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Seat Belts

This section describes how to use seat belts properly, and some things not

to do.


{ Warning

Do not let anyone ride where a seat belt cannot be worn properly. In a

crash, if you or your passenger(s) are not wearing seat belts, injuries

can be much worse than if you are wearing seat belts. You can be

seriously injured or killed by hitting things inside the vehicle harder or

by being ejected from the vehicle.

In addition, anyone who is not buckled up can strike other

passengers in the vehicle.

It is extremely dangerous to ride in a cargo area, inside or outside of a vehicle. In a collision, passengers

riding in these areas are more likely to be seriously injured or killed. Do



Warning (Continued)

not allow passengers to ride in any area of the vehicle that is not

equipped with seats and seat belts.

Always wear a seat belt, and check that all passenger(s) are restrained properly too.

This vehicle has indicators as a

reminder to buckle the seat belts. See

Seat Belt Reminders 0 139.


Why Seat Belts Work


When riding in a vehicle, you travel as fast as the vehicle does. If the vehicle

stops suddenly, you keep going until something stops you. It could be the windshield, the instrument panel,

or the seat belts!

When you wear a seat belt, you and

the vehicle slow down together. There is more time to stop because you stop

over a longer distance and, when worn properly, your strongest bones take

the forces from the seat belts. That is why wearing seat belts makes such

good sense.

Questions and Answers About Seat Belts

Q: Will I be trapped in the vehicle after a crash if I am wearing a seat belt?

A: You could be whether you are wearing a seat belt or not. Your

chance of being conscious during and after a crash, so you can

unbuckle and get out, is much

greater if you are belted.


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