Even though Australians may be governed by federal rules, they must conform with other rules and conditions laid down by their respective home state, and especially if they buy a used car that was registered in an adjoining state, but that they wish to use in their local jurisdiction. This means that they will first need to subject the car to a roadworthiness inspection before they can get the paperwork that allows them to actually register the vehicle. If you've just bought a car or truck in these circumstances, you'll want to ensure that it is "up to spec" before you pursue the paperwork. However, you may need to look inside the vehicle as well as outside for any defects, so what do you need to check here?
Vehicle inspectors in this situation will not only look for mechanical competency, tyre condition and brake system functionality, but they will also have a look at the condition of your seats and seat belts. They will want to know that they are in first class condition and capable of protecting the occupants in the event of a collision.
To begin with, they'll make sure that the seat belt attached to each seat can latch firmly and be unlatched quickly without any issue. These mechanisms have to be able to put up with considerable G-forces and even in the event of a fairly minor accident. They will also look at the webbing structure to make sure that there are no visible defects or tears, and if there are, the inspector may fail the vehicle.
Within the retractor, the chamber is a mechanism that is meant to lock the belt instantaneously in the event of a sudden deceleration. This is another crucial component, and it must be adjusted correctly or it may release too much slack. This could lead to a serious injury, so it may need to be fine-tuned before the vehicle can pass.
Furthermore, the seat belts have to be securely mounted to the frame of the vehicle and the seats themselves need to be adequately restrained as well. Sometimes, a former owner may have tampered with these positions to carry out other repairs to the vehicle and this is almost invariably a bad idea.
Don't Leave it to Chance
Certainly, you'll want to ensure that your vehicle is mechanically sound and will pass the inspection in that respect. However, if you're not happy with the condition of your seat belts and seats, then you should get an expert mechanic to help ensure everything is roadworthy.