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Confirmation on seatbelt routing


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Every time I get into my car, I end up with a twist on the seatbelt. Could someone confirm that the correct way that the seatbelt should be routed is as pictured below (with a continuous flow from the trim to the bottom and the buckle pointing towards the seat, not the trim). If that is the case, then I will need to undo the bottom bolt, twist it around, re tighten. If I need to do this, any special precaution (battery disconnect?) that I need to take into account?

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Yes! Disconnect the battery as the MY2002 and newer cars use pyrotechnic ball belt tensioners.

During a rear collision only the belt tensioner is triggered.The balls are driven through a pyrotechnic propellant charge. This kinetic energy is carried over to the belt reel via a pinion. Belt slack is taken up by winding in belt.
So you don't want this to go off when handling. And if one does fire, then you need to buy a new one as they will not work again.
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Glad I asked first :eek: :eek: :eek:

So, can I get confirmation on the proper "routing" of the belts? I'm assuming it is exactly as pictured above, correct? Buckle end points to the seat in its "rest" position and no twists in the belt at all. Correcct?

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Anyone has instructions on how to remove all the trim around the B pillar? I had a nasty scare yesterday and immediately thought about how my seatbelts are improperly installed due to the twist on them. That said, the twist cannot be resolved by undoing the bottom bolt, so I have to remove the entire B pillar trim to flip around the mechanism so the belts will work properly with no twists. Dealer confirmed that no work has been done on my car regarding belts, and they also confirmed that they want nearly $500 to place them properly. The same situation (flipped around) applies for both front belts. Cheap as far as "life insurance" goes, but seriously?

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Anyone has instructions on how to remove all the trim around the B pillar? I had a nasty scare yesterday and immediately thought about how my seatbelts are improperly installed due to the twist on them. That said, the twist cannot be resolved by undoing the bottom bolt, so I have to remove the entire B pillar trim to flip around the mechanism so the belts will work properly with no twists. Dealer confirmed that no work has been done on my car regarding belts, and they also confirmed that they want nearly $500 to place them properly. The same situation (flipped around) applies for both front belts. Cheap as far as "life insurance" goes, but seriously?

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