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Seat-belt poster, 1984

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Seat-belt poster, 1984
David James/Mike McCune photograph, Automobile Club of Southern California Archives

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This object appears in the following sections:


Technology
Auto Safety History — ACCEPTING SAFETY DEVICES

On the Interstate:  I-10, 1956–1990
On the Interstate: I-10, 1956–1990 — Safety

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Seat belt retractor


Poster to encourage usage of automobile seat belts
Currently on display
Not a part of the official Smithsonian Collection
Physical Description
Artifact. Poster produced to encourage seatbelt use.
Details
Date Made:
1984
History

Operator and passenger restraints were first patented in 1885; and, in the earlier part of the 20th century, they were commonly found in air planes. As more people began to drive and cars became faster, injury and fatality became a concern for the public and government. In the 1950s a driver could purchase and install a seat belt. The Government began the Buckle Up for Safe campaign to try to get people to use seatbelts, which, by then, had become standard features in automobiles. Still, legislation needed to be passed to enforce usage of the restraints.


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