Chrysler Pt Cruiser Seat Belt
Identifying Common Problems of Chrysler PT Cruiser Seat Belts
Because they are a key safety feature, the seat belts of the Chrylser PT Cruiser are designed to be reliable and fool-proof. But there are occasions where they do fail. Chrysler PT Cruiser seat belt problems vary, with some requiring a trip to the dealership while others just need quick fix with a screwdriver. In this guide, we'll discuss some of the common problems of PT Cruiser seat belts and how to troubleshoot them.
Stuck seat belts
Probably the most common problem PT Cruiser owners encounter with their seat belts is the belt getting stuck and unable to retract. This is usually due to the belt becoming tangled, twisted or jammed deep with the belt's auto-retract mechanism. This problem is normally remedied by removing the plastic covers with a screwdriver or needle-nose pries and untangling the belt by hand, although more serious jams may require the skill of a mechanic.
There have also been incidents wherein Chrysler PT Cruiser seat belts unlatch unintentionally. Unlatching usually occurs during high-impact collisions, although it can also occur due to false latching, wherein the seat belt appears to have clicked into place but the release is actually partially engaged or not engaged at all. Tugging on the seatbelt a couple of times after it clicks can help prevent false latching, although constant latching problems must be looked over at the dealership to determine the cause of the problem.
The seat belts used in the PT Cruiser and other motor vehicles on the road today are made from either polyester or nylon webbing that can withstand a lot of abuse. In fact, under normal conditions the webbing should be able to survive a collision in one piece. This is why if there are tears in the webbing, it's an indication that the seat belt is defective and needs to be replaced. Make sure to check each belt in your PT Cruiser for tears and other types of damage, as even the smallest tear will compromise seat belt integrity and lead to you or the other passengers of your car to be ejected from the vehicle in the event of a crash.