Believe it or not, fraying is one of the most common problems that people face with their seat belts over time. After many years of use—fastening and unfastening a seat belt—the material webbing can get caught on sharp objects, hooked on clothing, or get chewed on by pets. The fraying may start pretty minimal but if left untouched it could turn to extensive ripping or even a completely torn seat belt! The problem is, many people do leave it be and only tend to the problem when it gets quite bad. The result is a less than attractive vehicle interior as well as a possible impingement on safety.
The reason fraying can be looked at as a big problem rather than a minor one is that it can cause several other issues with the seat belt. A frayed seat belt may have difficulty entering and exiting the seat belt mechanism. As a result, that can leave a lot of slack in the seat belt. When there is a lot of slack, ultimately the seat belt cannot serve its purpose. A properly functioning seat belt should be securely fastened up against an occupant’s lap and reach across the chest and shoulders—without too much extra space between the occupant and the seat belt. This way, it will protect the occupant and lock up against them in the event of a sudden stop or collision. If there were to be any slack, an occupant may suffer extensive injuries from the airbags and/or may bang their head up against the steering wheel. That is not how seat belts are intended to work.
If you have any fraying on your seat belt, don’t let it get any worse and cause you further problems. Instead, turn to the company Safety Restore. The company will be able to provide you with seat belt replacement, and you can choose from either a color match or custom color option for the new webbing! The company works with 100% OEM parts and replicates the manufacturer’s original stitching pattern, so your belts will look brand new! Simply log onto safetyrestore.com for the service.