find it difficult to believe that the seat belt can afford the driver
any great amount of protection over and above that which is available to
him through the medium of the safety-type steering wheel if he has his
hands on the wheel and grips the rim sufficiently tight to take
advantage of its energy absorption properties and also takes advantage
of the shock-absorbing action which can be achieved by correct
positioning of the feet and legs."
- General Motors vehicle safety engineer Howard Gandelot, 1954.