THE PERFORMANCE OF SEAT BELTS IN SEVERE CRASHES

This paper reports an intensive follow-up study of persons injured while wearing seat belts in crashes. Examinations of both vehicles and persons were carried out after the crash, and 30 out of 54 (55.5%) persons were judged to have been wearing seat belts at impact. Eight received injuries from the seat belt, only four of these injuries being severe, and none was fatal. A roadside survey showed that half of the occupants wearing seat belts had them adjusted incorrectly. This compared with nearly 90% of the crash cases having incorrectly adjusted belts. There is, therefore, an association between incorrectly worn seat belts and injury. The seat belt buckle seems to be a possible cause of injury in this situation, especially when worn in front of the hip, and with a loose belt. Comparison of police reports of belt wearing for the study cases suggests an underestimate of about 10% in the wearing rate if police data are used. /Author/SRIS/

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    Australian Medical Publishing Company, Limited

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  • Authors:
    • RYAN, G A
  • Publication Date: 1975

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  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 899-901
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00131676
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 14 1976 12:00AM