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Ivas 01-06-2011 05:21 PM

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.
What do you fellahs say?

WadeWilson 01-06-2011 05:43 PM

In 1955 Ford offered seat-belts as an option from what I found when I searched.

Number 3 01-06-2011 06:14 PM

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.

midnighter 01-06-2011 06:16 PM

Bumper cars?

LOWDOWN 01-07-2011 10:15 AM

Legislation made them mandatory, January 1, '65

myold88 01-07-2011 11:28 AM

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.

Ivas 01-07-2011 12:50 PM

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.

1bad65 01-07-2011 01:17 PM

My '65 Mustang had lap belts standard. It did not have shoulder harnesses.

ViperTomcat 01-07-2011 01:21 PM

My 73 Chevy 1/4 ton has lap belts as standard.

Ivas 01-07-2011 08:02 PM

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.

Mr. Wyndham 01-07-2011 09:25 PM

I thought some mid-century Buick had it first featured as standard equipment in the US.

Where did I read that.........................:facepalm:

CamaroFreako 01-08-2011 09:44 AM

Volvo were the first cars with seat belts as an option.

Ford were the first to have rear seat belts.

Skyblu 01-12-2011 02:55 PM

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.

THUMPER20X 01-16-2011 07:03 PM

My 57 Bel Air has nothin lol.

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