DISCUSSION RELATED TO "COMPARISON OF HIGH SPEED CRASH TEST RESULTS WITH FATALITY RATES" BY GRUSH ET AL

NHTSA's New Car Assessment Program has been a highly visible activity. A large number of people are interested in safety comparisons of cars. Presumably these people believe that if they purchase a car with a good safety rating based on government crash tests they actually will have a better chance of surviving a highway accident than if they purchased a car with a bad safety rating. But the actual on the road fatal accident experience of the rated cars does not show a significant relationship to the safety ratings published. The NHTSA ratings program is a natural and legitimate response to political and consumer pressures, but the process on which these ratings are based needs to be researched carefully in light of the failure so far of highway accident data and crash test ratings to agree. (TRRL)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas, October 3-6, 1983.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Association for Automotive Medicine

    P.O. Box 222
    Morton Grove, IL  United States  60053
  • Authors:
    • Campbell, B J
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 1983

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 207-209
  • Monograph Title: PROCEEDINGS OF THE TWENTY-SEVENTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE, SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, USA, OCTOBER 3-6, 1983. AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR AUTOMOTIVE MEDICINE

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00389440
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Institute for Road Safety Research, SWOV
  • Files: HSL, ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 30 1984 12:00AM