Motor Vehicle Occupant Restraint Policy
In 1980, more than 51,000 Americans were killed on our nation’s highways, approximately the number of Americans killed in the entire Vietnam War. About 34,890, or about 70%, of these highway fatalities were occupants of cars, light trucks, or vans . About half of these vehicle occupants could have been saved from death (and many more from serious injury) by properly using vehicle occupant restraints . Other vehicle design changes could prevent additional deaths and mitigate the severity of injuries. This has been demonstrated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Research Safety Vehicle Program and New Car Assessment Program  .
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