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How to tell when your Seat Belt needs Replacing

By Brad Nash

Wed Jun 10 2015

You don’t want to mess around with your seatbelt, because it really could be a matter of life and death one day. For this reason we’ve chosen not to stock aftermarket seat belts on our site. Here at Spares Box we’re all about helping though, so here’s a little advice on what to do if you think your seatbelt might be at the end of it’s tether (get it?).


When To Replace Your Seatbelt

The problem with such a fickle yet vital piece of safety equipment is that as soon as something compromises the integrity of it, it instantly becomes more of a potential hazard. As such, we can’t recommend enough that you check your seatbelt at least once a year to make sure everything is in working order.


Any damage to the seatbelt could potentially prevent it from doing it’s job when you may need it most, so make sure you check the webbing for any nicks, small cuts or fraying. If the seatbelt is showing signs of general wear and tear, that can also be a problem. If any of the more mechanical bits aren’t working as they should be, you’ll probably need to get it fixed as well. Check the retractor, the buckles and all the fittings are secure and working as they should.


Finally, if you’ve been in a crash, get your seat belts replaced. They might have saved you once, but that’s pretty much the limit of what they’re designed for.


Where to Replace Your Seatbelt

As a general rule of thumb, go to your dealer. They have the official parts, they’re made specifically for your car, they’re fitted by the people who know your car the best. It’s really that simple, except for one thing, and that is of course money. Like anything else, a dealer replacement part will set you back far more than you would buying an aftermarket seatbelt. If you have a newer car you may be in luck, because manufacturers like Honda have a lifetime warranty on their seat belts. THIS DOES NOT COVER PHYSICAL DAMAGE OR WEAR. If it looks okay and isn’t working how it should be though, take it in and you might find they’ll replace it for free.


If you must go aftermarket, do all the research you can. Check that the seat belts are made as specifically for your car as possible, that they’re brand new out of the box and if you can, get a mechanic to fit them. Make sure they meet regulations, and are up to par with Australian safety regulations. And please, please, for the love of all that is holy, don’t buy a second hand seat belt. It’s just not worth it.


As we said at the beginning of this piece, it’s just not worth skimping on such a vital safety part for your car. Be safe, buy legit parts, and get them fitted properly. You might find that you thank yourself for it later. Hopefully not though. Happy driving!