Will a frayed seat belt fail MOT ?

Wondering if a frayed seat belt will fail MOT ?

If you live in the United Kingdom, you know all about the MOT test. Basically, it is a test performed by the Ministry of Transportation that looks at the safety of a vehicle, roadworthiness aspects, and exhaust emissions. Any and all defects or faults found can be cause for failure of the test. That applies even to the seat belts.

The seat belts are important safety components in a vehicle, so the MOT test places exceptional attention on the state they are in in a vehicle. It particularly looks at the anchorage, the retractor, the pretensioner, the load bearing structure, the buckle, and the material webbing during the seat belt check.

When it comes to the material webbing, it has to be in suitable condition. There should be no fraying, rips, tears, worn out patches, or cut portions. If any of this is found on an individual’s seat belt(s), he or she will not pass the MOT test.

Failure to pass the MOT test will leave you with a ‘refusal of an MOT test certificate’ that will be recorded in the MOT database. At this time, it would be illegal for you to operate your vehicle. If you do decide to drive, you can be fined up to £2,500, get banned from driving, and/or receive 3 penalty points.

Of course, you can appeal the results if you think it is wrong, but this may not change them. Your best bet to pass the MOT re-test—and for your personal safety—would be to do everything necessary to repair the faulty aspects of your vehicle.

If the problem lies in your seat belts, you can purchase brand new ones at the dealership. Or, you can turn to the company Safety Restore. Safety Restore performs quality seat belt repair on single stage, dual stage, and even triple stage belts and also has a seat belt webbing replacement service. It prices its services much lower than the dealer and yields great results. The company also has a quick 24-hour turnaround time and offers a lifetime warranty on all services. Simply log onto safetyrestore.com and purchase the service for seat belt repair.