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Seat belt or "there is a little bit of Nils Bohlin in every car"

The importance of the seat belt during transportation is indisputable any longer. The invention of the world's first patented safety belt is attributed to the American engineer Edward J. Claghorn. His invention was successfully used in New York for the safe transportation of tourists. In the thirties of the 20th century, the US began testing seat belts. Based on the results of the tests, scientists demanded that automakers install seat belts in vehicles. As a result, seat belts began to be used, but at first only for racing cars.

The groundbreaking case occurred in 1958, when the Swedish engineer Nils Ivar Bohlin invented the so-called three-point seat belt. The famous automaker VOLVO immediately hired Bohlin and thus introduced a safety belt to be installed in three different parts of the car. For safety reasons, VOLVO made the invention available for other automakers for free. In 2002, after the death of Mr. Bohlin, VOLVO conducted a survey and found that more than a million lives were saved throughout four decades thanks to the aforementioned seat belt. That’s why it is said that "there is a little bit of Nils Bohlin in every car".

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