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Re[2]: More on MG seatbelt recall

To: "W. R. Gibbons" <>
Subject: Re[2]: More on MG seatbelt recall
From: "SCHLINING.M.W-" <>
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 95 10:29:50 EST

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Subject: Re: More on MG seatbelt recall
Author:  "W. R. Gibbons" <> at BALT.SMTP
Date:    12/15/95 5:54 PM

On Fri, 15 Dec 1995, SCHLINING.M.W- wrote:
>      There is a small gravity pawl in the seat belt reel that will stay 
in  the locked position if the reel isn't oriented properly. 
On Fri, 15 Dec 95 Ray Gibbons wrote

(Ray Gibbons wrote)There is a little pendulum that swings forward under 
deceleration, to lock the reel.  The whole system can become sticky, so 
that it is hard to pull the belt out even if the orientation is correct.

<Reply>If there is something preventing the pawl (pendulum) from working 
properly the pawl would not work at all.  What normally occurs is the 
reel orientation causes the pawl to operate by gravity.  The pawl assumes 
that it is under constant deceleration and causes the seat belt to 
lockup.  This is most annoying when the seat belt is fully retracted and 
you are trying to use the seat belt.   A seatbelt only works if you are 
using it.
(Ray Gibbons wrote) It seems possible that you might tilt the housing so as 
to put a sticky pendulum in its rearmost position, which could allow you to 
extend the belt more easily.  However, the pendulum might not then lock the 
belt during deceleration.  

<Reply>This pawl is not the primary locking device.  It is too fragile to 
take the stress.  However, the seat belt can be easily checked by jerking 
at it to see if it locks.  What needs to be done is have the reel in a 
position that gravity doesn't cause it to lock constantly.  If you have a 
problem with the seatbelt locking and making it hard (or impossible) to 
use, fix it by orienting it properly.
     Marty Schlining
     57 MGA Coupe
     75 MGB

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