EFFECT OF SEAT BELT DESIGN RULES ON WEARING RATES

Through the Australian design rule program, action has been taken to make seat belts more convenient, more comfortable to use and more effective in accidents. Inertia reel lap- sash belts for front outboard positions and improved upper Anchorage locations for all outboard seating positions anchorage locations for all outboard seating positions manufactured on or after 1 January 1975. These represent the most recent major efforts to improve restraint systems in these vehicles. In March 1978 the office of road safety conducted a roadside survey of seat belt fitting and wearing in four Australian cities. In one city, Melbourne, registration plate numbers were obtained to enable calculation of fitting and wearing rates by year of vehicle manufacture. Hence, wearing rates of belts in vehicles complying with different design rules, could be estimated. Survey results show that improved inertia reel installations are worn more often. An additional benefit is the higher percentage of these belts which are worn correctly adjusted compared with static belts (A). (TRRL)

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    Australian Government Publishing Service

    109 Canberra Avenue
    Griffith, A.C.T.,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Carter, A J
  • Publication Date: 1979-10

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  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 19 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00324981
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB Group Limited
  • ISBN: 0 642 01639 9
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No OK 5 Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: May 21 1981 12:00AM