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Driver's Side Seat Belts LOCKED

Hi everyone,

I purchased my e55 at an insurance auction. The driver's side suspension had the Spindel / Steering Knuckle damaged. It seems like the driver hit a curb. The Spindel was damaged but the body is flawless (no damage on the fender, etc.).

The problem is that the Driver's Side Seat Belts seem to have locked because of the minor accident. The Seat Belts do not reach the Center Push Buckle. I removed the side panel on the driver's side to see if I could fix the problem but when I got to the pulley it would not budge and would not allow the rest of the seat belt to be pulled out. Is this due to a sensor gone bad? Is there a way to unlock the pulley and allow the seat belt to work? Is this common on mercedes that have been in any type of accident (even minor) ?

Lastly, does anyone know how to remove the REAR passenger seat?

Thanks in advance

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OK It sounds like the seat belt retractor system engaged during the accident. The slack in the seat belt is taken up by an actuator using a similar charge to the airbag. The actuator needs to be replaced. OEM parts only.

The rear seat should have a red lever under the front corner near the door (1 each side). Pulling this forward will release the seat bottom.
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