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  Seatbelt Physics
The task of the seatbelt is to stop you with the car so that your stopping distance is probably 4 or 5 times greater than if you had no seatbelt.
With no seatbelt to stop the driver with the car, the driver flies free until stopped suddenly by impact on the steering column, windshield, etc. The stopping distance is estimated to be about one fifth of that with a seatbelt, causing the average impact force to be about five times as great.
With no seatbelt to stop the driver with the car, the driver flies free until stopped suddenly by impact on the steering column, windshield, etc. If the distance to impact is greater than 2 ft, the car will be at rest or even bouncing back when the driver strikes it at 30 miles/hr.
hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu /hbase/seatb.html   (377 words)

 Howstuffworks "How Seatbelts Work"
While seatbelts do occasionally contribute to serious injury or death, nearly all safety experts agree that buckling up dramatically increases your chances of surviving an accident.
According to the NHTSA, seatbelts reduce the risk of death for a front seat car occupant by about 50 percent.
In this article, we'll examine the technology of seatbelts to see why they are one of the most important technologies in any car.
auto.howstuffworks.com /seatbelt.htm   (160 words)

 Seat belt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The automotive seat belt was introduced into the United States by Kenneth Ligon and his brother, Bob Ligon, whose patented quick release seat belt, the AutoCrat Safety Belt, was the first seat belt installed as original equipment in the US by Ford in its 1956 model year.
The first seatbelt to be included as standard was on the 1959 Volvo.
It is generally accepted that, in comparing like-for-like accidents, a vehicle occupant wearing a properly fitted seatbelt has a significantly lower chance of death or serious injury.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Seat_belt   (1099 words)

 Seatbelt Laws : Why You Should be Worried
In the UK the introduction of compulsory seatbelts for front seat occupants was accompanied by a 75 per year increase in deaths among rear seat occupants [8].
Unfortunately, according to the official UK accident statistics the extension of compulsory seatbelt wearing to child passengers was accompanied by a 10% increase in fatalities and a 12% increase in injuries among these children [9].
This argues that seatbelt laws haven't had the expected results for vehicle occupants because those drivers who take the most risks are also the least likely to use seatbelts [16].
www.geocities.com /galwaycyclist/info/seatbelts.html   (1767 words)

 Louis A. Green Corp: Polyester Seatbelt for Industrial Uses
Seatbelt is woven for the automotive industry to break at 6,000 lbs.
Seatbelt is woven to international standard widths and is 46 - 49 mm wide; most is 47 mm (1.85 inches).
Seatbelt is often called "two inch" but, in fact, is not woven that wide (50.4 mm).
www.louisagreen.com /auto.htm   (275 words)

 Seatbelt   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
The Acadia Seatbelt Project 'Blair Witch' parody about three students who disappear in the woods while on the trail of a killer seatbelt.
Airbag and Seatbelt Safety Explains why motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of serious injury to the back, neck and spinal cord and how these may be prevented.
Micsia Inc. Offers a seatbelt attachment product that displays baby pictures on the seat belt, it doubles as a medical wallet card keeper in case of road emergencies.
www.serebella.com /encyclopedia/article-Seatbelt.html   (195 words)

 Car Prices and Research - Seatbelt Facts | CarSmart
Seatbelts also distribute the shock of the crash over a larger part of the body, which disperses the shock causing less chance of acute injury.
The seatbelt still needs to be adjusted as snugly as possible, as pretensioners are not powerful enough to pull you back into your seat.
The adjustable seatbelt is usually equipped in the front seat but some manufacturers now provide the option for the back seat as well.
www.carsmart.com /content/research/index.cfm/action/ShowArticle/aid/137575   (358 words)

 Seatbelt VFAQ
Install manual seatbelt retractor assembly into the provided opening, making sure that the tab is inserted properly and 17mm bolt is tight.
Install the lower seatbelt mounting bracket into the 2-17mm bolt holes formerly occupied by the Lap belt retractor assy.
Make sure that the seatbelt is threaded through the carpet hole before bolting down and that the bracket loop is facing forwards.
www.vfaq.com /mods/CDNbelts.html   (587 words)

 Q&A Seatbelt Law   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Not wearing a seatbelt can affect how much money you recover from an insurance company for damages and injuries sustained in an accident.
Wisconsin's law requiring safety belt use allows a damage claim to be reduced by as much as 15 percent for parties not wearing safety belts, according to Michael Stoker, a Johns, Flaherty and Collins attorney.
According to the National Safety Council, the cost of hospitalization is at least 50 percent higher for crash victims not wearing a seatbelt than those who are belted.
www.johnsflaherty.com /q&a_seatbeltlaw.htm   (227 words)

