This report discusses the question whether and under which circumstances safety belts can lead to injuries and what measures, if any, must be taken to counter them. For this purpose the accident circumstances of 257 severely injured and 153 fatalities, all wearing belts, were thoroughly investigated. The study shows, inter alia, that for 5 persons there was the probability that they received more severe consequences than might otherwise have occurred as a result of wearing a safety belt. At the same time they were concerned with accident situations which, due to technical improvements, need not occur again in the future. The following improvements concerning belts are recommended: firmer tensioning of the seat belt, securement of rear seat passengers, rendering harmless of projections within the vehicle, above all the steering wheel, regular inspection of the safety belt system at weak spots, improved arrangements at the Anchorage points where belts change direction, observance of speed restrictions. The lower probability of being severely injured when wearing safety belts presents a quite considerable improvement in the safety of car occupants.

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    Tetzlaff Verlag GmbH

    Havelstrosse 9, Postfach 4006
    D-6100 Darmstadt 1,   Germany 
  • Authors:
    • WALZ, F
  • Publication Date: 1978


  • German

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  • Accession Number: 00309762
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 30 1980 12:00AM