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144 bench seat babe photo, and Volvo seatbelt history

Post by matthew1 » Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:38 am

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From Volvo sales literature ^ of the era

https://www.roadandtrack.com/car-cultur ... belt-1959/
In the 1950s, Vattenfall, the Swedish national power company, had a problem—its workforce was dying in car crashes. Two engineers with the power company, Bengt Odelgard and Per-Olof Weman, were given the task of making employees' cars safer. Their research led to the invention of the three-point seat belt by Volvo, Sweden's largest car company.

Based on research by the US Air Force, Odelgard and Weman came to the conclusion that a diagonal restraint, rather than a simple lap-belt, would vastly improve safety. In 1956, Vattenfall started fitting two-point across-the-chest safety belts to its cars, and soon after that, Volvo boss Gunnar Engellau became interested in the tech.

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Re: 144 bench seat babe photo, and Volvo seatbelt history

Post by RickHaleParker » Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:22 pm

Even if your parents did not drive a Volvo there is a chance you are here because of Volvo.

"1972 – rearward-facing child safety seat

Remember those early images of astronauts lying on their backs during take-off to even out the forces? Well, that was the basic principle behind our rearward-facing child seats, to spread the load and minimize injury. Then we innovated in 1976 with the child booster seat and again in 1990 with an integrated booster built right into the seat."
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Re: 144 bench seat babe photo, and Volvo seatbelt history

Post by 145express » Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:17 am

One can only wonder how many lifes seatbelts have saved..

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