ANALYSIS OF FRONTAL IMPACT TEST DATA - NEW CAR ASSESSMENT PROJECT

Frontal barrier impact data developed by three different test contractors for the NHTSA 'New Car Assessment' project have been reviewed and analyzed. The test series involved 35 vehicles having a test weight range from 2180 to 5362 lbs. Most tests were at a nominal 35 MPH impact velocity. Instrumentation includes vehicle accelerometers, two fully restrained, adult Part 572 dummies in the front seat positions and a 6 year old child dummy restrained with a lap belt in the rear seat. Results were analyzed to assess occupant response characteristics in relation to measured injury criteria values. The major factor with head response, and to a lesser degree with the chest response, are the characteristics of the object struck. Several examples of vehicle occupant responses satisfying FMVSS 208 injury criteria were evident throughout most of the test weight range. Passenger compartment structures were viewed as providing reasonable integrity for the barrier impacts up to 35 MPH. However, this test likely imposes conditions near the structural limit for most vehicles.

  • Corporate Authors:

    MGA Research Corporation

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    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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  • Authors:
    • MILLER, P M
    • Rydzynski, P A
  • Publication Date: 1980-2

Media Info

  • Pagination: 157 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00318497
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: G9-005-V-1 Final Rpt., DOT-HS-805-395
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-8-01936
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 27 1980 12:00AM