When faced with a malfunctioning seat belt assembly, a lot of car owners don’t know where to start to address the issue. If you own a Mopar vehicle, you’re in luck because this guide covers all the information you need to know about dealing with a broken seat belt assembly.
How Does a Seat Belt Assembly Fail?
Since seat belt assemblies aren’t constantly in motion (like tires, for instance), it makes sense to believe that they won’t ever fail. Well, it’s possible for a seat belt assembly to fail. Some components may stop working properly as a result of wear and tear.
This article goes into more detail about the different ways a seat belt assembly could fail: What You Need to Know About Your Failing Seat Belt Assembly
How Can I Check My Seat Belt Assembly For Any Defects?
Often times, a defect in a seat belt assembly doesn’t show itself until the seat belt fails to protect you in a car crash. That’s why it’s a great idea to check each seat belt assembly in your vehicle periodically to make sure it’s still functioning properly. You can find a list of steps outlined here.
Should I Buy an OEM or Aftermarket Seat Belt Assembly?
If you’re trying to decide between an OEM or aftermarket replacement seat belt assembly, we’re here to tell you that OEM is the much better choice. Compared to a typical aftermarket seat belt assembly, an OEM assembly is:
- Higher quality
- More compatible with your Mopar model
- More affordable
- Safer to use
- Covered by a better warranty
If you want to read a more comprehensive comparison between the two types of seat belt assemblies, check out this article: Mopar Seat Belt Assemblies: OEM or Aftermarket?
What’s the Best Way to Replace My Seat Belt Assembly?
It’s important to install a seat belt assembly correctly. An improperly installed seat belt may fail to protect you in a crash. This seat belt assembly replacement tutorial is geared toward Jeep Cherokees. But you should be able to follow it with some other Mopar models. To sum it up, the process involves:
- Ordering a replacement seat belt assembly
- Repositioning the seat(s)
- Removing all the interior trim parts
- Unplugging the electrical connector
- Removing all the bolts
- Removing the seat belt assembly
- Installing the new seat belt assembly
If you have any questions that were unanswered in this guide, please reach out to us. We’ll get back to you within 2 business days.