ENERGY-ABSORBING STEERING COLUMN SUCCESSFULLY REDUCES INJURY BUT NEW IMPACT PATTERNS EMERGE

FIRST YEAR'S EXPERIENCE WITH COLLAPSIBLE STEERING COLUMNS SHOWS THAT INJURY SEVERITY IS REDUCED, EVEN IN HIGH SPEED FRONT-END COLLISIONS; INJURY INCREASES WITH CRASH SEVERITY; THE LOAD REQUIRED TO CRUSH THE COLUMN DOES NOT PRODUCE INJURY; THERE IS A GREATER CHANCE OF THE HEAD STRIKING THE VEHICLE INTERIOR, GENERALLY THE INSTRUMENT PANEL IN FRONT OF THE STEERING WHEEL; AND THE COLUMN DOES NOT ALWAYS COLLAPSE AS IT IS SUPPOSED TO, CAUSING INJURY FROM THE DEFORMED STEERING WHEEL. /HSL/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Vol 77, No 5, PP 60-64
  • Authors:
    • Lundstrom, L C
    • Cichowski, W G
    • Huelke, D F
    • Chewning, W A
    • PATRICK, L M
    • Van, KIRK J
    • GARRETT, J W
  • Publication Date: 1969-5

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  • Accession Number: 00220603
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Literature
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 19 1970 12:00AM