Analysis of 2,700 questionnaire replies received from owners of vehicles equipped with seat belts revealed that although over 90% of the respondents believe seat belts are an effective safety device, only 34% say they use the belts all the time. The main reasons given for non-use were forgetfulness, inconvenience and belief that seat belts are not necessary in all situations. The majority of complaints voiced about seat belt operation and design could be solved through the installation of properly designed retractors. When asked if the law should require seat belt use, 35% of the respondents replied in the affirmative, while 34% disagreed.

  • Corporate Authors:

    New York State Department of Motor Vehicles

    Governor Nelson A Rockefeller Empire State Plaza
    Albany, NY  United States  12228
  • Authors:
    • Raeder Jr, P K
    • Kuziomko, L
  • Publication Date: 1968-12

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Tables;
  • Pagination: 18 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00453136
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 1968-1, HS-039 298
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1986 12:00AM