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Should You Replace Your Seat Belts?

Seat belts are like any other equipment on your vehicle. As the vehicle ages, they are likely to wear out and lose the ability to keep you safe. If you have an older vehicle or a vehicle with a few accidents under its belt, you may want to consider replacing the seat belts before a seat belt malfunction causes serious injury or death. It is a simple process that just might save your life and the lives of your passengers.

If your vehicle is ten years old or older, you should replace your seat belts. Even if it is a weekend vehicle or classic automobile that you hardly ever drive, the threads on the belt can stretch and loosen, and the hardware can wear out over time.

More often, you will consider replacing your seat belt following a motor vehicle accident. This is always a good idea, because even if you reset the seat belt after an accident, the belt may have suffered damage not visible to the naked eye. If there is another accident down the road, these defects could result in a catastrophic failure.

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Veronica Blake
Veronica Blake
2023-04-13
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Andy B
Andy B
2022-11-21
One day in June, 2019, our world was turned upside down. My husband was nearly killed by a motorist while riding his bicycle. He was lucky to come away from the accident with “only” a neck broken in 5 places, facing surgery and a long two-year recovery period. His extreme pain, our anger, and the total shock of the event overwhelmed us. We decided to focus all our energy on his healing. Dealing with the insurance company was more than we could handle. So, a little investigation brought us to Sloat & Nicholson. During the first phone conversation, Randy Nicholson explained that we could not only file a claim against the driver’s insurance, but also against our Underinsured Motorist insurance. Randy also explained that it was likely that he would have to fight Mike’s health insurance which would certainly ask to be totally reimbursed for their expenses. We’d learned that it was a bigger issue than we’d expected, but we knew we had found someone who could help us, and that has a great relief. After that first call, and in the subsequent months of meeting with Randy and his team, we knew we’d made the best possible decision. Randy got the full claim against the driver’s insurance. He convinced our health insurance that they had no standing in filing a claim against us. We didn’t have to pay them anything. And he negotiated with our Underinsured Motorist insurance and got the full claim against them as well. It was not easy, and Randy worked hard. He completely relieved us of a ton of stress. He kept us informed each step of the way. Every time we worked with him and his team, we became more and more convinced that we’d made the right decision. We were so glad we found Sloat and Nicholson. After the accident, we felt like the world was against us. The court system totally dropped the ball, and we constantly had to fight back our anger at the driver and the judge. But we had Randy Nicholson and his team on our side, and we are forever grateful to all of them.
midge castillo
midge castillo
2021-06-13
I was in a car accident and needed legal advice. Robert Hoover was both professional and informative! He was so helpful, and I would recommend him to anyone. I also appreciated his Christian perspective!
colleen G.
colleen G.
2021-03-29
I was a case form many years ago Gerald handled everything completely professionally there is not one thing I would do differently My case was complicated but the end result was everything that I was entitled to! If your case is in his practice area I highly recommend a phone call consultation or visit to his office. You won't be disappointed his years of experience knowledge and fair treatment of his clients would not be more apparent!
Adam Townson
Adam Townson
2021-01-27
Jerry Sloat and his staff treated our family with great respect and helped us to receive compensation for the injuries, pain and suffering we incurred during a car accident. We owe him so much and are truly grateful that we stopped trying to deal with the insurance company and allowed Jerry and his wonderful team of professional to take care of everything for us.
Leonard Romano
Leonard Romano
2019-05-23
Gerry Sloat was amazing, after my car wreck I was at a loss on what was going on. I didn't know the process or what to even expect. I turned to him because he was the only one willing to take the time and speak with me to answer all my questions. My insurance company wouldn't even call me back to answer my question of what was happening. Gerry took quite a bit of time explaining the different aspects of the insurance and the other driver and the county issues that I didn't even know where separate, he really set my mind at ease with my mind running with all of the "what ifs" I now know where I stand and what to expect going further and can now make informed decisions on what I need to be prepared for what lies ahead! Thank you again Mr Sloat!
landa raddon
landa raddon
2016-12-03
Gerry Sloat was a very skilled and helpful attorney when I needed one to negotiate a settlement for many, many medical bills resulting from a head on collision. What impressed me most was his fair handedness in dealing with us, but also with dealing with the other parties involved. Further, since the accident a half dozen years ago, he has been more than helpful in answering questions about all matters of the law, and seems to genuinely enjoy hearing from me when I call. A stellar human and an outstandingly thorough attorney.
Bonnie Carol
Bonnie Carol
2016-12-02
Ever since I started working with with Robert Hoover it's been more like working with family he's taking the time to get to know me and my family on a personal level the office staff know by name and they are the best
Jason Swartz
Jason Swartz
2016-04-21

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When replacing your seat belts, don’t balk about the cost. Yes, hiring a professional can cost $150 or more to replace a single seat belt. But, when you compare the cost of a seat belt replacement to that of a hospital stay, surgery, long-term recovery, etc., trust us when we say that whatever the price, it is a bargain. And, don’t do it yourself. Instead, hire a certified, professional mechanic, because if the seat belt you install fails in an accident, you could be named as the defendant in a personal injury lawsuit.

Of course, we understand that cost is a concern for any driver. The good news is that manufacturers such as Honda offer lifetime warranties on their seat belts, while others such as Toyota offer five years or 60,000-mile coverage. Thus, it’s worth your time to check with the manufacturer and see if a warranty covers your seat belts.

We know that even with proper care, maintenance, and prompt replacement, any driver or passenger can suffer an injury from a seat belt malfunction. When your seat belt fails to keep you safe, contact the Boulder legal team at Sloat, Nicholson & Hoover, P.C., and we will be happy to discuss your legal options.

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