I just got pulled over for my seat belts being broken. My car model has “automatic” retractable ones but they malfunctioned and are now broken. When it first happened I took my car to a mechanic and he said that they wouldn’t be able to fix it to the safety standards required and refused to attach the shoulder belt back to the retracting part on the door. I looked it up and there was a recall for this issue but it was in 1998 (my car is seriously old). It’s too much to hope that Mazda would still fix them under the recall, right? There’s no way they’d honor that in my mind but I don’t know anything about auto recalls.

If worst comes to worst I’ll look into a 4-point seat belt and a new seat but I’d really prefer not to do that. My preference would be to abandon this car altogether but I’m a broke college student who can’t afford a payment. Any advice? Thanks in advance!

ETA: It looks like I was right. Free fixes for recall issues expire 8 years after the original purchase. Damn. http://www.kbb.com/car-advice/art…