Some cars have a shoulder belt that comes across your body by itself when the car door shuts, but the lap belt
still needs to be locked in place by hand.
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A southeast Kansas jury awarded $38.5 million to a young woman paralyzed in a severe traffic accident while waiting to make a left turn into her own driveway in April 2014.<br />"She was in a 1966 Vintage Ford Mustang she and her father had restored, but it only had a lap belt
," said plaintiff's attorney Roger Johnson of Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci.
The restraint system was designed as a lap belt
, similar to that in an aircraft.
Supported by a lap belt
and backrest, the child's trunk and pelvis are encouraged to stabilize, freeing up their hands to lift and handle objects, play, and explore their surroundings.
When you buckle up, its unique inbuilt 'brake pad' made of GRIPtene[R] engages the lap belt
section of the seatbelt, keeping it tensioned across your pelvis for the whole journey.
In the raft you get gently bumped off the sides and sprayed with water, with just a lap belt
to keep you on board.
The correct way to wear a seat belt is to secure the lap belt
and shoulder belt across your pelvis and rib cage, which are more able to withstand crash forces than other parts of your body.
A booster seat should never be used with only a lap belt
The lap belt
should be worn low over the hips, not against the stomach."
Part of a broader review process, the document dubbed Carriage of Infants and Children, says that infants sitting on their parents' laps and even children with their own seat, secured by a lap belt
, may be more likely to be hurt during an accident.