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Last night I saw a photoshopped picture of a rainbow
seatbelt: [link]. A couple of the
commenters said they'd like to have rainbow seatbelts:
So I did Google searches for 'patterned seatbelt' and
'printed seatbelt' and was
astonished to find literally zero results about seatbelts
with patterns or designs printed
on them. (The closest things I found were patterned
seatbelt pads: [link]. I also found a
3D-printed seatbelt silencer: [link] and a printed coat
with a seatbelt buckle-style
So I propose that automakers produce seatbelts with
various printed patterns, as
another way for customers to customize their cars.
Custom designs could be offered for
a higher price.
Of course, these would have to go through safety testing
to ensure the dye doesn't
weaken the material. But that's just an implementation
Update: Two days later, this idea is the top Google
search result for both 'printed seatbelt' and 'patterned
seatbelt'. (And yes, I did check the non-personalized
Rainbow seatbelt picture
The picture itself is deleted, but you can still see the thumbnail. [notexactly, Nov 30 2015]
Comments saying they'd like to have rainbow seatbelts
[notexactly, Nov 30 2015]
Patterned seatbelt pads/covers
A "flaral" design [notexactly, Nov 30 2015]
3D-printed seatbelt silencer
I think this goes in the thing to keep it from beeping. [notexactly, Nov 30 2015]
[notexactly, Nov 30 2015]
||If the seat-belts were embossed, a post-accident
victim could have something bruise-tattooed onto
their torso during the collision.
||// the dye doesn't weaken the material. //
||The yarn used to produce the fibre is pigmented at the melt stage, so the colouring is intrinsic.
||// But that's just an implementation step //
||Seatbelts that look bloodstained with yellow tags reading "EXHIBIT #L53F" would be good ...
||Not really an answer, but in my yoof fake seat
belts tshirts were in vogue, so you could kind
of do it that way.
||// The yarn used to produce the fibre is pigmented at the
melt stage, so the colouring is intrinsic. //
||So then you could even weave patterns into the seatbelts!
||//If the seat-belts were embossed, a post-accident victim could have something bruise-tattooed onto their torso during the collision// - with different levels of embossing on the seatbelt you could have different patterns or text 'bruised' onto your flesh depending on the acceleration experienced in the accident. Emergency medical teams would look at the distinctive chequerboard pattern on your abdomen and say to themselves "Ah yes, a 5G impact...".
||I'd like the pattern to exactly match my shirt, so that it blends and disappears.
||[+] I want a chain link pattern. Or maybe solid bright yellow; good for fishing the middle belt out from between the cushions. Ammunition belt would work, some places.
||"Can you even dye my eyes to match my gown ?" said Judy Garland.
|| "We can even dye your seat belt to match both." Replied the beauticians of OZ.
||Brightly colored or day glow / reflective seatbelts
might make law enforcement verification that the
passengers are wearing them easier.