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How to Replace VW Rear Seat Belts

Updated April 17, 2017

Seat belt manufacturers Autoliv Inc. state that a survey conducted by The U.S National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that that seat belts save in excess of 11,000 lives in the United States every year. For this reason you are legally required to have functioning seat belts in your vehicle. If any of the seat belts in your Volkswagen have become worn and frayed you need to replace them before taking your vehicle out on the road. Failure to do so can not only get you a traffic ticket but risk the lives of all those in the vehicle.

Check the quality of your rear seat belts to see which of them will require replacement.

Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to remove the two screws which hold the plastic casing over the seat belt. You can find the casing at the side of the seat belt. The best way to locate it is to follow the shoulder harness with your hand until you reach the casing. Lift the casing off to expose the mounting bolts underneath it.

Alter the adjustable wrench to the correct size to fit around the mounting bolts. Remove the mounting bolts and place them in a safe area. Slide your hand along the shoulder harness to locate the bolts at the other end. Remove those bolts and lift the shoulder harness from the seat.

Locate the mounting bolts found at the side of the anchor side belt. You will find it at the opposite end to where the seat belt buckle is facing. Remove the bolts with the wrench and remove the anchor side belt from the vehicle.

Insert the new seat belt straps by following the removal steps in reverse to install them. When attaching the anchor side strap, ensure you install it the correct way round so that the seat belt buckle can reach the connector. When replacing the middle seat belt you only need to remove and install the anchor side belt which goes across your stomach.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Adjustable wrench
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About the Author

John Johnston began writing in 2006 for article sites such as SN&CK Media, and has a large wealth of experience in writing automotive repair and electronics articles. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in sports journalism from the University of Central Lancashire.