This article reviews the design of automobile interiors with regard to occupant safety features from the 1908 Pontiac High-Wheeler up to the latest models. Automotive interior safety improvements have continually been added with over 56 different safety equipment standards adopted between 1968 and 1977 alone. Some of the most important include: the use of non-glare interior trim; the redesign of rear-view mirrors; better seat anchoring systems; improved seat belt assemblies; the creation of fuel tanks with greater structural integrity; the re-engineering of hood latch mechanisms; the use of non-flammable seating materials; and improved side door strengthening.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Tornatore (Ralph)

    P.O. Box 161209
    Sacramento, CA  United States  95816
  • Authors:
    • Gunnell, J
  • Publication Date: 1985-1

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00399348
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-038 322
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1985 12:00AM