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Old 09-11-2011, 03:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is there a way to disable the seat belt reminder chime? I know on my ford there was a process to turn this off by un/buckling the seat belt and turning the ignition to the acc position. Thanks.
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Same process as the previous generation Outbacks and Legacy's I believe:

1. turn key on to acc position (do not start car).
2. buckle and un-buckle the seatbelt ~20 times
3. turn the key to the off position.
4. start the car...

You don't need to wait for the initial chimes to begin this process.

Please report back if that works. Good luck.
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To get the seatbelt chime to turn off, you put the buckle into the latch.

I remember about 10 years ago in college there was a girl who preached about not wearing her seatbelt. She went home for Christmas, got into a car accident and died because she flew out the windshield. A seatbelt would have saved her. Now her daughter doesn't have a mother.

Don't be a moron, just wear the frickin seatbelt.
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To get the seatbelt chime to turn off, you put the buckle into the latch.

I remember about 10 years ago in college there was a girl who preached about not wearing her seatbelt. She went home for Christmas, got into a car accident and died because she flew out the windshield. A seatbelt would have saved her. Now her daughter doesn't have a mother.

Don't be a moron, just wear the frickin seatbelt.

I wear my seatbelt all the time. Just because I disabled the chime doesn't mean I am going to stop wearing it. It just means I hate the chime.
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To get the seatbelt chime to turn off, you put the buckle into the latch.

I remember about 10 years ago in college there was a girl who preached about not wearing her seatbelt. She went home for Christmas, got into a car accident and died because she flew out the windshield. A seatbelt would have saved her. Now her daughter doesn't have a mother.

Don't be a moron, just wear the frickin seatbelt.
The opposite example happened with a relative of mine driving from international bridge tournament in Baltic through no man farm lands in Belorussia. He was the only one unbuckled in a car when drunken tractor driver pulled from the side road into the highway and rode over a car. He flew through the windshield and had just a few scratches, not even broken bones. His teammates were buckled and died when tractor smashed the car.
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My Toyota(s) flash a simple seat belt warning light rather than the annoying chime. If the unbuckling trick works I would still buckle up on the road.
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The opposite example happened with a relative of mine driving from international bridge tournament in Baltic through no man farm lands in Belorussia. He was the only one unbuckled in a car when drunken tractor driver pulled from the side road into the highway and rode over a car. He flew through the windshield and had just a few scratches, not even broken bones. His teammates were buckled and died when tractor smashed the car.
I'm glad for your relative and sorry for his teammates, but that case in an exception to the rule... Statistics show that seat belts save lives, period.

http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811383.pdf
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I always wear my seatbelt *and* I hate the chime. Those things are not mutually exclusive. Not wanting to be ding-ed at while I sift through my mail or arrange my things while my car warms up does not make me a moron. Project much, greenerob441?
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I wear my seatbelt all the time. Just because I disabled the chime doesn't mean I am going to stop wearing it. It just means I hate the chime.
I'm with you on that. I'm impatient and will sometimes take it off as I roll into a parking spot. I also don't wear my seat belt when I'm moving my car from the front of my house, 200 feet down to my garage. So I'd rather not have a chime at all, even though I absolutely always wear my seat belt when I'm on public roads.

Luckily, as posted, Subaru allows you to disable this. My 2011 Pilot apparently does not, and it's louder and comes on more often than the Subaru did.
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Yeah my original question really had nothing to do with actually wearing my seat belt, and I did not want to start a debate over traffic statistics and what people should do. The chime reminder is just annoying, and as a person with free will I want the option to be able shut that thing off. I'll leave it up to each individual to decide if they want to buckle up or not it's you own decision to make.
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