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The reciever mechanism is probably just a bit dry and sticky.
all you should need to cure this is a tin of spray lubricant (WD40 or simillar).
take the seat belt reciever.
spray a good dose of lubricant into the slot you put the buckle into. press the release button 10-15 times. insert and remove the buckle as normal about 10 times, pressing the release button.

spray again with lubricant and repeat above steps. it is a good idea to do all of the seat belts in the car as the others may need lubricating as well.

if it still is not operating properly, then i would recommend replacing the unit.
they are not servicable and they are a key safety device in your car.

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