Sticky Belt - 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long-Term Road Test
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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Sticky Belt

August 25, 2011

 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Sticky Belt

So here's a problem. The seatbelt hanger which rotates to accommodate different sized people as the seatbelt deploys is limited in its range of motion by our Fabworx roll bar.

The result is that the belt passes through the hanger at an awkward angle which causes it to bind, stick and eventually stop retracting. In fact, when I got in the car last night it was dangling loose onto the seat. Feeding it carefully through the hanger will make it retract, but it's a job that takes a few minutes.

Last time I checked a loose belt isn't a safe belt.

The solution doesn't seem to be simple or cheap (although resident Miata Magician Jay Kav is an expert at finding simple solutions to Miata problems). Harnesses won't work with the currrent seats so perhaps harnesses and seats will be a necessity.

Either way, this is something we'll be dealing with soon.

Josh Jacquot, Senior editor

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