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MOT Seat belt testing

I often use my Scenic RX4 without the centre seat fixed in the car. The seats come out very easily and it gives more passenger shoulder room.

I am due for an MOT shortly and wondered if I must have the 5th seat installed in the car to pass the MOT.

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I bought a car last year which must have had a baby seat or something fitted during one of it's MOT's, as some of the paperwork somewhere said something about rear seatbelts not being tested.

So to answer your question they'll probably test it ok but will mark somewhere that some belts weren't tested - which might come back to bite you on the bum in the event of an accident. Personally I'd put the seats in and save potential future hassle.
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I have seen differing views from MOT testers regarding this. Some take the view if it ain't there they can't test it others seem to take the view that if the car was designed and registered a having 5 seats then all should be present. I suggest you contact the MOT centre before submitting the car for test - that way you know for sure
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As far as I am aware, no, but I'm sure Lag will give you the definitive answer. The OH's car normally has child seats fitted and on all occasions there is a note on the MoT saying 'passenger seat belts not tested'. The tester told me that they would not undo a child seat to test the belts, so I guess it's not mandatory to check all seatbelts.

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If a seat is fitted,then it needs a belt,if a seat isn't there,then it doesn't..You could have no seats fitted to the rear of your car,and in that case you don't need the belts,you'd just get an advise that the seats were missing at the time of test and the belts couldn't be checked fully.

As for child seats,testers are not allowed to undo seat belts holding them in,you will just get and advise like 'child seat fitted to nearside rear belt,adult belt not fully tested' or similar.They should check the belt on the child seat though (the harness type belt that a baby would wear for example) and if it's found to be faulty they can't fail it,but it should be advised.

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