In 1953, an industrial engineering technician named John Hetrick received a patent for his design for a “safety cushion assembly for automotive vehicles”. Though his sketches were not implemented, various companies started experimenting with designs for inflatable restraints in the late 1950s. It wasn’t until the late 1960s that a mechanical engineer named Allen Breed…

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It is hard to believe, but up until the late 1950s, many cars were manufactured without seatbelts. Volvo has a reputation for manufacturing safe vehicles, and part of the reason for that is that in 1958, a mechanical engineer working for Volvo invented the first 3 point seatbelt. Until that time only lap belts were…

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Have you ever thought to yourself, “I’m a good driver. Why does my car insurance company charge me so much?” You aren’t alone. Nowadays, many insurance providers offer a device that tracks how you drive. These devices plug into your onboard diagnostic port, and they can track speed, braking, and miles driven as well as…

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