How to Remove the Second Row Seats from a 2012 Nissan Rogue

You can remove the second row seats from your 2012 Nissan Rogue by taking the bolts out—but be sure to follow Jerry’s tips!
Written by Maxine Boyko
Reviewed by Jessica Barrett
Updated on Mar 23, 2023
It’s pretty easy to remove the second row seats from a 2012
Nissan Rogue
—all you gotta do is remove the bolt covers and bolts holding them in place and have a friend help you lift it out of the vehicle. You won’t need any fancy tools and everything is fairly accessible, which is great if you want to save money and do it on your own.
Maybe you’re doing special detailing work on your car or you want to open up some breathing room. Whatever the case, you can easily remove the seats from the 2012 Nissan Rogue. Just keep in mind that you’ll likely need assistance to ensure you don’t cause any damage to the seats, the vehicle, or yourself. 
here with the rundown on how to fully remove the second row seats from the back of your Rogue, and will also detail what to do if you simply need to fold them down. 
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Can you remove the second row seats from a 2012 Nissan Rogue?

You sure can! But there are a few guidelines you should follow to keep all of your car components damage and dirt free! 
Here are a few safety tips you should keep in mind before, during, and after the backseat removal process:
  • Handle the seat trim carefully to keep dirt out and avoid damage
  • Have an assistant
  • Don’t accidentally bump the airbag modules. Doing so could cause the airbags to deploy and you will need to replace them.
  • When removing the seats, wrap them in shop cloths so the components aren’t damaged.
You may just need a little extra space, in which case you can simply fold down your rear seats. We’ll go over this in a later section; otherwise, keep reading to learn about the back seat removal process. 

How to remove the second row seats from a 2012 Nissan Rogue

To get rid of those pesky back row seats hogging all the space, just follow these steps:
  1. Remove the front left and right bolt covers. Use a tool to release the 8 pawls. 
  2. Remove the seat front bolts. Look for two.
  3. Slide the seat forward. Move it up as far as it will go
  4. Remove back-row seat bolt covers. You will need to release the 8 pawls using a tool.
  5. Remove the three (3) rear seat bolts.
  6. Fold the seat back to a flat position
  7. Remove the seat from the vehicle. Have an assistant help you lift and pull out the seats from the vehicle. 
Ta-da! Congrats on your newfound space! Now your Rogue is ready to take on more, whether it’s camping, hauling groceries, or having a dedicated space for the family pet. If you ever decide to reinstall the seats, just follow the directions in reverse. For more information on seat removal, consult the
Nissan Rogue owner's manual
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How do you put the back seats down in a 2012 Nissan Rogue?

As promised, we’re also breaking down how to put down the back seats in your 2012 Nissan Rogue. Fortunately, if you only need a little extra space, folding down the rear seats is a piece of cake. Here’s what you should do:
  • Lower the headrests. For even more space, you can remove the headrests by pushing down and holding the lock knob while pulling the headrest in an upward direction, then store them where they will not be loose in the vehicle.
  • Stow away the second row seat belt hooks, which you will find on the sides of the vehicle. 
  • Pull up on the recline lever on top of the outboard seats while moving the seat backs forward to fold them down. 
For a full explanation and pictures, review the
flexible seating guide
from Nissan’s owner manual. 

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