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The History of Seat Belts

The History of Seat Belts

The seat belt was invented in the late 1800s by an English Engineer, George Cayley, to help stop pilots from falling out of their gliders. Although, the first patented seat belt wasn’t created until 1855 by American Edward J. Claghorn to keep tourists safe while riding in New York Taxis. They weren’t widely popular for quite a while until the mid-1930s when U.S. Physicians started testing lap belts and saw how important they could be. After that, they pushed car manufacturers into adding lap belts into their vehicles.  The Sports Car Club of America started requiring competing drivers to wear lap belts during their competitions in 1954. Then in 1955, the Society of Automotive Engineers created a Motor Vehicle seat belt Committee. seat belts weren’t introduced until 1959 by Volvo, when Nils Bohlin, a Swedish inventor, invented the three-point seat belt. Created to protect the upper and lower body, this invention is used in almost all vehicles today.  It was ... read more


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