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Old 28th October 2013, 11:33   #1
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I recently found out that the seatbelt on my A-Star has its buckle installed the other way round.

To wear the seatbelt, it has to be twisted, which I don't think is such a good idea. What am I to do?
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I recently found out that the seatbelt on my A-Star has its buckle installed the other way round.

To wear the seatbelt, it has to be twisted, which I don't think is such a good idea. What am I to do?
I have faced this issue.
By turning the seat belt and rotating it around we got the buckle fixed right.

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The bar in the middle is the seatbelt buckle.
One side of the seat belt in red and other in blue.

Sorry but this is the best I could come up with.
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By turning the seat belt and rotating it around we got the buckle fixed right.
Thanks for the solution.
Is there a chance that the belt can get damaged while folding and rotating it?

Will try it out and post the result. Thanks!
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Thanks for the solution.
Is there a chance that the belt can get damaged while folding and rotating it?

Will try it out and post the result. Thanks!
I had to do did this is in a hired cab. The seat belt did not look any worse after this twisting stuff.
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I have seen this in many brand new Maruti cars.
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It is easily done. Only ensure that you keep moving the buckle systematically while folding the strap till the entire side gets flipped. The seat belt doenst suffer nay damage. It happens many a times to a normal belt as well, as to why and how it happens accidently I am not clear but the reversal is equally easier.
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I had this issue in my i10. I have reported this to service center , they removed and re-fitted the seat belt assembly to fix it.
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I think it is better try DIY instruction of bblost first, than get it fixed at the authorized service centre. In case the mechanics do not fit the seatbelt correctly, you could compromise your safety during emergencies. I would trust an A.S.S. mechanic to fit a tyre properly but not a seatbelt because most mechanics do not consider seatbelts to be important (despite receiving necessary trainings).
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I faced this problem too in my i20 .

Apply some cooking oil so that the twisting and sliding becomes easier. You can wipe it off once the operation is done!
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Probably not the case, but for others reading this - just make sure that the twist isn't actually further up / out of view and hidden behind the fold-down rear seats.

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My in laws' i10 have a twisted belt and I did try the trick in bblost's post. But the buckle didn't have the space to turn the belt back. Will try it with oil as another member mentioned. We were using it with the twist; is that an issue?
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We were using it with the twist; is that an issue?
I guess it would if there is a mishap and moreover it would be having an uncomfortable feel while it is strapped on.

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I recently found out that the seatbelt on my A-Star has its buckle installed the other way round.

To wear the seatbelt, it has to be twisted, which I don't think is such a good idea. What am I to do?
We had this problem in our i10, Astar and new Swift. It puzzles me why the belt buckle comes this way from the factory?

To bring the buckle forward do this:
1) Take the buckle to its top position near the B pillar anchor
2) Fold the seat belt like its mentioned in BBlost's diagram
3) Make the fold atleast a quarter of the width of the belt, the fold should start from within the buckle.
4) Pull down the buckle slowly down the belt, as the buckle comes down keep folding the belt in front of the buckle's path
5) Buckle will be reversed

I did this to all the above mentioned cars, it doesn't damage the seat belt.
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Just make sure that the twist isn't actually further up / out of view and hidden behind the fold-down rear seats.
Had checked this, will still check again.


Also, the rear belt is too low, it directly comes in front of my mom's neck, which seems risky. I have seen people wearing seatbelts with some kind of cushion wrapped around it, especially shorter drivers. Are they for the same reason? If so, what are they called and where do you get them in Mumbai?

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We were using it with the twist; is that an issue?
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Check that the seatbelt is not twisted, if so the area restraining you is small increasing injury in this region. The belt when twisted can cut into you or leave permanent scarring.
Source: http://www.sdt.com.au/safedrive-directory-SEATBELTS.htm

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Also, the rear belt is too low, it directly comes in front of my mom's neck, which seems risky. I have seen people wearing seatbelts with some kind of cushion wrapped around it, especially shorter drivers. Are they for the same reason? If so, what are they called and where do you get them in Mumbai?

Source: http://www.sdt.com.au/safedrive-directory-SEATBELTS.htm
The belt shouldn't come around the neck area, but since we don't get height adjustable belts on most variants the fit is always a compromise. Increasing the seat height might be an option.

Those cushions are called seat belt pads/cushions and its purpose is mentioned in the link you posted.

Quoting from the link: "Extra seatbelt padding or covers can improve the distribution of forces"

You might be able to find them in car accessory shops if not try ebay. Its a simple cushion pad and any seat or cushion guy can make a custom one for you. The pad is wrapped around the belt and closed with a velcro. The cushion will prevent chafing and be a great relief for those who has the belt near the neck area.
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