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Are seatbelts still essential to being safe?

On Behalf of | Apr 1, 2022 | Car Accidents

Vehicles are getting new developments and safety features every year. In a matter of a few decades, safety features have changed from a harness to resist a crash to detectors that know if you drift out of your lane.

As cars become safer and more advanced, it can raise questions about whether the older safety features are still necessary. For example, you may wonder why you still need to wear a seatbelt when airbags surround you to protect you during a crash.

Here’s what you should know about how seatbelts keep you safe and why they are still important.

The systems work together

At one point, there was a myth that the airbags in your car would not work if you were not wearing a seatbelt. While there is no mechanism that activates the airbag system when you connect your seatbelt, the two systems work together to keep you safe.

The airbag system will not absorb all movement during a crash. Instead, when manufacturers create the airbag system, it is designed to protect you from the motion your seatbelt does not contain.

Support when systems fail

Vehicles go through extensive testing, but there will be times when a safety feature will fail even the most thorough testing. The trouble with failure is that it is unpredictable. Every crash is different, and there can be flaws in any system. When you engage multiple safety systems, you have more security if one of them fails.

Your vehicle’s safety systems are designed to protect you in a collision. Since the systems work together, it is still essential to use each piece of your car’s safety system.