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Integrated Seatbelts - What are they and why do they exist?

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What Are Integrated Seatbelts?

Integrated seatbelts are seatbelts that are built into the seat itself. This means that if you removed the seat from the vehicle, you could realistically buckle yourself into it. The entire seatbelt system is contained all within the seat frame.

When Are They Used?

Integrated seatbelts are typically used in trucks, though they have been used in a few cars before. Normally, when a truck is an extended cab, there's no pillar for the seatbelt to be bolted to. The only place to mount the seatbelt was the floor and ceiling. This became a slight issue as it created a bit of a hassle while getting in and out of the vehicle, or while attempting to access the rear area with only the front door open.

The answer to the problem was to contain the entire seatbelt assembly within the seat frame, and beef up the frame. Sometimes they were used in SUV's that had the same body as the trucks so a second seat would not have to be designed and tested.

Integrated seatbelts are very useful when doing a resto-mod on an older vehicle because it eliminates the need for secondary seatbelt systems.

Examples of integrated seatbelts include:

  • 2004-2008 F150 Regular & Extended Cab
  • 2001-2003 F150 Extended Cab
  • 2002*-2007 Super Duty Extended Cab
  • 1999*-2006 GM Trucks & SUV's
  • 1998-2001 Dodge Ram Extended Cab

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