If your car has airbags you don't need a seat belt.
The safest way to ride is buckled up, in a vehicle equipped with airbags. Even without an airbag, you are safer buckled up, than you are with an airbag and not buckled up.
Seat belts can trap you in a fire or underwater.
Incidents involving fire or water account for ½ of 1 percent of all crashes. But more importantly, you can't escape such dangers unless you're conscious. Wearing a seat belt gives you a much greater chance of being conscious and able-bodied.
If you're not going far or traveling fast seat belts aren't necessary.
Seemingly routine trips can be deceptively dangerous. Most fatal crashes happen within 25 miles from home and at speeds of less than 40 mph.