Seatbelt wearing protects unborn baby in car accident

The stillbirth rate in a crash involving an unbelted pregnant driver was nearly threefold higher than the rate from a crash where the pregnant driver had buckled up, according to researchers who examined data on nearly 900,000 pregnant women.

The study found unbelted pregnant women had more highly elevated rates of preterm birth, placental abruption and premature rupture of membranes than belted women.

A lack of airbags was also associated with an increased risk of fetal injury, the researchers found.