Can I Drive a Classic Car Without a Seat Belt in Sioux Falls?

Drivers around Sioux Falls with classical tastes in automobiles will find a lot to love about the selection of classic cars at Frankman Motor Company. Classic cars are a particular passion of ours, as it is for many of our loyal customers, though one thing that always seems to cause some confusion is the laws about seat belts.

These days, we don't think anything about it. If you drive a modern vehicle, wearing your seat belt is the law. Seat belts haven't actually been around all that long, with Saab being the first motor company to offer them as a standard feature in 1958. Even then, it wasn't until ten years later in 1968, that the first law requiring all vehicles to be outfitted with seat belts in every seat was passed.

At Frankman Motor Company, we deal classic cars that go all the way back to the 1910s, meaning we have about five decades worth of vehicles that don't feature seat belts. Hence, you might be wondering if you must outfit your recent classic car purchase with seat belts to make it street legal, thereby damaging its original integrity.

The short answer is no.

The long answer is this. South Dakota law states that vehicles manufactured before September 1, 1973, are exempt from having to have safety belts. This means that any South Dakota residents who are keeping a 1948 Cadillac Series 62 sedan in their garage, can still take it for a spin without having to worry about getting a ticket.

We invite all Sioux Falls residents to shop our inventory of used and classic cars at your convenience.

Categories: Pre-Owned Inventory