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Car seats and MOT

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ProtegeMoi Tue 26-Mar-13 20:50:42

Is it common knowledge that your supposed to take car seats out the car for the MOT or are my garage just being picky?

This is my first car, first MOT so had no clue, the garage did a pre-MOT the week before and said all was fine.

Took the car today and it passed, woohoo! But there is an advisory note saying they could not check the seatbelts due to the car seat fitted.

They never told me to remove me at the pre- MOT or when I turned up with the car, and the car seat is fitted via isofix so surely you can still check the seatbelt?

I know it dosnt really matter in the grand scheme of things was just wondering if I should have known this and if its common practice?

oldraver Tue 26-Mar-13 20:53:56

Its standard practise

oldraver Tue 26-Mar-13 20:54:51

Sorry meant its standard to put the advisory, I have never been asked nor no anyone else that removes the car seat for MOT

BikeRunSki Tue 26-Mar-13 20:56:47

Advisory normal if a car seat is in seat.

Idocrazythings Tue 26-Mar-13 20:59:52

Our mot last week said the same thing…. Not too bothered though

Idocrazythings Tue 26-Mar-13 21:01:12

Oh, and no one told me to take the car seats out- before or after (was our first as well) they never commented

WMittens Tue 26-Mar-13 21:01:37

It's not a black mark against you, it's just the tester stating that they didn't test the seatbelts - they're not allowed to remove anything during the MOT, they have to test it 'as presented'.

Idocrazythings Tue 26-Mar-13 21:03:32

Ps what was your pre mot for and did it cost you? We just paid £55 and were done. Is that normal?

ProtegeMoi Tue 26-Mar-13 21:04:42

So do you think I should go back and have the seatbelts checked!

I'd have taken it out if he mentioned, I was waiting while he did it anyway.

Just want to make sure its all safe for the children.

ProtegeMoi Tue 26-Mar-13 21:06:17

The pre-mot cost £15 he had a quick check over the car for common but easily fixable mot failures. Was very lucky actually as I had an air freshner hanging from my mirror and was told to remove it as that can be a failure!

The actual mot cost £49.

Meglet Tue 26-Mar-13 21:07:20

I've never taken the car seats out for the last 5 MOT's. They've never mentioned it confused.

Idocrazythings Tue 26-Mar-13 21:07:56

Personally, I'm sure it's fine…. As long as it clicks in and does that thing at the top where it "locks" in place they should be right

mrsbungle Tue 26-Mar-13 21:08:34

I have had an advisory note about that before. Last time I took the seats out.

goldenlula Tue 26-Mar-13 21:09:11

I had that on my last mot, as dd's carseat was in the car. Never noticed it before though.

feebeecat Tue 26-Mar-13 21:09:35

You did well, our garage failed my MOT.
Wouldn't mind but dh was in the waiting room so could've removed the seats had they mentioned it (this was several years ago and first MOT once we moved onto fixed carseats).

QuietNinjaTardis Tue 26-Mar-13 21:11:46

Why would an air freshener cause the car to fail its mot?

WMittens Tue 26-Mar-13 21:15:41

Why would an air freshener cause the car to fail its mot?

Obstructing vision; sat nav/phone holders can cause similar advisories/failures depending where they're placed.

RandallPinkFloyd Tue 26-Mar-13 21:18:05

Don't think it was mentioned on my last one but have this year's tomorrow so we'll see if it changes!

Cost wise, the maximum charge is set every year by VOSA, garages can charge whatever they want under that but can't charge over it. I can't remember exactly but I think is was £52 last year so £55 sounds about right.

I wouldn't worry about the seat belt though, all they do is a visual check and tug on it to test the tension, nothing you can't check yourself. I'm sure it's fine.

FeckOffCup Tue 26-Mar-13 21:19:29

My car goes for it's MOT tomorrow, how am I meant to take the car seat out when I will have to walk 15 minutes home from the garage pushing my 2 year old in the buggy, I can't manage to lug a huge heavy seat too.

RandallPinkFloyd Tue 26-Mar-13 21:21:07

feebee that kind of thing is exactly what gives mechanics a bad name. I hate that kind of crap.

poocatcherchampion Tue 26-Mar-13 21:22:49

Leave it at the garage?

RandallPinkFloyd Tue 26-Mar-13 21:22:52

Feck, it should be fine, if they really won't let you leave it in just shove it in the boot or leave it lying on the seat just not buckled it.

QuietNinjaTardis Tue 26-Mar-13 21:23:30

Oh ok. At enough.

QuietNinjaTardis Tue 26-Mar-13 21:23:50

Fair enough! Stupid fat fingers

WMittens Tue 26-Mar-13 21:23:59

So do you think I should go back and have the seatbelts checked!

Test them at home:
- are seatbelts fitted? Yes/No
- are front seatbelts 3-point seatbelts, with inertia reels? Yes/No
- do the outer rear seats have have inertia reel 3 point belts, and the middle have a 3 point belt or lap belt? Yes/No

If you can say yes to all three points, you've passed.

Just clip the belts in and give them a hard tug to make sure the buckles and reels don't slip under a significant force.

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