Just to let you know, I bought a new plastic cover that clips on top of the seats but stops the belt from retracting too far in when folding and this has now fixed the fault.
Thanks for all your help
I have just bought my Berlingo and have encountered the same problem. One of the first things I did when I got it was to fold the rear seats to see how much room I had in the back. When I came to unfold them I found that the seat belt in the middle of the double seat had got stuck. After a search on the internet I found what seemed to be a good solution on a site called Honest John. The solution was ....
1: Make sure the belt can't retract any further, by wrapping it around something (if possible) or putting some kind of clip on it.
2: Fold up the single seat, so it's out of the way.
3: Remove the plastic covers at the sides of the seat where the two parts join. (NB Not all the screws are the same - keep track!) These cover two T-50 bolts that form the hingle of the upper and lower parts of the seat.
4: Undo the two T-50 bolts. NB these two bolts are different. Keep track!
5. With the lower part of the seat in the normal position (i.e. horizontal), move the now loose upper part of the seat back and down (and a little bit sideways) so that it is not sitting just behind the lower part of the seat, and is vertical.
6: Carefully, with the slack that has now been created, allow a small amount of seat belt back into the vertical seat back, to unlock the intertial reel. You should now be able to draw out the seat belt.
7. Carefully wrapping the excess around a headrest, to make sure it doesn't all get drawn back in again, re-assemble the seat.
NB I also unhooked the string/plastic combo that lifts the seat latches when the back of the seat is folded. I don't think this was actually necessary, but I might be mistaken.
It's a bit fiddly, and I found the T-50s very stiff, but not too bad all in all. Best of luck to anyone with this problem.
Unfortunately when I tried the above method it just made it worse. When I allowed a bit of slack to go into the seat, it still did not release the seat belt, so now I only have about 15cm (6 inch) of free seat belt left. I would really appreciate it if anyone can tell me how to release the seat belt with out having to take it to a garage.
26-08-2013, 12:27 PM
(This post was last modified: 26-08-2013, 12:29 PM by Kokain.)
I had a little search today before I took on the fix myself and found this topic. Took me ages to unfold the seat the other day trying to fit them quickly for a trip. It turn out the bracket got loose and the seatbelt nipple passes by the stupid cheap plastic stopper so I've tightened it and it seemed to have fixed it.
Took some photos for those who might accidently end up in here looking for a solution
p.s If the mechanism is jammed instead, I'm not sure there is a solution since the unit is build inside the seat.
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