In Reply to: Seat belt retractors posted by ags on August 09, 1999 at 10:26:27:
That is the way the seat belt is suppose to work. The purpose is so you can secure a baby seat easily if you put one there.
Personally I do not like it. If the front passenger reaches to get something from the back seat and pulls out the belt all the way, then it locks the passenger in until the belt is fully retracted. I asked my dealer to disable this & put in the belt from the driver's side, which does not have this lock up feature. But the dealer said this is not (legally) possible.
: In my '00 528iT, the tensioners on the front passenger and rear seat belts seem to lock when extended and the belts can't be extended again (for example, to permit the passenger to move around a little) unless you first completely retract the belt. On the driver's belt, the belt tensioner locks the belt if it is pulled quickly (the way it is supposed to work in a crash), but if you pull it gently the belt will extend. That's the way it's worked in all the other cars I've owned. Are the passenger belts intentionally different on the BMW, or is this a question of the seat belt tensioners needing to be properly adjusted?