pretensioner

noun
pre·​ten·​sion·​er | \ ˌprē-ˈten(t)-sh(ə-)nər How to pronounce pretensioner (audio) \
plural pretensioners

Definition of pretensioner

: a mechanism that tightens and locks automobile seatbelts in place in the event of a crash or hard braking Pretensioners, like air bags, rely on a small explosive charge to tighten belts fast enough to reduce injuries even in high-speed crashes.— Mark Phelan

First Known Use of pretensioner

1979, in the meaning defined above

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“Pretensioner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pretensioner. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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