Even people who drive a lot are the little loops probably never noticed on the seat belts. In most vehicles, the loop is on the seat belt of the Passenger, but not on the driver's seat belt. This article gives you the reason. Whether sports cars, SUVs or small cars: cars are special seat belts that make daily driving safer. And most vehicles have a small loop on the seat belt that is attached under the front passenger's seat belt buckle.
The purpose of the belt loop!
The small loop is a so-called Energy management loop. You could also call it Breaking point for the seat belt. It is designed in such a way that it rips open under particularly heavy loads. With this, it can cushion the impact of an impact by a few centimeters and help ensure that the person wearing a seat belt is safe. In other words: in a car accident, the seam on the loop tears and the seat belt is lengthened by a few centimeters. This in turn can cushion the impact a little and at best prevent worse injuries.
Important note: Not all vehicles have such loops on their belts. However, this does not mean that the belt will offer less protection without additional fabric. With regard to safety, every manufacturer relies on their own sophisticated safety precautions in order to protect the occupants as best they can in the event of an accident.
Why is the loop missing on the driver's side?
In addition, the loop has other practical functions: On the one hand, the loop prevents the belt buckle from slipping down and, on the other hand, the loop prevents the belt buckle from moving when the vehicle is moving without a passenger hits against the inside of the vehicle trim and in this way causes unsightly scratches on the dashboard and trim. At the same time, an annoying rattling that would be associated with a back and forth movement of the buckle is also prevented.
But why aren't there any on the driver's side? On the driver's side, it is more important to secure the driver because the head hitting the steering wheel can be fatal. Therefore the seat belt is allowed cannot expand further, but must fixate the driver as best he can. Only in this way can it be guaranteed that in the event of an impact no serious head injuries caused by the steering wheel.
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