A series of tests were conducted to find out what happens to children secured in an adult's seat belt during a collision. While it is acknowledged that these collision tests using dummies prove little, they did indicate several important things: (1) Some children who would otherwise be unrestrained in the rear could be saved by adult belts in the front; (2) The older and bigger the child, the better its chances of surviving a crash by being belted into an adult harness; (3) Properly designed booster cushions hold the key to making adult belts suitable for children--especially older children; (4) Household cushions should not be used; and (5) The lap-belt-only carries a serious risk of allowing the child to "jacknife" with the danger of head and abdominal injury. The conclusion is, in the present state of the art, if you want to keep your children safe in the car, belt them into properly approved restraints that have been made just for them.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Automobile Association

    Foundation for Road Safety Research, Fanum House
    Basingstoke, Hampshire,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Oxford, R
    • ROY, P
  • Publication Date: 1981-8

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 117-122
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00384683
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-035 730
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 30 1984 12:00AM