ARE 1974-1975 AUTOMOTIVE BELT SYSTEMS HAZARDOUS TO CHILDREN?

The 1974 and early-1975 model automobiles are equipped with belt interlock systems that require front outboard seat occupanis who weigh more than 21.5 kg (47.3 lb) to wear three-point lap and diagonal upper-torso belts (or wear the lap belt and position upper-torso belt behind them), assuming that the interlock has not been circumvented. Recent legislation has eliminated the interlock requirement, but new models are still likely to be fitted with three- point restraints for the front outboard seating positions. These restraint systems were designed and tested for adult use. Thus, based on the different structure of a younger child and the fact that there is a wide variation of belt orientation, child size, and sealing environments, there is leglimate concern that the upper diagonal belt might contribute to injury of the child under certain impact conditions.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Medical Association

    535 North Dearborn Street
    Chicago, IL  United States  60610
  • Authors:
    • Snyder, R G
    • O'Neill, B
  • Publication Date: 1975-8

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  • Accession Number: 00133539
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 4 1976 12:00AM