What makes a seat belt safe?
Seat Belts are often purchased and installed with little thought to the overall safety of the product. After all, seat belts are designed to save lives. However, not all seat belts are equal. Seatbelt Solutions, manufacturer of our universal fit and car specific seat belts, are located in Jupiter Florida. All of our seat belts are engineered, sewn, and finished in the USA with foreign and domestic components. Our seat belts undergo rigorous testing to ensure they meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, also known as FMVSS.
FMVSS 209 stipulates that all seat belt components must meet standards based on three aspects: Strength, Performance, and Durability.
Tensile testing measure the STRENGTH of the seat belt components. The Tensile machine (right image) works by applying tension to the seat belt components to the point of failure. This test helps to predict how the seat belt will react under strenuous forces.
PERFORMANCE of the seat belt is defined as how a seat belt performs when in use. Components used in the assembly of the seat belt must be tested to ensure they perform correctly. A Tilt Lock Machine (left image) is used to test the adjuster locking bar in adjustable seat belts. The machine provides a digital readout indicating the proper specifications for proper locking of the adjuster.
In retractable seat belts, the performance of the retractor must be tested. A G-Force Production Sled (right image) provides test results necessary to certify all types of retractors. It tests for tilt and lock distance to ensure 100% quality performance on all retractors.
To test a seat belt's DURABILITY machines must simulate normal use over the life of a product. There are three different machines to do this.
The Salt Spray Cabinet (left image) conducts a 48 hour salt spray test in which the seat belts are exposed to a highly corrosive environment. After 48 hours in this environment, seat belts are visually inspected for corrosion and then undergo strength and performance testing.
The second durability test is conducted using a Performance Cycle Tester (right image). This machine will test the seat belt components over and over again to determine the life of the product. Each retractor will endure 50,000 cycles, ensuring the durability of our seat belt components.
Finally, our seat belts must undergo the Webbing Abrasion Test (left image). Webbing abrasion testing ensures the durability of the webbing material. This test is performed before and after simulated use. The test includes scraping the webbing over course material for over 2,500 cycles and then testing for any decrease in strength.
All of the this test equipment allows Seatbelt Solutions to regularly test for the safest seat belt products in the aftermarket industry, with the results to prove it!
If you have any questions about the safety of our seat belts, please contact Seatbelt Solutions at (866)904-BELT(2358) or on the web at www.seatbeltsolutions.com.