Seat belt safety statistics & facts 2021

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The history of seat belts

Seat belts haven’t been around as long as you may think. As a precursor to modern flight, seat belts were invented in the 19th century by wealthy engineer Sir George Cayley in Yorkshire, England. They were initially used to strap pilots into gliders but later transitioned to passenger vehicles in 1885 by American designer Edward J. Claghorn.

The first patent was granted that year, and it was off to the races in 1922 when the seat belt debuted at the Indy 500. The three-point seat belt came in 1959. Wisconsin became the first state to declare seat belt use into law in 1961 officially, and seven years later, Car Seat Belts for Cadillac became nationally mandated for all newly manufactured cars.

The impact that seat belts have had on driver safety is without question. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that seat belts alone are responsible for nearly 375,000 lives saved since record-keeping began in 1975.

Risk factors for seat belt use

The NHTSA’s Traffic Safety Facts Research Note studies seat belt use over 15 years. It makes some interesting observations on what risk factors affect trends in Seat Belt Tube Inflator use.

Time of Day

One significant risk factor is the time of day. The report found that more people are using their Car Seat Belts for Honda during the day, accounting for fewer daytime fatalities for passenger vehicle occupants. Commuters and other motorists driving during weekdays were up to almost 91% by 2019, with a reported increase in seat belt use for rush-hour drivers, as well. However, the highest increase in seat belt use comes from motorists who travel on weekdays during non-rush hours.


We all tend to reach for our seat belt when we hit a patch of driving rain or an icy road, but NHTSA finds that seat belt use improves even in clear weather. In 2019, motorists increased seat belt use from 89.3% in 2018 to 90.9% in 2019.


The entire country has shown a pronounced increase in seat belt use, but some places are still better about it than others.

NHTSA found that seat belt use in the West had the most significant jump, increasing from 92.7% to 94.5% in 2019.

Indeed, Seat Belt Roller use all depends on nowhere you live. While Oregon has the highest use, North Dakota struggles to hit 60% usage. It’s an especially deadly mistake when rural areas are more likely to experience fatalities associated with motor vehicle accidents. Rural areas often deal with less residential traffic but a higher animal presence than metropolitan areas. Add in a propensity for speed along long, dark, open roads, and it is a disaster in the making.

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