Seat Belt Laws
[§4513.26.2] §4513.262. Installation and sale of seat safety belts required; definition.
(A) As used in this section and in section 4513.263 of the Revised Code, the component parts of a "seat safety belt" include a belt, anchor attachment assembly, and a buckle or closing device.
(B) No person shall sell, lease, rent, or operate any passenger car, as defined in division (E) of section 4501.01 of the Revised Code, that is registered or to be registered in this state and that is manufactured or assembled on or after January 1, 1962, unless the passenger car is equipped with sufficient anchorage units at the attachment points for attaching at least two sets of seat safety belts to its front seat. Such anchorage units at the attachment points shall be of such construction, design, and strength to support a loop load pull of not less than four thousand pounds for each belt.
(C) No person shall sell, lease, or rent any passenger car, as defined in division (E) of section 4501.01 of the Revised Code, that is registered or to be registered in this state and that is manufactured or assembled on or after January 1, 1966, unless the passenger car has installed in its front seat at least two seat safety belt assemblies.
(D) After January 1, 1966, neither any seat safety belt for use in a motor vehicle nor any component part of any such seat safety belt shall be sold in this state unless the seat safety belt or the component part satisfies the minimum standard of specifications established by the society of automotive engineers for automotive seat belts and unless the seat safety belt or component part is labeled so as to indicate that it meets those minimum standard specifications.
(E) Each sale, lease, or rental in violation of this section constitutes a separate offense.
(F) Whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor.
HISTORY: 129 v 1567 (Eff 9-23-61); 131 v 1115 (Eff 8-9-65); 141 v S 54. Eff 5-6-86; 149 v S 123, §1, eff. 1-1-04.