STATUS OF SIDE IMPACT REGULATION IN THE UNITED STATES. IN: LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS FOR CAR OCCUPANT PROTECTION IN LATERAL IMPACT. IMECHE AUTOMOBILE DIVISION INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR HELD AT THE INSTITUTION OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS, LONDON, APRIL 28, 1989

This brief paper outlines the work of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in Washington, USA, on the protection of occupants of passenger cars from side impact. It refers specifically to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No 214, 'side door impact strengths - passenger cars' (requiring all cars manufactured after 1st January 1973 to meet a crush resistance test for the side doors), and to the work of evaluation research and upgrading of this standard carried out by the NHTSA between 1970 and 1989. NHTSA proposals were made in 1988 to upgrade FMVSS no 214 in terms of test procedures and performance requirements for thorax and pelvis protection and for a new dummy for use in side impact tests (IRRD 826966). Also in 1988, the NHTSA gave advance notice of its consideration of additional regulatory initiatives for passenger cars, light trucks, vans and multi purpose passenger vehicles. For the covering abstract see IRRD 837485. (Author/TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Institution of Mechanical Engineers

    1 Birdcage Walk
    London SW1H 9JJ,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Hitchcock, R J
  • Publication Date: 1989

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 3 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00623897
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1992 12:00AM