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Hazards or emergency flashers

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Hey everyone,
Does someone know when hazard lights/emergency lights were installed on Mustangs? I'm asking because it's one of the mandatory safety features looked at during an inspection here in Quebec but if they weren't factory installed they can't make me put them in.
My Mustang didn't have reverse lights installed but I put them in, because I wanted the GT valance on my car.
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I've had a couple of '66's and they were in those cars. I had a 65, & don't remember them in that car. BUT I don't always remember what I did yesterday! The switch for the flashers is in the glove box, on the left.

have fun, dave
Mine is a June 6, 1964 build and it does not hae the hazard lights. I thought they were mandated in the US in 1966. However, I found a website that claims they were mandated in 1967. I'm assuming that Canada would have mandated hazard lights at the same time.
Not in the glove box
Beginning in '66, the Govt. required 4 things standard on cars.

back up lights
4 way emergency flashers (& yes the switch is in glove box on left - in the 66's at least.)
rear seat belts
windshield washer bag set up

Ken facepalm2.gif
The switch on a 70 is on the steering column on the right hand side just in front of the ignition switch.
1966 is when they were required on all american made or sold vehicles. Back then it was just a toggle switch. Your 65 should be exempted. Good luck
On my San Jose built '66 the switch is mounted under the dash on the passenger side and not inside the glove box as others have stated.
Hello. :) In the 65 model year emergency flashers were an option on the Mustangs, and, the cars that had that option had the switch mounted under the dash on passenger side. The emergency flashers were mandatory in 66, and those cars had the switch mounted in the glovebox. There could easily have been some very late 65s that came with emergency flashers that had the switch mounted in the glovebox. I have never seen or heard of such a car, but, it is certainly possible. One should also keep in mind that all sorts of stuff could have happened to one of these cars over the decades. On HiPerformance28's car, it could be that somebody back in the 70s decided that the glovebox was not a sufficiently convenient location for the switch and moved it under the dash. Or, it could have been a 'whoopsy' that occurred at San Jose. :)
Thanks everyone, it's been an interesting learning. The people in the government office I spoke too here have said conflicting statements, (which shows governnments are the same everywhere).
1. 1965 cars are exempt
2. A required saftey issue
So I guess it come down to the person inspecting the car, too which side they will apply....

I'm sure my 65 never had them. On a side bar I wonder if that can be traced to the factory build records as an installed option? I'm going to look that way as well for my entertainment.
Since Marti reports are not available for '65-'66 model years, I suspect factory build records are not available for those years.

Marti Auto Works - Marti Report
Since Marti reports are not available for '65-'66 model years, I suspect factory build records are not available for those years.

Hi again. :) That is correct. Ford destroyed the records for the 65/66 cars a long time ago. :)
FINALLY....I found this after lots of digging in the qucbec government handbook for it's inspectors


This type of question comes up regularly: When was X, Y or Z required on a car? To better understand the answer I spent yesterday reading old newspapers and also the records of Congress. The answer was a little surprising, but not really if you think about it.

The total number of federally required safety items on a 1965 or '66 US car was precisely: NONE. In fact, the same is true for 1967 cars. The only federal automotive requirement in those days was for brake fluid.

That doesn't mean that car makers didn't make some of these safety items standard equipment. It simply means there was no federal requirement to have those things. The hot issue of the time was not immigration reform but vehicle safety with Ralph Nader continually stirring the pot. As I mentioned in an earlier thread about seat belts, many states had their own laws requiring some of these items as early as 1962 but the feds were late getting into the game. Congress and various states, NY being the first, were passing laws, LBJ was making Executive Orders (sound familiar?), etc., but nothing had yet taken affect for MY1966.

Ford tried to sell safety with optional seat belts, etc., as early as 1956 but few, except for my truck-driver father-in-law, ever voluntarily bought a car with those items. Ford's Lifeguard Design for 1956 Henry Ford groused that "McNamara (Ford's VP) was selling safety while Chevrolet was selling cars." Ford dropped the safety sales pitch after 1957.

Until LBJ signed the first Highway Safety Act on 9 Sept 1966 (when 1967 cars were already being sold) the federal government had NO authority to decree safety items on a car. Even then the first safety rules were never planned to take effect until 1968. The feds did have their own list of safety requirements for a car bought by the federal government but even those GSA rules were not effective until model year 1967 and they were only applicable to the few thousand cars bought by GSA.

I am working up a spreadsheet of what was required, and when, but its not an easy task. The initial 23 regulations take up 9 pages of the Federal Register for 1966. And only 19(?) of those 23 ever made it into law. Emergency flashers were on that initial list of 23 but that has nothing to do with what Ford sold in 1965, '66 or '67. When the regulations DID take effect one of the first was that vitally important problem that had been killing unknown millions of Americans: those evil SPINNER HUBCAPS. They were banned in 1968 as one of the first safety regulations. Be sure to a hug a bureaucrat today or maybe just drive your early car with spinners to show your appreciation. :)

How does this affect you and the local inspectors? Hard to say. What did your local laws require?
That's quite interesting lesson, thank you for spending the time to look into it. I've found out from a goernment spokesman that the rule for Quebec is quite easy. If the company building the car installed it, it's required. The laws concerning safety have changed at various times and the car companies always kept in pace with new laws.
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