One of the most effective measures to prevent injury and death in a crash is to be appropriately restrained. The National Highway Safety Administration estimates that lap/shoulder seat belts, when used correctly, reduce the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers by 45 percent and the risk of moderate-to-critical injury by 50 percent1.
Teens are less likely to buckle up than other age groups. When coupled with an increased likelihood for teens to be involved in a crash, this can lead to tragic consequences.
Belted occupants are less likely to be ejected from a vehicle in the event of a crash. Risk of serious injury or death rises dramatically for occupants ejected from a vehicle.
Tips for a properly fitted seat belt2:
- The shoulder belt should cross the middle of your chest and away from your neck.
- The lap belt should fit across your hips, just below your stomach.
- Never place the shoulder belt behind your back or under your arm.
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Last Updated: April 08, 2013