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However, I credit the improvement in crash worthiness to three point seat belts and crumple zones. The engine compartment and front end of the car is designed to crumble and dissapate energy in the process. This reduces the deceleration forces on the occupants which reduces the severity of the crash provided you are wearing a seat belt.

Okay, now let's try and figure this one out:

1) Mercedes-Benz had a patent for crumple zones in 1952 and the first car to have them was a Mercedes in 1959.

2) Three-point belts were developed by Volvo and first appeared in a 1959 Volvo.

(Both of the above were from: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/escape/timecar.html .)

So, interestingly enough, them Europeans still don't show themselves as having MUCH fewer road deaths than other parts of the world (except maybe Korea ;-) ).


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