50 years after the invention of the modern car seatbelt, 400 people are still being killed each year because they fail to belt up, according to RoSPA.
RoSPA says Volvo’s three-point belt design has saved one million lives worldwide – but too many people are still ignoring safety warnings.
Volvo did not patent its three-point belt design, created in 1959, to encourage other carmakers to install the safety measure.
As a result seatbelts were widely fitted from the 1970s and in 1983 seat belt use in front of vehicles becomes compulsory. Back seat belt use by children became law in 1989 and was extended to adults in 1991.
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