Seat Belts: Opinion Effects of Law-Induced Use

Fhanér, Gunilla; Hane, Monica
April 1979
Journal of Applied Psychology;Apr79, Vol. 64 Issue 2, p205
Academic Journal
The effects of a law on compulsory seat belt use on actual seat belt use and on beliefs about seat belt use were investigated. A questionnaire measuring the experience factors Discomfort, Worry, Risk, Effect, and Inconvenience when wearing seat belts was given to 526 car owners. These car owners belonged to the same population as a group (N = 368) for which the questionnaire had been constructed in 1971. A comparison between questionnaire results from the 1976 and 1971 groups indicated that the law of compulsory seat belt use had, on the average, brought about more positive opinions regarding use of seat belts. The change was large concerning the experience of discomfort and inconvenience, the 1976 sample experiencing these factors less than the 1971 sample. Those who had started to use the belts when the law was enacted showed more favorable attitudes, whereas the consistent nonusers showed more negative attitudes in 1976 than they had shown in 1971.


Related Articles

  • Airbags.  // New Harvard Guide to Women's Health;2004, p19 

    Presents information on airbags. Purpose of airbags; People at risk of airbag injury; Plans for future airbags.

  • Sales of textile-based automotive airbags to pick up fast.  // Textile Magazine;Aug2012, Vol. 53 Issue 10, p94 

    The article reports on the forecast regarding the increase of global sales for automotive airbags. It expects that front airbags will remain the biggest category in the market in 2017, and the sale for knee airbag, inflatable curtains, and side-impact airbags will grow faster. Furthermore, the...

  • Crash-test changes seen as airbag safety solution. Frame, Phil // Automotive News;3/18/1996, Vol. 70 Issue 5650, p1 

    Focuses on a near-term engineering solution to the problem of airbags deploying with enough force to kill a child. Proposed changes to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's crash-testing rules; Comment by Brian O'Neill, president of Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.

  • Success story: As airbags get smarter, death toll nears zero. Wernle, Bradford // Automotive News;2/6/2006, Vol. 80 Issue 6188, p20 

    The article focuses on the reduction of airbag-related deaths due to efforts of the U.S. automobile industry. According to the latest National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash statistics, no adults and two children died from airbag-induced injuries in the U.S. in 2005. To date, the...

  • Enforcing belt laws would be better solution.  // Automotive News;8/12/1996, Vol. 70 Issue 5673, p12 

    Opinion. Stresses the importance for the enforcement of a seat belt law in the United States. Uniformity in enforcement of state laws; Safety provided by airbags and seat belts; Advantages of seat belts over airbags.

  • A driving issue: Car belts or bags mandated. Silas, Faye A. // ABA Journal;Sep84, Vol. 70 Issue 9, p29 

    Reports on New York's law mandating the use of seatbelts and airbags. Fine for violators; Potential benefits of the law; Issues raised by the opponents of the law.

  • Dummy proof. Adams, Bruce; Guyette, James E. // Automotive Body Repair News;Mar2009, Vol. 48 Issue 3, p56 

    The article focuses on the issues about the use of faulty airbags which receive more publicity as they can produce disastrous problems in the U.S. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found 255 cases of missing airbags that were not repaired when it examined 1,446 fatal...

  • Side Impact: Front and Center. Wilson, Rich // Automotive Industries;Sep2004, Vol. 184 Issue 9, p22 

    Discusses technological trends in the automotive industry to reduce fatalities from side impact crashes as of 2004. Emergence of side curtain airbags; Bumper and door beam manufacturing solutions offered by Cosma International; Development by Autoliv of a system that lowers the impact of a...

  • When Is More Too Much? Wilson, Kevin A. // AutoWeek;8/22/2011, Vol. 61 Issue 17, p13 

    The article presents the author's views on modern automobiles. The author comments on stability control and airbags issues. It is stated that a car without stability control and at least six airbags gets a low rating from Consumer Reports and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics