I'm sure many of the Punto owners in TeamFIAT has gone through this already. Most of us are either living with it or are not sure what exactly has to be done. I have tried to escalate the issue with Vecto Motors (Hosur Road, Bangalore) and till now they have given excellent service in listening to me and they have filed a investigation report (they call it a "DIR" - I don't know what D stands for) so that FIAT officials will look into this by involving the seat vendor. I had posted the issue in the forum earlier and I did not get any solutions other than the temporary ones. I'm so tired and ashamed about this issue that I thought this deserves a new thread for itself. One might feel this being a small niggle/issue - but for me, it is a constant irritant while going over rough roads or roads with pot holes. And while my friends are there they will keep blaming me for taking a FIAT, which I don't agree with - because we know that FIAT experience is above all these. Issue: Rattle/Thud noise from rear seat (60 split seat) lock while on rough roads or when going over a pothole. The pictures below show how the seat rests on the car's body. The first pic is the one-side open (so that we can lift the sits and fold it one more) hinge on the bottom. The pic below shows the bolt fitted on car's body (this is adjustable, as per the SAs in Vecto) - this is where the seat lock gets latched. The lock is shown in the pic below: In the pic above, you can also see the portion where some paint got peeled due to excessive amount of insulation tape application on the lock's bolt. Ideally the bolt should look like the one below (I wanted Vecto guys to remove the excess of insulation tape - but i don't have a pic of it though). But even in this pic, there is an excess amount of insulation - but still better. The flaw in this design is that there is no other mechanism other than this to lock this huge split seat. Ideally, there should be two locks on the floor to hold the seat grounded. Below given pics show this: It doesn't matter how much ever you apply insulation tape (or similar dampener) on the bolt, due to the fact that the other end doesn't have any lock with the car body, the seat will keep jumping a little bit on rough roads and the insulation tape will keep getting deformed and worn out and the noise will be back within two weeks or a month or so. I don't know why such a bad design was made for such a strong and good car. Following are the effects after I started getting these temporary fixes: SA will try to apply a particular amount of insulation tape till he sees the rattle disappears. Sometimes it will be done till the lock's tolerance level (if you overdo the insulation tape, lock will not get latched). Need not I tell, it will be extremely tough to lock the seat - you need to literally bang the seat on the lock. The insulation tape stuff is good enough for smaller potholes. When I go over moderately big ones, the tape will again get deformed and I get to hear this thud. The lock was once replaced by Vecto because the lock lost its action. I don't know the road way forward. I hope the DIR will be noticed by FIAT and I get a permanent resolution. Thanks to Konad Dutta (not a member of TeamFIAT, but he is a frequent visitor in the forum) - I met him in Vecto - 90HP Punto owner - needless to say he is a huge fan of FIAT and its vehicles. He helped me explain why this issue is happening.