What I meant was both seat belts remained in the same position as when the airbags went off. The driver's belt remains extended while the passenger's stays retracted. They are just absolutely locked in that position.
Thanks for your suggestion. I will try to see if resetting the computer will help. I did read somewhere that the airbag system was backed up, which means if true there's another power source somewhere.
The seat belt retractor, the one that the belt winds up into, has to be rotated backwards to release the tension. But because is attached to the floor you must unbolt it in order to do so. The shop manual recommends replacing the belt retractor after any collision. This is obviously a saftey precaution and a wise one at that.
From the manual; All safety belt assemblies including retractors, buckles, front seat belt buckle support assemblies (if equipped), shoulder belt height adjusters (if equipped), child safety seat tether attachments (if equipped), and attaching hardware should be inspected after any collision. All belt assemblies should be replaced unless a qualified technician finds the assemblies show no damage and operate properly. Belt assemblies not in use during a collision should also be inspected and replaced if either damage or improper operation is noted.
The Newer Ford Products have "explosive devices" that fire a pin into the gears of the retractor when the airbags go off. This is the silver round area on the side of the retractor with the wire going into it. Sorry to tell you that you HAVE to replace the seat belts, it is directly tied into the airbag system. You could put in aftermarket belts and use simulators on the SRS plug at the
seatbelt retractor. You CAN NOT roll the retractor back to fix this. In older models you could do that, but with new technology, it just won't work..
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