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Unread 09-20-2007, 08:10 AM   #1
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does anyone know the reason D/C does not have the ratcheting lock type belt on the front passenger seat? i have air bag switch for use when my son rides in the front,but i feel less confident w/o the locking belt. my f-150 has them and i figure D/C intended the placement of kids in the front or they wouldnt have put in the switch. i know my p/u has it because there is no rear seat,but unlike my tj,it has a rear end. feels more confident with him riding in the front.being a ff/medic,i have seen a high speed rear ender to a jeep,there was nothing left of the rear passenger area,however the front was intact.

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Unread 09-20-2007, 09:40 AM   #2
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My YJ has it on the passenger side as well. I just replaced my driverside side seatbelt. It is the TJ style it is the ratcheting style too. When I ordered it I asked if it mattered whether it was driverside or passenger. They told me they both were the same. Maybe there is something wrong with yours.?
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Unread 09-20-2007, 01:58 PM   #3
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it should have one. The seatbelt is pretty useless if it doesn't have one
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Unread 09-20-2007, 04:59 PM   #4
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just double checked the passenger side front seat belt. it does not ratchet back into locking positions after pulling all the way out and letting back in,as do 99% of anything on the road. i guess its defective,but i tried my neighbors 2000 tj and it does not lock either. just for curiosity i checked the back seat belts and they do not ratchet lock either. i've never owned a vehicle that does not feature this on the passenger front or rear seats,so you can help lock in small fry's. you would think it would be some NHTSB mandate.
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Unread 09-20-2007, 08:22 PM   #5
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Ok I am not sure I know what your are talking about then. On my seat belts as in any vehicle I own if you try and pull the seat belts out too quick it will lock. Is that what you are talking about? If you are on a uneven terrain they will lock too.
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Unread 09-20-2007, 11:12 PM   #6
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no..in all my vehicles,f-150,mustang subaru,the passenger side seat belt and the rear belt actually ratchet out and then lock at what ever spot you stop at,except the jeep. i know what your saying.all belts lock up if you pull the abruptly.the whole other idea with mechanism i am talking about,actually lets you pull the belt down tight and cant be moved at all by the passenger,except when unbuckled.perfect for kids,because once pulled tyte its locked and they cant get out from under it. never seen a car since the mid 80's w/o this feature,except the TJ.
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Unread 09-21-2007, 09:42 PM   #7
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I have a 97, none of the seat belts ratchet.

My daughter sits in the back but I use tie downs to secure it along with the seat belt.

In case of a slow roll it will not move.
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I have a 2006 wrangler. The driver's belt works fine. If I give it a quick tug, it catches and does not give any more slack. The front passenger will give about 2' of slack before there is any catching. This seems poor. The rear seats...there is the problem. I was in no way able to get them to catch. I tugged as fast as i could. I pulled them all the way out to engage the ratcheting action....nothing. They just free-spooled with no resistance...regardless of the movement.

I called the dealership. Their response? "The rear belts only engage if the brake is applied." When I asked how effective the rear belts would be if I drove into a brick wall, I was put on hold and then asked if I would like to schedule an appointment.

What am I missing? How can I test these belts?
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My YJ has it on the passenger side as well. I just replaced my driverside side seatbelt. It is the TJ style it is the ratcheting style too. When I ordered it I asked if it mattered whether it was driverside or passenger. They told me they both were the same. Maybe there is something wrong with yours.?
How much did that seatbelt assembly cost you and where?
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Unread 02-13-2008, 11:42 AM   #10
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...all belts lock up if you pull the abruptly.
No, they don't. You're describing an enertia reel type seatbelt which the Jeep TJ and other modern Jeeps doesn't use.

You can pull fast on the belt all day-long and it will never lock up. Instead, there is a steel ball at the bottom of the mechanism that moves forward or backwards to lock up the mechanism when there is an abrupt stop or crash. It also locks up the seat belt if your Jeep is facing up or down a very steep hill due to that locking ball mechanism.
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