Last post on Aug 17, 2013 at 3:59 PM
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Toyota Camry, Sedan
#18 of 26 Re: Toyota 2006 Sienna seat belt [richard3265]
Jun 06, 2009 (7:50 pm)
When you first put on the belt, do not pull it all the way out of its retractor. Otherwise, it will go into this self-locking mode (which should only be used to secure child safety seats). You can tell the belt is in this mode if it makes a ratcheting or clicking sound as it retracts.
If this occurs for an adult, unbuckle the belt, let it retract fully, and then put in on again without pulling out the belt all the way.
Almost all cars have this feature today as a safety feature to more securely hold child restaints in place (does not apply for obvious reasons to the driver's belt).
#19 of 26 Re: Toyota 2006 Sienna seat belt [richard3265]
Oct 23, 2009 (4:34 pm)
You are not alone. I had this problem today with my 2009 Toyota Camry. The belt is locked in the retractor. The dealership told me it was 300 dollars to replace it. I told them to just "fix it" not replace it. They told me there was no fixing it, it has to be removed and replaced with a brand new one. They told me it was not a defect, and that the seatbelt spool had been designed that way for the child seat installation.
I think that this type of seatbelt design is dangerous. It could choke people and/or injure someone.
#20 of 26 Re: Toyota 2006 Sienna seat belt [2009_camry]
Oct 23, 2009 (5:43 pm)
Why wasn't this covered under warranty?
#21 of 26 Re: Toyota 2006 Sienna seat belt [dee24]
May 09, 2011 (7:12 am)
I know your post was some time ago but I had the same experience with my 2010 Camry. My son is 4 and the belt became entangled around his neck. I have taken the car to the dealer. I have called customer relations. It saddens me that it seems to be a non issue with them and almost implied it was user error that he couldnt be released because I was panicked. I have worked in health care for over 10years and I am accustomed to maintain composer during critical times and am insulted they would imply that. I had to cut my son from the seat belt because even though I released the tension the seat belt became tighter and tighter. They have since offered to replace the belts but I want them to look into issues with the mechanism
Jan 25, 2012 (6:18 am)
My 6 year old became entangled in her seatbelt yesterday. The seatbelt continued to tighten the more I attempted to loosen it's grip around her waist. There was absolutely no release of the tension despite my efforts. I ended up having to cut the belt in order to free her from the seatbelt. When I called the dealership, I was given a quote of $148 for the belt and about $200 for labor. I immediately went to the internet and began researching if other consumers had similar experiences and sure enough, I found a few. I took the time to post with the hope that my experience will help another consumer. I am hoping that the dealership will offer to replace the belt for free or at least with a significant discount considering this is obviously not due to human error. Oh.... have a 2007 Toyota Camry.
#23 of 26 Re: Toyota Safety Seat [concernedmom2]
Aug 13, 2012 (6:32 am)
I have had the exact same issue, except they told me the belt was 280 and the labor was 60. I've contacted transportation safety people, Toyota, and among a few other people and haven't received a response. This is a safety hazard and should be completely replaced. Really irritated.
#24 of 26 Re: Toyota 2006 Sienna seat belt [richard3265]
Mar 10, 2013 (12:44 pm)
This just happened to my 13 year old daughter. The belt kept tightening around her waist and chest and we couldn't loosen it. My husband is a career firefighter and is very distressed at how dangerous this is. We had to cut her out. She is now sporting a pair of bruises across her hips!
#25 of 26 Re: Camry Seat Belt trapping people in
Aug 16, 2013 (8:31 pm)
This is happening in my 2011 Camry. They have replaced the mechanism once, but it is still happening. Now they tell me it is designed that way because of car seats for children. I will never buy another Toyota product.
#26 of 26 Re: Camry Seat Belt trapping people in [kacelee]
Aug 17, 2013 (3:59 pm)
If you pull the belt all the way out, it will lock, just like other cars.
Don't pull the belt all the way out.
2010 Camry (same as 2011), kids, zero issues.