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Volvo’s gift to the world, 3-point seat belts still saving lives

Published: 3rd Jun 2021 9:57 pm

Hyderabad: Nils Bohlin, Volvo’s little-known engineer invented a seat belt in the year 1959, which has saved millions of lives so far.

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The 3-point seat belt that is still seen in the cars that we drive today was developed by Bohlin for Volvo, as a breakthrough for the company to provide better safety with two straps that met at the hip, securing both upper and lower bodies. Seat belts, until then were mere straps around the lap, leaving the upper body with no protection.

Volvo, wasting no time, introduced the technology cars the same year and Bohlin also filed for his patent, following which the United States Patent Office in 1962, issued a patent of the seat-belt to the Swedish designer.

The car-manufacturers, instead of keeping the patent close to the chest or licensing it to other automakers for a hefty price, opened it up for any company that could incorporate the technology in their cars.

Not to forget, this selfless act by Volvo is still saving lives today!


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