BMW 5 Series Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 5 Series: Through-loading system


The cargo area can be enlarged by folding down the rear seat backrest.

General information

The rear seat backrest is divided at a ratio of 40- 20-40. The side rear seat backrests and the center section can be folded down separately.

The rear seat backrests can be folded down from the cargo area. The center section can be separately folded down from the rear.

Safety information


Danger of jamming with folding down the backrests.

There is a risk of injury or risk of damage to property. Make sure that the area of movement of the rear backrest and the of the head restraint is clear prior to folding down.


If a rear seat backrest is not locked, unsecured cargo can be thrown about the car's interior; for instance, in the event of an accident, braking or an evasive maneuver. There is a risk of injury.

Make sure that the rear seat backrest is locked after folding it back.


The stability of the child restraint system is limited or compromised with incorrect seat adjustment or improper installation of the child seat.

There is a risk of injuries or danger to life. Make sure that the child restraint system fits securely against the backrest. If possible, adjust the backrest tilt for all affected backrests and correctly adjust the seats. Make sure that seats and backrests are securely engaged or locked.

If possible, adjust the height of the head restraints or remove them.


Vehicle parts can be damaged when folding down the rear backrest. There is a risk of damage to property. Make sure that the area of movement of the rear backrest including head restraint is clear when folding down.

Folding down the rear seat backrest from the cargo area

1. Unlock the belt lock of the center safety belt in the rear using the latch plate of another safety belt.

2. Insert the latch plate at the end of the belt into the specially designated fixture on the rear window shelf.

3. Push the corresponding head restraint down

3. Push the corresponding head restraint down as far as it will go.

4. Pull the corresponding lever in the cargo area to release the rear seat backrest.

5. The unlocked rear seat backrest moves forward

5. The unlocked rear seat backrest moves forward slightly.

6. Fold the rear seat backrest forward.

Folding back the backrest

Folding back the backrest

1. Return the rear seat backrest to the upright seating position and engage it.

2. Release the belt tongue from the fixture on the rear window shelf.

3. Insert the belt tongue in the belt lock of the center safety belt. Make sure you hear the latch plate engage.

Folding down the center section

1. Fold down the center head restraint.

2. Press the button and pull the center section forward.

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