I’ve mentioned before that I have a seat belt extender for my car (provided by Toyota). In other cars I often use a shoulder/lap belt as a lap belt only, which is less safe, but the only way I can buckle the seat belt. The friend I carpool with recently got a new car, and once again, the seat belt is too small — it was tight even with the shoulder belt behind me.
So I started googling and discovered there’s more available out there than the last time I checked.. In particular, there’s more alternatives to the “permanently install item in the car” items. An important question for “click-in” extenders is the size and type of the metal tongue. Type A has a 7/8″ wide metal tongue. Another is type B, with a 1″ wide metal tongue. Between the two they will fit most cars.
I ended up ordering a 2-Pack of Car Seat Belt Extenders, 1 type A and another type B. Thanks to the 7/8″ extender I was able to wear the 3-point seat belt properly in my carpool yesterday. I also intend to take them with me if I’m renting a car.
Update: Turns out my carpool buddy asked about extenders while buying the car at the dealership and picked some up today gratis. :) I’m still glad I have some for travel but was definitely a nice move on the Ford dealership’s part.