A defect in the seat belt, the belt buckle or the belt reminder?

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The seat belt and seat belt in the vehicle may not work due to wear one day not right anymore. It often happens that the seat belt buckle or the seat belt snap no longer snaps in properly, the seat belt reminder false triggers or sporadic Error Messages gives. The seat belts in the vehicle are essential and should therefore be used in the event of any problem as soon as possible be checked and repaired. Incidentally, defects in the belts ensure that the main inspection is not passed. In the following guide you will learn more about typical defects, the necessary repair work and the costs that may be incurred!

The typical defects and their causes!

  • Various error memory entries in the system. 
  • The belt no longer snaps properly. This could be caused by dirt in the lock or age-related wear and tear.
  • The belt is jammed or cannot be rolled up properly. The cause of this could be a defective belt tensioner or a worn belt retractor.
  • The air bag warning light (SRS) is on. The cause of this could be a defect in the crash sensor or defective wiring. A defective seat occupancy mat is also conceivable.
  • The seat belt warning triggers constantly (or sporadically) for no reason. The cause of this could be a defective microswitch in the belt buckle, defective wiring or a faulty seat occupancy mat.

The belt buckle is defective!

In this case, the seat often has to be removed in order to then be able to change the seat belt buckle. Luckily it doesn't take that much time and it's pretty quick. Depending on the model, you can expect 20 to 90 minutes here. Depending on the workshop, this results in labor costs of around €30 to €200. With the material costs for a new one buckle you can usually get by with about 50 to 300 €.


The belt is jammed or can no longer be rolled up!

If you're lucky, it's not a big problem and you'll achieve something if you do that Spray the seat belt tensioner with silicon spray, so that the belt can be rolled up again more easily. However, if the problem is bigger, a workshop is needed. Here, the seat and the door panel usually have to be removed in order to then remove the pretensioners switch. This takes approximately 30 to 120 minutes. This results in labor costs of around €50 to €250. In addition, there are the material costs, so that in the end you can count on 100 to 500 €. Additional costs can also arise if, for example, plug connections are defective and have to be replaced.

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Can you continue driving without a working seat belt?

The clear answer – No. In Germany, everyone who drives a car with existing seat belts must wear them. If you don't buckle up, you take a risk Warning money in the amount of 30,- €. And this is the case even if the belt is defective. So if you suspect something is wrong with your seat belt, you should take it to a workshop as soon as possible. This is both for reasons of driving safety and from insurance reasons important. Such a problem can often be fixed easily and inexpensively. However, if the seat belt at the driver's seat no longer works, it may even be necessary to have the car towed to a workshop to be on the safe side.

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One reason for not passing the HU is if one of the seat belts in the car no longer works or the airbag or SRS indicator light is on. This counts as considerable lack. In this case, the plaque will not be issued. It is therefore all the more important to visit a workshop quickly. Attention: The seat belts and airbags in your vehicle are part of the SRS system (Supplemental Restraint System / additional restraint system). This system is responsible for protecting you in the event of an accident. For this reason should work on this system always be carried out by trained personnel. In addition, it is important exclusively Use new parts to ensure safety.

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The following note is essential: For safety reasons, tuningblog recommends all repair, inspection and maintenance work exclusively to be carried out in a specialist workshop! Although our information is summarized to the best of our knowledge and belief, we cannot assume any liability for the content. All information is therefore "without guarantee".

Of course, that wasn't the end of it!

In this tuningblog category there are guides and instructions for common defects/repairs on the vehicle and for installing accessories/tuning parts. Our articles explain in a simple way common defects and the corresponding repairs and they also explain how the first signs of a defect become noticeable. In most cases, we also have initial clues to the repair instructions in our repair instructions approximate costs listed. The goal of ourAuto Repair Guide“ is to create a head start in knowledge for the next visit to the workshop with initial tips. This may save you from tedious troubleshooting and you may even be able to do small things yourself. The same applies, of course, to the installation of accessories/tuning parts. Here, too, we would like to help with the implementation with instructions and tips. There are many other posts on this as well. Below is an excerpt of the last and HERE there are all previous instructions.

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