Are you someone whose seat belt is stuck in the buckle? Perhaps it only happens sporadically and you are able to wiggle the belt out eventually with much might and patience. Fortunately, you don’t have to go about doing this for the rest of your life. If your seat belt is stuck in the buckle or gets this way even every so often, I have a solution for you. By following these simple steps, you will hopefully be able to get in and out of your seat belt much more smoothly and not have to worry about a stuck seat belt any longer.
To begin with, most seat belt jams are a result of sticky residue buildup that has accumulated over time inside the seat belt assembly. Usually, the solution to this problem lies in applying some sort of lubrication. Even a small amount goes a long way and generally is all that is needed to unjam a stuck safety belt.
To unjam your stuck seat belt, you’ll want to get your hands on a bottle of WD-40 or generic lubricant.
Start by spraying a small amount of the WD-40 or lubricant into the entry of the seat belt pretensioner—otherwise known as the buckle. Make sure not to spray the actual seat belt material or other internal aspects of your vehicle, because the oil can leave a noticeable stain.
Once you have sprayed it, let the WD-40 sit for a few minutes. Then, hold down and release the buckle button. The buckle should easily become undone in a swift and smooth motion.
You’ll then want to reconnect the seat belt with the buckle in order for it to lock into place. Pull against the safety belt to ensure that the buckle is clasped and secure.
Finally, soak the end of a Q-tip in some rubbing alcohol. Rub the Q-tip inside the front opening of the seat belt buckle and remove any gooey scum that is found in the buckle.
To prevent future seat belt jams, you’ll want to keep both the seat belt buckle and the metal fastener on the end of the actual belt clean.
If this entire process does not work for you, you might want to send your seat belt in to a professional company for them to take a look. You can turn to the company Safety Restore. The company specializes in the repair of seat belts and will surely know how to get a seat belt buckle unstuck.