What happens if you or your child is in a 50 km/h head-on crash, and not wearing a seatbelt?
- A 150-pound adult will collide with other occupants, strike the inside of the vehicle or get thrown from the car with the same as the weight of a 3½-ton truck.
- An unrestrained 25-pound child will be thrown forward with the same force as the weight of 1,200-pound baby elephant.
Seatbelt wearing tips
- Wear a lap/shoulder belt system when available. Position the lap belt low over the pelvic bones (hips) and the shoulder belt over the shoulder and across the chest. Never place the shoulder belt under the arm or behind the back. It's dangerous.
- Never recline your seat while wearing a seatbelt in a moving vehicle.
- Remove all slack from the lap and shoulder belt.
- Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in a passenger seat that has an active airbag.
- Never carry a child in your arms while riding in a motor vehicle. You cannot protect them during a crash.