What to do if the seat belt buckle won’t release

What to do if the seat belt buckle won’t release

There are many reasons why your seat belt buckle might be getting stuck

Are you having a problem with your seat belt buckle releasing at times? There can be many reasons for this, for example, there might be foreign objects lodged inside the buckle such as coins, small toys, or other small objects. This is the number one reason why the seatbelt is stuck or if the buckle won’t release. The small object will interfere with the action of the springs and cams inside the buckle, which makes it hard to release or latch the tongue. Having a clean and unjammed seat belt is very important because seat belts are one of the most important components in the car that keep us safe. Before you start your vehicle always make sure your seat belt works and is not jammed with dirt and grime or small objects. Keeping the buckle clean will help with easy latching and releasing of the tongue.

If there is something stuck in the seat belt buckle with a small object, most of the time, you can pull it out yourself. Grab a thin and pointed object and insert it inside the buckle. Most of the time, this is enough to dislodge the foreign object inside the buckle. If all else fails, and you have to open the seat belt buckle, be very careful when loosening the screws flathead screwdriver because the springs and the cams might fly off if you carelessly pry the buckle open. When open you can easily take the foreign object out and put it back together.

However, if the seat belt buckle is jammed with dirt and grime, there are a few steps you can follow to clean the buckle out. Spray a small amount of WD-40 or generic lubricant into the opening of the seat belt buckle. Try not to spray any on the seat belt or other interior parts of the car because the oil will leave a stain. Step 2, let the oil sit for a couple of minutes, then press and release the buckle button. The buckle should come undone with no problem. Reconnect the buckle with the seat belt so that it locks into place. Soak the end of a Q-tip in rubbing alcohol and stick it into the opening of the buckle and remove any sticky residue that’s inside the buckle.

If none of these work and the buckle is still stuck, or if the cam or the springs cannot be moved at all even if you push hard on the red button, it is time to replace the buckle or save money by getting a seat belt buckle repair service at Safety Restore.