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Anybody out there have a wife/significant other that drives their car? My wife is only 5'2" and she claims the seatbelt comes across her neck rather than her shoulder. She has a new XC70 and there is no adjustment for the seatbelt hight (it is supposed to function automatically in that slot). Is this a valid concern, or is she just being a drama queen <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> . If real, is there any way to abate this problem?
 

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Booster seat? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Yeah, that will go over well. I just got her out of a POS Camry, so I hope there's a better solution for my own sake <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Vertical Challenge (Freeworld)

Sure it's real problem for my wife too (5'). I bought a seat belt adjuster. Inexpensive and works well for her. Didn't find any picture of the one she has, but it looks somewhat like this one.<p><IMG SRC="http://www.care4car.com/productimages/9297klunk-klip_200pix.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>You may check <A HREF="http://www.seatbelttensionadjuster.com/" TARGET="_blank">http://www.seatbelttensionadjuster.com/</A> too.<br>
 

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Re: Vertical Challenge (nordicXC)

I'm not sure we are talking about the same thing. That device appears to control the tension (which most new seatbelts seem to do already pretty well). The problem my wife has is that the belt crosses her neck and not only is uncomfortable there, but could cause serious injury in that location. In her old car, there was a slidding clip on the B pillar that allowed the belt to be positioned lower, thereby crossing her shoulder. (When I got in the car, if I didn't adjust it back up the belt would cross my left arm.)<p>BTW, I'm really surprised at that website advertising the LooPo. They show a very young girl in the front seat next to her mom. That's a big no-no in today's world. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Vertical Challenge (Freeworld)

I know what you mean... Releasing the tension makes the shoulder belt goes down the L shaped pillar opening, thus lowering the belt on the shoulder. It seems the problem arise for two reasons: seat is far and up. There's also another kind of clip that moves the belt at the hip level. No sure about that one though.
 

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Re: Vertical Challenge (Freeworld)

Wife is almost 5ft tall. Has the same problem in our S60. If she is wearing a coat or jacket, she can tuck the belt under the collar and be OK, but otherwise it is a nuisance for her. I bought a couple of sheepskin shoulder belt pads. Doesn't cure the problem but makes it livable.<p>BTW - she has had the same problem in almost every car we have owned. If she raises the seat enough to have good visibility, she can barely reach the pedals. Sure wish Volvo had the adjustable pedal option. Ford had it on several models - maybe Volvo can steal from Ford for once. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Yeah, we tried the raising the seat option and you're right. Then the pedals are too far away. Some cars have an adjustable height mechanism where the belt meets the B pillar. Then you can move it down. Volvo's L shaped groove is supposedly self adjusting, but I guess just doesn't work that well.<p>As for the clip that takes the tension out, doesn't that reduce safety by making it longer before you then "hit" the belt in an accident?
 

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I worry more about the belt across the neck in the event of an accident for the vertically challenged. Seems that Volvo has some modifications for the "disabled." You might check into them...not that your wife is "disabled," but it just makes good sense.
 

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Good point. In an accident the belt in that position could break her collar bone. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> If I can't find a good fix, I'll never hear the end of it considering all the safety stuff I threw at her to convince her to buy a Volvo... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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And what about airbag? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0"> My wife is nearer than the recommended 30cm (12in.) distance between her and the airbag. Makes me wonder what would happened in case of a crash... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Vertical Challenge (Freeworld)

My wife is 5-2 while I am 5-11. She seems to have no issue with the belt. Comparing her seat position to mine:<br>- The front part of the seat bottom is lower for her, higher for me. This position might help for reaching the pedals<br>- The rear part of the seat bottom is higher for her, lower for me. This might help to position the belt further from the neck/collar bone area.<p>Hope this helps.<br>Freddy<p>
 
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