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Volkswagen Polo Owners Manual: Automatic belt retractor, belt tensioner, belt tension limiter

Volkswagen Polo Owners Manual / Sitting correctly and safely / Seat belts / Automatic belt retractor, belt tensioner, belt tension limiter

First read and observe the introductory information and safety warnings

The seat belts in the vehicle are part of the vehicle safety concept and include the following important functions:

Automatic belt retractor

The seat belts on the driver seat and front passenger seat, as well as those on the outer rear seats (and on the middle rear seat, depending on the level of vehicle equipment), are fitted with an automatic belt retractor at the shoulder part of the seat belt. Full freedom of movement is made possible when the shoulder belt is pulled slowly or when the vehicle is travelling at normal speeds. However, if the belt is pulled out quickly or during sudden braking, during travel in mountains or bends and during acceleration, the automatic belt retractor is locked.

Belt tensioners

The seat belts for the front seat occupants are equipped with belt tensioners.

The belt tensioners are activated by sensors during severe frontal, side and rear collisions. They tighten the seat belts against the direction in which they are pulled. Any slack in the seat belt is retracted, which can reduce the passenger's movement forwards or in the direction of the impact. The belt tensioner works together with the airbag system. If the side airbags or the combined curtain air bags are not activated, the belt tensioner will not be activated in the event that the vehicle rolls over.

A fine dust may be produced when the airbags are triggered. This is quite normal and does not mean that there is a fire in the vehicle.

Belt tension limiter

The belt tension limiter reduces the pressure exerted by the seat belt on the body during an accident.

All safety requirements must be observed when the vehicle or components of the system are scrapped. Qualified workshops are familiar with these requirements .

Belt height adjuster
Fig. 54 Next to the front seats: belt height adjuster First read and observe the introductory information and safety warnings The seat belt height adjusters for the front seats can be used to a ...

Service and disposal of belt tensioners
First read and observe the introductory information and safety warnings Seat belts may become damaged during any work on the belt tensioners or while removing or refitting any vehicle parts in co ...

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