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UK law on children and seat belts

John Bannister

The SVW Range of pre-war MG’s all have 4 seats. This means that owners may well find themselves being asked to take young children in their cars It is inadvisable to retro-fit seat belt anchorage points as these will not have been fully crash-tested and are unlikely to meet the latest approved legislative or insurance requirements.

Full details are covered on the Government Website below:

Govt website FAQ

This says:

Note: These rules also apply when cars are being used for events such as weddings or family celebrations. It may therefore not be possible to legally carry Bridesmaids or younger/small family members on the day.

I hope this advice helps owners of pre and post-war cars (up to the mid 1960’s) where approved seat belts and seat belt anchorage points were not fitted as original equipment. (Best also to fully check the website yourselves, to be absolutely sure of all the on-going Legislation).

Quickfit Safety Belt Services advertise that they can design and install seat belts to any old cars which were not originally fitted with Seat Belt anchorage points.

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