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   Posted 5/15/2010 10:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Does the seat belt shoulder strap thingy bother you?  I can barely stand to have it touching my neck.  I always have to have something between it and me.  I have myofascial pain syndrome in neck and sometimes even necklaces hurt a lot, too.  But I can wear scarves.  I LOVE scarves.  funny.

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   Posted 5/16/2010 5:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes Sue, it bothers me.  I am only 5'2" and I swear they design cars for tall manly men.  Even when I lower the knotch to the lowest level it rubs against the bottom of my hurts.  Sometimes I leave it attached and put the strap under my armpit.  I also wonder what would happen to me if the air bag ever went off as I have to sit so close to the steering wheel.  Probably inflate and blow my head off. 
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   Posted 5/16/2010 5:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm 5'3" at times the seat belt will bother me, so I move it down from from shoulder. I have learned in my husband's truck a pillow helps with the seat belt.

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   Posted 5/16/2010 5:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Yep...hate that seatbelt thingy! Lol I usually put it under my arm (I know, not the safest way to deal with it) but I too can't stand it on my neck! I'm 5' 3" and swear you have to be at least 5' 8" to ride comfortably in a vehicle. Maybe we should design a short person's car!
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   Posted 5/16/2010 5:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I am 5 7" and the seat belts still hits me in the neck. I am constantly adjusting the strap.
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   Posted 5/16/2010 7:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I am 5'7" too and the seat belt bothers me a lot. It bothers my neck and shoulder, I got one of those pads that you can put on it, but it was a pain in the you know what. But it did help some.

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   Posted 5/16/2010 8:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I always had that problem, too.  If I were in an accident, it would lop off my head!  Then I bought a Toyota and it fits me much better....I'm 5'1". 
You can buy "lamb's wool" covers that are especially made for seat belts.  This might help.  I'm sure automotive shops and even Walmart would sell these.
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   Posted 5/16/2010 12:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, I didn't know so many short people were here. I'm 5' and they drive me nuts as they cut into my neck and right under my
chin (both of them). yeah

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   Posted 5/16/2010 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I am 5'3", and they really bother my my neck and shoulder. I also have a lot of problems with my wrists and thumb hurting, and I seem to have lost some of my dexterity in my hands. This makes it a real pain to pull the belt around me when I am setting in the passanger seat.

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   Posted 5/16/2010 5:39 PM (GMT -7)   
It must be a fibro thing. I am not short, ok not very short - 5'4". The furry seatbelt covers are helpful. They are especially nice since I commute. If you havent tried one, they are great!

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   Posted 5/16/2010 9:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Not only does the neck thing rub and hurt....long trips usually result in an actual raw spot, but what really gets my is the confinement thing...I am claustrophopic and cannot STAND to my constricted!!
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   Posted 5/16/2010 10:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Great topic Sue!

I never used to be this short once I was at my full height of 5'5", in 5th grade! But over the past few years I've shrunk to 5'4" so I've joined the 'short club'. Sure are a lot of great people down

I have used a lambs wool cover for years. Had one from Wall-mart that was synthetic and it was fine. Many of the synthetics are really nice especially if you are allergic to wool or lanolin. But my dad gave me his wool one he didn't use and I love it.

BUT...two other ideas.... one, those seat belt covers are a snap to make. A rectangle of synthetic wool fleece or real wool and 6-8" of velcro combined with a sewing machine and you've got it.

The other thing that you can buy is a clip keeps the shoulder belt from being so tight against your neck. The one I had (before I got the lambs wool covers) slips over the shoulder belt right where it come out of the roll 'thingie' I tried using a clothes pin to keep it from retracting so far but it wouldn't hold tight enough. Then I went to one of those big black paper clip things and it was too hard to manage. Just stop in at any auto parts store, and possibly Walmart, and you can find them. They come in 2-packs and I didn't pay much over a dollar for mine.

Hope we all can be more comfortable driving...
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   Posted 5/17/2010 3:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm 5'9" and the seat belt, no matter how I adjust it, cuts my neck. Grrr! Totally not designed for anyone under 6'. But, I'm a good girl and wear it the way it was intended, no matter how uncomfortable. I just try to avoid being in the car for any length of time.

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   Posted 5/17/2010 7:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Ladies!!! Those of you who are putting your seat belt under your arm are going to die if you're in a crash! The shoulder harness is designed to break your collarbone in an accident (minor injury) as it restrains you. If you have the shoulder belt under your arm it will crush your chest and stab your lungs with your ribs. This type of injury is almost always fatal, but not right away... It takes about two weeks to die an agonizing death from internal injuries, the onset of infection and drowning in your own fluid as your body tries to fight the infection.

PLEASE!!! DO NOT PUT THE BELT UNDER YOUR ARM! Get a lambs wool thingie as Chutz says, sew on a padded pillow, wrap the strap in soft fabric, do something else but don't wear that belt under your arm.

I've seen a woman die this way... slowly... and painfully.... It was not pretty.
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   Posted 5/17/2010 6:02 PM (GMT -7)   
The seat belt itself doesn't bother me (not yet) other than being constrained.  But when I come to a stop and the belt locks up I have a problem turning to look for traffic, I have to turn from the shoulders because my neck usually won't turn.  With the belt on it is almost impossible to turn my shoulders enough to see to my left.
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