A series of auto driver and passenger fatalities is reported in which each of the deceased was using a voluntary belt restraint system ("lap belts" or "3-point belts") at the moment of the fatal crash. A reconstruction of each lethal episode, based upon vehicle examination, police reports and autopsy data, leads to the following conclusions: with rare exceptions, deaths occurred in spite of and not because of belt use; 2-point lap belts do not consistently prevent fatal injury in high speed crashes. Notwithstanding the foregoing, however, a comparison of fatality incidence in belted vs. non-belted victims yields a significant degree of nonrepresentation of belt users in the total crash fatality population.

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    American Association for Automotive Medicine

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    American Association for Automotive Medicine

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  • Authors:
    • Harris, L S
    • Wright, R K
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  • Publication Date: 1974

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 7 p.
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 18

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00081284
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-047-1-063, DOT-HS-031-2-303, DOT-FH-11-7526
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 26 1975 12:00AM