Under the new DOT ruling, airbags, automatic seat belts or impact-absorbing interiors will be phased in so that after September 1989 all cars built for sale in the U.S. will be equipped with passive restraints. A timetable has been set for passenger car manufacturers to comply with DOT ruling. For consumers, the ruling will mean higher car prices as the trade-off for safer cars. The level of protection consumers may expect is discussed. Airbags alone offer the least protection against fatal injuries; airbags offer the most protection only when combined with lap/shoulder belts. Passive interiors are described and it is noted that the success of an interior in preventing injury and death is dependent on the overall design of the car.

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    Consumer's Research Incorporated

    517 Second Street NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20002
  • Authors:
    • Caldwell, D
  • Publication Date: 1984-9

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 26-28
  • Serial:
    • Consumers' Research
    • Volume: 67
    • Issue Number: 9
    • Publisher: Consumer's Research Incorporated
    • ISSN: 0095-2222

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00394056
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-037 788
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 31 1985 12:00AM