1996 Report to Congress

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A seatbeltCombining results from the Utah CODES linkage with data from the other six states, researchers from NHTSA delivered a report to congress in February 1996 on nearly 900,000 drivers and passengers of vehicles that were involved in a motor vehicle crash during 1991.

The report shows that seatbelts are very effective at reducing injury following a motor vehicle crash and effectiveness increases with the severity of injury studied. For instance, while seatbelts were 20% effective at preventing injuries as a result of a motor vehicle crash, they were 60% effective at preventing death following a motor vehicle crash. For crash victims that are admitted to the hospital, the use of a seatbelt lowers the average hospital charge by 55% (Johnson and Walker, 1996).