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Old 03-20-2013, 05:22 PM   #1
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Anyone else broken a seat belt buckle?

On the first day I owned the JKU I folded down the 1/3 part of the rear seat and unfortunately crushed the plastic cover to the seat belt buckle. I have that part of the seat up and down a lot, and that darn buckle is always trying to suicide.

Anyone else have this problem?

I'm hesitant to replace it, as I feel its going to happen again if I, or someone else isn't careful.

I'm betting that most folks, if they are folding part of the back seat do the 2/3 side, and avoid this pinch point.

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Old 03-20-2013, 05:26 PM   #2
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I'm pretty sure my buckle has a bungee on it that stops that from happening? I've never had an issue and I fold it all the time.

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Old 03-20-2013, 05:29 PM   #3
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Can you look if you think of it next time you are out and about? I definitely do not have any sort of retaining strap.
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There is definitely a black bungee string that pulls the center buckle in towards the seat. It wraps around just under the plastic buckle. I'll have a look tonight to make sure.
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:30 PM   #5
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So, you don't have this?

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Old 03-21-2013, 11:19 AM   #6
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Thats exactly what I'm missing.

Thanks so much for the photo and info. Next time I'm at the dealer I'll get one installed.

Most appreciated!
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Old 04-01-2013, 12:16 PM   #7
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It gets worse!

After being super careful with the 1/3 buckle I lowered the 2/3 side this weekend.

Crunch!

What the heck?

Look what I found...

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Old 04-03-2013, 11:28 AM   #8
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Does anyone think this is a warranty thing? Do I have a chance to get the dealer to repair?
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Old 11-25-2013, 09:27 PM   #9
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did you ever determine if this was covered under warranty?
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Old 11-25-2013, 11:15 PM   #10
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Anyone else have this problem?
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Old 11-26-2013, 07:19 PM   #11
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Warranty covered mine. $hit design by Jeep
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It gets worse!

After being super careful with the 1/3 buckle I lowered the 2/3 side this weekend.

Crunch!

What the heck?

Look what I found...

Call me stupid, but what the heck is that?
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Call me stupid, but what the heck is that?
+1 wondering the same thing
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+1 wondering the same thing
clearly that is a doohickey
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Yes, it is warranty.

I've had the crushed cover replaced. You have to make sure the buckle is in the elastic cord and lying on the seat cushion before you drop the seat down. Otherwise it gets stuck between the seat and cracks. Bad design.
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Old 11-27-2013, 04:39 PM   #16
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Yes, covered under warranty.
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+1 wondering the same thing
Its a plastic 2 piece cover from the hinge in the seat.
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Just had this happen to my jeep and took it to the dealership today and they told me it wasn't covered by warranty and want to charge me 150$ to fix since they said they had to take out the seat... So does anyone know if i can get this part somewhere and fix it myself??
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Just had this happen to my jeep and took it to the dealership today and they told me it wasn't covered by warranty and want to charge me 150$ to fix since they said they had to take out the seat... So does anyone know if i can get this part somewhere and fix it myself??
Push HARDER. It's a $hit design that has to be mitigated by hand each and every time the seats are changed from up to down position

They will cover it if you are within warranty. You just have to stand your ground- politely
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Push HARDER. It's a $hit design that has to be mitigated by hand each and every time the seats are changed from up to down position

They will cover it if you are within warranty. You just have to stand your ground- politely
I should be in warranty still i only have 5700 miles on it. My wife said to try a different dealership.
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I should be in warranty still i only have 5700 miles on it. My wife said to try a different dealership.
They probably aren't getting it! Did you do anything but fold the seat forward/down then back/up? It's covered under warranty unless you broke it by misuse.

All you have to do is have the dealer submit the photos to Chrysler for approval to repair. Piece a cake. If they aren't going to bat for ya, then ya, try another dealer or do that straight away.

In the future/once repaired use extreme caution folding the seat down and use your hand VERY carefully to guide the belt and the belt bracket into place on the way up and down. I usually pull the release on the larger seat first and go to the driver's side rear door entry to work the seatbelt into the proper location. Watch your hands the most!!!
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They probably aren't getting it! Did you do anything but fold the seat forward/down then back/up? It's covered under warranty unless you broke it by misuse.

All you have to do is have the dealer submit the photos to Chrysler for approval to repair. Piece a cake. If they aren't going to bat for ya, then ya, try another dealer or do that straight away.

In the future/once repaired use extreme caution folding the seat down and use your hand VERY carefully to guide the belt and the belt bracket into place on the way up and down. I usually pull the release on the larger seat first and go to the driver's side rear door entry to work the seatbelt into the proper location. Watch your hands the most!!!
I think that is how it happened. I folded my seats down and put a bunch of luggage back there and i believe thats how it happened. I have never had anything heavy in the back seats to break it. you can see on the side of the plastic something pushed against the plastic and then busted it. On my last wrangler i folded my seats down all the time and never had any problems. The one time i do it with my new wrangler it breaks so ya I am going to try a different dealership and see what they say. When i talked to the dealership today i just said i had a broken seat belt and they said unless it was a manufacture defect its not covered.
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I think that is how it happened. I folded my seats down and put a bunch of luggage back there and i believe thats how it happened. I have never had anything heavy in the back seats to break it. you can see on the side of the plastic something pushed against the plastic and then busted it. On my last wrangler i folded my seats down all the time and never had any problems. The one time i do it with my new wrangler it breaks so ya I am going to try a different dealership and see what they say. When i talked to the dealership today i just said i had a broken seat belt and they said unless it was a manufacture defect its not covered.
Yeah I told them my 85 Grand Wagoneer, 93 Cherokee Sport, and 97 Grand Cherokee Limited all had folding seats that functioned without eating themselves, I knew how to operate them and furthermore I showed them I read the manual on the section about the folding down the rear seats and nowhere did it say use your hand to feed the seatbelt down properly or it with crush itself!!! Then they took photos and sent them to Chrysler, who then approved the replacement bc they know their design is $hit.

Quite frankly it is a manufacturers defect! The design itself is $hat

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