The seams are starting to fail on the front seats of my '05 Jetta wagon - it looks like the leather may be failing in places as well - so I'm starting to research repair options.

I'm wondering:

  • How tricky/dangerous is it to remove and recover the seats?
  • How do you identify aftermarket seat covers that are safe to use with airbags?
  • Would I be able to swap in a set of used seats?

Anything else I should be thinking about?

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    Point 1 : be very careful with airbags - usually the first operation is to disconnect them... Aftermarket seat covers - check what the manufacturer has stated. Swapping in - definitely possible - match the trim and see point 1.
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Apr 25, 2017 at 5:03
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    @SolarMike - The first step with airbags is to de-energize them, even before you disconnect them. Residual energy in the system can set them off ... I agree with your premise, though ... don't play with them if you can help it! Commented Apr 27, 2017 at 0:08


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