All the newer Toyota Corolla models come with a seatbelt warning sound. Typically, it sets off if you are driving over a certain speed limit with the seatbelt not securely buckled. But sometimes it can be more of a nuisance than anything else.
Thankfully, any Toyota Corolla owner can easily turn off their seatbelt alarm. This is made possible by the manufacturer’s instructions outlined in the owner’s manual. Alternatively, you can opt for a seat belt alarm stopper.
This article explains how each method can be accomplished to disable your seatbelt alarm.
Can the Seatbelt Warning Chime Be Turned Off on a Toyota?
Most vehicles are designed with a seatbelt warning alarm, and the Toyota Corolla is no exception. Typically, you are required to always buckle your seatbelt while driving, and so do your passengers.
However, you may notice that the factory seat belt alarm becomes a nuisance rather than a safety reminder. For instance, if you have to make several stops while driving at low speeds on a farm does not require a seat belt.
The constant ding can be annoying. Even worse is when the alarm gets ‘stuck’ and keeps dinging regardless of whether you are buckled or not.
And while the seatbelt chime is there for safety reasons, it can get annoying after a while. The obvious way to turn off the alarm is to fasten your seatbelt. However, the alarm is also likely to be set off by heavy items on the seat.
Therefore, it would be best to strap them in. This saves you both time and money in the long run. You will not have to purchase a seatbelt insert or tamper with any sensors on the seat which could potentially damage some parts.
Alternatively, you can easily disable the warning chime. And you need not worry, disabling the alarm is not illegal.
How to Turn off the Seatbelt Alarm on Toyota Corolla
Disabling the seat belt alarm can be done in either one of two methods.
1. Disabling Using Manufacturer’s Tools
As earlier mentioned, you can refer to the owner’s manual for the proper way of disabling the seatbelt alarm. However, for this method, you need to beware of the airbag risk.
Many cars are designed such that the seat belt sensor can trigger the airbag. Therefore, ensure you check if your car has a similar design before altering anything.
The manual is likely to outline the process without having to cut any wires. You can also request your seller to disarm it per software. The procedure is undertaken when the car is parked.
Step 1: Turn on the Power
Once you park your car, insert your key and turn on the power. Ensure you do not crank the engine.
Step 2: Locate the ‘ODO’ Knob on the Dash Panel
Usually, on the dash panel, there is a knob that works to toggle your trip and the total odometer readings. Once you have located it, press it until it you see ODO on the instrument panel. With that, turn off the key, and then back on almost immediately.
Step 3: Put on your Seatbelt
Keep pressing the knob for around 10 to 15 seconds, and buckle your seatbelt simultaneously. And then, you can release the knob. To know that you have successfully turned off the alarm, you should see B OFF on the instrument panel.
If unsuccessful, you can opt to take the car to your dealer to help you out. Some vehicles require specific reprogramming software. Therefore, consult before you tamper with important components in your car.
2. Installing a Seat Belt Alarm Stopper
You can also disable the alarm by installing an alarm stopper.
Step 1: Use an Unattached Seat Belt Clip
If you do not intend to use the seat belt, an unattached seat belt clip will do the trick—simply insert it into the receptacle. To safely use this option, ensure you get a clip that perfectly matches your original seat belt.
These can be found in a parts store or scrap yard. To find an exact match, measure the overall dimensions of the exposed metal section of your clip and the receptor.
Step 2: Get an Extender
On the other hand, if you intend to use your seat belt, you can use the other stopper option—the extender. This piece works to clip into the receptacle as well as provide an additional receptacle so you can use your seat belt without removing the alarm stopper.
You can only purchase these from the original equipment manufacturer of your seat belt. It should meet the criteria in the operating manual.
Step 3: Install the Seat Belt Alarm Stopper
Ensure that the stopper you are using perfectly fits the receptacle and then click it into place. This gives you freedom as far as the dinging alarm sounds are concerned.
What Are the Common Reasons That Set off the Seatbelt Alarm?
There are several reasons that can set off the seatbelt alarm.
Seatbelt Not Fastened
This is the most common reason—it is why the sensors were put in the first place. It could be the driver or the passenger not wearing the seatbelt and this triggers a warning light and sound. It means that you should buckle up.
Since the seatbelt warning system is an electrical circuit, if the connection is somewhat faulty due to damage or breakage, the alarm may be set off continually, regardless of whether you have belted up or not.
Weight of the Seat
Typically, the seatbelt alarm works by detecting the weight on the seat and the unbuckled seatbelt. Therefore, if anyone occupies the seat the alarm is triggered.
Moreover, sometimes it may happen that when you place heavy items on the seat, the alarm may also go off when you are driving. You can remove the heavy items or strap them in to turn off the alarm.
Broken Seatbelt Buckle
The issue may also arise from a broken seatbelt buckle. It could be a result of wear and tear, debris, and crumbs of food falling into the receptacle.
What Is the Seatbelt Warning Light?
Seatbelt warning lights are incorporated in many cars for the safety of the driver and passengers. It turns on after the sensors detect that there is someone in the car’s seat without the seatbelt securely buckled.
You will notice the light on the dashboard, usually accompanied by a dinging alarm. The light is typically red and in the shape of a person sitting on a seat with a seatbelt across them.
The seatbelt is important in that it ensures you stay safe. In most cars, the warning light will come on accompanied by an alarm sound that notifies you that someone has not belted up. If you have any issue with the alarm sound, you can follow the above procedures to disable it. However, it is important to always buckle up when driving.