Date: 6 Feb 2006 20:50:09 -0800
Subject: Re: SeatBelt Replacement for 1996 SAAB 2.0L Convertable

ma_twain wrote: > Dave Hinz wrote: > > > On 6 Feb 2006 12:21:57 -0800, <> wrote: > > > <Snip> > >> > > > > Well. I'm with Fred on this one - in the rigging & crane safety classes > > I've taken, the inspection process for webbed straps is pretty much > > "inspect for visible damage and replace if there's a problem". Sure, > > they stress test them once a year to recertify them but on a daily > > basis, if it doesn't look like there's a problem, it's not going to > > suddenly fall to pieces in a crash. > > > 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. > > > > > > Also - every seat belt I have, is used. Every one of 'em. They become > > used along with the rest of the car. I don't see a functional > > difference between a used seatbelt in my car, or the used seatbelt in > > another car just like it. > > > > But, if you want a new one, the dealer should be a source. I wouldn't > > go aftermarket or home-made (for seatbelts, or for lifting straps). > > > > A point of clairification: The strap itself is not at issue. It the mechanism the rolls the belt in and out. The roller in that mechanism is broken. The seatbelt assembly is the combination of the strap, roller, housing, and some type of sensor which, I believe is a saftey switch that works in conjunction with the anti-lock breaks and/or airbags. Truth be told the only reason I care about the belt is to not get cited by the Po Po. What I was really hoping for was three or four quality sources for mail ordering used SAAB replacement parts.

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