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* Rogue gets caught in a burning truck this way at the beginning of ''Film/XMen1''. Wolverine, who was not wearing his, gets thrown a good twenty feet out through the windshield and is only saved from serious injury or death by his [[MadeOfIron unbreakable bones]] and HealingFactor. In the second film she has trouble putting ''on'' her seatbelt in an airplane, and subsequently gets sucked out of it.

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* Rogue gets caught in a burning truck this way at the beginning of ''Film/XMen1''.''Film/XMen1'', and has to be rescued by Cyclops, who breaks the buckle open with an {{Eye Beam|s}}. Wolverine, who was not wearing his, gets thrown a good twenty feet out through the windshield and is only saved from serious injury or death by his [[MadeOfIron unbreakable bones]] and HealingFactor. In the second film she Rogue has trouble putting ''on'' her seatbelt in an airplane, and subsequently gets sucked out of it.


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Not only are you in general more likely to be saved by a seatbelt than killed by one that jams, ''even in the specific situation'' where you need to get out in a hurry (e.g. due to falling off a bridge into water) and the second or so it takes to remove your seatbelt counts, it's still better to be wearing a seatbelt, because if you're not, you're more likely to be unconscious or dazed. That said, a character dying or nearly dying due to a safety device is too deliciously ironic an idea for some writers to pass up (see FailsafeFailure).

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Not For those not in the military though, not only are you in general more likely to be saved by a seatbelt than killed by one that jams, ''even in the specific situation'' where you need to get out in a hurry (e.g. due to falling off a bridge into water) and the second or so it takes to remove your seatbelt counts, it's still better to be wearing a seatbelt, because if you're not, you're more likely to be unconscious or dazed. That said, a character dying or nearly dying due to a safety device is too deliciously ironic an idea for some writers to pass up (see FailsafeFailure).

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* People who still refuse to wear seat belts often cite the possibility of being trapped in a car after an accident as a reason.


* Goose in the first ''Film/MadMax'' film has this happen to him when the pickup he's driving crashes thanks to Johnny's throwing of a wheel through the windscreen. [[KillItWithFire This is especially bad, considering what happens to him next.]]

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* Goose in the first ''Film/MadMax'' ''Film/MadMax1'' film has this happen to him when the pickup he's driving crashes thanks to Johnny's throwing of a wheel through the windscreen. [[KillItWithFire This is especially bad, considering what happens to him next.]]


Sadly enough, fear of this happening is a main reason (besides laziness and general apathy) why people don't buckle up when they drive (although this varies from country to country) leading to [[TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs numerous unnecessary deaths]]. Some units in the U.S. military have it as standard operating procedure ''not'' to wear seatbelts in aquatic areas due to this.

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Sadly enough, fear of this happening is a main reason (besides laziness and general apathy) why people don't buckle up when they drive (although this varies from country to country) leading to [[TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs [[JustForFun/TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs numerous unnecessary deaths]]. Some units in the U.S. military have it as standard operating procedure ''not'' to wear seatbelts in aquatic areas due to this.

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* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': In "Bloodsport", one VictimOfTheWeek is a woman who is TrappedInASinkingCar by a jammed seatbelt, and who drowns after she accidentally shoots a man who is attempting to rescue her.

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* In the HiddenObjectGame ''Nightmare Realm'' from Big Fish Games, a toddler is trapped in her car safety-seat by a jammed strap. Luckily the seat itself did its job, and the little girl was unharmed by the accident that got her stuck.


*** [[spoiler: and, more importantly, why it was able to REROUTE THE EXHAUST. Engine fumes and breathing air do NOT mix in a normal car. That'd be suicidally stupid.]]

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*** [[spoiler: and, [[spoiler:And, more importantly, why it was able to REROUTE THE EXHAUST. Engine fumes and breathing air do NOT mix in a normal car. That'd be suicidally stupid.]]



* In the first season of ''IceRoadTruckers'' it's specifically noted that when driving big rigs over frozen lakes and rivers, drivers remove their seatbelts to bail more quickly. With a 15-20 MPH speed limit, injuries due to impacts aren't really a concern anyway.

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* In the first season of ''IceRoadTruckers'' ''Series/IceRoadTruckers'' it's specifically noted that when driving big rigs over frozen lakes and rivers, drivers remove their seatbelts to bail more quickly. With a 15-20 MPH speed limit, injuries due to impacts aren't really a concern anyway.



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This being TruthInTelevision has lead to the creation of rescue hooks, devices that can both cut seatbelts and break windows without risking injury to the user's hands. Some, such as the [=HawkHook=], take it further and add features such as [[CrazyPrepared wire strippers and bottle openers]].



Not only are you in general more likely to be saved by a seatbelt than killed by one that jams, ''even in the specific situation'' where you need to get out in a hurry (e.g. due to falling off a bridge into water) and the second or so it takes to remove your seatbelt counts, it's still better to be wearing a seatbelt, because if you're not, you're more likely to be [[StandardStatusEffects unconscious or dazed]]. That said, a character dying or nearly dying due to a safety device is too deliciously ironic an idea for some writers to pass up (see FailsafeFailure).

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Not only are you in general more likely to be saved by a seatbelt than killed by one that jams, ''even in the specific situation'' where you need to get out in a hurry (e.g. due to falling off a bridge into water) and the second or so it takes to remove your seatbelt counts, it's still better to be wearing a seatbelt, because if you're not, you're more likely to be [[StandardStatusEffects unconscious or dazed]].dazed. That said, a character dying or nearly dying due to a safety device is too deliciously ironic an idea for some writers to pass up (see FailsafeFailure).

