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Seat Belt Laws on Older Vehicles?

I have a 72 GMC pick-up. I have heard that vehicles that are older than 83 do not have to have a seat belt. I was wondering if that was true. And do I need a seat belt? Any info would help. Thanks. Thank you guys, for the info. All of it was helpful.







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Moot point in my case. I just spent a shyytteload of money to have my 1958 car modified to accept seat belts and a roll bar.


Dan
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WRONG! All vehicles since 1964 need seat belts.


JetDoc
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Yes, Federal law required every PASSENGER CAR built after January 1965 to have seat belts installed in the front seats, but light trucks are not considered to be passenger cars. The rules were different for light trucks. The law does not force you to install seat belts in a vehicle that did not have them installed as original equipment, but it's not a bad idea to put them in and use them anyway.


UCANTCME
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Every passenger car manufactured or assembled after Jan. 1, 1965, must be equipped with at least two lap-type safety belt assemblies for use in the front seating positions. Every passenger car manufactured or assembled after Jan. 1, 1968, shall be equipped with a lap-type safety belt assembly for each permanent passenger seating position. This requirement shall not apply to police vehicles. Every passenger car manufactured or assembled after Jan. 1, 1968, shall be equipped with at least two shoulder harness-type safety belt assemblies for use in the front seating positions. State law allows for the State Patrol in some cases to excuse some of the requirements when compliance would be impractical...







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