Freightliner Trucks Announces Availability of High-Visibility Seat Belts

PORTLAND, Ore. – July 28, 2008 – Freightliner Trucks today announced the availability of high-visibility seat belts as a factory-installed option on the Cascadia™, Columbia®, Century Class S/T and M2™.



Manufactured by LifeGuard Technologies, the bright orange high-visibility seat belts include comfort features such as Komfort Latch®, which reduces seat belt irritation by relieving tension so the belt doesn’t rub the driver’s shoulder while driving; and the Sliding Komfort Latch®, which automates the process of relieving seat belt tension, while safely setting the seat belt’s slack to approximately one inch.



“We want to give owner-operators and fleet owners the right tools to safe practices on the road,” said Melissa Clausen, director of product marketing, Freightliner Trucks. “Safety is a priority not only to Freightliner Trucks, but to the entire transportation industry.”



According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers who wear their seat belts are nearly twice as likely to survive an accident. High-visibility seat belts enable fleet managers and law enforcement officers the ability to quickly identify whether drivers are wearing their seat belts, while encouraging consistent use.



The Click, Tug & Snug™, driver safety campaign developed by LifeGuard Technologies, aims to increase driver awareness of proper seat belt usage, with specific instructions on how to make the seat belt more comfortable. Freightliner Trucks customers can request a free training kit by visiting www.lifeguardtechnologies.com.



High-visibility seat belts are now available to order.



Freightliner Trucks is a division of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Ore., and is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 3-8 vehicles and is a Daimler company, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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