How to Check for Suzuki Sidekick Seat Belt Problems
Your seat belt is highly important in ensuring your safety. You just never know when your car would collide with another vehicle or crash into a concrete wall. And when that moment comes, it is somewhat a relief to be buckled up with a properly functioning seat belt. It may not completely save you from harm, but it could lessen the seriousness of the injury that you might get. However, more often than not, you have no idea that you have a defective seat belt until that time when it is already subjected to great pressure-when you are already facing an impending accident. So here are tips on how you can diagnose seat belt problems before it's too late:
Inspect the webbing for damage such as cut loops at the belt edge, broken or pulled threads, stains, or burns. You would have to replace this part if any damage is present. Also, make sure that the webbing is properly extending and retracting by observing if the movement is smooth and easy. If not, look for dirt or contamination in the webbing itself or in the retractor housing. Examine if the webbing is twisted or if the retractor is damaged as well. Check if there is proper movement on the anchor bolts, too. If any of these defects come up in your inspection, change your seat belt webbing as soon as possible. Failure to do so could cause your seat belt to tear completely during a strong and sudden impact.
False latching is a very common seat belt defect. At first, you may be able to buckle up. However, it suddenly becomes undone once a certain amount of force is applied on it. Usually, this problem occurs due to a faulty latching system. Test your seat belt if it is prone to this kind of problem by applying 5 pounds of pressure on it. If your belt pulls free, you can be certain that it has a faulty latch. Replace this part at once. Also, you might want to consider inspecting for a corroded part in your seat belt's latching mechanism. Same thing needs to be done-replace the damaged component.