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This seat belt is 3rd row drivers side. Until 2 years ago this belt was used less than once a year. With the addition of a third grand child it was necessary to use the third row seating, using the drivers side seat.
The 7 year old sat there about 3 times a month an hour each time for 1 year. With no booster seat. A year ago we put the 4 year old in that seat as she only needed a booster seat and was quite capable of buckling herself in. The amount of usage did not change. The damage starts 1 millimeter outside of the upper anchor slide and goes for about 18 inches of belt that pulls through the upper anchor slide. It really does not pull across anything else.
I have examined the other belts and only the drivers belt shows an extremely small amount of wear in exactly the same area; the lower edge of the belt that first pulls through the upper anchor slide. I cannot even find any parts of the belt that have disintegrated. laying around below the belt. In 2009 I sold a 1995 Ford van that I had driven for 10 years THE DRIVERS SEAT BELT DID NOT SHOW ANY SIGNS OF WEARING OUT!
Update from Jun 23, 2017: TOOK CAR TO DEALER ON 6/23/17 FOR INSPECTION. THE SERVICE MANAGER TOOK A BRIEF LOOK AT IT AND SAID ITS COVERED. WE WILL REPLACE IT AT NO COST. HE HAD THE PARTS ORDERED AND I WILL BE CALLED WHEN IN FOR A REPAIR APPOINTMENT.
- Dennis J.,