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lunytnz Seat Belt Locked up on 87
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Today, the seat belt locked up on my 87.
I was using the cinch button and when I unbuckled, I noticed the seat belt didn't retract all the way back, like it usually does. When I did get it to retract, I couldn't pull the seat belt back out!

I had to drive home with no seat belt.

I called the dealer because I remembered something about seat belts years ago... maybe a recall. The dealer looked up my VIN and said, "Nope", no recalls for seat belts for your vehicle.

I went to the NHTSA site and did a search for my VIN. No luck, as the GM lookup couldn't even find my car :-(
I did a more generic search for 87 Corvettes and found 3 recalls. https://www.nhtsa.gov/vehicle/1987/CHEVROLET/CORVETTE#recalls
Sure enough, there is a recall for seat belts! Interior Systems: Active Seat and Shoulder Belts
NHTSA Campaign 91V143000 It's from 1991: https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/1991/RC-91V143-NN.PDF

There are 60+ pages of info (some duplicated), but on page 4, it says dealers are to service all vehicles (1984-1991 Corvettes) subject to this campaign at no charge to owners, regardless of mileage, age of vehicle, or ownership, from this time forward.

I plan to call the dealer, again, next week and we'll see what happens!
Posted on: 4/28 6:16
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GRIS Re: Seat Belt Locked up on 87
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Matatk Re: Seat Belt Locked up on 87
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The problem you'll face is the recall is so old that they don't have the stock available anymore. You might end up with a red seatbelt in a blue interior (etc) if they can even find anything available.

I'd suggest that you take the cover off and look for obstructions that may have fallen in the mechanism and try cleaning it.
Posted on: 4/28 16:45
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lunytnz Re: Seat Belt Locked up on 87
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So, here's the latest:

I found that the exact color (graphite) was out of stock, but a medium gray seat belt kit is still available (for $129!).

I called the dealer and they couldn't find any open recalls for my VIN. They recommended I call GM (800.462.8782). GM opened a case, but apparently is using the same system, which shows no open recalls for my VIN. I explained that the recall campaign DOES include my VIN, but the rep basically said, "if it's not in the system, you're out of luck." They said that safety recalls do not expire, but that any repair would NOT be covered by GM and would be out of pocket and said I should call the dealer back. I see a vicious circle in my future :-|
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lunytnz Re: Seat Belt Locked up on 87
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The latest in the saga is that the dealer checked with the local/regional GM Representative. They said my VIN is not showing up in the GM Workbench system. So, they are concluding that there are no recalls for my VIN... sigh. Despite my providing them the documentation from the recall.

When any of you other C4 owners go to the NHTSA site and search for you VIN, does it say it can't be found in the GM system?
Posted on: 5/10 6:40
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lunytnz Re: Seat Belt Locked up on 87
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Update: I called GM, again, and talked to a Supervisor in Customer Service. They were pretty adamant, at first, that if it wasn't in the system, there wasn't a recall for it. I explained that the NHTSA documents say my VIN is included.

I finally asked the question differently: is there a possibility there's an error in the system?

She looked up the doc on the NHTSA site and finally agreed that there could be a system error. She said she will look into it and, personally, call me back. Fingers crossed!
Posted on: 5/24 6:54
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lunytnz Re: Seat Belt Locked up on 87
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And... the latest. I haven't heard back in almost 2 weeks, so I called and talked to the Manager in Customer Service. They explained that their systems don't go back to the 80's and suggested I call the 'Heritage Center' (586.276.0693)

That number has been eternally busy...
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lunytnz Re: Seat Belt Locked up on 87
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I have run into a dead-end with GM.

After talking with a VERY helpful person at the Heritage Center, I ultimately was directed back to Customer Assistance. She DID tell me, though that the GM system does not go back further than the 90's.

I was not able (after multiple tries) to talk with the Manager again.

From GM's perspective, it's simple: because the VIN is not in the system, they are "unable to verify that there is a recall that applies to this vehicle".

So, even though I provided them a link to documentation that shows the recall applies to my VIN and the recall never expires, it all comes down to whether, or not, it's in the system.

Someone in GM is responsible for the system that tracks recalls, but I have not been able to talk with them.

So, I'm on my own. I don't seem to have any recourse.

The only thing I can do is file a complaint with the NHTSA, but I think that just gets logged in their system. Sigh :-(
Posted on: 6/24 6:37
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I have a set of grey belts from a 1993 or so. Need them?
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