What Does the Seat Belt Not On Warning Light Mean?

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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.


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32 years of experience
Chevrolet Impala - Warning Light is on - Norfolk, Virginia
First off he was on time....actually 30 mins early which was great. Everything he described was what I was going through and he knew exactly what I needed before he even looked at the car. Other mechanics i feel were trying to take advantage because I am a woman but he made me feel comfortable. Still have to get work done on it but at least I know exactly what the problem was.
Chevrolet Tahoe - Warning Light is on - Norfolk, Virginia
Very detailed and takes the time to explain what is being done. Willing to answer any questions you may have. I would definitely use his services again and have already been telling my coworkers about this site. I have a unique electrical situation going on with my truck that none of the dealers could assess. Just by Matt doing some general maintenance , my truck is already driving smoother. Matt asked that I monitor things to make sure we don't need to troubleshoot anything else. I feel quite confident.

Quentin

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Volkswagen Tiguan - Warning Light is on - Nottingham, Maryland
Quentin was very professional and meticulous with locating the issues with my car. Great spirit and explained and answered all of my questions.

Travis

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Mercedes-Benz C230 - Warning Light is on - Charlotte, North Carolina
Travis came out to determine cause for the Check Engine light. He did so and told me what needed to be done and the cost.

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Suzuki Grand Vitara - Warning Light is on - Durham, North Carolina
I won't go into details about the actual work performed - the result was completely satisfactory. Juan is knowledgeable about how these computerized engines work . He's very personable, polite, patient with my questions, and when I need service again, I'll request Juan. He put in more time than originally scheduled and seems to want to see things through and honest enough to tell you if the job is beyond his expertise and suggests taking car to dealer for more extensive diagnostic tests. I am well pleased.

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