THE PASSIVE RESTRAINTS APPROACH. SYMPOSIUM ON MOTOR VEHICLE INJURIES: PROCEEDINGS. DECEMBER 7, 1987, NEW YORK, NEW YORK

Ford Motor Company has begun to phase in passive restraints -- both passive belts and air bags. Ford has opted for a kind of belt design that not only meets the government's passive requirements but also strongly encourages belt usage. A motor automatically deploys the shoulder belt when the driver starts the car. Observation surveys of 1987 Escorts equipped with motorized belts indicated that 96% of Escort drivers wore their shoulder belts. Ford began providing driver side air bags in 1985. As of 1987, about 1,100 accidents had occurred to cars in the Tempo/Topaz air bag fleet; 133 accidents were severe enough to cause the air bag to deploy. In every reported instance where the bag should have deployed, it did. There have been no verified reports of inadvertent deployments. There were three serious injuries, each of which happened to unbelted drivers and in collisions involving vehicle intrusion. A practicable technology for air bags on the passenger side is currently under development.

  • Corporate Authors:

    New York Academy of Medicine

    Two East 103rd Street
    New York, NY  United States  10029
  • Authors:
    • MUNSON, R H
  • Publication Date: 1988-9

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  • Accession Number: 00616421
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 31 1991 12:00AM