Looking at the MOT guidance regarding seat belts a "significantly stretched or weakened" rear middle seat belt would be a dangerous defect:
Defect 7.1.2(b)(ii) "webbing or flexible stalk significantly stretched or weakened" "Dangerous"
If this seat belt were removed entirely would this instead constitute only a major defect?
Defect 7.1.2(a) "A statutory seat belt missing" "Major"
Or is the middle seat belt not "statutory"? Meaning there would be no defect?
Appendix C of the above guidance would suggest that a:
- passenger vehicle
- weighing less than 2540kg
- first used on or after 1 April 1987
- with more than 2 forward facing rear seats
would be coded as "B, G and O". Code O seems to state that for forward facing rear seats it would be sufficient to have a
three-point inertia reel belt on an outboard seat and a three-point static or inertia reel belt, lap belt, disabled persons belt or child restraint for at least one other seat
That is, a seat belt on a not-middle seat, and one other seat belt. No requirement for a middle seat belt.
Have I interpreted this correctly? Would removing the seat belt result in a major defect, or no defect at all?