ADVANCED AIR BAG RESTRAINTS FOR STANDARD SIZE CAR DRIVERS

This report summarizes the effort to develop an advanced air bag restraint system for standard size cars capable of protecting the driver in frontal and/or frontal oblique crashes. The result of this work has been the development of a system consisting of (a) a small quickly inflating double air bag, (b) an energy absorbing steering column mechanical stroking through rollerless tapes, (c) a mechanically stroking padded knee restraint linked to the steering column, (d) an energy absorbind seat assembly, and (e) compartment padding. The system is capable of protecting drivers throughout the adult anthropometric range at velocities to 50 mph as tested in sled simulated frontal, pitching, and angular impacts representing actual collisions. The design minimizes structural modifications necessary to achieve the desired impact performance. Based on the results of 182 sled tests, it is recommended that an operational air bag, stroking column, knee restraint, and energy absorbing seat and interior padding be developed and tested in standard size cars. /Author/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Washington, D.C. This report comes in two volumes (Vol. 1. Executive Summary and Vol. 2 Final Program Report).
  • Authors:
    • FRIEDMAN, D
    • Wilcox, H A
    • JORDAN, A
    • Dinapoli, N
  • Publication Date: 1974-7

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  • Accession Number: 00084312
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-HS-113-2-441 Final Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 22 1975 12:00AM