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Anonymous asked in Cars & TransportationOther - Cars & Transportation · 1 month ago

They say seat belts are death trap, is it better not to use one in a convertible?

I was just thinking if you flip over in a convertible you pretty much die. Most cars dont have roll cages and the ones that do are usually short and your head is still sticking out. 

But if you flip over its better not to wear your seat belt so that the car sends you flying in the air and you land on the ground or something.

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  • 1 month ago
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    Pretty much any convertible made since at least the early 1990s has to have a windscreen (US=windshield) frame which will resist a rollover. Not long after that, they also had to have rear rollover protection just to remain insurable. 

    Look at a Porsche Boxster: that has hoops behind each seat. Many other models like Mercedes and the Mini convertible have hidden rollover bars behind the rear seats which pop up in a tiny fraction of a second. Another model has specially extending rear headrests which have inserts which telescope upwards almost instantly to provide rollover protection.

    All those systems ONLY work as intended if occupants wear their seatbelts, which also have pyrotechnic seatbelt tensioners (usually front passengers only) to pull occupants firmly into their seats when airbags or rollover bars deploy.

    Even on older classic convertibles which lack rollover protection, you’re more likely to survive a collision or rollover if you wear your seatbelt. But plenty of owners of those cars either tend to get aftermarket rollcages fitted or simply drive far more defensively as they’re aware that those models lack much in the way of crash protection of any kind.

  • Jay P
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Warning!  Trolls in mirror are closer than they appear.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Most major injuries/fatalities happen when the occupant is thrown from the vehicle because of NOT wearing a seatbelt. 

  • Ramiro
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    It works for motorcycle riders.

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  • 1 month ago

    Your thinking is wrong. It has long been proven that wearing seatbelts keep you safer in an accident. Most fatalities happen when occupants are thrown from the vehicle. The passenger compartment is specially designed to resist collapsing on occupants while crumpling of the othe parts of the car absorb shock so human bodies don't have to.

  • Fred
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    People forget in the 60s and early 70s before wearing seat belts was made law the huge number of people who were killed on our roads.  People flung out of cars at high speed and possibly crushed as the car rolled over them.  People slammed into their steering wheels and crushed their rib cage and died and it was carnage.  As soon as seat belt wearing became law half the deaths disappeared.  You stopped hearing of people being flung out of their cars and more about people who survived.

      Most car accidents the cars do not roll over and these days convertibles tend to have roll over protection for their occupants

  • F
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    Yeh much better to be flung out of a speeding car, you’ll bound to land on one of the soft foam cushions they line the roads with.

    If you think swat belts are death traps, there’s a Darwin Award with your name on.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    That was their excuse.  But tell me then, why do race car drivers have a 5 point seat belt? And a head rest? Just because they can afford it and it looks cool? Or is there something more as these cars are whipping around a track (all traffic going the same way) @ 185+MPH.  They also HAVE A ROLL CAGE, FIRE EXTINGUISHER on hand, a fire resistant suit and wear a helmet.  Only "some" WALK away from the crash unhurt.

    Almost none of these cars "ROLL OR FLIP OVER"

    You have forgotten about the crash (which sends your body forward into the windshield and through the windshield and your arms would have to be stronger than the HULK to hold back your body weight at that instant of impact.(especially if you are a fat flucker) I don't know, can you benchpress  over 1000pounds INSTANTLY?   Betting not.

    Every detective show(cops & robbers) show the cop car sliding sideways out of control (so nowhere near "flipping it".   Just lots of tire squealing.

    But with no seatbelt, you are ejected from the car and into the ditch and a hobo finds your car still running so he steals it...because you are unconscious in a sewage ditch sucking in old condoms.  It does nothing for the hair either.

    They got a TON of statistics about seat belt vs not wearing a seat belt.  So thousands of crashes of various types.  

    Your auto insurance may deny you pay out because you were not wearing the seat belt. Check your policy and read the fine writing.

  • D50
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    Just assume that if you're in a convertible that rolls, you are dead. Being thrown out of cars [with roofs] is one of the popular ways to die by not wearing a seat belt. I doubt it is safer in a convertible. 

  • Scott
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    No "they" don't. Before seat belt laws, thousands of people died or were disabled  each year from injuries they would not have sustained if they'd worn a seat belt.

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