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* ''Series/{{Vera}}'': In "Silent Voices", Joe has to dive into a reservoir to save a woman TrappedInAsinkingCar. It takes several attempts for the two of them to get the seatbelt open.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/AllHailKingJulien'' Julien's plan to pilot a robot about to self destruct over a cliff and jump out just before he does is hampered by a seat belt.
-->'''Julien''': Timo! What is this thing around my waist?
-->'''Timo''': It's a safety belt, your majesty!
-->'''Julien''': News flash, I don't feel very safe right now because I'm strapped to an exploding dinosaur!!

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* The Music/ChuckBerry song "No Particular Place To Go":
--> Can you imagine the way I felt
--> When I couldn't unfasten my safety belt
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* In ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' "Hank Gets Dusted", Dusty Hill gets his beard trapped in his seatbelt during a crash up derby which his car is in flames and other cars are about to hit him. Hank has to rescue him by cutting his trademark beard.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' episode "Hank Gets Dusted", [[Music/ZZTop Dusty Hill Hill]] gets his beard trapped in his seatbelt during a crash up derby which his car is in flames and other cars are about to hit him. Hank has to rescue him by cutting his trademark beard.


* ''Film/FinalDestination'' A car stalled on train tracks has one seatbelt jam, trapping the occupant until the very last minute. Possibly justified, since every death in the series is set up in a Rube Goldberg style relying on a series of coincidences.

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* ''Film/FinalDestination'' ''Film/FinalDestination1'' A car stalled on train tracks has one seatbelt jam, trapping the occupant until the very last minute. Possibly justified, since every death in the series is set up in a Rube Goldberg style relying on a series of coincidences.



* Happens to the character of Ray Embrey in ''{{Hancock}}'', as his car is about to be hit by a train approaching the railroad crossing where he halted on the rails and is jammed in by other cars in front and back. Partially subverted when Ray Embrey at least can wind down the driver window in an attempt to escape. Played straight when his seatbelt jams and the doorhandle breaks off in his hand.

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* Happens to the character of Ray Embrey in ''{{Hancock}}'', ''Film/{{Hancock}}'', as his car is about to be hit by a train approaching the railroad crossing where he halted on the rails and is jammed in by other cars in front and back. Partially subverted when Ray Embrey at least can wind down the driver window in an attempt to escape. Played straight when his seatbelt jams and the doorhandle breaks off in his hand.



* ''LawAbidingCitizen''. One of the protagonist is trapped inside her vehicle as the cars of her colleagues explode around her, waiting for her inevitable death. This is implied to be due to the same sabotage that blew up the other cars.

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* ''LawAbidingCitizen''.''Film/LawAbidingCitizen''. One of the protagonist is trapped inside her vehicle as the cars of her colleagues explode around her, waiting for her inevitable death. This is implied to be due to the same sabotage that blew up the other cars.



* Goose in the first ''MadMax'' film has this happen to him when the pickup he's driving crashes thanks to Johnny's throwing of a wheel through the windscreen. [[KillItWithFire This is especially bad, considering what happens to him next.]]

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* Goose in the first ''MadMax'' ''Film/MadMax'' film has this happen to him when the pickup he's driving crashes thanks to Johnny's throwing of a wheel through the windscreen. [[KillItWithFire This is especially bad, considering what happens to him next.]]



* There was a background plot in an episode of ''TheWestWing'' where some woman whose husband had died because he wasn't wearing a seatbelt was trying to sue the president for pointing out in a speech (as an example of a situation where the benefits outweigh the risks) that sometimes seatbelts jam, claiming that this was what had led her husband not to wear one. Sam spent the episode arguing that Bartlet should come out in favor of a national seatbelt law to counter the bad publicity. Bartlet wasn't having it.

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* There was a background plot in an episode of ''TheWestWing'' ''Series/TheWestWing'' where some woman whose husband had died because he wasn't wearing a seatbelt was trying to sue the president for pointing out in a speech (as an example of a situation where the benefits outweigh the risks) that sometimes seatbelts jam, claiming that this was what had led her husband not to wear one. Sam spent the episode arguing that Bartlet should come out in favor of a national seatbelt law to counter the bad publicity. Bartlet wasn't having it.



* In TheSopranos Sean Gismonte and Matthew Bevilaqua try to kill Christopher by shooting him from a car. When Christopher starts shooting back, Matthew exits the car and gets away, but Sean gets tangled up in his seatbelt. Unfortunately for him, this makes him a pretty easy target.

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* In TheSopranos ''Series/TheSopranos'', Sean Gismonte and Matthew Bevilaqua try to kill Christopher by shooting him from a car. When Christopher starts shooting back, Matthew exits the car and gets away, but Sean gets tangled up in his seatbelt. Unfortunately for him, this makes him a pretty easy target.



* In ''KingOfTheHill'' "Hank Gets Dusted", Dusty Hill gets his beard trapped in his seatbelt during a crash up derby which his car is in flames and other cars are about to hit him. Hank has to rescue him by cutting his trademark beard.

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* In ''KingOfTheHill'' ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' "Hank Gets Dusted", Dusty Hill gets his beard trapped in his seatbelt during a crash up derby which his car is in flames and other cars are about to hit him. Hank has to rescue him by cutting his trademark beard.

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