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Old 06-17-2014, 09:46 AM   #1
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My 2004 class A only has a lap belt, no shoulder belt. Does anyone know if this is legal in Rhode Island. Tried looking online but can not find a direct answer


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Old 06-17-2014, 10:14 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by johnd01 View Post
My 2004 class A only has a lap belt, no shoulder belt. Does anyone know if this is legal in Rhode Island. Tried looking online but can not find a direct answer
I believe it's legal to use/drive any older vehicle if it met the legal requirements in affect when it was new, (even in Rhode Island).
Antique cars seldom have seat belts, (let alone shoulder belts), added!
IMO, IF your coach originally came that way it is legal.
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If it came from the manufacturer that way, you're fine. The builder was required to certify that the coach met all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards when he built and sold it. If, however, someone removed the shoulder harness/seat belt combo and put in a seat belt, then you're in a grey area. It's grey because technically you should have both in there and you don't, but in reality very few LEO's know this tiny corner of the law. This is especially true as to how it relates to RV's so if you'd ever be cited on such a technicality, it's very doubtful and I'd be very surprised. Especially if you were wearing the lap belt.

I used to teach child and adult passenger restraint courses to State, County and Local LEO's and very few were willing to write up someone in an RV for seat belt violations let alone someone wearing a belt in a vehicle that "might" have been required to have a belt and shoulder harness. Just not an area they wanted to get into unless a violation was so flagrant they just couldn't overlook it. I was a registered Safety Engineer and set up the Child Passenger Safety Program in Delaware.
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