I have a 7 passenger Ascent. Already have the seat back protector for the third row. Wondering if there is any accessory to go across the second row when the backs are down to protect them and to give me a solid surface full width.
Well, my need isn't urgent and on top of that I often get analysis-paralysis so it might be awhile. The simple idea I have is to cut a flat piece of material, probably higher grade 1/2 plywood or something, to fit across the width of the second row seats and reach from the tops of their backs to ~4" rearward of the tops of the the third row seat backs. I'd fasten a strip(s) across the bottom between the 2nd and 3rd row seats to hold it in place for/aft, then cover it with some kind of thin utility carpeting or maybe rubber sheeting.
With that, I'd wind up with a surface that slants downward from front to back since the backs of the second row seats are higher than everything behind them. Depending on the goal, another options would be to make a platform that is level over the 2nd row and steps down to the backs of the the 3rd row.
A fancier/lighter material like honeycomb sandwich panel would be nice, but much more expensive.
Being in Canada the top model of the Ascent only comes as a 7 passenger version. I have dogs so we really need the 8 passenger version. Unfortunately it means we have to order the limited 8 pass version with the result being we lose out on some of the options we would like. Can these missing options be ordered and added to the Limited 8P? Also in Canada the models are different... the top model being the Premier. So it looks like this:
I sent an email to SOA about 9 months ago asking if there were plans to make them. They thanked me for my question and said they will look into it. Maybe if enough people ask about them, they will make them.
I just use a heavy blanket if needed. I don't think Subaru will make a 2nd row seatback protector (I would like to know if any manufacturers do) I imagine that the 3rd row would be more unpleasant if your knees were up against that gritty rubbery material they use for seat back protectors. There has to be some balance between making the 3rd row for passengers or cargo.
Yes a light weight plastic formed part that just snaps in place to cover the hole would be ideal and prevent my animals from falling thru. I would actually prefer a 7 passenger but the dogs like to get close to us in the front and the hole left behind when folding the captains chairs isn't useful... in fact I can't see that hole being useful to anyone once the chairs are folded. They just copied what every other manufacturer does.
If I needed to address the issue I'd probably make a carboard template to design some type of barrier to use with the 2nd row upright or folded. Then transfer it to 1/4" ply and wrap it in black carpet. I'd probably even make it foldable so that it could store flat in the back.
For the dog people, how about one of those "pet bridges" that are made for back seats?