CAR SAFETY: REALITY, FRUGALITY, LAXITY

After eight years of intensive activity, the US Department of Transportation produced its present regime of safety regulations. Fascias, tyres, seat belts, bumpers and windscreens were just a few of the components featured in the legislation. Europe's car manufacturers have been affected by these changes in the USA but their market stake is not large enough to encourage them to race to comply with each successive year's safety modifications. The ideas of the Common Market car manufacturers were displayed in conjunction with the Experimental Safety Vehicle Conference held in June in England. American methods have led to bitter international arguments. In particular, the American bumper height of 460-510mm differs from the recommended European standard of 300-330mm. The advantages of the European standard are described in detail. Also, European constructors are concerned with occupant survival at speeds below 64 km/h whereas the American target is 96 km/h. Although much effort is being expended on research in Europe few changes have found their way to production models. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Design Centre

    28 Haymarket
    London SW1Y 4SU,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Rowlands, D
  • Publication Date: 1974-12

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 46-51
  • Serial:
    • Design
    • Issue Number: 312
    • Publisher: Design Centre

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00125083
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1975 12:00AM