A New Zealand coroner’s call to have lap belts found in older vehicles banned and newer-generation 3-point seatbelts made compulsory will not help the safety of older cars, an Autoliv Inc. spokesman says. The coroner says lap seatbelts can cut a person in half or inflict injuries so horrific it would be preferable not to wear them at all. But Autoliv, the world's largest manufacturer of seatbelts, says it is impossible to make older cars as safe as new ones, even if lap belts are ...

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