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New Zealand 'Belted Survivors' campaign is going to leave a mark

Ongoing series of portraits graphically shows how seatbelts saved lives

Ongoing series graphically shows how seatbelts saved lives.

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Ford F-150 seat belt fires spark federal investigation

More than 2 million Ford trucks could be affected by faulty pretensioners

More than 2 million Ford trucks could be affected by faulty seat belt system.

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All BMW i3 EVs ever sold in U.S. are recalled over crash test results

It's only a problem in a very specific situation.

Wear your seat belt.

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Chrysler hoons Pacifica minivan, issues recall

It is recalling about 50,000 vehicles for a seat belt issue.

Don't autocross your Pacifica with people in the back until you get the fix.

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Watch a textbook example of why seat belts are essential

This is why we wear our seat belts, everyone.

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Why you should always wear a seat belt

Wearing a seat belt is not just the law, it's also a good idea.

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The cost of a seat belt violation

"Click it or Ticket" - one of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's most successful campaigns - reminds drivers that a seat belt violation comes with a price.

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Man sings his heart out to avoid a ticket

A man in Florida used his golden voice to get out of a traffic ticket for not buckling his seat belt.

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Some of Tesla's Model S recall checks are pretty lo-fi

A Tesla owner demonstrates the lo-fi check for the potential front seat belt pretensioner issue in the Model S.

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NHTSA reverses course, now wants seat belts on school buses

Mark Rosekind says every pupil deserves a three-point belt

The government agency charged with keeping motorists out of harm's way has long lauded seat belts as "the single most effective way" vehicle occupants can keep themselves safe. For years, it has also opposed efforts to require seat belts on school buses. As contradictions go, that's a doozy.

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Acura recalling 43k MDX and RLX models over seatbelt issue

If you've ever lived in a wintery climate, you may have noticed something strange: no, not the perilously enticing sparkle of cold metal in the sunlight or the way your warm breath suddenly becomes visible in the frigid air, but the way your seatbelt seems increasingly reluctant to retract as the temperature drops. Acura, however, has found the problem more serious than a minor inconvenience, and is recalling some 43,000 vehicles across the United St

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Optional new GM system won't let you drive without putting your seatbelt on [w/poll]

General Motors might be in the middle of a recall crisis, but safety advancements for new cars is still top of mind. In coordination with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Click It or Ticket campaign, the automaker is announcing a new, optional Belt Assurance System on some of its fleet models for l

Government Speeds Research On Car Safety Systems

Seat belts and alcohol test would be required to start car

The government is speeding up research on safety systems that automatically prevent drivers from operating their cars if they are drunk or aren't properly buckled in.

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NHTSA: More than 1/3 of kids killed in car crashes weren't in car seats or wearing belts

As awful as it is hearing about a child that was killed in a car crash, it's even worse to hear that many of these deaths were likely preventable. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a study of vehicle crashes from 2011 that found that more than a third of kids (under the age of 13) who were killed in these crashes were not wearing seat belts or strapped into a car seat. Furthermore

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Chinese thwarting seat belt laws with t-shirts

If necessity is the mother of ingenuity, law enforcement must be the doting father. Drivers in China have taken to circumventing local seatbelt laws by purchasing and wearing special T-shirts. The shirts feature a graphic with a stripe that runs from shoulder to hip, creating the illusion that the driver is wearing his or her harness while seated. Zach Bowman

High-tech seatbelt device wants to save you in a flood [w/video]

We imagine things get hectic pretty quickly if you happen to take a deep plunge while still in your car. As the water rushes in, things like patience and good sense can rush out, so doing something as reflexive and simple as getting out of your seatbelt can waste time you don't really have. If you're worried about ending up underwater in your car, then you'll want to check out the Escape Belt from Dutch company Fijen.

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Seatbelt buckle chime to take a back seat?

A bill approved by both houses of Congress that doubles fines on vehicles not recalled in a timely fashion also weighs-in on several additional safety measures. What was once a $17-million penalty has now jumped to $35 million. In spite of these fines, The Detroit News reports that many new safety requirements were left out of the bill. One of the few requirements to make it through is the mandate for rear seat belt buckle chime systems – much like the alert system

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