How seatbelts came into being


The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says that 84 percent of all Americans use their seat belts today and this is up from 58 percent in 1994. Furthermore, according to the NTSB, wearing a seat belt is the single most important thing you can do to improve your odds of surviving an accident. It wasn’t always that way, though. In fact, it wasn’t until the 1950s that seat belts were even an option in most automobiles. Here’s the story of this remarkable lifesaving device.

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