Travel: Buckling Down

Although Detroit now fits all its cars with seat-belt mountings, most drivers have proved reluctant to spend the few extra dollars to buy the belts themselves. Despite their proven value in reducing injury in case of accident, many owners just don't like the belts cluttering up the front seat. Last week, taking matters into its own hands. Wisconsin became the first state to order seat belts installed on all 1962 autos sold there. The Federal Government also specifies seat-belt mountings on its vehicles, but so far only a few agencies—Commerce. Labor, Health. Education and Welfare, Forestry Service. FBI—require use...

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