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24 Aug, 2009 3:42pm Jack Rix

Our guide to the safest cars on the road.

It's become second nature for modern drivers to 'clunk, clip, every trip', but the three-point seatbelt hasn't been around forever. August 2009 marks the 50th Anniversary of its invention - by a Volvo engineer Nils Bohlin in 1959. And it wasn't until ten years later, in 1969, that the inertia-reel system was developed, improving comfort and safety simultaneously.

Fortunately for the millions of lives its saved over the years, despite patenting the design, Bohlin soon recognised the benefits his invention could offer - and made the technology available for all manufacturers to install. Nowadays its still the most important piece of safety equipment fitted to your car.

So to mark the Golden anniversary of one of the twentieth century's most significant inventions, we've gathered together the safest cars you can buy according to Euro NCAP's points scoring system, in ten separate categories, to demonstrate just how far road safety has come.