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My wife usually rides in the back with our 3 month old. The seat belt will lock the retractor if she makes any movement at all, essentially pinning her against the seat. It will not loosen unless she unbuckles and lets it retract completely. The manual says it shouldn't be locking like that unless you make it? Just curious if there's a problem with our belts or if it's the norm...
 

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My wife usually rides in the back with our 3 month old. The seat belt will lock the retractor if she makes any movement at all, essentially pinning her against the seat. It will not loosen unless she unbuckles and lets it retract completely. The manual says it shouldn't be locking like that unless you make it? Just curious if there's a problem with our belts or if it's the norm...
Here's what I found via the Owner Guide:

Safety Belt Locking Modes
WARNING: After any vehicle crash, the safety belt system at all passenger seating positions must be checked by an authorized dealer to verify that the automatic locking retractor feature for child seats is still functioning properly. In addition, all safety belts should be checked for proper function.
WARNING: The belt and retractor assembly must be replaced if the safety belt assembly automatic locking retractor feature or any other safety belt function is not operating properly when checked by an authorized dealer. Failure to replace the belt and retractor assembly could increase the risk of injury in crashes.

All safety restraints in the vehicle are combination lap and shoulder belts. The driver safety belt has the first type of locking mode. The front outboard passenger and rear seat safety belts have both types of locking modes described as follows:

Vehicle Sensitive Mode
This is the normal retractor mode, which allows free shoulder belt length adjustment to your movements and locking in response to vehicle movement. For example, if the driver brakes suddenly or turns a corner sharply, or the vehicle receives an impact of about 5 mph (8 km/h) or more, the combination safety belts will lock to help reduce forward movement of the driver and passengers.
In addition, the retractor is designed to lock if the webbing is pulled out too quickly. If this occurs, let the belt retract slightly and pull webbing out again in a slow and controlled manner.

Automatic Locking Mode
In this mode, the shoulder belt is automatically pre-locked. The belt will still retract to remove any slack in the shoulder belt. The automatic locking mode is not available on the driver safety belt.

When to Use the Automatic Locking Mode
This mode should be used any time a child safety seat, except a booster, is installed in passenger front or rear seating positions. Children 12 years old and under should be properly restrained in a rear seating position whenever possible. See the Child Safety chapter.

How to Use the Automatic Locking Mode
1. Buckle the combination lap and shoulder belt.
2. Grasp the shoulder portion and pull downward until the entire belt is pulled out.
3. Allow the belt to retract. As the belt retracts, you will hear a clicking sound. This indicates the safety belt is now in the automatic locking mode.

How to Disengage the Automatic Locking Mode
Unbuckle the combination lap and shoulder belt and allow it to retract completely to disengage the automatic locking mode and activate the vehicle sensitive (emergency) locking mode.
With the way it's restraining her, and the way she's able to clear it, it sounds to me like Automatic Locking Mode is being enabled. When she gets settled and buckled in, does she pull the shoulder part out so she can reach over to check on your baby? I'm unable to diagnose concerns or provide solutions, but I recommend comparing it to activating it on purpose, and checking how she uses the belt on a normal trip. If it's still acting up, let me know and I'll check into some options. :)

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The only time the belt should be locking is if the car makes a sudden slow down or stop.

it might also lock if the belt is pulled (far) suddenly while the car is moving.
Some belts are touchier than others. And she may be moving too fast for the belt to think it is 'normal'?
But I would say if it locks everytime she moves it, it is broken.
Does it do the same thing is the car is at a standstill? If yes then it is not working right.

I have 'dicovered' my seatbelt locks up enough times to not be surprised at it doing so. Like I reach for something across the car, and SNAP the belt locks. But it only does that once in awhile.
Like I am braking And reaching...
 

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It locks as soon she lets any slack in it. We've sat in the driveway trying pulling it slow, fast, all the way out, and it just locks up. She's taken to pulling it completely out and holding the slack in her hand to prevent being choked. We never set it to automatic mode, and we've tried resetting it as per the manual but it doesn't fix it
 

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It locks as soon she lets any slack in it. We've sat in the driveway trying pulling it slow, fast, all the way out, and it just locks up. She's taken to pulling it completely out and holding the slack in her hand to prevent being choked. We never set it to automatic mode, and we've tried resetting it as per the manual but it doesn't fix it
I recommend setting up an appointment with your dealer to have this looked at. Please send me your VIN, mileage, best daytime phone number, full name, and dealer name/location in a PM, and I'll look into this further.

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