FINAL DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION PLAN FOR EVALUATING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF FMVSS 208: OCCUPANT CRASH PROTECTION

The report covers the final design and implementation plan for evaluating the effectiveness of FMVSS 208 (Occupant Crash Protection). The plan for the evaluation study considers measurability criteria, alternative statistical techniques, and data availability/collectability. The Standard presents manufacturers with three options for compliance: (1) a totally passive system which works in several specified crash conditions; (2) a passive system which provides front seat occupant protection in frontal crashes; or (3) an integral lap/shoulder belt system. The ultimate objective of the Standard is to reduce the numbers and severity of injuries in automobile accidents. Most manufacturers presently satisfy the Standard with lap/shoulder belts, although a program is underway which will result in about 440,000 air bags and 60,000 passive belts being installed in 1978-1981 model year cars.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Center for the Environment and Man, Incorporated

    275 Windsor Street
    Hartford, CT  USA  06120

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Publication Date: 1977-5

Media Info

  • Pagination: 73 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00158967
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CEM-4207-567, DOT-HS-802-348
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-6-01518
  • Files: NTIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 4 2002 12:00AM