Yesterday was the 57th Birthday of theVolvo-Designed Three-Point Safety Belt

Volvo is known worldwide as a safety-focused car company, and that’s evidenced by its goal of having no person killed or seriously injured in any new Volvo models by the year 2020. As we look forward to a safer future, here at Paul’s Volvo, we wanted to hark back to a time when the three-point seatbelt was just being refined and perfected, to July 10th, 1962, when Volvo engineer Nils Bohlin received a U.S. Patent for his three-point seatbelt design. It’s been 57 years of improved car safety since—here’s to many, many more.

 

 

Bohlin’s design wasn’t the first three-point belt, however; two American engineers, Roger Griswold and High DeHaven, filed for a patent for a seatbelt featuring diagonal belts and lap belts. Their design was inferior because it joined in the middle of the body and necessitated the use of three belts. Bohlin improved on this design by moving the joining point to the side of the body, removing the necessity of three belts and taking the cumbersome buckle off the wearer’s waist. In all respects, the three-point seatbelt as we know it had been born.

So here’s to 57 years of automobile safety, and here’s to an even safer future. If you’re in the market for a reliable and safe luxury vehicle, come see us in our Hawthorne, NJ showroom. Someone from our friendly sales team will gladly help you navigate the buying process from start to finish, so bring us your burning questions and all your driving needs and we’ll do our best to help you find the perfect Volvo model that satisfy them all—seatbelts included.

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