If your vehicle has been in an accident, it is important to check its supplemental restraint system, also known as the SRS. The SRS has the important job of protecting the driver as well as any passengers inside the vehicle when any accident occurs. Airbags are an important part of keeping the individual safe; however, the seat belts are actually the first line of defense. Here is a quick breakdown of how seat belts work alongside the rest of the supplemental restraint system to keep you safe.
The Nissan seat belt webbing is connected to a retractor which also has a spool attached to one end. The retractor has a spring inside of it that applies torque to the spool. This causes it to rotate, tightening the seat belt webbing along with it. A head on collision is not the only thing that can trigger the seat belts to tighten. The vehicles movement can trigger the retractor to fire off which can stop the rotation of the spool using a locking mechanism.The spool locks when the vehicle decelerates rapidly like when a collision occurs or even in a simple scenario like a seat belt getting jerked quickly when pulled out.
Newer seat belt systems, a pretensioner works with the conventional seat belt system to keep you safe. Rather than just stopping the seat belt from extending further, a pretensioner tightens any slack that may exist. The gas in the pretensioner flares when an accident occurs which causes the pressure to build up inside. This rotates the retractor, tightening the seat belt webbing. If the force of the impact is very strong, the seat belt retracting may not be enough to put the individual securely into their seat. Sometimes, the individual may end up stretching the seat belt, and can hit what is in front of him, it being a steering wheel or something else. For this reason, try to drive with your hands at the 10 and 2 o’clock position rather than the 11 & 1 o’clock. If you are wearing a watch or ring(s) and your head hits it with the stretching of the seat belt, their may be more damage.
Your seat belts and all other parts of your Nissan supplemental Restraint System should always be in working condition. If necessary, they may need to get reset, replaced, or repaired. If your vehicle has been in an accident get the Nissan Seat Belts Repair After Accident service through RepairMySRS. RepairMySRS offers many services including the Nissan seat belt repair after accident, seat belt webbing replacement, airbag module reset, and more. There expert technicians repair with 100% OEM parts and have a lifetime warranty. Visit RepairMySRS.com to get started.