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This, BTW, is NOT a carseat question. ;-) It's about my own beltedness!
My mom's car was in an accident a couple years ago, and required a lot of body work. They replaced the driver's side seat belt (yay, since it's a one-time use item) but they installed it wrong (d'oh!) so there's a permanent half-twist in it.
I drive her car now and then when she's out of town etc., so I'm wondering what y'all think: is it safer to have that twist in the shoulder portion, or the lap portion of the belt? The buckle tongue appears to be symmetrical, so I can flip it either way, putting the twist in whichever half of the belt.
The car is a 2002 Infiniti G20, if that seems relevant. The belt is a totally normal modern 3-point belt. It does have a height adjuster where the shoulder connects to the car's body.
On the one hand, it seems like it might be safer to have the twist in the lap portion, farther from the adjuster; OTOH, it seems like the lap portion takes more of my weight in a crash, so it's more important for it to be flat against my body.