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Seat Belt Myths Debunked

Posted on May 22, 2012

THE MYTH: If your car has air bags, you don’t need a seat belt.
THE REAL DEAL: Air bags are specifically designed to protect buckled occupants. This means when unbuckled occupants get into a vehicle crash and airbags deploy, they can be less effective – or in some cases, deadly.

THE MYTH: If a crash results in a fire or being submerged underwater, seat belts can trap you inside your car.
THE REAL DEAL: Incidents involving fire or water extraordinarily rare, statistically accounting for ½ of 1 percent of all crashes. More importantly, you could never hope to escape such dangers if you’re knocked unconscious. Buckling up gives you a much greater chance of being conscious and able-bodied after a crash – no matter what situation you find yourself in.

THE MYTH: If you’re not traveling far, or are driving at low speeds, seat belts aren’t necessary.
THE REAL DEAL: Seemingly routine trips can be deceptively dangerous. Most fatal crashes happen within 25 miles of home and at speeds of less than 40 mph! So make it easy on yourself and stay safe – simply buckle up on every trip, every time, no matter where you’re going or how quickly you plan to get there.

THE MYTH: Your seat belt can hurt you in a crash.
THE REAL DEAL: In a vehicle crash, almost everything in your vehicle has the potential to cause harm – but your seat belt is one of the few things that can actually save you.

See more of the real deal on NHTSA’s website. {Link to fact sheet / site page} http://www.nhtsa.gov/nhtsa/2012ciot/stats.html

Posted by TxDOT Traffic SafetyShare

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