This paper discusses concepts to further improve the effectiveness of Safety Belt Systems in vehicles equipped with airbags. Although safety belts have demonstrated significant benefit in preventing and mitigating occupant injuries, the addition of the airbag as a supplementary restraint system has introduced additional parameters for occupant protection which need to be incorporated to optimize overall restraint system performance. Generally, the airbag has contributed to injury reduction as an integral part of a total occupant restraint system. However, when certain conditions are present in a crash, the interaction between the occupant, safety belt and airbag may result in increased occupant loading over a safety belt only restraint system. This increased loading may lead to higher chest acceleration and chest compression.


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  • Accession Number: 00714779
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 26 1995 12:00AM