Wanted: Seat Belt Presenter

About a month ago I took delivery of a 2010 Honda Civic EX coupe. My last car was a Saturn Coupe, and I'm finding little things about the Saturn that are missing in my Civic. One of those things is a seat
belt presenter. Not a fancy electric one like some high-end autos have, but just a plastic swivel with an arm that mounts to the door pillar. I find it just a bit of a strain to twist around for the belt. I have googled the hell out of the internet, but it seems that everyone wants to sell me a seat belt extender, like I'm some 600lb waterbuffalo, and I don't need that.
Is this too unusual a request? Has anyone any idea where such an item could be obtained? I considered getting one from my local saturn parts dealer (they would probably charge me $80 for one), but I don't have any idea how I could thread the belt through it unless I cut a slot for it. I would rather not have to re-sew the end of the belt, but I suppose I could.
Since the seat belt *IS* a safety device, it would make sense that I would rather not compromise the integrity of the belt.
Also, I don't care for the fan speed and temperature knobs. They're too smooth with tiny little squares sticking out of them. Can they be removed, and maybe replaced with something that is a little easier to grip?
Thanks.
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Okay, if you have some sort of disability (shoulder or back injury) I can understand your problem. If you are elderly (which might result in either of the above, but not always) I can understand. But I'm not quite older than dirt (I was born after Kiliua erupted, check out Dive Makai) and I have no problems. And I have both a shoulder and back injury. I can easily put my right hand over my left shoulder and grab the connector.

Having not been to Africa to hunt one, I have to believe what others say, but that 600 lb waterbuffalo is going to tear the shit out of your Civic EX (which is a very nice car). :-)

(You know those little seatbelts that the flight attendants use to demonstrate how to buckle you seatbelt? They're also an extender. I saw a guy who could barely fit in his 1st class seat get one!)

You know, I'm not exactly sure what you are asking for. What do you mean by "presenter".
Oh, and you plan to go to your Saturn dealer, you might want to start looking REAL HARD.

It's just something to get used to. When I drive my wife's top of the line Camary, I have to look down to find damn near everything. But I usually only drive it for long hauls. My Fit? I can make every change without looking down. And given the way I drive (hard) that's probably a good thing. Most of the fighter pilots I've had the opportunity to work with know where damn near everything is.
But it just takes time.

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"Dillon Pyron" wrote

I think the OP might mean "pretensioner." (I couldn't at first figure it out, either.)
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On Tue, 28 Sep 2010 16:09:16 -0400, "Howard Lester"

Thank you both for replying to my post. I do indeed mean "presenter", and not pre-tensioner. Allow me to explain:
The presenter is a luxury device, and has no impact on safety. Imagine you had a butler that would ride in the back seat of your car. When you opened the driver side door and sat down, the butler would grab the seat belt and hand it to you, so you wouldn't have to twist and strain for it yourself.
I wish I could point you to a photo of it, but like I said, the internet doesn't seem to know anything about it. This just boggles my mind because the saturns have had it for nearly 15 years, and it's a convenience that I would like to have in my Civic.
I think Dillon is right.... It's just something that I'm going to need to get used to.
Thanks.
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