National Traffic And Motor Vehicle Safety Act Of 1966

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While waiting for a friend to untangle the seatbelt she had managed to snag in the door (don’t ask me how), I thought about the family car of my childhood. The 1961 Buick LeSabre was not originally equipped with seatbelts nor any visibly apparent

Dad's car was similar to this, but was puke beige in color. Dad’s car was similar to this, but was puke beige in color.

safety accessories. Dad installed a pair of old aviation grade seatbelts for the front seat passenger and driver.  There were none in the back, so my siblings and I often stood on the floor during long highway trips.  Nor was that Buick designed with pedestrian safety in mind, either. For some reason, it had a pointy projection “design enhancement” on each front fender and two on the front bumper.

Thankfully, that car was never involved in a traffic mishap.  No pedestrians were harmed and nobody was thrown through the windshield.  I shudder to think…

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