How can I get my loose driver’s seat repaired?

John Paul, AAA Northeast's Car Doctor, answers a question from a Mazda owner with a broken bucket seat.

The 2012 Mazda5.
The 2012 Mazda5. –Mazda

Q. I have a Mazda 5 with bucket seats. The driver’s seat back no longer locks into place and is moving when I drive. What kind of a repair shop do I need to contact to look at it? 

A. Just about any kind of shop (body or general repair) could fix this issue, although a body shop performs these types of repairs more often. Many times, when a car is involved in a crash, the seat back lock mechanism can become damaged. Some shops may want to replace the seat with a used seat, others may disassemble the seat and repair what is broken. My suggestion is to shop around a bit. You may find prices vary based on how the repair is accomplished.


John Paul is AAA Northeast’s Car Doctor. He has over 40 years of experience in the automotive business and is an ASE certified master technician. Email your car question to

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