2002 Pontiac Firebird base model v6 and none of the seat belts seem to ratchet no matter if you're driving the vehicle or if you grab the belt whi do they operate electrically can somebody please help

Paul Martin

Asked by May 27, 2015 at 03:27 PM about the 2002 Pontiac Firebird Base

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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http://www.vadengmpp.com/owners-manual/pontiac/2002-Pontiac-Firebird.pdf I went through the owners manual and can't find anything about them operating electrically. They have ratchets like most cars. They do however have pre-tensioners in the ratchet assembly, that tightens them up with a small explosive device if air-bags deploy. No fuse, nothing. Dealer item unfortunately

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They're not supposed to lock up unless you slam on the brakes. When you slam on the brakes a weighted lever swings forward to lock the belt. HTH. -Jim

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Jason Zane

like jim says.. the seat belts lock on g-forces when braking. they stopped doing a ratchet setup in the 1990's.

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I made two mistakes. I thought the OP meant the belts would not ratchet back up in to mechanism when not in use and just lay slack. Then not paying attention to year. Indeed, Jim and Jason are right, the belts lock but don't have pre-tensioners that tighten them as in some SRS systems in new cars. Thank You Gentlemen for the clarification

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Paul Martin

Hey thanks very much everybody for all your answers! I was driving the car this morning and slamed the brakes on hard enough to bring the anti-lock traction control no track light came on the dash and then the belt actually locked up so my seatbelt locked so they work they just are real loose at any other point in time until you lock the brakes then they lock up so yes the seatbelts lock like they are suppose too YaY! It's my misunderstanding but thank you all very much for all answers! Its nice to know the is safe and was always safe!

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You're welcome. Glad to help. Glad they're working too! Thanks for letting us know. -Jim

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