What Does the Seat Belt Not On Warning Light Mean?

Seat belts are one of the most important safety features in your vehicle. Seatbelts help prevent you from moving around too much in the seat while you’re driving. This is especially true in the event of a collision where the seat belt will lock and keep you in the seat even if the car rolls.

Since automakers want you to stay safe, a seat belt warning light is used on every car made these days. This warning light reminds the driver and sometimes even the front passenger to put on their seatbelts when the car is moving.

What the seat belt not on warning light means

Inside the driver’s seat belt buckle is a switch that activates when the seat belt is fastened and unfastened. The car’s computer monitors the switch and can tell when the driver hasn’t clicked his or her seat belt.

When you start the engine, the seat belt light will usually flash for a few seconds even if the seat belt is already secured. Most vehicles also use a chime as an additional reminder to use the seat belt. If the seat belt is fastened, the light should stay off. If you don’t fasten the seat belt and start driving, most vehicles will start flashing and chiming at you until the seat belt is secured. Sometimes, the seatbelt switch can get stuck or broken and the light won’t turn off. Clean out the buckle or replace it, if necessary, and everything should return to normal.

Is it safe to drive with the seat belt not on warning light on?

While your car’s drivability won’t be affected, in the event of an accident, your safety is at a much greater risk. Besides risking a ticket from the police, seat belts are known to save lives so why take the risk?

If your seat belt light won’t turn off, our certified technicians can help you identify any problems.


Next Step

Schedule Warning Light is on Inspection

The most popular service booked by readers of this article is Warning Light is on Inspection. Once the problem has been diagnosed, you will be provided with an upfront quote for the recommended fix and receive $20.00 off as a credit towards the repair. YourMechanic’s technicians bring the dealership to you by performing this job at your home or office 7-days a week between 7AM-9PM. We currently cover over 2,000 cities and have 100k+ 5-star reviews... LEARN MORE

SEE PRICING & SCHEDULING

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Recent Warning Light is on Inspection reviews

Excellent Rating

(238)

Rating Summary
224
5
4
0
5
224
5
4
0
5

Jason

15 years of experience
344 reviews
Jason
15 years of experience
Nissan Armada V8-5.6L - Warning Light is on - Mineola, New York
Excelente. Jason es todo un profesional con mucho conocimiento en la mecanica, buena persona educado y amigable. Gracias Jason.
Ford Taurus - Warning Light is on - Jamaica, New York
Very Professional definitely takes his time to find out exactly what’s the problem with the car! I was up and running in no time ! Will definitely recommend Him to anyone having issues with cars!!!

Nicholas

11 years of experience
585 reviews
Nicholas
11 years of experience
Chrysler 300 V6-2.7L - Warning Light is on - Durham, North Carolina
Excellent diagnostician. Knowledgeable and caring. Created a desire for him specifically, to do the job. Hope we get him every time!
Honda Accord - Warning Light is on - Garner, North Carolina
I was very happy with Nicholas and his knowledge and expertise about diagnosing the issues with my car. He is honest, reliable and professional. He is now my Mechanic that I will call on for all my car's needs.I will also recommend him to my friends whom have been taken advantage of by other car shops as I have been, and are looking for someone honest , that will not take advantage of them Thank you so much Nicholas for resolving my issue with my car. I feel relieved and happy with the outcome

Tony

40 years of experience
12 reviews
Tony
40 years of experience
Cadillac Escalade EXT V8-6.2L - Warning Light is on - Stockton, California
Good,mechanic helpful ,smooth move but quick, friendly patience and deep experience as a mechanic,as a customer I recommend Tony Crockett if you need a mechanic.

Brent

8 years of experience
56 reviews
Brent
8 years of experience
Jeep Grand Cherokee V6-3.7L - Warning Light is on - Lithonia, Georgia
On time for appointment. Knowledgeable, he explained what he was doing & then explained his findings to me. Later he sent a text with the diagnostic findings,

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

Related articles

What Does the Hybrid Drive System Malfunction Warning Light Mean?
The hybrid drive system malfunction light turns on when an issue is detected with the system. It could be due to problem with the battery or a fuse.
What Does the Power Steering System Warning Light Mean?
The steering system warning light lets you know when there is an issue with the power steering system and will be disabled until fixed.
How Far Can You Drive on Empty in the UK?
Know how many miles you can drive on an empty gas tank to prevent a breakdown. Citroen C4 Picassos can go the farthest when the low fuel light is on.

Related questions

What does the passenger air bag on light mean?
The Passenger Air Bag On light is located on the center console, with the rest of the front passenger indicators. The light will illuminate when the seat sensor detects that an adult is in the front passenger seat, and it...
Dash lights came on and gauges dropped to zero
Hello there, thanks for writing in about your 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT. First, I would suspect a faulty ignition switch (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/ignition-switch-replacement), and would put that near the top of my diagnostic checklist. I also recommend a thorough visual inspection, testing...
After engine replacement, Service Engine light on
The malfunction indicator lamp illuminates at the sign of an error in a number of the vehicles systems. The trouble code must be read every time to see if the same or a new code has popped up, then the...

How can we help?

Our service team is available 7 days a week, Monday - Friday from 6 AM to 5 PM PST, Saturday - Sunday 7 AM - 4 PM PST.

1 (855) 347-2779 · hi@yourmechanic.com