How do you unlock seatbelts after a crash?

Answered by Douglas Hiatt

Unlocking a seatbelt after a car accident can be a bit tricky, but with a few steps, it is possible to release the locked belt. I had a similar experience recently, and I was able to unlock the seatbelt successfully. Let me share the process with you.

Firstly, if your seatbelt is locked after an accident, the easiest and most common fix is to pull out all of the webbing and give it a good yank. Sometimes, the force of the accident can cause the belt to lock up, and pulling it out forcefully can unlock it. So, grab the seatbelt webbing near the retractor and pull it out as far as it will go. Then, give it a strong tug to see if it releases.

If the first method doesn’t work, don’t worry; there’s another technique you can try. You’ll need to remove the retractor to manually spin out the seatbelt webbing. Start by locating the retractor, which is usually located on the side of the seat or attached to the car’s frame. It might be covered by a plastic panel or a fabric trim, so you may need to remove these to access the retractor.

Once you have access to the retractor, use a screwdriver or a similar tool to spin it manually. Insert the screwdriver into the retractor’s mechanism and start turning it counterclockwise. This action should slowly release the seatbelt webbing, unlocking it in the process. Keep spinning until the webbing is fully extended and the belt is no longer locked.

It’s worth noting that removing the retractor and manually spinning it can require some force and may require a bit of finesse. Be patient and persistent, as it may take a few tries before you can successfully unlock the seatbelt. If you’re unsure about how to remove the retractor or don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, it’s best to seek assistance from a professional mechanic or a car dealership.

Remember, the seatbelt is a crucial safety device, and it’s essential to ensure it functions properly after an accident. If you’re unable to unlock the seatbelt using the methods mentioned above, it’s crucial to have it inspected and repaired by a qualified technician. They will have the necessary expertise and tools to diagnose and fix any issues with the seatbelt.

If your seatbelt is locked after a car accident, start by pulling out all of the webbings and giving it a strong yank. If that doesn’t work, you can try removing the retractor and manually spinning it with a screwdriver. However, it’s important to exercise caution and seek professional help if you’re unsure or uncomfortable with the process. Stay safe on the roads!