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Seat belt buckle receiver will not accept buckle. The latching mechanism is stuck open and doesn't recede so the buckle (male) can't insert properly 2003 dodge neon, Drivers seat belt buckle w/the perfect object (a dime) stuck inside DEEP, tried shaking, then a stiff wire to no avail. The only solution seems to be to remove the entire seat and replacing the buckle. What a pain!

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I guess you answered your own question.

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