A Special Gift for the Man Who Gave Us a Special Gift: The Three-Point Seat Belt
17 May 1997A Special Gift for the Man Who Gave Us a Special Gift: The Three-Point Seat Belt
ROCKLEIGH, N.J., May 16 -- Approximately 27 lives throughout the United States are being saved each day by a retired Swedish automotive safety engineer. Often people never get to thank a stranger in a case like this. However, soon, many will have the chance to offer words of appreciation to Nils Bohlin, inventor of the three-point lap/shoulder seat belt. Attendees at Lifesavers 15, a national conference on highway safety priorities to be held in Orlando, Florida, June 8-11, will have the opportunity to contribute to a tape being sent to Mr. Bohlin in recognition of his life-saving invention. President Clinton, in a radio address in December, asked all American adults to always wear seat belts as a first line of defense against injuries and fatalities. Wearing seat belts saved an estimated 9,797 lives in 1995, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Mr. Bohlin, now 76, was working in the Volvo Safety Laboratory in Gothenburg, Sweden, struggling to come up with something better than the safety belts of the early 1950's when he got the idea that led to the invention of the three-point seat belt, which crosses both the hips and the upper body. SOURCE Volvo Cars of North America Inc.