Date: 7 Feb 2006 22:57:10 GMT
From: Dave Hinz <>
Subject: Re: SeatBelt Replacement for 1996 SAAB 2.0L Convertable

On Tue, 07 Feb 2006 17:43:41 -0500, ma_twain <> wrote: > > Dave Hinz wrote: > >> Agreed. I'll say it again - if the belt has been "stressed", you'll see >> it as visible damage to the webbing or stitching. Further, if you're in >> a crash that's so intense that the seat belts are damaged as a result of >> it, you'll have much more to worry about than the condition of the >> webbing. I've been to a lot of accidents (dozen years or so as an EMT), >> and I can't think of a single case where a seatbelt failed - tons of >> cases where the driver failed to _use_ it, but that's a different >> problem. > Check with the insurance companies on the repair list for cars in accidents - Not sure what point you're answering there? > it is not an urban legend or "chain mail" rumor. As for the "last mistake you make" > line, I worked over 20 years in an OR. I got handson/hands in experience with the > poor decisions that driver made. More than one lingered on to a painful death. Yeah, I was the guy bringing those patients to you for the last 15 years. And the ones injured the worst, weren't wearing a seatbelt at all, so "out of a used car" vs "from the dealer" doesn't enter into those, does it. Can you cite me anything showing failure of a seatbelt causing a worse outcome for a patient? I'd be interested in reading something showing that that has ever been the case. In the meantime, I reiterate and stand by my statement that if you're in a crash so severe that it breaks a seatbelt which passes a visual inspection, you've got way more to worry about. I'll also stand by my statement that the seat belt in my used car that I drive every day, is just as used as the seat belt that comes out of a parts car of equivalent use. Dave Hinz

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