the part that retracts the belt and the part that LOCKS the belt in a collision only share the drum, the spring ( that pulls the belt back in ) could be very weak (like my yj), but the locks will still work (unless the teeth are stripped or something like that).If you had an accident in your KIA and the retractor failed to operate, and you were injured because seat belt did not hold you, would you blame KIA for your injuries?
exactly. And no, I do not work for Kia. I own one, and realized before I ever bought it, that I was buying a cheap car. Kind of like a 69 Volkswagon, it has a purpose. I just for the life of me can not figure how a car manufacturer is responsible for your dogs behavior, or your lack of attention to your seatbelt hanging out the door. I guess it is McDonalds fault when you spill hot coffee on yourself, and it burns. Oh, we done been down that street. Maybe you should lawyer up, and sue Kia. It seems the more the ridiculous the claim, the more money one gets in a settlement.the part that retracts the belt and the part that LOCKS the belt in a collision only share the drum, the spring ( that pulls the belt back in ) could be very weak (like my yj), but the locks will still work (unless the teeth are stripped or something like that).
my point being, weak retraction should not (not a kia expert, but have spun MANY wrenches on other makes) detract from the function in the event of very hard braking/collision
just my 2 cents
Warranties dont cover stupid.....if it has happend more than once, you should be on the look out. Open your eyes and use head,then let me know how it goes.Thanks GregsKia and j_martell for your inputs. Question, if instead of dents in the door jamb the tongue-plate broke and it cost you $350 to fix at the dealer while still under warranty would it bother you? And if it did it again and this time it cost you $480 at the dealer, while still under warranty?
If everyone is having problems with weak retractor springs why aren't we complaining? Maybe then KIA would fix them.