AUTOMATIC SAFETY BELT SYSTEMS OWNER USAGE AND ATTITUDES IN GM (GENERAL MOTORS) CHEVETTES AND VW (VOLKSWAGEN) RABBITS

The study was designed to: (1) evaluate the effectiveness of automatic restraint systems in increasing belt usage, and (2) determine owner attitudes toward the system. Information gathered from owners of vehicles with automatic systems will assist NHTSA in determining levels of acceptance, and problems or areas of resistance to these systems. Such information provides an 'early warning' of critical problem areas that need to be resolved before automatic restraint systems become standard equipment in all cars. Data collected are derived from 2,341 telephone interviews with owners of GM Chevettes and VW Rabbits. Findings indicate that the automatic restraint system with an operative starter-interlock is highly effective as a use-inducing system. There are, however, certain comfort and convenience related problems with automatic systems that need to be resolved. Information programs directed at dealers and the public should help to ensure that the mandate for automatic belt systems is successful.

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  • Pagination: 96 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00318499
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 51495 Final Rpt., HS-805 399
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-7-01736
  • Files: HSL, NTIS, NTL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 27 1982 12:00AM