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Old 23 Sep 2010, 09:21 pm
Matthew Fries
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Default Wanted: Seat Belt Presenter

About a month ago I took delivery of a 2010 Honda Civic EX coupe. My
last car was a Saturn Coupe, and I'm finding little things about the
Saturn that are missing in my Civic. One of those things is a seat
belt presenter.
Not a fancy electric one like some high-end autos have, but just a
plastic swivel with an arm that mounts to the door pillar. I find it
just a bit of a strain to twist around for the belt. I have googled
the hell out of the internet, but it seems that everyone wants to sell
me a seat belt extender, like I'm some 600lb waterbuffalo, and I don't
need that.

Is this too unusual a request? Has anyone any idea where such an item
could be obtained? I considered getting one from my local saturn parts
dealer (they would probably charge me $80 for one), but I don't have
any idea how I could thread the belt through it unless I cut a slot
for it. I would rather not have to re-sew the end of the belt, but I
suppose I could.

Since the seat belt *IS* a safety device, it would make sense that I
would rather not compromise the integrity of the belt.


Also, I don't care for the fan speed and temperature knobs. They're
too smooth with tiny little squares sticking out of them. Can they be
removed, and maybe replaced with something that is a little easier to
grip?


Thanks.


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Old 28 Sep 2010, 08:51 am
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Thus spake Matthew Fries <nobody@home.com> :

>About a month ago I took delivery of a 2010 Honda Civic EX coupe. My
>last car was a Saturn Coupe, and I'm finding little things about the
>Saturn that are missing in my Civic. One of those things is a seat
>belt presenter.
>Not a fancy electric one like some high-end autos have, but just a
>plastic swivel with an arm that mounts to the door pillar. I find it
>just a bit of a strain to twist around for the belt.


Okay, if you have some sort of disability (shoulder or back injury) I
can understand your problem. If you are elderly (which might result
in either of the above, but not always) I can understand. But I'm not
quite older than dirt (I was born after Kiliua erupted, check out Dive
Makai) and I have no problems. And I have both a shoulder and back
injury. I can easily put my right hand over my left shoulder and grab
the connector.

> I have googled
>the hell out of the internet, but it seems that everyone wants to sell
>me a seat belt extender, like I'm some 600lb waterbuffalo,


Having not been to Africa to hunt one, I have to believe what others
say, but that 600 lb waterbuffalo is going to tear the shit out of
your Civic EX (which is a very nice car). :-)

>and I don't
>need that.


(You know those little seatbelts that the flight attendants use to
demonstrate how to buckle you seatbelt? They're also an extender. I
saw a guy who could barely fit in his 1st class seat get one!)

>
>Is this too unusual a request? Has anyone any idea where such an item
>could be obtained? I considered getting one from my local saturn parts
>dealer (they would probably charge me $80 for one), but I don't have
>any idea how I could thread the belt through it unless I cut a slot
>for it. I would rather not have to re-sew the end of the belt, but I
>suppose I could.


You know, I'm not exactly sure what you are asking for. What do you
mean by "presenter".

Oh, and you plan to go to your Saturn dealer, you might want to start
looking REAL HARD.

>
>Since the seat belt *IS* a safety device, it would make sense that I
>would rather not compromise the integrity of the belt.
>
>
>Also, I don't care for the fan speed and temperature knobs. They're
>too smooth with tiny little squares sticking out of them. Can they be
>removed, and maybe replaced with something that is a little easier to
>grip?


It's just something to get used to. When I drive my wife's top of the
line Camary, I have to look down to find damn near everything. But I
usually only drive it for long hauls. My Fit? I can make every
change without looking down. And given the way I drive (hard) that's
probably a good thing. Most of the fighter pilots I've had the
opportunity to work with know where damn near everything is.

But it just takes time.

>
>
>Thanks.
>
>
>Remove the BALONEY from my email address.
>-----------------------------------------------------
>Matthew Fries Minneapolis, MN USA
>freeze@baloneyvisi.com
>
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Old 28 Sep 2010, 03:09 pm
Howard Lester
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Default Re: Wanted: Seat Belt Presenter

"Dillon Pyron" wrote

> You know, I'm not exactly sure what you are asking for. What do you
> mean by "presenter".


I think the OP might mean "pretensioner." (I couldn't at first figure it
out, either.)

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Old 28 Sep 2010, 10:29 pm
Matthew Fries
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Default Re: Wanted: Seat Belt Presenter

On Tue, 28 Sep 2010 16:09:16 -0400, "Howard Lester"
<howardxtlester@verizon.net> wrote:

>"Dillon Pyron" wrote
>
>> You know, I'm not exactly sure what you are asking for. What do you
>> mean by "presenter".

>
>I think the OP might mean "pretensioner." (I couldn't at first figure it
>out, either.)


Thank you both for replying to my post. I do indeed mean "presenter",
and not pre-tensioner. Allow me to explain:

The presenter is a luxury device, and has no impact on safety. Imagine
you had a butler that would ride in the back seat of your car. When
you opened the driver side door and sat down, the butler would grab
the seat belt and hand it to you, so you wouldn't have to twist and
strain for it yourself.

I wish I could point you to a photo of it, but like I said, the
internet doesn't seem to know anything about it. This just boggles my
mind because the saturns have had it for nearly 15 years, and it's a
convenience that I would like to have in my Civic.

I think Dillon is right.... It's just something that I'm going to need
to get used to.

Thanks.


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