I would like to think that "MADE IN THE USA." still means something, instead of "mostly
made or assembled in the USA." and I am willing to pay extra for what I feel confident is a quality product, I still vote for Morris......
Understandable, paying extra for perceived quality, as well as paying extra for "Made in the USA". But, Morris doesn't say they were completely
Made in the USA, just assembled and tested in the USA... Assembled with imported components?
Originally Posted by Morris classics
our seat belts are tested and assembled in the USA
Andover states that most
belts are assembled in the USA ( not that they are "mostly
" assembled in the USA, which can lead people to believe they may have been partially assembled elsewhere)... On mine, I was told they were assembled here, in the USA... The retractors and buckles may have been imported, but is there a US supplier for all those components?
Of course, there are many different retailers of belts... From these threads, we are only told that "some
" companies may
import assembled belts, and some may assemble belts here using components of unknown origin.
Kind of ironic that while Morris notes that "some" suppliers blah, blah, blah... Yet he makes little to no claims against Andover's products, just general claims against "some companies"...
Supposedly, Andover supplys components and assemblies wholesale... Ironic that some of Morris buckles (brushed body with "chrome" button) look nearly identical to Andover's, yet they aren't copies of actual GM buckles... Could they be made by the same manufacturer? Could Andover supply Morris with components? Or could they be using the same supplier?
Sure, assembled in the USA with proprietory components (the various brackets, etc)...
We'll probably never know...
Originally Posted by Morris Classic
The other companies bracket is a plate with a stud in the middle which isn't anything like our top bracket.
And nothing like your previously designed top bracket? Plate and stud, does not make it defficient, just not as "original" as your new style. Is there a functional defficiency using the plate/stud?
Was your previous design (small triangular plate, two holes for the factory roof attachment) sufficiently safe? In the installed orientation, was there a functional difference between your old-style bracket, and the "plate and stud" from Andover?
I agree that the "new" Morris top bracket is nice ( I like it without the rigid extension), Billy mentioned more "correct" and easier rear seat access, but is there a structural benefit compared to previous Morris versions?