When you think about car safety, you might think of the importance of wearing a seat belt and driving safely, but not all cars can be driven with a proper seat belt.
A new study by MIT and Oxford University has found that some older cars can suffer serious accidents if their occupants don’t wear seat belts.
The findings may help governments and car companies improve their car safety.
The researchers looked at more than 20 years of accident data in the US, UK, France, Germany, and China.
“The average car has an automatic seat belt on,” said study co-author Dr. Mark Stahl, associate professor of mechanical engineering at MIT.
“There’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to wear a seatbelt on a modern car.
The question is, how safe is it?”
“The car manufacturers have made a very good choice,” he said.
“They made a decision to go with an automatic belt, and they made the decision to make it on-board, but we found that it’s really a safety issue.”
The researchers found that seat belts didn’t significantly increase the number of fatal crashes.
They found that the cars with older cars tended to be more vulnerable to collisions, including collisions between cars in which the driver wasn’t wearing a proper helmet.
Seat belts are designed to stop a car from flipping over on its side.
When a driver isn’t wearing one, they can potentially cause serious injuries to passengers, and may even result in death.
A study in 2015 found that more than a third of fatal injuries were caused by the failure of a driver to wear the right seat belt, according to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Seat belt use can be more dangerous than you might realize.
“We know from other studies that there are more than 50,000 fatalities each year because of not wearing a properly installed seat belt,” Stahl said.
The safety of seat belts is still being studied in the United States, Stahl noted.
“But in general, the safety of car seat belts has improved dramatically over the past few decades, and it seems that people are wearing them more often,” he added.
The study was published in the journal Transportation Research Part B: Traffic, Air, and Carbon.