The sash seat belt was introduced into the American auto market with the inception of the NHTSA’s Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 208, which took effect on 1 January, 1968.
Eventually developed to work in tandem with the “lap style” seat belt design (a design that goes across the waist of a seated driver or passenger), the sash style seat belt draped over the vehicle occupants shoulder, and locked into a docking mechanism usually located next to the base of the occupants seat.
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Due to the design of this particular device, unless it was used in conjunction with the “lap” style seat belts that were introduced into the US auto market in the 1950’s, safety tests revealed that the occupant would “submarine” in the event of a fast stop or a frontal type of collision with another vehicle.
This submarining effect essentially made the occupant slide out from underneath the seat belt – potentially causing serious personal injury to the seated occupant.
Common Injuries From Sash Seat Belt Designs
Due to the forces that are often placed on vehicle occupants in a collision, in the event that a passenger or driver was only wearing a sash type of seat belt, the resulting injuries would often be quite severe.
Some of these injuries included:
- rib injuries
- broken bones
- facial damage
- dental injuries
- head injuries
- spinal cord damage
…. just to name a few.
As with most automotive injuries, prevention is always the ideal alternative. With this in mind, designers continued to refine the design, further incorporating it into new versions of occupant restraints.
Seat Belt Design Evolution
Keeping in mind that the initial integration of sash style seat belts with lap style belts involved having two separate locking points for each belt, in the mid-1970’s, Chrysler’s “Uni-Belt” design started to replace the sash style belts, which were generally agreed as a positive development in vehicle occupant safety.
Designed as a 3-point belt, the “Uni Belt” seat belts were generally anchored in the b-pillar and floor of the vehicle, and then locked into place in a single mechanism bolted into the drivetrain tunnel.
Seat Belt Injury Victim? Contact Our Alabama Auto Accident Lawyer Today
Seat belt injuries can be debilitating for the injury victim – often causing great hardship for all those involved. Here at the Citrin Law Firm, we understand that mounting medical and outpatient treatment costs can often be more than most families can bear.
Having won more than $40 MILLION in successful verdicts and settlements for our clients, we have the knowledge and resources to fight for your MAXIMUM injury compensation and are ready to help you today.
With our primary office located in Mobile, AL, we proudly provide comprehensive legal counsel to injury victims throughout Mobile and Baldwin counties, including:
- Ocean Springs
…. and many other town throughout the region.
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