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Date: 3/26/13 1:09 AM

I just got a new car that has special breakaway seams on the side of the car seat for the airbag. I have a universal fit pattern I made for my last car, but this time I'm adjusting the pattern to include the special seams where the car seat has them. Does anyone know or have any ideas for making these breakaway seams? I was considering using a simple basting stitch, but don't want it to split with everyday use.
I bought the car for it's high safety rating, so I don't want to defeat the purpose by covering those seams with something that will interfere with the airbag.
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Date: 3/26/13 8:28 AM

Can you use velcro in that area?

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Date: 3/28/13 5:05 PM

I thought about that... The guy I bought the car from said to buy a really cheap car seat cover and it should be fine. So I was thinking of using the biggest stitch on my sewing machine. But was thinking it might break... So Velcro might be the best option. Thanks Anne.

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Date: 3/29/13 0:09 AM

The seat covers we have cover the front and back of the seats, but are actually open on the side that faces the door. The opening is like a hole cut out that's stitched and bound around the edge. Hope I explained that well enough.

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Date: 3/29/13 2:14 AM

Personally, I wouldn't put seat covers on it. DH and I have a Subaru & a Ford and both of them specially say NOT to cover the seats because it can interfere with the deployment of the side airbags. If you bought it for its safety record, it doesn't make sense to me to potentially hamper the car's ability to protect you. Just my .02! Feel free to ignore what I've said. :)

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Date: 3/29/13 4:20 PM

Dale,

I was able to find this regarding seat covers:

info on side airbags

Liz

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