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Old 09-20-2007, 05:30 PM
 
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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.
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Old 09-20-2007, 05:37 PM
 
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My opinion is that basic physics isn't really a matter of opinion.
Yup, which is why I find the airplane policies so astonishingly stupid.

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The thought of my babies being burned alive is a lot harder to swallow then them being ejected from the car and possibly living.
They are not likely to live if ejected from the vehicle. An ejected person can be hit by the vehicle, hit by other vehicles, land on something impaling, crash into a tree or other such object UNprotected, etc.

I've seen what a carseat can do, last call I ever worked as an EMT. Baby in carseat rode the crumpling of the car (as in it was like a ball, and the firefighters were convinced it was a bodycall) up into an open enough space. The seatbelt had snapped while the carseat protected that baby like he was in a bubble.

Amazingly enough, the father was not crushed, though it took over an hour to get him out and most of one side of his body was broken in one way or another.

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