SERIOUS TRAUMA TO CAR OCCUPANTS WEARING SEAT BELTS

The aim of this paper is not to demonstrate the effectiveness of seat belts, but to discuss in detail some factors which compromise their optimal performance and to describe the nature and frequencies of serious injuries sustained by belt users. It is shown that the seat belt provides considerable protection for the user in an accident situation, but its efficiency is nevertheless highly dependent on the maintenance of the integrity of the passenger compartment, on the correct use of the restraint system, and on the characteristics of the system. By analysing accidents in which a restrained occupant of a car was seriously injured, some of the features resulting in limited protection have been identified. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    IRCOBI (International Research Council on the Biokinetics of Impacts)

    109 Avenue Salvador Allende
    Bron CEDEX,   France  F-69675
  • Authors:
    • MacKay, G
    • Golyns, P F
    • Hayes, P F
    • Griffiths, D K
    • RATTENBURY, S J
  • Publication Date: 1975-9

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 20-29
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00134143
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Analytic
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 9 1977 12:00AM