ANALYSIS OF INSURANCE CLAIMS TO DETERMINE BUMPER EFFECT ON CRASH DAMAGE
The effectiveness of the crash-protecting automobile bumpers required by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 215--Exterior Protection, Passenger Cars was evaluated through an analysis of insurance claims filed with the State Farm Insurance Company. FMVSS-215 was first implemented in 1973, requiring that bumpers meet certain minimum criteria during a 5-mph front barrier crash and a 2.5-mph rear barrier crash. In 1974, FMVSS-215 was expanded to require that bumpers meet minimum standards during corner pendulum crash tests as well. In addition, the barrier test was upgraded to 5 -mph for the rear barrier crash. The current study compares accident claims from three periods: prior to enactment of FMVSS-215 (1972); the first year of the standards (1973); and additional years since upgrading of the standard (1974-78).
- See also PB81-188500.
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- Abramson, P
- Cohen, J
- Stein, H
- Publication Date: 1980-3
- Pagination: 183 p.
- TRT Terms: Acceptance tests; Automobiles; Bumpers; Crash investigation; Crash tests; Crashes; Design standards; Federal government; Insurance; Insurance claims; Loss and damage claims; Motor vehicles; Standards
- Subject Areas: Highways; Research; Safety and Human Factors; Vehicles and Equipment; I91: Vehicle Design and Safety;
- Accession Number: 00337871
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
- Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-HS-805-842 Final Rpt.
- Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-9-02207
- Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
- Created Date: Aug 15 1981 12:00AM