lap belt


Definition of lap belt

: a seat belt that fastens across the lap

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Five-point harnesses and booster seats position a lap belt over the top of the hip bones, low and flat against the thighs, so the child’s bones absorb the impact. Lauren Gravitz, Washington Post, "Risky transport: Camps, churches and other programs are trading car-seat safety for convenience," 30 July 2019 Older models, like the one Alexis was in, had only lap belts for most seats. Justin Price, The Courier-Journal, "Child's death led family in a crusade for 15-passenger van safety," 10 May 2018 For a seat belt to fit properly, according to the NHTSA, the lap belt portion must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. Robert Duffer,, "Seat Check Saturday aims to fix what most parents get wrong," 22 Sep. 2017 In the event something goes awry, the only protection is a 1972-period-correct lap belt. Steve Siler, Car and Driver, "Defiant Drive: Taking a Spin, Almost Literally, in Prestone’s 1036-HP, Hellcat-Powered ’72 AMC Javelin AMX," 23 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of lap belt

1952, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of lap belt

: a seat belt that fastens across your lap

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