SAFETY: MAKING MINI-CARS UNHAZARDOUS TO HEALTH

In response to proposed Federal requirements regarding autosafety, fuel economy and exhaust emissions due to take effect in the mid-1980s, the Department of Transportation (DOT) has funded a four-phase Research Safety Vehicle (RSV) program. Chrysler Corp., along with Calspan Corp. of Buffalo, NY, has just finished building 10 RSVs for delivery to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) while the second RSV project, produced and designed by Minicars, Inc. of California, was presented to Secretary of Transportation Brock Adams on March 26 in Washington state. The Calspan/Chrysler car contains several modifications which have allowed minimal passenger compartment damage and fewer projected occupant injuries in preliminary tests conducted at 47 mph (76 kph). A forward transverse engine, energy-absorbing foam panels as well as a break-away steering column have been built into the test units. Chrysler/Calspan, after extensive computer studies of designs and materials, has built a 31 lb (14 kg) low-density, urethane-foam bumper surrounded with a higher-density urethane skin which offers crash protection to pedestrians at speeds up to 20 mph (32.2 kph).

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    Automotive Industries International

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    Radnor, PA  United States  19089
  • Authors:
    • Rambo, D
  • Publication Date: 1979-5

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  • Accession Number: 00314830
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 27 1980 12:00AM