Back in high school, I had a friend who refused to wear a seatbelt. No matter what he was told about safety and statistics about car crashes, he would not wear a seatbelt. His reasoning was that he had a dream once where he had crashed his car into water, and in the dream, he couldn’t get out of his seatbelt. Helpless to get free of the car, his dream ended with him drowning.
This week, there was some great news for my friend and anyone else who has ever stressed over a faulty seatbelt in water. A Dutch company Fijen has developed a seatbelt that will release when submerged in water. They have dubbed it the Escape Belt. Here is how the Escape Belt works. The Escape Belt attaches to the seat belt clasp, and inside the mechanism is a cartridge with a salt pill. In the event of a crash, water fills the car up to the Escape Belt, the salt pill dissolves, and a metal clip pushes the button and releases the seatbelt.
To see the Escape Belt in action, check out the video below.
This is a pretty amazing device, especially for younger children who are likely to panic in the event of a crash and might not be able to get their seatbelt loose. Besides that, it will help a parent in an emergency situation as well since they won’t have to worry about a stuck seatbelt clasp. I could the Escape Belt being very popular with American parents if Fijen does much advertising in the United States.
Readers, what do you think? Would you buy the Escape Belt for your car? Leave a comment below, and let us know what you think!
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