DEVELOPMENT OF AN ADVANCED PASSIVE RESTRAINT SYSTEM FOR SUBCOMPACT CAR DRIVERS

The report summarizes the analyses, design, and testing that were conducted to develop an air bag restraint system for the subcompact car capable of protecting the driver in frontal and frontal oblique crashes up to 50 mph. A small, rapidly inflating dual air bag mounted to a stroke efficient energy absorbing steering column, was developed. The lower body energy is absorbed by a crushable knee restraint fabricated of styrofoam. The system ultimately proved capable of protecting subcompact car drivers throught the adult anthropometric size range at velocities exceeding 50 mph. In addition, the finalized restraint system is constructed of components that are oriented toward eventual mass production.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Minicars, Incorporated

    35 La Patera Lane
    Goleta, CA  USA  93017

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Fitzpatrick, M
  • Publication Date: 1975-4

Media Info

  • Pagination: 225 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00091392
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-113-3-742
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 15 1975 12:00AM