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A History Crash Course on Seat Belts

A History Crash Course on Seat Belts

The seat belt was first invented in the late 1800s by an English Engineer named George Cayley to help stop pilots from falling out of their gliders. Although, the first "seat belt," or lap belt, wasn't patented until 1855 by American Edward J. Claghorn to keep visitors safe while traveling in New York taxis. However, seat belts weren't widely popular until the mid-1930s when U.S. Physicians started testing lap belts and saw how much potential they could have. After tests and studies, they finally pushed car manufacturers into adding lap belts into all their automobiles.    It wasn't until 1959 until Volvo invented the three-point seat belt. Nils Bohlin, a Swedish inventor, created it, and he made this belt to protect both the upper and lower body. This invention is the same model that is used in almost all vehicles today.    It wasn't long until American vehicles were required to have seat belts in 1966. Before, automobile companies off ... read more

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