Special Crash Investigations, On-Site Child Restraint System Crash Investigation, Location: Maryland, Crash Date: May 2017

NHTSA’s Special Crash Investigations team authorized an on-site investigation of a child restraint system (CRS) restraining an 11-month-old male child in a severe off-set frontal three-vehicle crash. This report documents the performance of a rear-facing Graco child restraint system (CRS) securing the 11-month-old in the second row center position of a 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan. The Volkswagen was involved in a high-speed, off-set head-on frontal crash with a 2016 Mercedes Benz GL350. The Volkswagen rotated counterclockwise and then was struck in the back plane by a 2016 Nissan 370Z. The crash occurred in the eastbound lanes of a limited-access, three-lane, divided roadway. The conditions for the crash developed when the Volkswagen’s belted 22-year-old female driver operated the vehicle in the eastbound lanes while traveling in the westbound direction, after entering the roadway in the wrong direction from a service road. Fatal injuries were sustained by the Volkswagen’s driver, who was pronounced deceased at the crash site. The belted 66-year-old male driver of the Mercedes Benz was transported by helicopter to a regional trauma center, where he expired. A second helicopter transported the 11-month-old infant to a Level-1 pediatric trauma center for evaluation and treatment of reported incapacitating (A-level) injuries. The belted 59-year-old male driver of the Nissan was not injured


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  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 73p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01729312
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT HS 812 821, CR17011
  • Contract Numbers: DTNH22-12-C-00269
  • Created Date: Jan 29 2020 2:29PM