STATISTICAL EVALUATION OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD 202: HEAD RESTRAINTS. REPORT NUMBER 2

This is the Final Report for the statistical evaluation of FMVSS 202 (Head Restraints). FMVSS 202 is designed to reduce the frequency and severity of neck injuries in rear end crashes. Head restraints may be either an integral type or a separate adjustable type. The study involved the development of statistical models for estimating the effectiveness of FMVSS 202 relative to three different effectiveness measures. The results showed that integral head restraints were significantly effective in reducing overall injury at an AIS level of one or greater relative to no head restraint. In general, for other head restraint types and other injury characterizations, head restraint effectiveness estimates were positive, but were not statistically significant. Injuries to rear seat occupants were also examined and head restraints were not found to be a safety hazard for these occupants.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Center for the Environment and Man, Incorporated

    275 Windsor Street
    Hartford, CT  United States  06120

    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    Highway Safety Research Center
    Chapel Hill, NC  United States  27599

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Stewart, J R
  • Publication Date: 1980-9

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 59 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00329046
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 4254-673 Final Rpt., HS-805 658
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-8-02014
  • Files: HSL, NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 21 1982 12:00AM