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Hold Onto Your Seats

Tue., Nov. 12, 2013

Here’s one more thing astute owners of minivans, SUVs and crossovers might want to worry about when they park their vehicles: their third-row seats.

A recent report by KABC-TV in Los Angeles noted the burglary of third-row seats from 16 SUVs sitting on a Chevrolet dealership’s lot in Simi Valley, Calif. Such seats are usually removed via a pair of quick-release latches that are intended to make it easier for owners to expand the cargo capacity of their vehicles. The hot seats are typically sold via sources like eBay and craigslist for upwards of $1,500.

“Third-row-seat thefts are a growing problem throughout the state of California and across the country,” says Simi Valley Police commander Stephanie Shannon, who was quoted in the report. Otherwise the usual antitheft precautions apply, including etching a car’s vehicle identification number onto the seats to aid recovery if its stolen, and removing/storing seats that are not otherwise being used.


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