Outside of your home, your car is one of the most import things you own. Your car gets you and your family from point A to point B, day in and day out. Depending on what you do for a living and where you do it, you may even spend more time — or at least as much — as you do at home.
So with all of that time spent commuting, ferrying kids to and from dance practice, and all of the countless hours spent doing what you need to in order to maintain a semblance of a successful attempt at adulthood, what are you doing to ensure that it is time spent safely?
As one of the most fundamental lines of defense your car makes available to you, your seatbelts are easily the most underrated component in your day to day safety while driving. Obviously, there is the matter of making sure that you wear your car seat belt. But even if you do, there are plenty of things that can go wrong with a seat belt that appears to be in good working order.
In today’s post from the car seat belt repair experts at MyAirbags, we will cover four of the ways that you can simply, and quickly, determine if your seat belts are working the way they are supposed to. Read on to learn more.
Or, if you already know that your car’s seat belts are in need of repair or replacement, visit us online and find the parts and services that you are looking for fast and at prices you won’t see from any local retailer or dealership.
1. Damaged Webbing On Your Seat Belt
If your car seat belt can’t pass the eye test, then chances are good it’s going to fail any other test you put it through, including the one where you actually need it to operate properly in the case of an accident.
The fabric that is used to make the actual belt part of your car’s seat belt —called webbing — is an incredibly durable material. Webbing can resist tremendous forces and it’s what prevents you from doing your impression of the human cannonball during a car accident. However, the key to your seat belt webbing’s performance is in its complete integrity. Any tears, fraying, cuts, or thinning areas are indicators that your seat belt should be replaced to ensure its optimal safety performance.
Make sure that you actually extend your seatbelt as far as it will come out of the spool to make sure that potentially dangerous damage to it is caught during your visual seat belt inspection.
2. A Worn, Rusted, Or Damaged Buckle
The buckle on your car’s safety belt is another important component to make sure to take a look at. This metal latching mechanism is oftentimes housed in a plastic or polymer material that protects both the metal on the belt and the webbing on the seat belt itself.
Any rust, noticeable dents, ends, or another visible damage to the buckle is a sure sign that you need seat belt replacement help quickly. Without a reliable buckle, the rest of the seat belt won’t matter at all in the case of a crash.
In addition to a quick visual inspection of the seat belt buckle, make sure to check the action on it a couple of times as well. Your buckle should latch and unlatch with a smooth, fluid motion and an audible “click.” If your belt is sticky, doesn’t latch or unlatch right away, or does anything else — such as come undone while you are driving — then make sure that you prioritize car seat belt repair right away, for the safety of yourself and anyone else who may operate the vehicle.
3. A Loose Or Rigid Belt
Much like the buckle, your belt should spool and unspool, or extend and retract, smoothly and easily. Any catches, snags, or limpness in the belt are a sign that your car seat belt spool, or something else in the car seat belt retractor mechanism. Without this element of your car’s seat belt system being in good working order, there is no guarantee that your seat belt will fit properly and protect you in the case of an accident.
Pro Tip: If your seat belt retractor mechanism appears to be faulty, double-check to see if after-market and/or aesthetic additions such as seat covers, seat belt covers, or anything of the like, are causing friction on the belt. If they are, a spool replacement likely won’t help. Instead, you need to consider removing the offending element on your vehicle.
4. A Faulty Locking Mechanism
The locking mechanism on your car’s safety belt is designed to catch when abrupt forces are enacted against it. In other words, when you yank your seat belt, sit forward too fast, or even when you step on the brakes, your seat belt should lock in place, stopping any more webbing or slack from extending out from the seat belt spool.
Although many people find themselves feeling mildly irritated or somewhat claustrophobic when their seat belt locks up on them, it is this simple tension catch that brings your entire car seat belt assembly together as a life-saving instrument, hard at work whenever you are behind the wheel.
Any failure of your car seat belt’s locking mechanism needs to be addressed immediately with quality seat belt repair services from a reputable provider.
Get Seat Belt Repairs You Can Trust
You want your seat belt to do its job. So when you notice that something isn’t right, you want to turn to a team that you can trust. If they also happen to be able to help you save money, that’s a great big win, too.
MyAirbags has been offering car seat belt repair parts and service since 2006. We guarantee your satisfaction with our work, and we always put your safety ahead of everything else. Visit us online to check out all of our seat belt repair options and services, or call us directly to talk with one of our experienced and friendly seat belt repair technicians today at 855-770-4055.