1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Less-Speedy Getaways
October 24, 2012
In most cars, you click the seatbelt's metal tab into the receiver so quickly and easily that you don't even need to think about it.
With Project Miata's new seat, there's a bit of work required first -- since this is a single-piece shell, the tab must be fed through the lap belt slot in the side of the seat before it can go into the receiver. Your right hip wants to block the slot while you do this, and then you've got to navigate the tab-slot action between the seat and trans tunnel. I expect to hear some grumbling from other editors the first time they strap in. Here again, it helps to be slim.
A bit of technique goes a long way here -- I've got it down to a few seconds now. And once secured, the stock lap belt lays across the hips much better with this seat than it did with the stock seat after its foamectomy. Same for the shoulder portion -- its routing through the new seat prevents the slow retracting belt action you get when you have rollbar and stock seats in a Miata.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor