Why do seat belts require Hazmat shipping?

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Seat belt retractors/pretensioners are required by law to ship with Class
9 Hazmat shipping, also known as Dangerous Goods. This classification is due
to the igniters that are used in the seat belt pretensioners. Airbags are also
required to be shipped with Hazmat shipping with UPS or FedEx.

There are some seat belts that don’t have an igniter portion and are just regular
seat belts. These are considered Hazmat. The non-pretensioner seat belts are
usually used for rear seats of the vehicle.

(USPS) United States Postal Service does not offer Hazmat shipping for seat belts/airbags
because they are Class 9 explosive safety devices.

This can be found in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR,
Parts 171-180), can not be ignored. Here is a direct link to DOT regarding seat
belt hazmat shipping

Unfortunately, we do not ship to Alaska or Hawaii. All parts are shipped to lower 48 states only.

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