How to Remove the Second-Row Seats from a 2008 Kia Sedona

The mechanism for removing a 2008 Kia Sedona’s second-row seats varies between trims and styles—Jerry’s here to help you stay safe when you remove yours!
Written by Cameron Thiessen
Reviewed by Jessica Barrett
Updated on Jun 06, 2022
In every 2008 Kia Sedona, the middle seats are individual “captain’s seats” which can be either folded while remaining attached to the chassis or removed completely. To remove a second-row seat, all you have to do is first fold the seat. Then, search for a metal catch release lever under the seat, pulling it back to release the seat from its anchors.
Figuring out how to remove your 2008 Kia Sedona’s second-row seats is as simple as reading your owner’s manual—but if you’re in a pinch, we here at
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Can you remove the second-row seats from a 2008 Kia Sedona?

You bet you can. In fact, the 2008 Kia Sedona’s seats are specially designed to easily fold and unhook from their anchors, while remaining perfectly secure when fastened. Remember to always be careful and never drive with an unattached seat in the car!
Here are a couple of other tips for safety:
  • Read your owner’s manual. When in doubt, check your
    owner’s manual
    for more detailed instructions.
  • Consider a floor covering. If you want to protect your kids’ toes from getting stubbed on exposed seat anchors, cover them—the anchors, not the kids—with something like a rug or some other sort of cushioned floor cover.
  • Get someone to help you. It never hurts to have a helper to look out for your safety while you’re doing a job that requires lifting and precise movements.
Now, we’re ready to get down to the meat and potatoes of it all! We’ll start by explaining how to fold your second-row seats, and then we’ll pick up from there when we explain how to remove them.

How to fold the second-row seats in a 2008 Kia Sedona

To get that sweet extra space for activities in the middle of your minivan by folding the second-row seats, just follow these steps:
  1. Lower the seat’s headrest to its lowest possible position (without forcing anything), so that the backrest is folded into the horizontal part of the seat.
  2. Pull the seat forward using the provided recliner or strap, double-folding the seat forward.
  3. Push the seat down and back until you hear an audible “click,” confirming that the seat is locked in the double-folded position.
  4. Confirm again by checking that there is a green mark on the rear seat cushion frame, indicating that it’s locked properly.
  5. Remove debris from the car and add a floor cover for safety and style.
And now that we have it folded, we’re already most of the way into the process of removing the 2008 Kia Sedona’s second-row seat altogether!

How to remove the second-row seats from a 2008 Kia Sedona

Now that the seat is in the folded position, all you need to do is pull up on the catch release lever under the front of the seat—it looks like two black bars stretching across the bottom of the seat.
You want to pull up while reclining the folded seat backward slightly so that the locking mechanism unhinges from its anchors. This process tends to be a bit tricky and it may take some practice before you can manage to do it smoothly.

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