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Getting your seat belt fixed

The function of a car’s seat belt is to ensure the safety of the wearer. They are made to retain and hold the force of a wearer should they move forward abruptly and especially if the car faces a collision. The idea is that the seat belt will help to stop the contact made between the passengers and the hard surfaced interiors of the car, so little or no damage can be done to the person.

The function of a seat belt is to keep passengers securely strapped in to the vehicle, preventing injury from any sudden impact or ejection. Given the huge responsibility and safety measure the seat belt provides, a faulty seat belt will most certainly need repairing.

If your seat belt fails to restrict that movement, then the consequences could be extremely dire, for those inside the car. There could be a chance that the impact from an accident is such that the passenger without that much needed restraint is thrown fully out of the windshield.

A seat belt repair is needed if you notice any visible damage. The functionality of your seat belts is also usually checked during a full service inspection.

This is why getting a faulty seat belt repaired as soon as possible is so important.

How much does it cost to repair a seat belt?

The cost of a seat belt repair can vary depending on a number of factors, including your car make and model; whether the seat belt has ripped; whether the mechanism for releasing and retracting it is working; or whether the buckle has worn over time so it doesn’t accept the seat belt. The average cost of repairing a seat belt is £135.40 based on WhoCanFixMyCar data.

If you have issues with your seat belt functioning correctly, it’s really important that you seek a specialist to fix the problem as soon as possible. Our seat belt specialists can help with all sorts of problems that you might be experiencing with this mechanism.

Car makeAverage cost
Land Rover£97.11

  • Seat belt repair

    The average cost of a seat belt repair booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £135.40.

    Seat belts must be working properly to allow you to drive safely and legally. Faulty seat belts result in an immediate MOT failure and need to be fixed as soon as possible.

    Can include
    • Seat belt inspection and testing
    • Seat belt repair
  • Mobile car diagnostics

    The average cost of mobile car diagnostics booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £52.33.

    Mobile diagnostics testing involves a specialist coming to you and running tests on your vehicle to expose the cause of any problems you're having with your car.

    Can include
    • Home visit
    • Full diagnostic testing
    • Recommended repairs
  • Mobile mechanic

    The average cost of a mobile mechanic booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £81.64.

    A mobile mechanic will visit you at your home or workplace and can carry out a wide range of different repairs. If the repair is more complex, the mechanic will collect your car, take it to a garage to be repaired, and drop it off when it's finished. The exact cost of a mobile mechanic will depend on the repair you need.

    Can include
    • Home visit
    • Servicing
    • Tyre change
    • Oil change
    • Recommended repairs

Common seat belt problems

1. Ripped or torn material

The seat belt material needs to be able to withstand pressures exceeding 300 pounds per inch. If the fabric is weak, it can tear, leaving the wearer without protection.

2. Seat belt not releasing or retracting

Sometimes problems with the seat belt can be as simple as the belt being twisted as it is fed back into the retractor.

You might want to try to pull the seat belt all the way out, untangle it and feed it back into the retractor. When in doubt contact a specialist who can help you out.

3. Defective buckle or poor connections

Seat belts sometimes stop working due to problems with the latching components. Debris can get trapped inside the buckle, preventing it from grabbing the tongue; cracks, corrosion or chips on the tongue can have a similar effect.

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Warning signs that your seat belts need repairing or replacing

  • Noticeable damage to the belt

  • Noticeable damage to the buckle

  • Damage to the buckle, such as bends or cracks

  • Seat belt won’t retract

  • Dog chewed up part of the seat belt

  • Seat belt is locked after a collision

Find seat belt repair specialists near you

We can help you find local seat belt repair specialists and garages so they can provide quotes for getting them repaired. We work with around 15,569 garages.

Another option which drivers are increasingly choosing is to book a mobile mechanic. This service takes the stress out of car repairs as there’s no need to rearrange your schedule to take your vehicle to a garage - the mechanic will simply come to you.

When should you get your seat belt repaired?

Your car seat belt is there to protect you, should the car be involved in an impact or collision. A seat belt repair is needed if you are noticing any visible damage to the seat belt, or the function or buckle is damaged.

You should only need a seat belt repair if there’s an issue with your seat belt, meaning you are seeing visible damage, it won’t retract, or other similar issues.

Do car seat belt repairs fall under warranty?

Car seat belt repairs don’t fall under most warranties; they are needed more often than not due to wear and tear. This means if you need a car seat belt repair, you’ll need to pay for the service yourself.

Is a seat belt repair covered by insurance?

Seatbelt repairs are not usually covered by insurance, which means you won’t be able to claim back the cost for seat belt repairs due to wear and tear.

Can seat belts be repaired or must they always be replaced?

All of your car’s seat belt parts will be inspected before the technician carries out a repair. All the locked or disabled seat belts will need replacing to restore the critical component of the car’s safety system to factory condition.

Can you unlock your seat belt after an accident?

All seat belt retractors are made with a complicated mechanism which locks when there has been a collision. The sensor, ignitor and the inflator will all need to be replaced for the seat belt to work again.

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