How to Replace the Upholstery for Prius Car Seats

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How to Replace the Upholstery for Prius Car Seats
Replacing Prius upholstery can customise the car. (Car image by cacheman from

There are a number of reasons for removing or replacing the upholstery for Prius car seats. The seat fabric may be worn or stained. You may want to change the fabric for leather. In any event, the Prius driver's seat has a seat position sensor and wiring for the airbag built in. The passenger seat has an airbag and an occupant detection electronic control unit. This complicates Prius seat replacement, making seat covers that slip over the existing seat without removing the original cloth an appealing alternative.

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Things you need

  • Socket wrenches
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Wire cutters
  • Soldering iron
  • Hog ring pliers
  • Zip ties
  • Spray adhesive (optional)

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    Remove the Prius front seats from the car. Use a 14mm socket wrench to remove the seat. Unplug any attached wiring harnesses by tilting the seat back before removing it from the car.

  2. 2

    Unhook any connections and pull the back seat cover up and off the seat.

  3. 3

    Detach the hog rings that fasten the seat fabric to the bottom cushion. Use hog ring pliers or clip the rings with wire cutters and pull the rings out with needle-nosed pliers. Zip-ties are often used to replace the hog rings.

  4. 4

    Fit and attach the new seat fabric around the seat cushion. Use zip ties, Velcro or new hog rings to secure the fabric at each point where the old fabric was attached to the seat cushion or seat frame.

  5. 5

    Pull the new seat back fabric over the seat back cushion. Attach with zip ties or hog rings where necessary. A thin film of adhesive can be sprayed on the fabric to ensure better binding of the seat cover to the cushions.

  1. 1

    Slide the Prius front seats as far forward as possible, if they're not already removed from the car.

  2. 2

    Feel along the rear seat cushion bottom for the two hook locations. Lift the seat cushion carefully, being mindful not to deform the seat.

  3. 3

    Detach the first hook. Then feel along the seat bottom to the second hook and detach it.

  4. 4

    Lift out the rear seat cushion from the Prius.

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