How to Release a Car Seat Belt From the Retractor

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Sometimes a car seat belt can get stuck in the mechanism known as the retractor. Release a car seat belt from the retractor with help from an expert in the automotive industry in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hi. I'm Bob Holcomb from Apex Automotive in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. And I'm going to give you a quick tip on how to release your seat belt when it becomes stuck in your retractor. Sometimes if your vehicle is parked on an incline the seat belt retractor paw will be forward already and your seat belt will be stuck, and there's no way you're going to remove it. So, in order to get the seat belt to come out, you have to get your car level, you'll be able to release and pull your seat belt out. If the seat belt is pulled taut, you have to release it slightly and then pull it gently and it'll come out. Some seat belt stop paws become stuck. So, even if you're pulling gently, they still won't come. So, just pull them nice and gentle and it'll come out. If you pull it quickly, it'll stick every time. That's what saves you in an accident. And sometimes that mechanism can malfunction. If you ever encounter a seat belt that is completely stuck, won't release, it could have been in an accident. Inside most of these modern seat belts are pyrotechniques. If they're in an accident pyrotechniques go off and the seat belt becomes locked and permanently in one position. If it won't retract or extend the car may have been in an accident, and this car is dangerous to drive. It should be looked at by a professional. And that's how to release a car seat belt from its retractor. I'm Bob Holcomb from Apex Automotive in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.


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