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A History of Seat BeltsOnce the idea of safety benefits of seat belts caught on in the U.S. public, sales of seat belts skyrocketed. Auto companies offered seat belts as optional equipment and were even sold at local gas stations.
Since 1966, American vehicles are required to have seat belts in their cars. As such, by 1975, most first-world countries had a seat belt requirement in their cars. Once they became more common in cars, laws soon followed afterwards. By 1970, the world’s first seat belt law was created in Victoria, Australia, which required passengers to wear their seat belts at all times. In the U.S., seat belt laws came around the time of the creation of The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966.
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It appears that the availability of seat belts (front only, at first) was phased in between 1963 and 1966 model years...
In 1962, the only belts listed for the Corvair were fan belts.
In 1963, Seat Belts were not standard equipment, but first appeared as a Regular Production Option [RPO A37].
In 1964, Seat Belts were listed as Regular Equipment (Interior). Custom Deluxe Seat Belts (Retractor Type) [RPO A49], or Seat Belt Delete [RPO A62] were options. Custom Deluxe Seat Belts were also listed as Dealer Installed Accessories.
In 1965, Front Seat Belts continued to be listed as Regular Equipment (Interior). Custom Deluxe Seat Belts (Retractor Type) [RPO A49] continued, but rear seat belts, Custom Deluxe [RPO A47] or Custom [RPO A64] were now listed. A Seat Belt Delete option [RPO A62] remained available. Seat Belts, Custom Deluxe, Custom Rear, and Seat Belt Retractors were listed as Dealer Installed Accessories.
By 1966, Seat Belts — Front and Rear, were Standard Equipment (Interior). Seat Belts, Custom Deluxe Dual (Front and Rear) [RPO A39] were now the only seat belt option. The Seat Belt Delete option had been dropped. Seat Belt Retractors were the only listed Dealer Installed Options.
The above information was obtained from the 1964, 1965 and 1966 Chevrolet-Corvair - GM Heritage Center Specs — copies attached.
- 1964 Chevrolet Corvair GM Heritage Center Specs.pdf
- 1964 Chevrolet Corvair GM Heritage Center Specs
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- 1965 Chevrolet Corvair GM Heritage Center Specs.pdf
- 1965 Chevrolet Corvair GM Heritage Center Specs
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- 1966-Chevrolet-Corvair - GM Heritage Center Specs.pdf
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1966 Corvair Corsa Convertible