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Classic sports car Kevin Hart was riding at time of car crash lacked key safety features: report


Kevin Hart suffered major back injuries in car crash Sept. 1. The car, a vintage Plymouth Barracuda, was ill-equipped for safety, according to a report. (Kevin Mazur / WireImage)

The blue 1970 Plymouth Barracuda that crashed Sept. 1 in southern California, injuring comedian Kevin Hart and the car’s driver, lacked key safety features typical for such vehicles, according to a TMZ report.

It’s “highly unusual” for cars with 720 horsepower not to have a five-point harness and a roll cage, TMZ reported, citing multiple unidentified car shop owners who work with performance cars.


Jared Black, 28, was operating the car — with the 40-year-old entertainer in a passenger seat — at the time of the crash near the Mulholland Highway, according to a California Highway Patrol report.

Both Black and Hart sustained significant back injuries, according to the CHP. A third rider was not hospitalized.

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Tiffany Haddish, a friend of Hart, told Entertainment Tonight on Friday that Hart was “doing fine.”

“As far as I know, from the last I heard, he’s fine,” Haddish said. “He’s already walking. He’s good.”