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    Senior Community Member unityco's Avatar
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    Thumbs down Caravan seat belts

    I hate them. We took a road trip with our friends today, so I moved DS's seat to the third row so he could sit with his buddy. I know our stupid seat belts are slippy, so I gave his a 180* right off the bat (his buddy's already had a locking clip.) By the time we got to our destination, an hour later, there was at least an inch, if not two, of slack in the belt. (Note I do not mean an inch of *movement*, I mean I could pick the seat belt up and pull it at least an inch away from the car seat.)

    Locking seat belts indeed.

    (FTR, our's is a '99 Caravan.)
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    Re: Caravan seat belts

    A locking clip really is your friend when it comes to most Chrysler vans before '08 I think it is.

    I'm sorry you hate your belts.
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    Re: Caravan seat belts

    Ours is an 06 and I've never had a problem.
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    Re: Caravan seat belts

    Quote Originally Posted by canadiangie View Post
    A locking clip really is your friend when it comes to most Chrysler vans before '08 I think it is.
    Yeah, I sure learned that lesson today. I've had his seat in that position before without major issue (it still loosened, but over the space of a week, not an hour!) I guess now that he's heavier, it makes a bigger difference.


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    Re: Caravan seat belts

    Quote Originally Posted by thepeach80 View Post
    Ours is an 06 and I've never had a problem.
    It's so strangely hit and miss. Always has been.
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    Re: Caravan seat belts

    Quote Originally Posted by thepeach80 View Post
    Ours is an 06 and I've never had a problem.
    Same here. So glad I got a "good" one!
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    Re: Caravan seat belts

    i have 2 caravans & my mom has one. 94, 01 & 06 & all 3 are excellent for installing seats. never a problem. well i used to think it was i was using alocking clip when it was completly unnecessary before i knew better. i hate those locking clips. now installing is a breeze. sorry you have trouble.
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    Re: Caravan seat belts

    MIL's '99 is the same thing. Within minutes a rock solid install will tip sideways. I usually flip the belt and that seems to work (or just use a lock-off seat.)
    My Mother's old Stratus is also a PITA, same belt deal. '99 I think?

    My 2001 Caravan was excellent, though. Man...I miss my van.
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    Re: Caravan seat belts

    Never needed locking clips on my 92 and my 98.

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    Re: Caravan seat belts

    I've had the same issue...then it was back to locking clips.

    That's why I love Britax so much...now I'm trying all these other funky new seats and needing locking clips again.
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    Re: Caravan seat belts

    We have an '06 and I have to use a locking clip when installing seats. I don't like the "hit and miss" philosophy of the belts and would rather be sure my kid's seat is going to stay put.
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    Re: Caravan seat belts

    I have an 05 caravan... my in laws have an 05 grand... no problems with the seatbelts... I really think it's more generational than year by year.



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    Re: Caravan seat belts

    Quote Originally Posted by thepeach80 View Post
    Ours is an 06 and I've never had a problem.
    I have an '05 Grand and the seat belts are amazing!
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    Re: Caravan seat belts

    My mom had a 1997 (maybe a 96 I would have to call to ask) Grand Caravan and we never had an issue with the belt loosening. I could always get it in nice and tight. It would say that way even with months of unuse (we live in OH and they live in FL). Same for my dad's 1997 Dodge Ram 1500. No issues.
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    Re: Caravan seat belts

    My 96 was so bad that you could see the seat belt loosening as soon as you let go of the shoulder belt.
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    Re: Caravan seat belts

    Interesting.

    My mom's Town & Country is an '03. I've never had an issue with installing my girls' car seats in her van, it's actually way easier than my car. We just got back from Disney World and my parents took us to/from the airport. We left the girls' car seats installed in her van while we were gone for the week, but before putting the girls in them when we arrived back from Disney I checked the installs to make sure they were still ok. They were still rock solid. So I guess she doesn't have this problem, thankfully!

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    Re: Caravan seat belts

    I should maybe revise the title of this thread to " MY Caravan seat belts", lol.


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    Re: Caravan seat belts

    Sorry, that really stinks for you.
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    Re: Caravan seat belts

    My '97 Town & Country's belt's are "slippy", too. We twist the male end of the belt one half twist and then buckle it. It stays then.

    It definitely is a pain.

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    Re: Caravan seat belts

    My '95 Jeep Grand Cherokee's locking latchplates were AMAZING.
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