Does a drivers seat belt retract back after a collision with airbag deployed on 2010 Toyota Corolla

recently my son rear ended another vehicle. he swears he was wearing his seat belt. his air bag in his steering wheel did deploy but his seat belt is lock in place like it was never been worn. he claims that when he took it off it coiled back in place. is this possible.

by in Scottsboro, AL on November 02, 2012
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ANSWER by on November 02, 2012
YES, IT ONLY LOCKS MOMENTARILY WITH AN INERTIA SWITCH BUT THEN IT WILL RELEASE. THEN RETRACT WHEN UNHOOKED.
ANSWER by on November 02, 2012
yes it's possible
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ANSWER by on November 02, 2012
If the seat belts are equipped with 'pre-tensioners' as many are, then most likely both the belt and buckle will need to be replaced. BEST is to go to your toyota dealer for complete and accurate description of items needing to be replaced after airbag deployment. A body shop would be another source of info. 1 reason I would tend to believe your son WAS wearing his seatbelt , is that without it he most likely would have been injured BY THE airbag.