Lennart Lindblad, founder of Autoliv, passed away on Jan. 30 at the age of 89 after a time of illness.
Lindblad founded the company Lindblads Autoservice AB in 1953 with his brother Stig Lindblad and developed the company’s first seatbelt in 1956. In 1968, the company changed its name to Autoliv AB.
“We remember our founder Lennart Lindblad with great gratitude,” said Mikael Bratt, president and CEO of Autoliv. “He built the foundation for Autoliv, which is now the worldwide leader in automotive safety systems. With his invention and continuous development of the seatbelt, countless lives have been saved over the past 65 years. Lennart Lindblad has through the years inspired so many people with his passion for road safety and for continuously improving our products. Our thoughts go to Lennart Lindblad’s family.”
“Lennart Lindblad personifies Autoliv’s vision of saving more lives, and the philosophy that no matter how good a product is, there’s always something that can be improved. His contributions have left a lasting legacy to Autoliv and to millions of people on our roads. Throughout my 20 years with Autoliv, Lennart’s vision and innovative spirit has been a guiding light to me and thousands of other Autoliv employees, he will be sadly missed,” added Jan Carlson, chairman of Autoliv.