"SMALL IS NOT BEAUTIFUL" SAYS US TRANSPORT OFFICIAL

Tests by the National Traffic Safety Administration have produced results which suggest that drivers of small cars are taking a big risk on roads in the United States. Twelve different makes of car were crashed into a fixed barrier at a speed of 35 mile/h. In only two cases were collisions produced that were not registered as fatal on instrumented dummies. Crashes involving small cars in the us are known to be twice as likely to involve fatalities as those in larger cars. Much of the blame for this is due to the fact that crash barrier and collapsible road lights in the us are designed to buckle only when struck by a large car. To combat the apparent danger of using small cars, manufacturers may soon have to accelerate the development of automatic safety systems if they want to carry on exporting to the US. (TRRL)

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    IPC Magazine Limited

    King's Reach Tower, Stamford Street
    London SE1 9LS,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1980-9-4

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 715
  • Serial:
    • NEW SCIENTIST
    • Volume: 87
    • Issue Number: 1217
    • Publisher: REED BUSINESS INFORMATION LTD
    • ISSN: 0262-4079

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00334100
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1981 12:00AM