Rollover accidents are among the most difficult of the major accident categories to analyze through the application of full-scale test procedures. Because of this difficulty, industry and governments worldwide have not reached a consensus on a full-scale test technology to assess a vehicle's ability to resist rollover motion. Additionally, progress in developing test procedures to define rollover resistance has been retarded by the factors of accident complexity and a reluctance to separate manoeuvre handling issues from those specifically related to the rollover event. The relevance of field accident data to test procedure selection are described using examples from the United States experience. Candidate procedures from around the world are discussed. A set of criteria for judging and comparing the merits of these proposals is suggested. All procedures represent compromises between the desire to include every contributing factor and a need to distinguish differences in rollover performance. Problems associated with validating candidate procedures with field accident data are also described. (A) For the covering abstract of the conference see IRRD 864606.


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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 733-740

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  • Accession Number: 00664982
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Institute for Road Safety Research, SWOV
  • Files: ITRD, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 9 1994 12:00AM