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Ford Explorer Seat Belts and Parts

The Ford Explorer is a rugged truck that is well suited to off-road adventures. If you plan to take your Explorer into rough territory, then you must be sure that the seat belts are in good condition. Read on to learn about the various parts that are available to repair or replace seat belts.

What is the difference between OEM and aftermarket products?

When you are looking for seat belts, you should know the difference between the types of brands that you will see. OEM, or original equipment manufacturer, is a unit made by the company that created the seat belts used in the initial assembly of the car. Aftermarket parts are manufactured by a different company but are made to the manufacturer’s correct specifications. There may be cosmetic differences that lead you to be more inclined to one version or the other. In some cases, the original seat belt type might be discontinued so that you will need to get a basic aftermarket version.

What is the difference between new and refurbished units?

You also need to know the distinction between new and refurbished Ford seat belt elements. A new model is unused. A refurbished product is a used product that has been cleaned and repaired for eventual resale. You might need a refurbished product if you own an older Explorer and the pieces for it are no longer in production by the manufacturers.

What kinds of belt parts are available?

There are four main categories of seat belt pieces, and each of these components plays a crucial role in the unit's integrity and need to be replaced right away if they break. There are many options available for all four pieces. Take care to do your research and get a part that is compatible with your particular Ford. Following are the four basic pieces:

  • Extender: The extender is the belt portion that goes across your waist or shoulder.
  • Latch: The latch is the section where the belt connects to the seat.
  • Pretensioner: The pretensioner is the piece over the shoulder that tightens the extender.
  • Clips: The clip is the portion that accepts the extender.
How soon do seatbelts need to be repaired or replaced?

It is a safety hazard if your seat belts are not working correctly. They might get stuck in an emergency or fail to hold a driver or passenger in place during a collision. They should be repaired or replaced as soon as you know that they are not working.