Seat Belts

UVA

A team of engineers at the University of Virginia reviewed data from nearly 23,000 crashes and concluded there are some big problems with car safety systems.   Women and people over 65 are at extra risk.

UVA

More than 50 years ago the federal government ordered car makers to install seat belts.  Originally designed for an average American man – 5 feet, 9 inches tall and 170 pounds – they have saved millions of lives. But one-third of adults in this country are now obese, and seatbelts aren’t working so well for them. 

That’s why engineers at the University of Virginia are studying the science of seatbelts, hoping to create safer restraints.