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Ford Focus Service Manual: Seat Backrest Cover - Front

Ford Focus Service Manual / Body / Seating / Seats / Seat Backrest Cover - Front

Removal and Installation

WARNING: Never
probe the electrical connectors on air bag, Safety Canopy® or side air curtain modules. Failure to follow this instruction may result in the accidental deployment of these modules, which increases the risk of serious personal injury or death.

WARNING: If the
seat side air bag cover has been damaged or separated from its mounting, or if the air bag material has been exposed, install a new seat side air bag module. Never try to repair the seat side air bag module. Failure to follow these instructions may result in the seat side air bag deploying incorrectly, which increases the risk of serious personal injury or death in a crash.

WARNING: Front
seat backrest trim covers installed on seats equipped with seat side air bags cannot be repaired. A new trim cover must be installed. Cleaning is permissible. Failure to follow these instructions may result in the seat side air bag module deploying incorrectly and increase the risk of serious personal injury or death in a crash.

NOTE:

If a side air bag deployment took place, a new seat backrest pad, trim cover, side air bag module and nuts must be installed. A new seat backrest frame should be installed if necessary.

NOTE:

For component identification and locations, refer to Seat — Exploded View, Front in this section.

NOTE:

LH shown, RH similar.

  1. Remove the seat. For additional information, refer to Seat — Front in this section.
  1. Remove the 2 head restraint guide sleeves. For additional information, refer to Head Restraint Guide Sleeve in this section.
  1. Detach the backrest cover elastic strap from behind the recliner.
    • Release the side shield rear retainer to access the outboard backrest cover strap.
  1. Remove the 2 scrivets and inboard cover from the backrest frame.
  1. NOTICE: Use caution when pulling the J-clip through the seat bight line to avoid damaging the backrest wiring.

    Release the lower J-clip and partially invert the backrest cover up the backrest to expose the 2 tensioning rods and hog rings.

    • For installation, make sure the wiring is routed correctly before fastening the J-clip.
      • Route the side air bag wire harness to the outboard side of the backrest.
      • If equipped, route the heater mat wire harness out the inboard side of the driver seat backrest or the outboard side of the passenger seat backrest.
  1. Remove the 2 hog rings attaching the tensioning rods to the lower end of the foam pad.

  1. NOTE:

    The tensioning rods are removed from the backrest trim cover for clarity.

    Pull out and remove the 2 tensioning rods from the backrest cover.

    • For installation, make sure the upper ends of the tensioning rods are correctly positioned behind the listing wire in the foam pad for correct fitting of the backrest cover.

  1. Invert the backrest trim cover to the row of hog rings and side air bag module deployment chute.
  1. WARNING: Check
    the seat side air bag deployment chute for damage. The deployment chute must not be repaired. If there is any damage to the deployment chute, a new seat back trim cover and deployment chute must be installed as a unit. Failure to follow these instructions may result in the seat side air bag module deploying incorrectly and increase the risk of serious personal injury or death in a crash.

    WARNING: Before
    installing the seat side air bag module/deployment chute assembly:

    • Inspect the side air bag module and mounting surfaces for any damage or foreign material.
    • Remove any foreign material from the mounting surfaces of the deployment chute, the seat backrest frame mounting bracket and the air bag module cavity in the seat backrest foam pad.
    • Install new parts if damaged.
    Failure to follow these instructions may result in the seat side air bag deploying incorrectly, which increases the risk of serious personal injury or death in a crash.

    WARNING: Make
    sure the backrest foam pad is correctly installed over the backrest frame and that the seat side air bag module is centered in the opening of the backrest foam pad. Failure to follow this instruction may result in the seat side air bag module deploying incorrectly and increases the risk of serious personal injury or death in a crash.

    NOTE:

    It is unnecessary to remove the plastic rivets when releasing the deployment chute J-clips. New plastic rivets are supplied with a new backrest cover.

    NOTE:

    Rear of backrest shown.

    Release the side air bag module deployment chute J-clips and route through the backrest foam pad and backrest frame.
    1. For installation, route the deployment chute front flap through the hole in the foam pad and wrap around the side air bag module and backrest frame.
    1. For installation, route the deployment chute rear flap around the back of the foam pad and fasten the J-clips.

  1. Remove the row of hog rings.

  1. Release the inner backrest trim cover J-clip from the rear of the backrest frame.
  1. NOTICE: Use care when separating the backrest trim cover from the hook-and-loop strips, or the hook-and-loop strips can be torn from the backrest foam pad.

    Invert and remove the backrest cover.

  1. To install, reverse the removal procedure.
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