A few weeks back, Detroit resident Yvonne Monger was given a ticket for not wearing a seat belt. She was riding in the front seat of a pick-up and is too big for the belts that are built-in to the truck. Thus, she got a ticket. She was understandably upset:
"There's other obese people out here also," said Monger. "What are we supposed to do? Not go to work? Stay in the house? What's the problem here?"
In the end she obtained a seatbelt extender from Ford. I admit I'm a little curious about the coverage of the story. The video which accompanies the text mostly shows Ms. Monger trying to buckle herself in and failing (uh, because the belt is too short - we know that already). The seatbelt extender is given some air time, though, and that's a good thing.
It would have been cooler if this was portrayed more as "Here's what you need to do if your seatbelt is too short" than anything else. So, I'm going to do that.
A number of years back Elizabeth Fisher led a charge against Honda for not even offering an extender. She compiled a list of resources for seatbelt extenders for most manufacturers. Moreso, though, NHTSA eventually ruled that longer belts weren't required due to the availability of extenders - and seatbelts are only legally required to fit a person weighing 215 pounds. [Thanks, Ryan!]