Making adjustments of any kind to your vehicle’s safety features can be daunting, but all-in-all, the process of installing a seat belt extender is pretty simple. We’re here to help. First, let’s establish a few things:
What is a seat belt extender?
Often we aren’t forced to learn about things until we need to know them. A seat belt extender is an accessory that adds some reach to your existing seat belt. In adding length to your seat belt, an extender can secure something or someone not accommodated by a standard sized seat belt.
When are seat belt extenders useful?
Standard seat belts are not designed to accommodate all bodies. Passengers who need more length to secure their seat belt may require an extender to successfully latch their seat belt and enjoy the full safety benefit. Seat belt extenders can be compatible with power scooters and other mobility devices as well as car seats and booster seats.
Which seat belt extender is safe?
Safety is the most important consideration when choosing the right extender. The Seat Belt Extender Pros are a great resource for extenders that have been tested and certified for safety. The extenders they offer are built by manufacturers registered with the Department of Transportation. In addition to this resource, you can find approved extenders through your local automotive store or online.
Installation Step 1: Get the Right Extender
Extenders are generally universal as far as fitting is concerned, but the length does vary. So depending on what or who you are accommodating, be sure to consider length before purchasing. The most commonly available extenders tend to range from six to twelve inches, but if you need added length you can certainly find it. When you buy an extender, it should come with an installation kit with nuts, screws, and washers. To complete the installation, be sure to have a wrench handy.
Installation Step 2: Remove the Seat Belt
Most seat belts are secured to your vehicle’s door frame by nuts and bolts. In order to install your extender, you will need to remove the existing belt. Unscrew the nuts and bolts and remove the seat belt from where it is secured.
Installation Step 3: Install Extender
To install your belt extender, you will secure it to where you removed the old seat belt. Unless otherwise specified, your extender should have come with a set of nuts and bolts to help fasten it to your door frame. These fasteners should be installed on the flat side of the belt extender. In order to avoid hurting passengers, the bolts of the new extender should face inward. Set a washer on the bolt between the extender and belt and fasten all of the nuts with your wrench.
Installation Step 4: Safety Check
Check over the nuts and bolts that you used to fasten your new seat belt with. You want to make sure that these are tight and secure so that the belt will not loosen and potentially put a passenger at risk. It is also a good idea to jump in the seat and test it out before getting on the road. Make sure that the extender has increased the belt’s range as you want it to.