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Why are seatbelts still a top vehicle safety device?

Seatbelts are one of the oldest safety devices in your vehicle. You may wonder, with all the new safety advances, why seatbelts are still important. Do you really need to bucklel up to stay safe when your vehicle is covered in air bags and has so many other safety devices? The reality is that every person in a vehicle on California roadways needs to be buckled up for maximum safety.

According to PR Newswire, the basic design of your seatbelt-the three-point model-is so effective because it helps to disperse force and pressure while also keeping you secure in the seat. Basic physics tells you that something in motion will remain motion until it hits a fixed object. When you are in a crash, your vehicle is stopped by the other vehicle or stationary object it hits. Your body keeps moving forward. If you are wearing a seatbelt, though, it acts as the object that stops your forward momentum.

The design of the seatbelt is important because it applies force on your body at key points. The lap belt part should sit along your hips under your stomach area. This holds your lower body stable. The shoulder belt runs from the hip to the shoulder, across the strongest area of your body, the ribs. So, your hips and ribs should take the majority of the impact, which they can withstand better than other parts of your body. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

 

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