The seat belt pretensioner is one of the most important components of the entire seat belt mechanism. It works with the other parts including but not limited to the seat belt retractor, webbing, and pillar loop to render a fully functioning primary restraint system. On a side note, seat belts are considered primary restraint systems because of their crucial role in occupant safety. They work side by side with the airbags, which are known as the secondary—or supplementary—restraint systems.
Now let’s get back to the seat belt pretensioner. The pretensioner is known as the female portion of the seat belt and is often referred to simply as the “buckle”. It is the area where the seat belt retractor actually plugs into so that the occupant can be well secured in his or her seat. The pretensioner is the component of the seat belt system that locks the seat belt in place when the vehicle collides with another car or object or comes to a sudden stop. When a collision occurs and the sensors detect that, the pretensioner uses a small explosive charge to introduce a concealed piston. The piston drives the spool rapidly around and removes any slack from the seat belt. Ultimately, it positions the occupants of the vehicle into their seats so they could get the maximum protection from their airbags and from being ejected out of the vehicle. After this occurs, the seat belt pretensioner will have a compressed or squished in look upon inspection. Also, if a scanning tool were to be used on that vehicle after it has been involved in the crash, specific codes would be displayed—indicating that the pretensioner needs to be repaired.
It’s that time again – classes are in session. This means a lot of driving for many Americans, from school drop offs to sporting events. Back to school is a chaotic time for most families, but your vehicle’s safety should never be neglected. Whether you will be participating in a carpool, or have a child old enough to drive, here are some steps you can take to certify safe commutes.
First, make sure all your lights are working so that you can see well and cars can see you. Having functioning lights is especially important for those early foggy mornings. Visibility is vital, which is why you should top off your wiper fluid and make sure your wipers are working properly. Sometimes we do not notice how bad our wipers are until we are in the middle of a storm, which is already too late and can lead to dangerous situations for best of drivers, but especially for younger and inexperienced drivers. Additionally, make sure your tires are in good, driving condition. Check tires for uneven wear and low pressure, and make sure to have a spare or a pump in your trunk for emergencies.
Finally, and most importantly, make sure to use seat belts. When used, seat belts can reduce the risk of death or fatal injury by 45%. If your seat belts are not working the way they once did or require seat belt pretensioner repair, do not delay fixing them. Safety Restore offers a pretensioner repair service that is easy, affordable and fast. Within 24 hours of receiving your seat belts, the seatbelt pretensioner repair will be complete and your fully functioning seat belts will be on their way back to you. Using only quality products that meet or exceed federal guidelines, you can be confident that your seat belt pretensioner repair will keep you and your loved ones safe. Contact Safety Restore about your seat belt pretensioner repair services today and get back to driving with confidence!
Gas prices have remained stable throughout the last few years. However, we all know that prices will increase around the holidays as there will be more travel. If you drive a vehicle that requires gas, you will likely feel the financial burden of increased prices soon. However, there are some driving habits you can incorporate to increase fuel economy.
Driving calmly and following the speed limit can decrease gas consumption. Unnecessary acceleration and braking consumes a lot of gas and rarely does anything to improve driving time. Speed limits between 45-60 miles per hour maximize fuel economy; after 60 miles per hour, your gas consumption increases greatly. By going with the pace of traffic or following the speed limit, you can improve your mileage by up to 30% on the highways and 5% in the city.
Next, pack only necessities and avoid roof racks. Added weight decreases fuel economy. In fact, every 100 pounds can decrease fuel efficiency by 1-2%! Roof racks especially hinder fuel economy because they not only add weight, but cause aerodynamic dragging. Thus, unless you are using the roof rack for a specific trip, leave it at home or try to fit your cargo into the trunk.
In addition, limit air conditioning use by using your vehicle’s own ventilation system. When driving at lower speeds, you can also open the windows for ventilation. Air conditioning can hinder fuel economy by up to 20%! Similarly, do not let your vehicle idle for long periods of time. Ten seconds of idling can use as much gas as it takes to restart the vehicle! By turning off the car and waiting, you can increase your fuel economy.
Fuel economy habits are important, but not as important as maintaining your seat belts. If your seat belts are in need of seat belt tensioner repair, do not postpone this fix. Safety Restore provides seatbelt tensioner repair that can leave your seat belts as good as new. Seat belt tensioner repairing is necessary when seat belts do not retract automatically or retract slowly. This seemingly innocent problem could mean an injury or death in an accident. Safety Restore’s seat belt repair is rapid and affordable. With a 24-hour turnaround time and quality products that meet or exceed federal guidelines, your seatbelt repair will ensure the full safety of seat belts. Contact Safety Restore today about seat belt tensioner repair!