion slightly away from the side trim I can already see a crease mark in the 'leather' that's likely to wear through in the future.

It usually can't be seen, but must be wearing away constantly until it splits.

It's a strange design fault, all they had to do was reinforce the material near the trim (it can't be seen usually) or round the trim edge so it's not wearing the side panel.

I thought manufacturers had robots that sat on seats loads of times to check for wear before they finalised the design/materials.
« Last Edit: May 19, 2022, 03:25:13 PM by sportse »

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Re: Driverís seat wear
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2022, 04:25:54 PM »
I suspect the 'robots' sit in the middle of the seat base, not sliding in and across from the side?

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Re: Driverís seat wear
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2022, 04:29:36 PM »
I suspect the 'robots' sit in the middle of the seat base, not sliding in and across from the side?

Managed to find a video of one with a bit of wiggle:


But maybe Honda assumed differently for the Jazz Mk4. They have been making Jazz for years so it's a strange thing to get wrong - maybe a consequence of the new anti-fatigue seats?

Kremmen

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Re: Driverís seat wear
« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2022, 04:32:33 PM »
I think it needs a plastic insert to take away that sharp edge ....... rather sharpish (pun) before it starts costing.
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Re: Driverís seat wear
« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2022, 04:53:49 AM »
Mine also cracked in this place, will present this to Honda
My car with me more then one year and 25000 km.

Roman

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Re: Driverís seat wear
« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2022, 12:18:07 PM »
I not think that removing that plastic will help, my driver seat upholstery cracked exactly in middle of that artificial leather

Itís looking like  cracks same shape.
« Last Edit: May 20, 2022, 12:19:55 PM by Roman »

Kremmen

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Re: Driverís seat wear
« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2022, 02:25:47 PM »
I can understand the horizontal tear but that looks odd.

2 sets of 5 tears, got a cat ?
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Re: Driverís seat wear
« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2022, 03:03:58 PM »
I not think that removing that plastic will help, my driver seat upholstery cracked exactly in middle of that artificial leather

Itís looking like  cracks same shape.
Does look strange.  Could it be cuts from a metal watch strap or charm bracelet  whilst  adjusting seat height? 
Sorry if its too long winded. I failed my brevity exam at school. Ran out of paper.

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Re: Driverís seat wear
« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2022, 03:52:25 PM »
Iím not wearing anything on hands, and also not gave catÖ..Unless we know how this material made we canít understand why it cut so weird.

Kremmen

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Re: Driverís seat wear
« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2022, 04:46:32 PM »
I wonder if this would invalidate the warranty :

https://www.autoglym.com/leather-cleaner-balm

More to the point, would it help ?

or

Are those side panels vinyl, in which case normal baby oil would be best.
« Last Edit: May 20, 2022, 05:00:25 PM by Kremmen »
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IanG

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Re: Driver’s seat wear
« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2022, 05:13:24 PM »
I not think that removing that plastic will help, my driver seat upholstery cracked exactly in middle of that artificial leather

It’s looking like  cracks same shape.
Let me know how you get on with dealer warranty claim. I’m awaiting response from Honda, so will update forum with outcome.

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