This article discusses General Motors' program for improving automatic safety through occupant protection engineered into the vehicle itself. This built-in protection is independent of, but complementary to, add-on protection such as air bags or lap-shoulder belts. The program focuses on two principal areas. First, the structure of the car is carefully engineered to absorb energy in a crash, thus protecting the integrity of the passenger compartment. Secondly, inside the passenger compartment, improved energy absorbing steering columns, instrument panels, and windshields are integrated into a system aimed at reducing the risk of injuries when occupants strike the interior; this is called the "friendly interior." The advantages of built-in protection are that it is non-intrusive and not subject to rejection by new car buyers and that it is cost effective.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Safety Council

    444 North Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL  United States  60611
  • Authors:
    • SMITH, R B
  • Publication Date: 1985-2

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  • Pagination: 2 p.
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00399351
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-038 325
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1985 12:00AM