2011 ORS § 815.080¹
Providing safety belt, harness or child safety system that does not comply with standards
  • exemptions
  • penalty

(1) A person commits the offense of providing a safety belt, harness equipment or a child safety system that does not comply with standards if the person does any of the following:

(a) Sells or offers for sale a new motor vehicle that is not equipped with safety belts, safety harnesses or child safety systems that comply with and are installed in compliance with the rules adopted by the Department of Transportation under ORS 815.055 (Rules establishing standards for safety belts, harnesses and child safety systems). This paragraph applies only to motor vehicles that are primarily designed for transportation of individuals and that have seating for one or more passengers side-by-side with the operator. This paragraph requires only that the vehicle be equipped with one seat belt or harness for the operator and one for at least one of the passengers seated beside the operator.

(b) Sells or offers for sale any safety belt, safety harness, child safety system, anchor or other device for attaching or securing safety belts, safety harnesses or child safety system if the belt, harness, child safety system, anchor or device does not comply with the rules adopted by the department under ORS 815.055 (Rules establishing standards for safety belts, harnesses and child safety systems). This paragraph applies only to belts, harnesses, child safety systems, anchors or devices for use or installation on a vehicle that is primarily designed for transportation of individuals.

(c) Sells or offers for sale any safety belt, safety harness, child safety system, anchor or other device for attaching or securing safety belts, safety harnesses or child safety systems if the belt, harness, child safety system, anchor or device is not marked as required under federal safety standards and if the mark is not legible when the belt, harness, child safety system, anchor or other device is used or installed on a vehicle. This paragraph applies only to belts, harnesses, child safety systems, anchors or devices for use or installation on a vehicle that is primarily designed for transportation of individuals.

(d) Installs any safety belt, safety harness, child safety system, anchor or other device for attaching or securing safety belts, safety harnesses or child safety systems on a vehicle that is primarily designed for the transportation of individuals except in compliance with rules adopted by the department under ORS 815.055 (Rules establishing standards for safety belts, harnesses and child safety systems).

(2) This section does not apply to school buses or school activity vehicles that are subject to equipment standards adopted by the State Board of Education or the State Board of Higher Education under ORS 820.100 (Adoption of safety standards for construction and equipment of school vehicles).

(3) The offense described in this section, providing a safety belt, harness equipment or a child safety system that does not comply with standards, is a Class C traffic violation. [1983 c.338 §452; 1985 c.16 §238; 1985 c.420 §5; 1987 c.119 §3; 1993 c.751 §113; 1995 c.383 §24; 1999 c.39 §10; 2003 c.158 §11]