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    Carseat Crazy pj2rc's Avatar
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    my seatbelt is backward

    I recently moved my oldest's seat to the 3rd row for a roadtrip so she could sit next to her cousin and she decided she wants it to stay there. Anyway -- I've had to take the seat out a few times or had other seats thre when other kids were riding w/ me and it is a PITA to install w/ the seat belt in that position. The seatbelt is all kinkd semi-permanently -- as in, it appears to need ironed (not that I would ever do that!). And it gets all twisted and stuck trying to install the seat. Today, I finally retracted it back and looked at it, then all he other belts in the car ...... it's backward! in a resting, unbuckled position the male end faces the outside of the car instead of the inside - so when it buckles it gets all twisted. --- for those that will ask , I was using the belt because I didn't feel I was getting a good install w/ the LATCH at the time. ..... but, since I realized the buckle is wrong, I tried the LATCH again today and feel I got it this time.

    So, do you think the dealer will fix the belt?

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    Re: my seatbelt is backward

    Can you just untwist the buckle yourself by folding the belt in half and pushing the latchplate down over it? I've seen that quite a bit, and I will often just fix it for parents.

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    Re: my seatbelt is backward

    I tried briefly - but seemed like it would be a battle and possibly not doable. It was currently about 98 degrees (at 8pm - lol), so I didn't really stick around. I may look at it again on a cooler day!

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    Re: my seatbelt is backward

    Yeah, what Wendy said. It is simple to fix. I pull the belt out, before I start.

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    Re: my seatbelt is backward

    If I'm understanding you correctly, it's your latchplate that is backwards, not the seatbelt. Take a good look at the back of your latchplate. Once you see how it works (locks/unlocks) you'll have an easier time with it. Get it in the unlocked position, with the locking pieces apart. Twist your seatbelt a half turn, crease it in that position, and then carefully slide it through the latchplate.

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    Re: my seatbelt is backward

    What vehicle?

    Can you access the anchor on the floor of the vehicle?

    . . . I'm thinking of the middle row (2 seat bench) in a minivan. That belt is often a twisted mess but it can often be untwisted by rotating it around the floor anchor point. . .

    If it had many twists, a trip to the dealer or a mechanic will be in order. They can remove the anchor bolt, untwist the belt and reinstall in just a few minutes.

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