He’s been around for over a century. He has saved thousands lives and is all over the world. No, it is not the most interesting man in the world. It is the seatbelt!
On February 10th, the seat belt will be 129 years old.
The first U.S patent for the seat belt was issued by Edward J. Claghorn on February 10, 1885 in New York, New York, and ever since then it has developed into what it is now.
The seatbelt was in airplanes before it was even considered for cars. Seatbelts were included in World War II aircrafts, and it wasn’t until the 1950’s when they were introduced to cars.
Dr. C Hunter Shelden from Pasadena California was the contributor of the retractable seat belt. Because of his contribution, the U.S. Congress passed legislation requiring all automobiles to comply with certain safety standards in 1959.
Always remember to buckle up. Seat belts save lives, and research has shown that properly used lap/shoulder belts reduce fatal injury to front seat passengers up to 45 percent. They also reduce risk of moderate-to-critical injury by 50 percent.
And while Nevada is one of 16 states that secondarily enforces seatbelts, it is always better to be safe than sorry, especially during an accident.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, call your Las Vegas car wreck attorney Ed Bernstein and Associates today at 1-888-235-3090.