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    Default Modified Ford Bronco

    My question involves vehicle maintenance laws for the State of: California: My question is regarding the modification of a Ford Bronco. Her vehicle has the hard top over the back, and she took if off. She has no back window, side windows in the front cab only, and no other protection. She has a 3 year old child that still sits in a car seat and must be restrained in the back seat. Is that an illegal modification in California? I really worry about the lack of protection for her child. Any information would be helpful. Every sate has different modification laws, and trying to weed through them is like finding a needle in a haystack. It was suggested I contact the Highway Patrol, but figured I'd start here first.

    Thanks for your help,

    Kiona2

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    Default Re: Modified Ford Bronco

    Many earlier Bronco's and Blazer"s had removable hardtops. Nothing illegal about getting some sun. It is like a truck convertible. Why, do you think children should be banned from convertibles or should be made to wear toddler helmets when learning to walk or riding in a convertible?
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    Default Re: Modified Ford Bronco

    If the top was made to be removed, it is not a modification to the vehicle anymore than rolling a window down would be.

    so, was this a removable top?

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    Default Re: Modified Ford Bronco

    The old broncos were designed to do this.

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    Default Re: Modified Ford Bronco

    No, she just cut if off. I don't know why either. :/

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    Default Re: Modified Ford Bronco

    Arguably it would fall under VC 24002.

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    Default Re: Modified Ford Bronco

    I have a friend that does the same thing with his Bronco as the seasons change. There s nothing unlawful about removing the hard top and sitting a child in the back seat, provided the child is properly restrained as required by law.
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    Is there a banjo in the car? You really don't need to answer, I'm just curious.

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    Default Re: Modified Ford Bronco

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    Not familiar with the modification laws of California. But yeah, removing the top is pretty much unsafe for the kid.
    No less unsafe than a Jeep with the top down or most any convertible.
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    Default Re: Modified Ford Bronco

    That would depend upon whether there's a roll bar.

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