Swindell’s design allows belts to be set to the perfect height for every seat in any car. He has spoken to chassis manufacturers and some are getting behind it. He credits Maxim Chassis for being the most willing to work in this safety feature. In his opinion, adopting these safety features will actually reduce costs for chassis manufacturers.
The seat belt system he proposes has seven points. It includes improvements to the lap belt, which would tighten from two inches to three inches. Swindell said the more secure a driver’s pelvis is, the more secure every other body part will be inside the car.
Swindell and others have indicated that drivers are sometimes reluctant to adopt to new safety techniques. However, according to Swindell, “there’s no reason” for drivers to not continue to seek safety improvements. He is constantly trying to evolve and improve the ideas he has already discussed.
Costs may be cheaper for teams as well if Swindell’s seat and seatbelt system become the standard. Currently, when rescue crews have to remove a driver they fear has a spinal injury, the chassis is cut to remove him safely. Swindell’s system puts an end to this costly action.
Swindell said he is always thinking about safety improvements. He is not making any money from his proposals. For now, he is trying to get manufacturers to see the decreased costs and improved safety his designs bring to the sport.