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 wasn’t until 1966 that American vehicles were required to have seat belts, beforehand auto companies used to offer seat belts as optional hardware and you could even buy them at your local gas stations. By 1975 most first-world countries also had the seat belt requirements for their vehicles. Even though your vehicle had to have a seat belt for a while the people were not required to use it. New York was the first to require people to wear seat belts in 1984, it wasn’t until 1995 that every state except New Hampshire had adopted the “Click it or Ticket” laws. 

Wearing a seat belt is very important! Since 1976 the car crash fatality rate has been greatly reduced thanks to this invention. Other things you should do to help ensure your safety on the road is to bring your car in for a check-up, make sure everything is running smoothly, especially if you are about to hit the 30,000, 60,000 or 90,000-mile mark. Come visit us at American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission and let us make sure everything is running smoothly. Set up an appointment online. You can find us at 2070 E Apache Blvd Ste. 101, Tempe, AZ 85281 Mon - Fri: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM | Sat: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM. We hope to see you soon! 


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