lap belt


: a seat belt that fastens across the lap

Examples of lap belt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Due to a missing rivet, the lap belt pretensioner on the left-side front seat belt assembly may be improperly secured. USA TODAY, 11 Mar. 2024 The lap belts favored in Europe may help infants from slipping out of a dozing parent’s grasp, but research from RMIT University in Australia in 2015 showed downsides. Nicole Kobie, WIRED, 12 Jan. 2024 Sheriff’s officials said the kidnapping didn’t occur because the child was strapped into the cart with a lap belt. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Nov. 2023 Dummies used in the tests should also remain correctly positioned without sliding forward beneath the lap belt, which raises the risk of abdominal injuries, while the head should remain a safe distance from the front seatback. Alain Sherter, CBS News, 7 Nov. 2023 Interior appointments include recent retrimming in black leather, charcoal square-weave carpet, the correct ivory steering wheel and gear knob, a Becker Mexico radio, lift-latch competition-style lap belts, and restored factory switchgear and instrumentation. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 11 Sep. 2023 The dummy still submarined under the rear lap belt and its head got close to the front seatback. Andrew Beckford, USA TODAY, 5 Sep. 2023 Since a reclining rear-seat occupant may submarine (slide under the lap belt) in a collision, the Executive Line seats come with an airbag at the base of the bottom cushion that deploys to align their torso with the lap belt. Neil Dunlop, Car and Driver, 21 June 2021 The lap belt should lie low on their hips at the top of their thighs. Jennifer Brookland, Detroit Free Press, 3 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lap belt was in 1952

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Cite this Entry

“Lap belt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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