Traffic Safety Facts 2015 Data: Occupant Protection in Passenger Vehicles

According to the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS) for 2015, estimated seat belt use increased from 81.2 in 2006 to 88.5 in 2015. NOPUS provides nationwide probability-based observed data on seat belt use in the United States. In 2015 there were 22,441 occupants of passenger vehicles killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Of these 22,441 occupants, 10,635 (52%) were known to be restrained. Looking at only occupants where the restraint status was known, 48 percent were unrestrained at the time of the crash. Restraint use was not known for 1,932 occupants. The proportion of unrestrained passenger vehicle occupants killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes has decreased from 2006 to 2015. Among passenger vehicle occupants killed, when restraint use was known, the percentage of unrestrained deaths decreased by 7 percentage points from 55 percent in 2006 to 48 percent in 2015. Additional data presented in this report includes restraint use and age, gender, seating position, and vehicle type. Additional sections include: seat belt use and benefits, child restraint use and benefits, frontal air bag use and benefits, belt use by State and restraint use laws.


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  • Accession Number: 01630111
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  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT HS 812 374
  • Created Date: Mar 27 2017 9:30AM