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My first 156 did this, fixed it though by not wearing it. My second 156 never had the problem though.
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Ah, Glad I bought a clip then!

Cheers for the responses.

I have found it varies in frequency depending where the seat is and where the height adjuster is. Much worse on inclines as well - I get trapped every morning reversing off my uphill drive! Also when pressing on it locks almost immediately - fine until you get to a blind junction. I had to take the belt off when joining the M1 last week, as the further I leaned back, the more it locked and left me zero movement I hope the clip helps!

'Alfie' (sorry) has only just done 60k, and Veloce's gave me a T plate 148k miler as a courtesy car and that was fine (in that respect, anyway) so I doubt it's a mileage/wear related thing.
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Originally Posted by symon View Post
Well higher mileage cars have seat belts which retract more slowly due to wear.

I wouldn't mind betting that the mechanism that causes the belt to retract is also partly used to lock the belt.
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Ah, Glad I bought a clip then!

----- Veloce's gave me a T plate 148k miler as a courtesy car and that was fine (in that respect, anyway) so I doubt it's a mileage/wear related thing.
The slowness of the retraction on belts due to age is primarily due the retraction spring force getting weaker, (highly stressed material and inter-coil friction). No connection with the locking pawl or locking plate which is completely disengaged during retraction.

The retraction spring force on 2-door cars is higher (bigger spring on fronts due to the longer webbing length). So suffer less compared 4-door cars fronts and all rears.
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