How to Replace a Rear Seat Belt

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How to Replace a Rear Seat Belt
Wearing a seat belt could save your life. (seat belt receptacle image by Albert Lozano from

A survey carried out by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that seat belts save over 11,000 lives every year. New York was the first state in the U.S. to mandate that drivers wear a seat belt; the New York law was passed in 1984. By 2007 seat belt laws existed in ever state except New Hampshire .

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Things you need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Wrench set

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  1. 1

    Pull out the seat belt as far as you can. Follow the shoulder-harness strap in an upward, diagonal direction. Locate the plastic housing for the belt.

  2. 2

    Remove the two screws which secure the plastic casing using a Philips screwdriver. Lift the casing out of the way to gain access to the mounting bolts behind it.

  3. 3

    Remove the mounting bolts using a wrench. This frees one side of the shoulder harness. Move to the opposite end of the harness, and remove the second set of mounting bolts. Lift the harness section of the seat belt from the rear seat.

  4. 4

    Remove the mounting bolts from the seat belt's anchor strap using a wrench. Remove the mounting bolts on the second side of the anchor side. This completely removes the seat belt from the vehicle.

  5. 5

    Attach the new shoulder harness and anchor-side seat belt by following the removal steps in reverse.

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