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Seat belt extender?

The topic's come up once or twice but I can't remember if anyone found a solid answer. Is there anywhere I can get a seat belt extender like those used on commercial airlines, but for the smart's passenger seat? I found this one, but it requires unbolting the OEM belt from the chassis. I haven't looked at how easily that's done in the smart, but I guess I could do it.

Auto Seat Belt Extender - Universal Fit

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Go to your local Ford dealer and ask for an extender for an '06 Ford Escape.It fits perfectly in my '08 Cabrio.The best part is the price,FREE! I have an Escape but they did not even ask if I had one or not.
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Thanks... I have a Ford Explorer SUV... if they use the same belt buckle as on the Taurus, then it might just work. The local dealer's service manager probably remembers me... as a "challenging customer" which they satisfied very well.
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My Ford dealer didn't have the extender, so I ordered the Wesco universal shown above. Alas, the passenger seat's got a different connector than the driver seat. I see a wire leading under the seat, so I doubt I can extend it 12 inches... Maybe the wire is for weight detection?

Anyone have ideas or am I out of luck with this extender?
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What's the reason you need a extender?

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that GTseatbeltextender is exactly what you need to keep the seatbelt from rubbing on your neck!! I picked up a plastic clip at Walmart that does the trick and is much less expensive. I think I'd rather have the extender.
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Thanks for the constructive feedback leading to the GT Seatbelt Extender... it appears there are two major size buckles and this is a common problem with an industry-regulated, federally mandated, solution: all dealers offer them for free to owners of their cars. My 2008 fortwo uses the smaller, Type 1, 7/8" buckle. Fortunately, most Toyotas use the Type 1, per GT's website, so tomorrow I'll hit up the Toyota dealer where I bought my SUV and ask if they have one for free. If not, I'll buy the GT if only to save me from calling around 25 dealerships.
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