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All my seatbelts stopped working, WTF??

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    All my seatbelts stopped working, WTF??

    I noticed my drivers side seatbelt wouldn't lock up when I pulled it sharply, so I've ordered another.
    Since then, I've noticed none of the other seatbelts lock up either.

    I rarely have a passenger, and very rarely passengers in the back, but even so, I'm sure we would of noticed that they had stopped working.
    My car has to pass a yearly safety checkup, in which they are surposed to check the belts too.
    How come all my seatbelts have apparently suddenly stopped working?

    So I've received my driver seatbelt replacement, and it has R stamped on it (the original has L stamped on it), so I'm sure I have recieved the wrong side replacement
    I've checked the replacement on the drivers side, and it doesn't work.
    So I've checked the replacement on the passenger side, and it doesn't work there either!

    I'm sure I have it the right way up, and round the right way.
    What could I be doing wrong, and why have they ALL stopped working??

    This is very frustrating, and I just can't fathom out why and what is wrong.
    Anyone else had problems with them, and what else can I do to fix this?

    I find it difficult to believe they have all always been broken, and only noticed when my drivers one broke.

    Your help is greatfully recieved

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    They are probably working fine, there is a little weight inside that moves with the car, at "extream" movements it will swing and lock the seat belts., turn the new one side ways or front and back see it it locks up.

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    Thanks for your reply Orcus.
    Unfortunately I'm sure they're not working.
    They work on a traditional inersha, toothed wheel basis, with a weight.
    When they are pulled fast, the weight should move, and the teeth engage, locking the belt up.
    Where they are fixed to the roof, they are on a slight angle, leading me to believe there are two different products, one for each side. (ie the drivers side is different to the passenger side).
    Looking at the two side by side they are slightly different, so my replacement is the passenger side (should of been drivers side!) . But the new one doesn't work on the passenger side either! Plus the rear belts aren't working.....

    Anoyingly, when unbolted from the roof, they lock up quiet well when pulled on sharply, but don't work when bolted in place. Strange one this.........

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    hmm, I'm wondering about mine now, I should give them a try.

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