Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Seat belts in small cars are dangerous – don't use the back seat!

The safety belt in the small Smart #1 can spring in the event of an accident. Owners are now advised not to use the back seat.

The back seat in the small Smart #1, which is an electric car, is not already the world's largest. And now the owners are advised not to use it at all.

The Finnish media Tekniikan Maailma has concluded with tests that the safety belts on the back seat can spring up in the event of evasive manoeuvres.

At speeds of 75 kilometers per hour or more, the passengers lean to the side, and this can inadvertently cause the seat belts to loosen from the buckle they are otherwise clicked into.

– Until the error is corrected, it is not safe to transport three passengers in the back seat of the Smart, writes the media.

READ ALSO: Ford recalls 5,000 cars with fatal factory defect

The Finns have verified their findings by repeating the test over and over again. Two out of three times the straps go up. The Finns got the same result in another Smart #1.

The problem may be isolated to that particular car. Because the slightly larger sister car, the Smart #3, which is technically identical to the Volvo EX30, does not have the problem.

Speaking of the Volvo EX30, the model is otherwise so flawed that the owners have had to cheat on it. And it is already facing criticism. Read more about it here.

To Tekniikan Maailma, the importer of Smart in Finland informs that it looks at the case with the 'greatest possible seriousness' and that it will report the error further in the system. But seat belt failure is now nothing new.

In 2018, cars built on the Volkswagen MQB platform, i.e. VW Polo, Seat Ibiza and the high-legged Arona, had the same problem that the Finns have now found in the small Smart. The error led to 500,000 cars being recalled.

Smart was founded in Germany in February 1994, but since 2019 has been partly owned by Chinese. Specifically Geely, why several Smart models share technology with Volvo's cars.

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