RESTRAINT USAGE SYSTEM - EDUCATION, ELECTRONIC INDUCEMENT SYSTEMS OR MANDATORY USAGE LEGISLATION?

BELT TYPE RESTRAINT SYSTEMS have been available in production passenger cars since 1949 when Nash-Kelvinator Corporation (now American Motors) installed them on a reclining back front seat to hold sleeping occupants in position. Installation was mandated by 34 states because of legislation enacted in the early 1960's (1). The effectiveness of belt restraint systems for reducing or preventing automobile accident injury is well documented in the literature. Belt type restraint systems have failed as an effective safety device for injury reduction because they are not used. A review of past, present, and contemplated methods of inducing belt restraint system usage is presented. The successes and failures of past efforts and the reasons for belt rejection by the majority of vehicle occupants is examined. An approach for increasing usage of present restrain systems is suggested.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Association for Automotive Medicine

    P.O. Box 222
    Morton Grove, IL  USA  60053

    American Association for Automotive Medicine

    801 Green Bay Road
    Lake Bluff, IL  USA  60044
  • Authors:
    • STATES, J D
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Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 11 p.
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    • Issue Number: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00262738
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 13 1974 12:00AM