Top Dodge Dakota Seat Belt Problems and The Reasons behind Them
The seat belt assembly is an integral part of your Dodge Dakota primarily because it is the main safety mechanism of your truck. Just like in most vehicles, your Dakota truck bears a three-point type of seat belt. It is composed of a lap belt, which goes around your waist, plus a shoulder strap, which goes from one side of the belt on your lap up to the seat belt retractor just above your shoulder. The seat belt assembly is strongly built to minimize injuries during road accidents. But if not handled properly, it will definitely wear out fast. Here are the most common symptoms of Dodge Dakota seat belt failure and their causes:
Damage on your Dodge Dakota can be classified into two categories. The first one is physical damage on the seat belt webbing. Your seat belt's webbing is considered broken if it has damaged or pulled threads, stains or burns, and if its color is already fading. Bowing and cut loops at the belt edge also indicate the need to replace the seat belt webbing. The second category is mechanical damage. This classification covers faulty seat belt retractor, non-functioning buckle, busted D-ring and D-ring mounts, and loose or broken anchors and anchor bolts. If any of these seat belt assembly components is damaged, the entire seat belt assembly is rendered useless. In this case, replacing the broken seat belt part is the only solution to the problem.
Twisted seat belt
A twisted seatbelt is probably the top seat belt problem encountered by most Dodge Dakota owners. For some strange reason, seat belt webbing tends to get twisted over time. This causes the seat belt to feel tighter than usual, making the driver and the passenger uncomfortable, especially during long drives. In addition to the awkward feeling, a twisted seat belt also lessens the ability of the protective gear to guarantee the driving safety of the vehicle's owner and his passengers, particularly in cases of head-on and rear-end collisions. If your Dodge Dakota has this problem, you must untangle the seat belt webbing as soon as possible.
Busted seat belt alarm and warning light
Most Dodge Dakota models are equipped with seat belt alarm and warning light to remind the driver and the passengers to wear their seat belts at all times. If any of these seat belt reminders is not working, you need to check for a broken switch, busted buzzer, blown fuse, damaged circuit breaker, or burnt light bulb (for the warning light). You may also want to check the connections if they are loose or broken. In some cases, instead of not working, the seat belt alarm and warning light won't shut off even if the driver and the passengers are already wearing their seat belts. Performing the same tests mentioned above and replacing the defective component will be enough to solve this problem.