Re: [FWDLK] Safety Question - Brake and seat belts
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Re: [FWDLK] Safety Question - Brake and seat belts



In a message dated 2/17/2005 7:27:49 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, walter.landry@xxxxxxxxxxx writes:
As far as seat belts go I think I should add them but hear varying ideas
about if they really are safe, just lap belts. I had not considered anything
other than the lap belt.

Any help or ideas will be appreciated.

Walter Landry
My personal opinion is that there is no way to make yourself TOTALLY safe if you are to be hurtling along at 60 mph in a metal box.  I feel that every little bit helps, so I installed lap belts in my car. 
 
That being said, AI once had a coworker whose back was broken by being "Jackknifed" over a seatbelt while in the backseat of a car during a front end collision.  The belt broke his back, but prevented him from leaving through the windshield.  There is no way to know what would have happened without the belt, but he was statistically safer with it on.
 
I'd like to have shoulder belts in the car, too, but haven't figured all that out yet, since the car is a 1957 Chrysler 4dr, and I'm not sure if the pillars are strong enough to hang shoulder belts on.
 
Life seems to be a series of compromises, doesn't it!
 
Joe Savard
Lake Orion, MI

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