I’m sure you’ve seen the "Click-it or Ticket" signs while driving on the highway. Those signs are a part of a nationwide campaign, conceived in the 1980s by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, to increase safety seat belts usage in America. At the time, seat belt usage was below 30% and the number of deaths from car crashes were extremely high.
3-point seat belts are pretty common today and can be found in just about any vehicle in the United States. This kind of belt secures the upper and lower body in place. A huge enhancement for the 2-point seat belts (or lap belts) that used to be installed in cars.
In the early 2000s, the United States Federal Government passed a law to ban lap belts all together because for years they have been the cause of fatal injuries during accidents. Unlike 3-point seat belts, 2-point belts only secures the lower part of your body.
CBS covered a story of young girl who is now paralyzed after being thrown from her parents car when they wrecked on her way to school. She was the only one wearing a lap belt.
According to a NHTSA tv ad, not wearing a seatbelt can lower your chances of survival to 50%. So always buckle up! It could save a life, your life.
Did you know? Volvo invented the seatbelt that’s in your car today?
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Volvo has and will always keep your safety a priority.