Originally Posted by egladman
Who writes those goofy manuals anyway?
The GM Accountants and Lawyers.
I believe the safty standard said that cars, beginning around 1986, had to have either Air Bags or an Automatic Seat Belt System for the Driver. The Air Bag option was too expensive, so most manufactures went with the automatic seat belt that was on a motorized track around the door frame. As most of you know, when you opened the door on these cars, the shoulder belt would zip along the door frame out of your way. And when you closed the door, it would zip back into place. The only thing you had to remember to do, was to fasten your lap belt. GM Accountants (disguised as mild mannered Engineers) had an even better....ahem....cheaper idea. So, most of us driving 1987 thru 1991 H-Bodys have GM'* interpretation of what an Automatic Seat Belt System SHOULD be!(?) BTW, Do you feel safer with the seat belt mounted to the door frame or the the "B" pillar in other models?
Those same GM Accountants, that were promoted to Engineers, also "improved" the 1992 3800 engine by eliminating the EGR Valve for one year. DeathRat will remind us, once in awhile, what an improvement to his car that brought!!!