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The History of the Automobile in America,

it’s mechanical and auto body technology and development, the people who drive them, the laws they are subject to, the evolution of the roads they drive on, and almost inevitably, the technology required to recover a collision-damaged vehicle and return it to drivable condition, are all intertwined. The history of the collision repair industry, most specifically, the many companies that support the industry, have a long and interestingly varied past.

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Friday, February 1, 2013

February 10, 1885

The first U.S. patent for a seat belt is issued to Edward J. Claghorn of New York.  It was described in the patent as "designed to be applied to the person, and provided with hooks and other attachments for securing the person to a fixed object."  It’s unknown, but highly unlikely that any horse drawn wagon was ever fitted with seat belts.  Their application would have to wait 63 years when the first seat belt was installed in a Tucker automobile.  But, inadvertently, it was an early step in making cars, and people, safer. 

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