Safer Vehicle Designs Are Benefitting Both Older and Younger Occupants

This article describes a recent study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that estimated the effectiveness of various occupant protection technologies in preventing deaths of drivers and right front-seat passengers. The research examined trends in drivers and passengers aged 13-49 years and 70-96 years in 1960-2011 model passenger vehicles which were involved in crashes during 1975-2010. Topics include safety belt (seatbelt) effectiveness, front airbags, the odds of dying in a crash, gender differences in crashes and survival rates, the types of fatal injuries sustained in crashes, and the role of safety ratings for vehicles. Readers are referred to the full study, “Injury Vulnerability and Effectiveness of Occupant Protection Technologies for Older Occupants and Women,” available at (C.J. Kahane).


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 4-5
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  • Accession Number: 01523653
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 28 2014 6:34PM