CHP Expected To Recommend Not Grandfathering Seat-Belt Rule After Kevin Hart Crash

New Laws Could Require Safety Equipment, Whether Vehicle Grandfathered Into No-Seatbelt Rule Or Not

As Kevin Hart continues to recover from back surgery and enters into the rehabilitation phase of his healing process, investigators are still attempting to piece together what happened on Mulholland Highway.

Kevin wasn’t driving the vehicle and, thankfully, all three passengers survived the crash.

Although alcohol has been determined to not be a factor, the California Highway Patrol will dismantle the restored classic car to learn whether or not the vehicle malfunctioned.

Kevin Hart's 1970 Plymouth Barracuda Totaled
Kevin Hart’s 1970 Plymouth Barracuda Totaled

The Speedkore built 1970 Plymouth RestoMod, at 700hp, had no roll cage or harness installed.

TMZ talked to the California Highway Patrol who said that “it’s protocol to disassemble cars involved in either fatal or major injuries to determine the cause of the crash.”

After that, they’ll write a report, which could include a recommendation that ALL customizers install harnesses (roll cages might be a stretch) in high-powered, restored classic cars, whether they’re grandfathered into the no-seatbelt rule or not.

In Hart’s case, as will many classic vehicles, his Barracuda was released in a year that didn’t require a safety harness, and the CHP believes that if the harness was included during the restoration process, Hart, along with many others, wouldn’t have sustained such serious injuries.

The CHP also said that “even if there were mechanical problems, a harness could have prevented or minimized the injuries that Kevin and the driver suffered.”

TMZ states that their CHP sources hope that there will be changes to laws regarding restored vehicles.

Kevin Hart's 1970 Plymouth Barracuda Totaled
Kevin Hart’s 1970 Plymouth Barracuda Totaled