 Gov. Ventura supports upgrading seatbelt law to primary law status
While just 73 percent of motorists in Minnesota wear seatbelts, only a third of people killed in crashes were wearing seatbelts, according to the Department of Public Safety.
In 1998, states with primary seatbelt laws averaged 17 percent higher usage of seatbelts than did those states with secondary seatbelt laws, according to Public Safety.
One issue that has arisen from the seatbelt initiative is whether upgrading the law invites making wearing a helmet while motorcycling mandatory.
www.hometownsource.com /capitol/2001/february/0207seatbelt.html   (696 words)

 NZ Police News : Seatbelts in the spotlight   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
A national survey last year showed that the seatbelt wearing rate for drivers and adult front seat passengers was 92 per cent.
The latest survey on rear seatbelts in 2002 showed that only 80 per cent of back-seat passengers were buckled in.
Research has shown that the risk of serious or fatal injury through not wearing a seatbelt is roughly equal for those in the back seat and those in the front.
www.police.govt.nz /district/waikato/release.php?id=1280   (569 words)

 HCSC - Seatbelt Use
Wearing a seatbelt is the number one thing that everyone can do to protect themselves in the event of a crash – yet many Americans still do not wear seatbelts.
In 2002, seatbelt use among African Americans rose to 77 percent — increasing to essentially the same level as that of the general population — up from 69 percent in 2000.
Seatbelt use in rural areas was 73 percent in 2002, slightly below the 75 percent national average.
www.hamiltoncountysafecommunities.org /seatbelts   (1165 words)

 Seatbelt Challenges
We are happy to report that this grant was awarded for the fiscal year 2001-2002 and fiscal year 2002-2003, and that increased efforts to improve driver safety continue to be promoted.
People are often killed in low speed crashes or vehicle rollovers, when the use of a seatbelt could have saved their lives.
It is estimated that seatbelts have saved 85,000 lives over the past 15 years - maybe the next one will be yours.
www.safecomm.org /seatbelt_challenges.htm   (389 words)

 Driving Solutions
Seatbelt Positioner by Seatbelt Masters keeps the seatbelt off your neck and positions the seatbelt strap across the middle of the shoulder, as recommended for safety.
Car manufacturers and safety organizations recommend adjusting your seatbelt to "rest in front of the middle of the shoulder" for safety, but for many shorter or heavier people, there has been no way to safely do this.
The Seatbelt Positioner can be left in place on the seatbelt and will not interfere with other drivers or passengers who don't use it.
airbagonoff.com /catalog/product_info.php?products_id=1&...   (200 words)

 Give Me Liberty or Give Me Seatbelt Laws? by Alexander Marriott -- Capitalism Magazine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Nationally, Police agencies are stepping up enforcement of seatbelt laws, and in the case of Nevada this means that if you're pulled over for something (you can't be pulled over for not having a seatbelt on) and aren't wearing your seatbelt you will be given a ticket requiring you to pay a fine.
This seatbelt law and the enforcement of it represents one such an erosion, albeit a small one, but an erosion nonetheless.
It is unjust and logically fallacious in a free country for such a law to exist, and as such the police, as citizens, should refuse to enforce it and the rest of us should refuse to obey it or pay the fine.
www.capmag.com /article.asp?ID=3379   (695 words)

 Daily and Sunday Review - News - 07/31/2005 - PennDOT: Seatbelt use at all-time high   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Seatbelt use in Pennsylvania has reached an all-time high, according to PennDOT officials, and local law enforcement officers said most Bradford County residents are conscientious about wearing their seatbelts.
This year's seatbelt usage rate in Pennsylvania is 83.3 percent, up from 81.8 percent reported last year. PennDOT estimates that with every percentage point increase in seat belt usage, eight to 12 lives will be saved.
Failure to wear a seatbelt is a secondary violation, McConnell said, and an officer requires evidence of another violation to initiate a traffic stop.
www.thedailyreview.com /site/news.cfm?newsid=14953606&BRD=2276&PAG=461&dept_id=465049&rfi=6   (332 words)

 TSN Passive Seatbelt Replacement   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
The seatbelt motor is mounted behind this panel and has to be removed.
Then the seatbelts won't rub against the back of the panel when they are sliding up and down.
Having these is important because where the seatbelt attaches to the pillar, there would otherwise be no place to put it with piece that had been removed.
www.saabnet.com /tsn/faq/seatbelts   (815 words)

 Peterborough City Council - Seatbelt play gives pupils 'perfect' road safety warning
Forgetfulness is the most common reason given for not using a seatbelt and one in six say they do not bother if they are only going a short distance.
It is calculated that wearing a seatbelt in the front of a vehicle saves 2,2,00 lives annually.
By law, car occupants must wear a seatbelt if one is fitted and drivers are liable to prosecution if a child under 14 years does not wear a seat belt.
www.peterborough.gov.uk /page-4911   (718 words)

 First sergeant testifies to seatbelt safety   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Dunlap said he has always thought the decision to ride without a seatbelt is a foolish one, but after his brush with death, he said he has become a true believer.
As he gathered his thoughts while lying on his side in his wrecked pickup, still firmly in his seat thanks to his seatbelt, he said he realized he would be dead if he had not taken a few seconds to “click in” before driving.
Wearing a seatbelt decreases the risk of death or serious injury in car accidents by approximately 50 percent, Delaware safety officials said.
www.af.mil /news/story.asp?storyID=123006279   (696 words)

