Research at Lardy (Renault safety center) is heavily biased towards practical solutions to safety problems, solutions that can be applied to present or future cars. As the result of a correlation program between real accidents and barrier crash tests, Renault has developed a more representative crash test (car impacting barrier at 30 degree angle) and sophisticated dummies based on the results of cadaver tests. To demonstrate its progress in safety research and the validity of its approach, Renault has built a safety car called EPURE (Etude de la Protection des Usagers de la Route et de l'Environment), based on the Renault 5, with the front end and engine of the Renault 14, the longer nose providing a greater crush distance and the lower engine a greater distance between hood and underneath structure to minimize pedestrian injury. The car is equipped with inertia reel belts with a pyrotechnical system to tighten the reels in an impact. Other features include hooks on doors to prevent door bursting in side impact, foam for interior impact cushioning, rounded hood and plastic capping on roof drip channels to prevent pedestrian injuries, and some structural strengthening to the basic chassis. The EPURE exceeds all known and projected safety regulations by a wide margin. Renault estimates that if all cars in France were like the EPURE and if 9% of the users wore seat belts, 1500 fatalities would be prevented each year.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • At head of title: Motor Supplement.
  • Corporate Authors:

    IPC Specialist and Professional Press Limited

    Surrey House, 1 Throwley Way
    Sutton, Surrey SM1 4QQ,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Greenslade, R
  • Publication Date: 1980-4-19

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 56-58
  • Serial:
    • Motor
    • Volume: 157
    • Issue Number: 4045

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00392299
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-028 911
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1985 12:00AM