DEVELOPMENT OF AN AIR BAG-CRUSHABLE DASH-KNEE BAR PASSIVE RESTRAINT SYSTEM FOR SMALL CARS

The objective of this program was to design, fabricate, test and evaluate a front passenger passive restraint system which would provide occupant protection under small car high speed frontal impact crash conditions. The restraint developed employs an air bag, a crushable dash panel and a knee bar. Results indicate that the restraint system developed appears capable of providing protection from fatality or serious injury to adult size occupants in a small car environment up thru the 40 to 50 MPH crash speed range. The system without the air bag, i.e., the crushable dash panel and knee bar, can provide adult protection up to the 25 to 30 MPH crash speed range. Results also indicate that the system provides protection thru the 35 to 40 MPH speed range for the normally seated child.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Calspan Corporation

    4455 Genesee Street
    Buffalo, NY  USA  14225

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • ROMEO, D J
  • Publication Date: 1976-1

Media Info

  • Pagination: 102 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00094047
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CALSPAN-ZM-5566-V-1 Final Rpt., DOT-HS-801-789
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-00972
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 10 1976 12:00AM