Seat Belts and Child Passenger Safety


Courtesy Highway National Traffic Safety Administration

Seat Belt Laws Overview

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) data shows that among passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2020 where it was known whether they were wearing a seat belt, 51%—10,893 people—were unrestrained. The agency estimates that 84% of passenger vehicle occupants who survived fatal crashes in 2020 were restrained, while 16% were unrestrained.

Seat belts in passenger vehicles saved approximately 14,955 lives in 2017 and prevented thousands of injuries. An additional 2,549 lives could have been saved in 2017 if all unrestrained passengers involved in fatal crashes had worn their seat belts, according to NHTSA.