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89 Dodge Shadow Seatbelts
seatbelts have some odd behavior... Most
that I've ever seen lock if you give them a very
quick tug (presumably to stop you from flying
through the windshield should you have a sudden
change in the motion of the car).
On our 89 Dodge Shadow, NONE of the seatbelts lock
if you give them a quick tug. The front seats
have separate assemblies for the lap and shoulder
belts, the rear seats have a shoulder/lap belt
combo assembly. I have tried all 6 assemblies,
none of them will lock in a quick-pull test.
The odd part is that on the front-passenger's side
lap belt, there is a button labeled 'PRESS'. If I
press the button, it locks the lap belt into
position (although it does so quite poorly). None
of the other assemblies have a button like this.
My wife is pregnant (with our first child), so I'm
now driving the car for fear that this is a HUGE
safety problem. Am I missing something on how
particular model's seatbelts operate? I can't
find any way to force the seatbelt (particularly
the driver's side) to operate in such a way that I
would get any safety benifits wearing them.
Should I start looking in the junkyards for
replacement parts? I went to the Dodge dealer,
the repairs guy had no idea if it was supposed to
operate this way or not. Each belt runs $666 for
the assembly (not counting repairs, etc) new.
Any help you could give me would be greatly