Occupant Without Seat Belt, 20 MPH Barrier Collision," 1958

Summary

Seat belts were among the most important safety devices in an automobile. As this photo shows, even a low-speed crash could lead to serious injury, whether from broken glass or protruding surfaces on the dashboard. Restraints protected from these dangers. Seat belts were required on all cars sold in the United States starting with the 1968 model year.

Seat belts were among the most important safety devices in an automobile. As this photo shows, even a low-speed crash could lead to serious injury, whether from broken glass or protruding surfaces on the dashboard. Restraints protected from these dangers. Seat belts were required on all cars sold in the United States starting with the 1968 model year.

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

1958

Subject Date

1958

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

64.167.1859.2

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 8.625 in

Width: 11 in

Inscriptions

top of photograph: OCCUPANT WITHOUT SEAT BELT / 25 MPH BARRIER COLLISION / KINEMATICS OF / OCCUPANT DURING CRASH / OCCUPANT IMPACT DAMAGE / TO WINDSHIELD AND / INSTRUMENT PANEL Handwritten in pencil on back side of image: 58-1566-38

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