 Seatbelt Pretensioner
Excessive seatbelt travel allows too much occupant motion during a crash, thus increasing the chance of contact with components such as the steering wheel, dashboard or windshield.
Pyrotechnic seatbelt pretensioners operate on either the buckle or the ratchet side of the seatbelt mechanism.
The combustion of the pyrotechnics within the pretensioner creates pressure that is used to either pull on the buckle side of the seatbelt mechanism or to tighten up on the spool side of the mechanism, thus reeling in some length of the seatbelt webbing.
www.tierone.com /seatbeltpretexcerpt.html   (743 words)

 Law.com - $1.3 Million Settlement Reached in Suit Over Seatbelt Defect
The car sales division of Enterprise Rent-A-Car has reached a $1.3 million settlement with the family of a Havertown, Pa., teen whose 2002 death was allegedly caused in part by the faultiness of a seatbelt in the SUV she purchased from the company.
The defense had countered that there was no reason why Alison could not have left the vehicle to be repaired instead of using the Jeep while the seatbelt was defective, according to court papers, and that in not leaving it to be repaired, she assumed the risk of using it in imperfect condition.
Other factual disputes between the plaintiffs and the defense, according to Mongeluzzi and Mercogliano, included whether the passenger behind Alison even knew the seatbelt was broken and would have otherwise used it, and whether it had been the movement of that passenger's body that had actually jostled Alison's seatback.
www.law.com /jsp/article.jsp?id=1103138424808   (684 words)

 Seatbelt / Liability Poll
if you are a mongoose then you should wear a seatbelt and if you arent a mongoose than you should wear a seatbelt and other mongooses shouldn't have to pay for your mongoose mistake that you, the mongoose, made.
My aunt never wore her seatbelt until one day she was hit and flew through her windshield and was lying in a ditch for a few hours.
Drivers who dont wear their seatbelt are not this great menace to society who should be ticketted.
vote.sparklit.com /comments.spark?pollID=10581   (1281 words)

 Seat Belt Laws
Such laws are an unwarranted intrusion by government into the personal lives of citizens; denies through prior restraint the right to determine a person’s own individual personal safety and health care standards for one’s own body, the ultimate private property, and forcefully, under threat, mandates the personal opinion of those in government.
It should be fully noted in the latter case, such a person is subject to a fine for not dying in the accident using a so-called safety device arbitrarily chosen by politicians.
There is nothing wrong with voluntary seatbelt use, as it is with all other kinds of individual personal health care suggestions and recommendations in life; however, there is a great deal wrong with all state mandatory seatbelt harness laws.
www.domelights.com /seatbeltlaws1.htm   (518 words)

 injuryfirms.com - CAR ACCIDENT SEATBELT ISSUES: Defective Seatbelt
In making this argument, the defense seeks to prove that you were "comparatively negligent" in causing the injuries that were suffered during an accident.
To use this defense, however, the other driver's insurance company must prove that your unbuckled seatbelt contributed to, or was a cause of your injuries.
Many cases arise where serious damages are suffered by an accident victim who is not wearing a seatbelt.
www.injuryfirms.com /category/45/more   (497 words)

 Halfbakery: Occam's seatbelt
Seatbelts normally lock-fast when they recieve a certain amount of force.
Occam's seatbelt will geometrically tighten upon impact so as to reduce the shock your body experiences normally(in a crash when the seatbelt locks).
With the force of the impact the seatbelt melted to the top I was wearing at the time.
www.halfbakery.com /idea/Occam_27s_20seatbelt   (174 words)

 Rozycki, et al., Do Cervicothoracic Seatbelt Signs Mandate Arteriography?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Hypothesis: A cervicothoracic seatbelt sign is associated with a cervical or thoracic vascular injury if neurologic deficit or major neck or torso injury are present.
Those with an upper torso seatbelt sign had an arteriogram if a ruptured aorta was suspected or neurologic deficit was present.
Conclusion: In the absence of neurologic deficit or major cervicothoracic injury, a seatbelt sign is unlikely to be associated with neck or thoracic vascular injuries.
www.aast.org /01abstracts/01absOral_063.html   (343 words)

 Crosswalk.com - Hillary Clinton Joins Fight for National Seatbelt Law
The motivating force behind the proposed law, an alliance called Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, said the states are not moving fast enough to pass such a "lifesaving law," and it issued a statement thanking Sens.
Highway and auto safety advocates who are pressing for the national seatbelt law cite the cost associated with non-usage as a motivating factor.
But critics of seatbelt laws, including the Libertarian Party, see such laws, enforced with taxpayer money, as an infringement on limited government and personal responsibility.
www.crosswalk.com /news/1235363.html   (444 words)

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