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Seat belts All 4 seatbelts fail to lock upon a "good tug" any ideas please

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  • garyandsue Sep 29, 2008

    No they are not, if you move the belt roller away from the vehicle 4 inches and give it a sharp tug it works fine, attach it to the metal body of the vehicle and they dont lock, it seems to be something to do with magnatism. In the UK and Europe belts have to work to pass the MOT/ITV and these were fine then stopped working, keep trying!

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These seatbelts are the non-locking type. They only lock when there is a sudden change in the vehicles forward momentum.

Posted on Sep 27, 2008

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    Richard Schram Sep 29, 2008

    I confirmed what I know to be true with my own Dodge truck by speaking with a Dodge dealer. The seatbelts are designed to retract fully once they are fastened. This is a safety feature designed to prevent passengers from locking the seatbelt too far away from their body. I do not wish to mislead you, but you can check with the Chrysler Dodge experts by posting your question to the 'contact us' tab on their website.

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