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Seat Belt Safety Statistics and Facts 2021 – Part 1

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that seat belts may just be the most important invention in the history of the automobile industry. Despite how simple they may seem, seatbelts are extremely effective when it comes to keeping you and your passengers safe while they’re inside a car. In fact, simply wearing a seat belt drastically reduces the risk of death and serious injury

Considering how important they are, it’s quite disheartening that most people know close to nothing about seat belts. To help remedy this, we thought it would be useful to go through key facts and statistics about seat belts and seat belt safety. If this is something that you want to learn more about, read on as we talk about everything you need to know about seat belt safety.

History of Seat Belts

Seat belts have been around since the 19th century as a predecessor to modern flight. Sir George Cayley invented them as a way to strap pilots into gliders. They transitioned to passenger vehicles in 1885 as designed by American designer Edward J. Claghorn. The first patent for the seat belt was granted that same year and has since made its way to vehicles all over the world. 

Wisconsin was the first state to declare seat belt use into law in 1961 officially, and seven years later, seat belts became nationally mandated for all newly manufactured cars. The impact that seat belts have had on driver safety is unquestionable. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that seat belts alone are responsible for nearly 375,000 lives saved since record-keeping began in 1975.

Notable Facts and Figures

  • The NHTSA says 2,549 additional lives could have been saved in 2017 if everyone had simply worn a seat belt.
  • During the period from 1975 to 2017, seat belts saved approximately 374,196 lives.
  • An American is far more likely to die in a motor vehicle crash between the ages of 1 and 54 than from any other single cause.
  • Seat belts cut the risk of serious injury by 50% and reduce the risk of death by 45% for drivers and passengers.

Seat Belt Statistics 2021

Regardless of the substantial increase in people wearing seat belts over the past 20 years, a Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) report from Richmond, Virginia points to a surprising decrease in seat belt use and a surprising increase in fatalities during car accidents. The CTB offers an interesting insight into how coronavirus impacts car accidents and their fatalities. Despite fewer cars on the road due to the coronavirus, more instances of speed-related crashes involving lack of seat belt use have increased substantially. 


We hope this article proves to be useful when it comes to furthering your understanding of seat belts. Despite how simple they may seem, seat belts serve a really important role when it comes to car safety. With that being said, we’ve only scratched the surface of everything you need to know about seat belts. Be sure to check the site for parts two and three so you can learn more about seat belts.

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