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Old 01-06-2011, 06:21 PM   #1
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Question Which cars were first to come with seat belts?

Yeah, I know about the Tucker being equipt with seat belts. I'm asking about the Big Three. None of my early cars had them until I installed them myself, aftermarket. The first car I remember riding in that was built with them was a '65 Lincoln.
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Old 01-06-2011, 06:43 PM   #2
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In 1955 Ford offered seat-belts as an option from what I found when I searched.
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Old 01-06-2011, 07:14 PM   #3
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Can you be more specific. The first car to come STANDARD with seatbelts or the first car to have seatbelts available.


American Patent
•Edward J. Claghorn was the first to patent a seat belt. Claghorn, who was from New York City, received patent number #312,085 in 1885 for his creation. Claghorn said his invention was "designed to be applied to the person, and provided with hooks and other attachments for securing the person to a fixed object."
Quick-Release Belts

•The first quick-releasing safety belt installed as standard equipment appeared in Fords for the model year 1956. These safety belts were called the AutoCrat Safety Belt and were patented by brothers Kenneth and Bob Ligon.
Modern Belts

•Nils Bohlin of Sweden is credited with creating the first modern three-point safety belt. Bohlin's belt, which combined both lap and shoulder straps, was first used in Volvos in the late 1950s.
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Old 01-06-2011, 07:16 PM   #4
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Old 01-07-2011, 11:15 AM   #5
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Legislation made them mandatory, January 1, '65
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Old 01-07-2011, 12:28 PM   #6
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My '64 Chev SS had then standard. I read the '50 Rambler had them as an option.
The 1957 Fords pushed them big time as a option but people didn't bite. It took a long time for people too get used to them even after they were standard equipment.
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Old 01-07-2011, 01:50 PM   #7
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I meant came equipt with seat belts as standard components.

My '55 Merc, '52 Studie, '56 Ford, '49 Ford and '60 T-bird were all beltless when I got them.
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Old 01-07-2011, 02:17 PM   #8
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My '65 Mustang had lap belts standard. It did not have shoulder harnesses.
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Old 01-07-2011, 02:21 PM   #9
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My 73 Chevy 1/4 ton has lap belts as standard.
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Old 01-07-2011, 09:02 PM   #10
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Nah, '73 is too late. It's gotta' be between 1960, when I know, for sure, that they were optional equipment, and 1965, when I know, for sure, that they were standard/required
issue in all american cars.
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Old 01-07-2011, 10:25 PM   #11
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I thought some mid-century Buick had it first featured as standard equipment in the US.

Where did I read that.........................
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Volvo were the first cars with seat belts as an option.

Ford were the first to have rear seat belts.
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Old 01-12-2011, 03:55 PM   #13
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my parents 71 super beatle vw and had it, my 71 chevelle had it can't remember if my grandpas 60 ford falcon did or not, not sure but seemed like it did.
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