Put a small amount of silicone based lube release gears if it feels like it's hanging up. I always have to move them around a bit to get mine to release also. But is easier with a small amount of lube.
Were you ever able to get the seats up? What did you have to do?
Yes, I got the seat up... moved the front seat forward, but still had to push the flipped portion forward... cant believe that just a small amount of pressure against it prevented it from coming up. I really think it needs to be lubed , but not exactly sure what to lube. Have to get truck in for service and will bring to their attn. Never had this probelm before.