The evolution of collision injury safety in modern U. S. A. automobiles is traced. The effectiveness of several standards is described and collision examples are given where current performance standards are under study. Conclusions of detailed accident studies by medical-engineering teams are presented. A Trauma Research Group, at the University of California, Los Angeles, has been involved in live accident studies, for the past seven years. Results illustrating reduced injury levels due to improved steering-wheel column systems, improved windscreens, and load distributing panels as the need for improved side-impact protection are documented. In addition, cases are presented which illustrate other areas of needed design change where current performance standards are being developed: truck-trailer underride protection, seat anchorage failure, fuel tank rupture, hood latch failure, and windscreen-pillar failure. The need for adequate child restraint systems is discussed. The necessity of further intensive medical-engineering collision research is stressed in order to form the basis of future performance standards.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Conference on Road Safety

    Brussels,   Belgium 
  • Authors:
    • SIEGEL, A W
    • Nahum, A M
  • Publication Date: 1968

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 80 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00098455
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1975 12:00AM