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Seatbelt ignition interlocks haven't been used since the 70s

Seatbelts have been mandatory in the United States for decades, but many drivers and passengers still refused to wear them. Federal regulators are currently conducting more research on whether or not they will allow automakers to install seatbelt ignition interlocks that would allow the manufacturer to skip crash tests designed to protect unbelted motorists.

The seatbelt ignition interlock would prevent the automobile from starting unless the seatbelt was clasped. Back in 1974 the government required interlocks on nearly all 1974 year model vehicles. However, public outcry led Congress to banish the mandate.

This week the NHTSA reportedly rejected a petition from BMW that would allow the German automaker to skip certain crash testing requirements if it installed seatbelt interlocks in front seats. BMW apparently feels that it could make better use of its resources by not catering to those who refuse to buckle up. In essence, this means that if you choose not to buckle up, you’re own your own, as there won’t be any additional safety features to protect you in the event of a crash.
 

BMW M4 Coupe Concept

Although the NHTSA denied BMW’s petition for now, the agency said that more information was needed before it can grant such a request.
 
BMW maintains that having seatbelt ignition interlocks could save hundreds of lives by increasing seatbelt use. BMW also says that using these interlocks could make vehicles lighter and more spacious by allowing them to remove knee bolsters designed to protect unbelted occupants.
 
Lighter weight vehicles mean vehicles with not only improved fuel efficiency, but improved performance as well.

BMW outlined three different potential types of interlocks including one that would prevent the vehicle from being started without a seatbelt in place. Another would prevent the driver from shifting out of Park and a third would allow the vehicle to be driven only at low speeds without the seatbelt being buckled.
 
BMW concluded that the third option would be the "least annoying and most accepted type of interlock."

Source: Detroit News



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RE: Just another..
By SeeManRun on 8/30/2013 3:39:58 PM , Rating: 2
You are 100% wrong. If you have a 200k accident, does your insurance go up by 200k? Insurance spreads out the cost. When your insurance company pays out less in claims because there are fewer thefts, or fewer accidents, or fewer whatever, they can either give you back some money on your insurance, or pay out to shareholders.

Either way, it gets cheaper for them and the money they saved goes somewhere. The exact opposite is true too. If your insurance has stayed the same in 20 years with no increases, then you have one hell of an insurance company, because I haven't had a claim in 10 years and my rates fluctuate as I described above.


RE: Just another..
By Reclaimer77 on 8/30/2013 4:29:48 PM , Rating: 1
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because I haven't had a claim in 10 years and my rates fluctuate as I described above.


What in the hell DOESN'T go up? Is food or gas or just about anything cost the same as it did 10 years ago? No.

Insurance goes up for many many reasons. But it's completely disingenuous to say that someone not wearing a seat belt directly drove up your insurance rates. That's hyperbole, and you can't honestly use it to propose whatever you want.


RE: Just another..
By SeeManRun on 8/30/2013 4:37:07 PM , Rating: 3
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My rates have only gone up once in my life, and it was because of me, not some faceless person who didn't wear a seat belt.

I am only going on what you're saying. If you mean something else it would really be awesome if you said what you mean instead of mean what you say.

Anyway, insurance only goes up for 1 reason, not many; costs. Now, costs go up for many reasons, including administration, taxes, number of accidents, dollars per claim, fraud investigation, litigation, lobbying... The list goes on. But, if you believe wearing a seatbelt, or having an airbag statistically reduces the odds of being injured in a crash, then you can say that motorists not wearing seatbelts will have a direct impact on your rates (assuming they were wearing them before, if they never wore them then your rates are higher than they could be if they were wearing them).


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