Ten reasons why Volvo is great
As a new concept rouses suspicions that Volvo is no longer boring, we remember the Swedes' coolest hits
Posted: 28 Feb 2014
THE SEATBELT PATENT RELEASE
The first modern three-point seat belt - as found in pretty much every modern car - was patented in 1955 by Americans Roger W. Griswold and Hugh DeHaven. But it was Swedish inventor Nils Bohlin (above) who got Volvo on board. The company made it standard equipment from 1959, then... released the patent. The firm's bosses decided that the invention was so significant it had more value as a life-saving tool, not as a commercial one. Saints.