Date: 7 Feb 2006 14:56:08 GMT
From: Dave Hinz <>
Subject: Re: SeatBelt Replacement for 1996 SAAB 2.0L Convertable

On Tue, 07 Feb 2006 09:19:44 -0500, Fred W <Malt_Houndnospamm-me-not*> wrote: > ma_twain wrote: > >> >> The reason you don't want a "used" seat belt is because the nylon can >> weaken under the stress of a accident - assuming the person was wearing >> it. If you buy a used car, you should be able to tell from the body if >> it was in an accident bad enough to stress the seat belt. You don't want >> to find out the hard way if the "used" seat belt you purchased fails. >> That could be the last mistake you make. >> > > That is an interesting theory, but I can not ever recall anyone having > their seatbelts replaced after an accident unless there was actual > damage to them. 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. > Oh, and the scare tactic you just used there makes it all the more > compelling (not). Kind of like those chain emails that say you will > have really bad luck (maybe even die!) if you don't forward the message > to 10 of your closest friends... ;-) Ja, "last mistake you make" is a bit over the top, and just weakens his overall point.

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