A review of seat belt crash performance in the United Kingdom

This paper concentrates exclusively on the reported use and effectiveness of seat belts in the United Kingdom. It reviews firstly the data on the crash performance of belts. Studies date from the early 1960s, but all have limitations which have left a number of questions unanswered concerning the actual performance of belts in real collisions. These questions are discussed with particular reference to different types of seat belts. The need for careful investigation of accidents is outlined. Usage rates for retractor and static belts are given for a number of years, and then the limitations of retractor and static belts are discussed in the light of reported field accident experience. Suggestions are put forward for further investigations of these problems. (A)


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  • Pagination: 263-75

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  • Accession Number: 01440809
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0642013772
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 11:15PM