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Here's the trick... (archive)

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Posted by Brad D on August 10, 1999 at 21:39:58:

In Reply to: Seat belt retractors posted by ags on August 09, 1999 at 10:26:27:

: 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?

I haven't played with this yet in my MY99 5er, but I know someone with a '95 Lexus LS400 who was having the same problem. It seemed like anytime you sat in the back seats, you'd get pinned in there by the seatbelt. After a few pinnings, we'd pull the seatbelts all the way out before latching them. This didn't help the problem at all. Unfortunately, this was the exact opposite of what we should have done. By pulling the seatbelt all the way out, we were activating the baby seat feature. At that point, the belt would retract but wouldn't give.

The dealer explained what was happening to my friend. The trick was to just get in the car and belt up by avoiding pulling the seatbelt out too far. By doing this, the baby seat function was not activated, and we didn't get pinned in. We've never been pinned back there ever since.

Brad D

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