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Old 02-25-2015, 02:18 PM
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Broken plastic trim under the driver seat

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I'm a 6'3" 235 pound guy and the other morning, it was -25 degrees celsius (-13F) and, truth be told, I was in a rush to get my behind on the seat warmer and my face away from the blowing wind.

In doing so, I may have dropped myself into the seat instead of sliding in. The combination of that and the frozen plastic was all it took for me to hear a cracking sound. I haven't taken an actual picture yet but here's a stock picture with an arrow showing where the plastic broke. I will post an actual pic tonight.

I tried to snap it back into place but it's now as easy as it sounds.
Has anyone experienced this before ? I am still under warranty so I guess it would/should be covered (?)

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Old 02-25-2015, 04:06 PM
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Buy the new part and replace it...
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The part is only $15 plus shipping for my car.
Link to 2012-SHAWD (item 14): FRONT SEAT (L.) for 2012 Acura TL

Not worth the hassle/time to me to attempt to get dealer to cover it under warranty.
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Old 02-26-2015, 06:03 PM
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I actually think the broken piece is the part at the front, not the side.. which for some reason is $140 instead of $15 ! Not sure what's so special about it.

MID shows 20% oil life. I'll be going in soon enough.

In the meantime.. .here's the pic :


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wow... yea, if it's covered go to the dealer.
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Old 05-05-2015, 10:17 PM
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I guess I broke the seat on my 2013 TL recently. I'm 6'1" 230lbs and I don't remember hearing it break, I just saw the crack one day.
Acura is replacing it under warranty. Good to know it's a cheap fix though if I ever do it again.
They said it's probably the way I move across the seat when I get in and out?
In 35 years of driving I've never seen a seat crack like that before.

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Old 05-06-2015, 07:57 AM
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Wow. I've never seen any seats crack like that on my TL's, but after seeing this I will be more careful. I'm 6'3 and about 210.
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Mine broke too

I had the same thing happen to me. I opened my car door and found the same part broken. I'm not a big guy so I do not think its a weight issue. It may be a defect in the car.






Originally Posted by Cygnus_X1 View Post
I guess I broke the seat on my 2013 TL recently. I'm 6'1" 230lbs and I don't remember hearing it break, I just saw the crack one day.
Acura is replacing it under warranty. Good to know it's a cheap fix though if I ever do it again.
They said it's probably the way I move across the seat when I get in and out?
In 35 years of driving I've never seen a seat crack like that before.

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Old 02-07-2016, 08:40 PM
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Glad it isnt just me (I think)

Noticed the same issue on my 2015 TLX this weekend which is the exact same as what "Socall211" showed (see my pic below). Weather here has been about 4 degrees celcius so no issue there. Going to go to the dealer this week to inquire about getting it fixed


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Old 02-11-2016, 10:46 AM
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That's just a "feature" of the car. Side mounting points lol.

For real though that looks like a design flaw to me. That metal bracket clearly breaks through the plastic. Good luck getting Acura to see it that way though. That part of the seat shouldnt really be moving against the metal underneath is the thing.
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I realize this is an old thread... but the trim under my driver seat broke (same as above). This is the second time. The first time the dealer replaced it under warranty. The car is way out of warranty now. I looked up the part and it looks like it is ~ $45. Most places list two different part numbers and one place had a not that the first was replaced by the second... I'm hoping they maybe made some changes to keep this from happening - may be wishful thinking!). The front piece is popped out, but it looks like that piece is fine - looks like if I replaced the side piece (the piece with the controls, for ~$45) I can reseat the front piece and it will be fine.
But, the reason for my post - I can't figure out how to get the piece off - at least not without pulling the seat! Looking at the parts diagram it shows two screws holding it on. The front screw is accessible and pretty easily removed. But, I can't find (can't see it, even after removing the seat belt cover; can't feel it, etc.) the rear screw (see the rear #19 in the pic below)! Moving the seat all the way forward, or back, gives me access to the whole piece, but where is that rear screw? I really do not want to pull the seat, nor do I want to pay someone to replace it - especially if I will have the additional labor charge to pull the seat! I've searched everywhere on the internet can't find anything. I do have the service manual (electronic version), and it does show the seat removal procedure, but it looks quite involved. Sure seems this part should be able to be replaced with the seat in the car?
So, as a last resort I thought I'd post here and hopefully someone has done this and can provide some insight, direction, or something?

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To respond to my own post, Acura replaced the door trim under warranty. Now a year later it just broke again in the same spot. Obviously a design flaw.
I'm out of warranty so I guess I'm stuck fixing it.

Actually I would love to replace the entire drivers seat, mine is starting to sag under my weight. I wonder how much that cost for a 2013 TL Advance?

Originally Posted by Cygnus_X1 View Post
I guess I broke the seat on my 2013 TL recently. I'm 6'1" 230lbs and I don't remember hearing it break, I just saw the crack one day.
Acura is replacing it under warranty. Good to know it's a cheap fix though if I ever do it again.
They said it's probably the way I move across the seat when I get in and out?
In 35 years of driving I've never seen a seat crack like that before.

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Mind sharing where you found the part? Been looking for one for my 2015 tlx but haven’t had any luck
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Part # 14 should be the one you need. I did this repair when i first bought my car too, its common.

The front piece "Slips" into part 14 once #14 is bolted to the frame of the seat.
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Deanoatkinson... Did you have to pull the seat out of the car to replace part #14?? Do you recall where the rear bolt for part #14 is located? The front bolt is easy, can’t find the rear one!?
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Deanoatkinson... Did you have to pull the seat out of the car to replace part #14?? Do you recall where the rear bolt for part #14 is located? The front bolt is easy, canít find the rear one!?
Just for future searches, you have the rear under the back of the seat and pull the carpet cover that goes from the back of the lower seat to underneath. It connects by a rubber band type latch. Once that is removed you have access to the last bolt! Hope everything works out Rick!
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Originally Posted by Cygnus_X1 View Post
To respond to my own post, Acura replaced the door trim under warranty. Now a year later it just broke again in the same spot. Obviously a design flaw.
I'm out of warranty so I guess I'm stuck fixing it.

Actually I would love to replace the entire drivers seat, mine is starting to sag under my weight. I wonder how much that cost for a 2013 TL Advance?
I had the exact same thing happen. Same break, same spot. Just out of warranty bu 3 months. RIP off.....
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This is an interesting thread. My wife's recently traded '12 TL had the same issue with the front piece snapping off. The break was in the clips/tabs on the front piece that snap into the side piece (top 2 in tact, bottom tab broke). I removed the screw from the console-side and removed the piece altogether and it stayed that way when we traded it. Interestingly enough, if you look at the attached photo from the dealer's site (advertising the car for sale), this pic of the seat controls shows the start of the same break on the side of the seat at the top of the trim. Never noticed that part at all till just now.... And yes, the front piece is OUTRAGEOUS in terms of cost. Mostly why I never replaced it.....

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