The Three-Point Seatbelt

The Three-Point Seatbelt


Sweden's Volvo made the three-point seatbelt design patent open and available to other car manufacturers for free, in the interest of safety.


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Many engineers such as Americans Roger W. Griswold and Hugh DeHaven made patents for a 3 point seat belt before but no records show the actual prototypes until Nils Bohlin, a Swedish mechanical engineer, and inventor who developed the "modern 3 - point seat belt" and pitched it to Volvo in 1959.

This came at a time when there were too many fatal car accidents in Sweden and most were associated with a lack of an effective seat belt.

Volvo rolled out the first-ever mass production of consumer cars with the modern 3 point seat belt and in the interest of public safety allowed all other companies to use it in their cars in 1968.


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