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Discussion in 'Introductions' started by sheilae, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. sheilae

    sheilae Copenworld Newbie

    Jan 31, 2011
    Livingston, Scotland
    :) I got a little silver coupon for my xmas from my handsome man.
    My wee cars called Scooby and i love it! Its a 2004 model and the only problem i have with it is the seat belts not retracting :think:

    Ive tried taking the seat belts out of the guides to see if they will retract any better but nope, just the same.
    Just been quoted £425 per seatbelt to fix :-((

    Is there any other way around this? Its been suggested that i change the seat belt guides, but given the fact that its no different when they are taken out of the guides, i don't think that will do anything.

    Does anyone here have any better ideas?

    Ive even tried WD40 on them

    Anyone? ...........

  2. scooty

    scooty Copenworld Regular

    Sep 25, 2009
    Cologne, Germany
    2 x Daihatsu Copen, RHD
    1 x Daihatsu Trevis
    Hi Sheila,

    welcome and congrats to cour Copen!

    Seat belts not properly retracting is a common problem and cannot be resolved totally.
    Slight improvment bring other seat belt guides like the ones described in the " How To.....Replace the Seatbelt Guides" on the Features page or the ones from
    But the main reason for retracting so badly is a rubber coated guide roller which cannot easily be replaced.

    Still I would be interested what kind of work your garage will be doing for 425 GBP to fix the problem?

    Don't tell me you put WD40 on the seat belt textile.

  3. Adam K

    Adam K Copenworld Guru

    Oct 27, 2010
    Worcester, UK
    Nissan Cube Kaizen
    If you do a search on any Copen forum for "seat belt". You'll find a bunch of people all with the same problem.

    The common solution is to change the seat belt guides. for some people it works for others it dosen't. It depends on where your seat is positioned.

    I doubt that changing the seatbelts would make any difference.
    I would go with the cheaper option first & buy one of the alternative seat belt guides.
  4. Rex

    Rex Copenworld Pioneer

    Oct 20, 2009
    And the seatbelt guides from ChromeDesign look a lot better than the standard plastic ones..... They do work better, but do not completely solve the problem.

    As Adam said, the further back the seat, the worse the problem.
    I suggest to get in the habit of feeding back the seatbelt when you get out. I have closed the door a number of times only to find the seatbelt tab has been been jammed in the gap between the seat and the door. Ouch.

  5. dwayner

    dwayner Copenworld Regular

    May 12, 2011
    Mornington Peninsula
    A 2005 copen and a
    Camry Sportivo

    I dont use the retracter guard at all - it just restricts the selt belt - i put a bit of black plastic tape over where it rubs on the seat (you can hardly see it).
    otherwise over time, it would wear out the seat fabric. Ive had my car for 7 years now, and ive not had the problem since i bought it and did that.
    because of my work, im in the car basically 6 hours a day, getting in and out, so it has sorted the problem - jut replace the plastic tape about once a year.

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