El three point seat belt, created by the Swedish brand Volvo, turns 60. Since it has been put on the market in 1959, the mechanism has saved more than one million people and the number continues to grow.
In 1958 Volvo hired the mechanical engineer Nils bohlin to develop a belt that would ensure greater safety for the driver and other occupants of the vehicles it manufactured.
An expert in aircraft pilot ejection systems, Bohlin presented his solution a year later: a three-point seat belt, fastened under the seat quickly and with one hand.
Wearing a three-point belt reduces the risk of death to front seat occupants by 40 to 50 percent and serious injury by 50 to 70 percent.
The device prevents or reduces the impact against the interior of the vehicle, keeps the person attached to the seat in the event of a rollover, prevents the occupant from being thrown out and prevents the rear seat passenger from crushing or injuring the front seat occupants .
This combination of factors ensured the immediate success of the device. With safety as a core value since its inception, Volvo gave the invention patent free of charge to the world industry and the three-point belt then became the world standard.
Volvo equips its vehicles with the latest technology and has already communicated its commitment to society and its customers. Is named Vision Zero Accidents, which seeks an accident-free future for its vehicles, including all the group's business areas and brands.