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From: bethm95
Date: 06-13-2006, 07:37 AM (1 of 5)
My 4 year old son complains about the seat belt rubbing his neck. I was thinking of making some kind of cover or something to go around it so that it wouldn't scrape his neck. Any ideas how I can go about it?
User: bethm95
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From: SummersEchos
Date: 06-13-2006, 08:17 AM (2 of 5)
We made some out of a fur lining for my mom. Just made a rectangle that would fit around the seatbelt, use velcro for the closures. Then we made some with fleece and batting. Same thing a rectangle and velcro. It shouldn't cover the whole seatbelt, just where it is rubbing against your neck.It can slide into the position you need it and be taken off to wash it. Great way to use up scraps too.

User: SummersEchos
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From: AndreaSews
Date: 06-13-2006, 03:33 PM (3 of 5)
Hi Beth! I just wrote a whole private message for you, but I couldn't manage to send it! Could you PM me w/ your email address so I can send it to you? I'd hate to re-type!
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From: Sancin
Date: 06-13-2006, 05:22 PM (4 of 5)
As a short person, seat belts have always rubbed on me and I have had any number of winter coats to prove it. My Toyota has a seat belt one can raise or lower and it is still too high. I have tried everything on the market, including a seatbelt cover, which managed to slip all over the place and stick to my clothing. Some of the devices are quite complicated and funny. My SIL, who has the same problem, said to use a regular wooden clothes pin and I, for years since, have used one with no problem. You simply pull out the seat belt a little so it is a little slack and place the clothes pin where the seat belt goes back into its retractor. Clothes pins are not all that strong (as any one who has ever lost clothes off the line in a wind can tell you) and in the case of a sudden stop will snap right off and the seat belt will behave as it is supposed to. The only problem I have had is that over time the seat belt smooths under the clothes pin and the belt slowly slides back to the usual position. I just give it a pull and reclip the clothes pin back on. Note this may be difficult if a child is in the backseat. But the child will probably have grown by then and it won't be an issue. I use a wooden clothes pin thus do not know how the newer plastic ones would work. I have some new ones and will try it out when I go out in about an hour. :wink: As the clothes pins pop off readily I tend to lose them so keep a bunch in the car.

I was in a collision last year and my car was totalled. The police said that the seat belt and the air bag saved my life and I had a clothespin on the belt at the time. I have been stopped in seatbelt roadside checks and the police have never commented or told me to take off the pin.

Regarding 4 year old - Is your son in a booster seat? It seems to me that I read that children are at risk if seat belt is too close to the neck and indicates the child should be sitting higher. You could probably check this out on the net somewhere.
*~*~*~* Nancy*~*~*~* " I try to take one day at a time - but sometimes several days attack me at once."
User: Sancin
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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 06-13-2006, 06:41 PM (5 of 5)
I copied one a friend of mine had purchased at Wal-Mart.. I am only 5 ft tall so they irritate my neck.. I cut a rectangle of arctic fleece about 8 X 8 inches and attached velcro to the edges. I just fasten it onto the shoulder harness and let it slide around when DS drives the car, but when I drive I bring it up into position at my neckline and , it makes such a big difference.. I have friends who have been in wrecks and ended up with long red scrapes on their necks from the belt.. Mine is dark blue so it does not show dirt, and rarely needs washing.. Next one I make will be dark gray to match the cars' upholstery... LOL
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