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Types of Automotive Seat Belt Designs

Seat belt use over the years has grown as laws enforcing the use of safety belts have been implemented nationwide. The use of a seat belt is important especially if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident as it can prevent you from:

  • Car Ejections
  • Broken Bones
  • Paralysis
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • and even death

In a four year period the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration states that more than 7,500 lives were saved because of a seat belt. On average 88% of Americans use their seat belts every day.

Although use of a safety belt is important, they can also injure crash victims. Some personal injuries someone may endure due to a seat belt might include:

  • Bruises
  • Scrapes
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Damage to the intestines

If you have been injured by a seat belt in an auto accident, you may be entitled to file a claim for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and damaged property.

The experienced legal professionals at The Edwards Law Firm have many years of experience handing auto accident claims and there are no upfront costs for us to handle your lawsuit.

Call us today at 1-800-304-9246 for your free case review.  

Common Types of Seat belts

The first patented seat belt was invented in the 19th century and involved hooks and attachments to secure a person to a moving object. The more modern 3-point seat belt was put into use in 1959 although there are still many other types of seat belts.

2-Point Belts / Lap Belt

Most commonly you'll see these types of seat belts on airplanes and older cars where the belt attaches at two points and sits on your lap.

3-Point Belts / Y-Belts

These types of belts are the most common types you'll see in modern vehicles which combines lap and sash belts. The belt covers impact to the shoulders, chest, and pelvis.

Sash Belts

Sash belts go over the occupants shoulder and are buckled toward the center of the vehicle. Sash belts may be used in conjunction with lap belts.

Automatic Belts

These types of seat belts automatically move in and out of place when the occupant is entering and exiting the vehicle. Automatic belts were first featured in cars in the 1980s.

Belt in Seats

Another 3-points harness, this type of seat belt has the shoulder belt attached to the seat rather than to the vehicle.

5-Points belts

Another common type of seat belt is the 5-point belt which is commonly used to buckle in children. Race car drivers also use the 5-point safety belt system. In the 5-point system the lap belt is connected to a belt between the legs along with the use of two shoulder belts.

Locking re-tractors, pre-tensioners, and web clamps

Most modern vehicles are equipped with seat belts that feature a particular system to minimize movement if the driver suddenly brakes or is involved in a car collision. The type of technology used may depend on the make and model but they are often locking re-tractors, pre-tensioners, or web clamps.

Injured? Contact Our Oklahoma Lawyers Today

Lawyer Trevor FurlongIf you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident while wearing your seat belt or if you withstood seat belt injuries, our lawyers may be able to help you. You or your loved ones may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, injuries, lost wages, and more.

Our team of auto accident attorneys are dedicated to helping our clients with offices located throughout Northern Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.

Receive a free, no-obligation review of your case by contacting us at 1-800-304-9246 and get the legal counsel you need if you've been involved in a car crash.



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