This paper summarises the literature describing Australian experience of the crash performance of 3-point combination lap/sash belts supposedly constructed, fitted and worn in compliance with the laws of Australian states and territories. Sections of the paper deal respectively with the statistics of belt wearing, abdominal injuries associated with belt wearing and head injuries sustained in spite of belt wearing. Details of belt breakdowns are provided. It is concluded that few belts fail to perform as designed, few significant injuries are produced by belts and that further countermeasures should be designed, especially measures to protect the heads of belt wearers. /Author/TRRL/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was presented at the Seat Belt Seminar, Melborune, March 9-11, 1976, conducted by the Australian Commonwealth Department of Transport.
  • Corporate Authors:

    New South Wales Dept of Motor Transport, Australia

    Traffic Accident Research Unit, Rothschild Avenue Roseberry
    Sydney, New South Wales 2018,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Herbert, D C
    • Vazey, B A
  • Publication Date: 1976-3


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 36 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00157362
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Report No. 4/76 Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 13 1977 12:00AM