Black and white photo roll of safety belt in tests

First modern three-point seat belt invented in 1955 by Hugh DeHaven, of the Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory. This invention has saved millions of lives and DeHaven’s research into crash survival pioneered safety studies and helped shaped the modern automobile industry. “…people knew more about protecting eggs in transit than they did about protecting human heads,” wrote Dehaven in 1942. Early in the 20th century, DeHaven established the Aviation Safety and Research Facility at Cornell University.