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).

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also PB81-188500.
  • Corporate Authors:

    KLD Associates, Incorporated

    47 Mall Drive, Suite 8
    Commack, NY  United States  11725-5717

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Abramson, P
    • Cohen, J
    • Stein, H
  • Publication Date: 1980-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: 183 p.

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Filing Info

  • 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