24: Automatic Seatbelts
We’re not sure what the appeal was with automatic seatbelts, but a lot of compact cars made in the ’80s had this feature. If you remember getting into an older Accord or Civic, you probably tangled with automatic seatbelts at one point or another. The concept was that the driver and passenger would always be wearing a seatbelt. Although intentions were good, these seatbelts would often burn out or get stuck.
The cost to replace these units was high, and for many drivers too problematic. Honda went back to traditional seatbelts after the Accord’s redesign for 1994. We’re glad too because automated seatbelts in today’s vehicles wouldn’t work. These were one of the most annoying features of cars during the ’80s.