AUTOMATIC SAFETY BELT USAGE IN 1981 TOYOTAS

The objectives of the study were to evaluate the effectiveness of automatic restraint systems provided in Toyota Cressidas in increasing use of seat belts, and to evaluate attitude of owners toward those systems. Data were collected through telephone interviews and mailed questionnaires completed by 755 owners of Toyota Cressidas; 199 "control" owners of Toyota Coronas equipped with manual belts also were interviewed. Findings from the survey indicate that owners of automatic restrain systems are about twice as likely to use seat belts as are owners of manual systems. Owners of Cressidas rarely complained about the comfort or convenience of their seat belts. However, 25 percent cited belt interference with entrance and egress and rubbing across the face or neck as problems with the restraint system. Responses of Toyota owners are compared and contrasted with those provided in a survey completed one year ago of owners of Chevettes and Rabbits.

  • Corporate Authors:

    JWK International Corporation

    7617 Little River Turnpike
    Annandale, VA  United States  22003

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Publication Date: 1982-2

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00321380
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Statistical Reference File, TSC
  • Report/Paper Numbers: One-Time, HS-806 146
  • Files: TSR, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1982 12:00AM