What Every Tucson Driver Should Know about Checking their Seatbelts after a Collision

By now, everyone is aware how important the seat belt is towards keeping passengers safe during an accident. If you ever have the misfortune of being in a collision, it may be important to check your seat belts for damage after the repair. There are a few steps to take to ensure that your seat belts are safe and ready for your next drive:

Visual Test

To begin, you should check your seat belt visually for any damage. The best way to do this is to first, unravel your seat belts completely out of the retractor. When you are doing this, pay attention to the webbing for any rips, tears, and pull, burn, or friction marks. Any rip or mark is evidence of damage to the seat belt and means you need it replaced.

You should also listen to the seat belt while you are retracting. There should be a smooth sound made while you retract a seat belt. If something sounds off balanced or abnormal, that is a sign of a damaged belt.

Pull Test

Another test to run is to pull the seat belt about half way out of the retractor. When you have done this, grab the belt with your hand and pull it hard. It should lock up when you attempt this.

This test lets you know that the locking system on your seat belt is working properly. If it does not lock up, it means that the seat belt is malfunctioning.

Retraction Test

The last test you should run is to take the tongue, or locking piece, and put it into the retractor. After you have completed this, give it a tug and make sure it is locked properly. Next, release the seat belt to make sure it swings back properly into position.

We know what you’re thinking: this is an easy test! But be assured, this is equally as important as it is easy. Performing this test makes sure that your seat belt locks properly and that your buckle is not compressed or collapsed.

Run these tests on all your seat belts after a collision, including the seat belts in the back of the car. If you have any questions or want to set up an appointment for collision repair, go ahead and click a link below!


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