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    Junior Soul Rio Rider's Avatar
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    First vehicle with seatbelt return system problem

    Since about
    1965 or so,
    this has not been a problem in the
    many, many vehicles I have owned:

    Souls we owned:
    2011, 2014, 2016
    Front seat belts have
    consistently been
    extremely sluggish
    returning to the coiled / ready position.

    I have to be
    careful to look back to the door to check that the belt has returned.

    Very, very often have to
    step back to the vehicle to
    manually pull the seat belt to the recoiled position.

    My brand new 2016 had a recall on the rear seat belt (s). I had no experience of troubles there, as the rear wasn't used for passengers to that point.

    Front belt has been consistent in
    following me out the door, to
    only partially retract; at which point it

    gets caught in the door / door jamb area.

    A startling sound, and luckily, I'm gentle, or there would possibly be

    dents, or

    damage to the seat belt webbing.

    Has anyone else this experience?

    How could this be the only vehicle with which I've had the experience?

    It didn't occur in the 2011 Rio.

    I'm aware that there would seem to be something in the way I exit, but - only with the Soul?

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    Junior Soul Schiff117's Avatar
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    I personally don't have this problem with my 2017, but I do have a friend that has a 2015 Soul. I have noticed that the belts in her car seem to have some slack in them. I will ask her about it and report back.

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    Junior Soul gtshadow's Avatar
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    The belts on my 2012 work fairly well, but I have noticed it sometimes having some slack in it when I'm getting out, but usually just have to give it a bump and it retracts fine. I know it is much better than the 2005 Spectra I had. Those belts were always getting stuck. Don't know of anything to do about the belts except take them to the dealer and have them repaired. It should be covered under warranty.

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    Elder Soul GeoSoul's Avatar
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    Zero problems on my 2014, front or rear.

    On a side note, I rode in a friends 20 year old Mercury Sable this week. Man, I forgot about how some of those older seat belts don't allow you to "move" once you click in place. To reach the gove box I had to unbuckle to lean forward a couple inches

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    My 2015 belt doesn't rewind worth crap (at least on the driver side, not sure about the other belts as I hardly ever drive from those seats). I've got half a dozen dents in the door jamb from shutting the door on the buckle.

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    Mine works OK. Since it's my third Korean car, i noticed that they do not use the strongest recoil sytem for the safety belts.
    2016 inferno red "ANGRY HAMSTER"

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeoSoul View Post
    Zero problems on my 2014, front or rear.

    On a side note, I rode in a friends 20 year old Mercury Sable this week. Man, I forgot about how some of those older seat belts don't allow you to "move" once you click in place. To reach the gove box I had to unbuckle to lean forward a couple inches

    Ergo, the term "Restraints".
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    First vehicle with seatbelt return system problem
    Quote Originally Posted by Rio Rider View Post

    Front seat belts have
    consistently been
    extremely sluggish
    returning to the coiled / ready position.

    I have to be
    careful to look back to the door to check that the belt has returned.

    Very, very often have to
    step back to the vehicle to
    manually pull the seat belt to the recoiled position.



    I'm aware that there would seem to be something in the way I exit, but - only with the Soul?





    I doubt your seat belt problem has anything to do
    with the way you exit, from your driving position.


    Before driving over to the dealership,
    you might try something.

    Clean it.

    Maybe over the years the mechanism
    has gotten dirty. Dust, pollen, sweater lint,
    that MC Donald's french fry that "disappeared"
    that one time?

    I suggest (when you're not driving) pulling the belt
    all the way out. Have a damp cloth handy.
    Wipe it down from top to bottom.

    If you have access to compressed air,
    I would "blow out" the belt retract assembly.

    Then try it again, see what happens.






    Note: I do not recommend using any lubricant.

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    I can't say our 2014 has had any problems but I would agree the recoil seems weaker than some other cars we have owned. That said my MX5 has a worse recoil since owning it.

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    2014+ owned since new and it has always had "lazy" seat belt retractors.
    Greg

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