“Fasten your seat belts. It’s going to be a bumpy night” - Bette Davis in ‘All About Eve’ (1950)
Seatbelts save lives. Period. Airbags are a great safety addition to vehicles but the simple fact is that seatbelts are what stops injury and death.
For your safety, and the safety of your family and passengers, regularly check your seat belts for damage or wear by following our simple tips.
Quick Tips for Seat Belt Safety
- If a belt is not in good condition replace it. Ask your Tyres & More representative or licensed seat belt fitter to check the belts for you.
- Inspect the webbing (belt material) for fraying or cuts. A small cut can halve the strength of the webbing. Long term exposure to the Australian sun can also cause deterioration and discolouration, weakening the webbing.
- Ensure that components designed to swivel freely, such as shoulder guides, are not tight or jammed and check retractable belts for spring return. When pulled and released the belts should fully retract smoothly and not leave any excess hanging free. Test the retractor locks up when applying a sharp tub to the belt. It should lock up before 5 cm is pulled out.
- Ensure the buckle and tongue engagement is firm and positive. The release button should not jam in the cover
If you're in any doubt at all - contact your local Tyres & More store.