The seatbelt remains the single-most effective item of safety equipment in any car. However, many people continue to drive without wearing their seatbelts and such people are vastly over-represented in statistics of severe and fatal injuries. Research shows that occupants are much more likely to wear their belts in cars equipped with a seatbelt reminder (SBR) than in those without. During driving tests, the belts are buckled and unbuckled and the loudness and duration of the audible signal given by the SBR is assessed.
THE SEATBELT REMAINS THE SINGLE-MOST EFFECTIVE ITEM OF SAFETY EQUIPMENT IN ANY CAR.
The position and clarity of any visual warning is checked to ensure that it is visible to occupants of different sizes. The goal is to reward manufacturers who fit intelligent SBR systems on all seating positions.
Introduced in 2002