3. Motorized Seatbelts
Don’t be a dummy, buckle up! Safety was an important issue during the 1980s and many new cars came with little stickers on the side glass reminding drivers and passengers alike to fasten their restraints. In a bid to get more people to buckle up automakers introduced motorized seat belts that made certain you were strapped in like an astronaut at launch time.
Serving front-seat riders these curious devices were attached to tracks that ran along the vehicle’s A-pillar and headliner. When you turned the ignition on they’d motor along said pathway, terminating near the B-post; of course you still had to manually fasten the lap belt so they were only half automatic. This sort of safety restraint was quite popular during the 1980s, though it lasted well into the ‘90s.