Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Central Connecticut
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Well, we had a rollover accident a couple of years ago. I was all bruised from my seatbelt, and all of the windows were shattered... lots of stuff got ejected from the car, and thankfully we were all safely held in by our seatbelts/carseats. I'm sure that I would have been ejected without my seatbelt buckled, simply from the bruising... my body was straining against the belt while we flipped, apparently. I did end up tearing a ligament in my wrist and getting whiplash-type injuries, and a few cuts and bruises, but was fine otherwise.
The EMTs who came were happily surprised that the kids were buckled correctly in their tightly installed 5 point harness carseats. One did say "Good for you, using your carseats properly, that's the best thing you could have done for them." The kids walked away with minor scratches and slight bruising from their harness clips.
So in a word, YES, I believe seatbelts work. Not every time, and not in every accident, but for the most part, yes.