THE EFFECTS OF SEAT BELTS ON INJURY SEVERITY OF FRONT AND REAR SEAT OCCUPANTS IN THE SAME FRONTAL CRASH

Data on passenger cars in frontal crashes were reviewed using NASS (National Accident Sampling System) data for the years 1980-1991. Only crashes with one or more rear seat passengers were included. Combinations (pairs) were made based on restraint use: lap-shoulder belts in the front seat (or no belts worn) and lap belts in the rear seat (or no belts worn). Passive belts or child restrained occupants were not included. The AIS (Abbreviated Injury Scale) was used for injury severity. The data indicate the rear seat to be a safer environment. Lap belted rear seat occupants always fared better than their front seat counterparts.

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  • Authors:
    • Huelke, D F
    • Compton, C P
  • Publication Date: 1995-12

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00719430
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-041 809
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 19 1996 12:00AM