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Seat Belt Repair, Replacement, & Recalibration: A Guide

When it comes to seat belts, it can be difficult to figure out when they should be reset or recalibrated. This is because they are designed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and not by technicians.

In an accident, seat belts protect passengers from injuries. When this happens, the airbag computer triggers the seat belt igniter to ignite that activates them and locks them into position around each passenger. Once it’s locked after a collision, seat belts need to be replaced, repaired, or reset based on OEM recommendations. 

The Things That Could Go Wrong

Unfortunately, there are many things that could go wrong with your seat belt that you’re probably unaware of. Inertial unlatching can happen, despite many auto industry leaders saying otherwise. This could happen due to the force during a crash that can cause seat belts to become unlatched. 

Another thing that could go wrong is false latching when the seat belt is not fully engaged even if it looks and feels as if it’s secure. In this case, a minor accident could cause the belt to release and leave the passenger unprotected. 

Webbing defects may also happen that could cause the belt to rip. Additionally, there could be issues with the retractor when the locking device fails or if excess slack is released. 

Seat Belt Repair

In an accident, the seat belt is activated; in which case, it won’t work again. Therefore, the parts should be inspected before the repair. The SRS airbag module may also need to be reset or replaced. 

If you are in need of a seat belt repair, a pre-scan is done first that will provide the technician with a complete list of diagnostic trouble codes that were triggered due to the collision. 

Seat Belt Replacement 

In the event of a collision, the seat belt retractor locks during a collision through the retractor with a complex mechanism. It comes with an inflator, which is triggered by the igniter and it should deploy in a timely manner. 

The process is controlled by sensors that communicate with the airbag system. So, when an accident happens, all of these components must be replaced to ensure the seat belt can operate like it should again. If you see the airbag warning light on after an accident, the pre-tensioners, seat belt retractors, or buckles may need to be replaced or repaired. 

Seat Belt Recalibration

When all of the parts are replaced and repaired, recalibration happens to ensure the safety system of the belt is working properly. 

Seat belts and airbags can work alone to protect us, but they do a much more effective job when they work together. 

Stay Safe on the Road

Seat belts save lives, which is why it’s crucial you ensure they’re working properly at all times. Otherwise, you could get injuries or worse, fatalities. Knowing about repair, replacement, and recalibration of seat belts are important so you know what to do after a collision. Also, even if you only get into a minor accident, it’s best to have your seat belts checked to ensure they’re working properly. 

Keep your seat belts in working order. SRS Restore offers seat belt repairs and rebuilds after an accident in Westfield, MA. Contact us today!