Vehicle defects in crashes: indepth vehicle factors study

This paper presents the preliminary results and research methodology of an in-depth study examining vehicle factors in crashes in New South Wales. Previous research projects have reported that defects are a primary causal factor in approximately four percent of crashes and may contribute to 13 percent and 24 percent of all crashes. The Crashed Vehicle Study will examine the presence of defects and their role in crash causation and severity. 5000 vehicles from all categories will be examined. A comprehensive on-scene and follow-up examination is undertaken of all vehicles involved in the crash. Examinations are conducted to specified guidelines to provide a consistent and objective approach to data recording and analysis. Vehicle inspectors record all major and minor vehicle faults, and wherever possible objectively measure these faults. Faults will be analysed in terms such as vehicle category, rural versus urban, and component areas (steering, brakes, vision, etc). Results to date are discussed in terms of comparison to crash statistics and achievement rates.


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 1487-94
  • Monograph Title: The Fifteenth International Technical Conference on Enhanced Safety of Vehicles, Melbourne, Australia, 13-16 May 1996
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: DOT HS 808 465

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01398651
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 23 2012 6:01PM