Posted by Mike on 07/12/2012
Take a look at the tags in the following picture:
You may notice there are three tags involved and ask "Why did they do that?"
Many customers want their original tags transferred to preserve the originality of the vehicle and all its components. Some customers couldn't care less but we still transfer the tags whenever possible. What you see in this picture is an unusual instance of tag transfer. This vehicle, a 1984 Buick Grand National, had a broken rear retractor and the customer supplied another retractor from a different GM G-body vehicle (possibly a Regal, Monte Carlo, Cutlass, or even another Grand National) that had webbing of a different color. The customer wisely elected to have us use the original tongue, since that one is known to be a safe match to the original buckle still in his vehicle. When The Seat belt Doctor re-webbed the retractor to match the vehicle's interior, both tags were transferred. One tag provides traceability for the manufacture of the retractor. The other tag provides traceability for the manufature of the buckle and tongue. Here at SeatBeltPlanet.com, we also add our own tag to provide traceability for the work and materials we have put into this. This is not only a matter of pride in our craftsmanship. It is also a demonstration of confidence and competence knowing that our work is safe and in compliance with federal standards. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards are very strict about being able to trace finished product back to the original manufacturer. When seat belt companies don't provide their own companies name on the seatbelt, a key element of the federal requirements is missing. There are exceptions to this but they are few and far between.
If you are considering having your seat belt re-webbed or serviced in any way, please know that we put tremendous care into the work that we do for your safety.