American inventor E.J. Claghorn patented the vehicular seat belt in 1885 designed to restrain passengers while moving at high speeds.
- Vehicular safety devices | Britannica.com
The first patent for a restraining belt designed to protect passengers in road vehicles was granted to E.J. Claghorn in 1885. The first lap-type belt resembling the modern seat belt was a leather strap used on a United States Army airplane in 1910, and for the next 25 years seat belts were used primarily on aircraft.
- The History of Seat Belts – The Inventors
Swedish inventor, Nils Bohlin invented the three-point seat belt – not the first but the modern seatbelt – now a standard safety device in most cars. Nils Bohlin’s lap-and-shoulder belt was introduced by Volvo in 1959. 2-Point Seat Belt: A restraint system with two attachment points. A lap belt.
- The Hotly Contested History of the Seat Belt | Esurance Blog
May 23, 2011 – … by John Moore Williams+ · Cars, Safety. E.J. Claghorn’s seat belt. Schematic for the first patented American seatbelt. … Claghorn’s invention fizzled, but cars with seat belts begin to appear. With little traffic on the roads at the …
- Seat Belt Invention? – Patent Plaques
Nov 18, 2011 – The first safety-belt was patented by Edward J. Claghorn. … available to all other car manufactures and Bohlin promoted seat-belt wearing and …