Belt use of drivers in their cars was observed in four major metropolitan areas during February-March, 1976. Despite the increased comfort of new belt systems, two-thirds of drivers in 1976 model cars were not using any belts and three-fourths were not using shoulder belts. The results were similar in 1974-75 models, many of which were originally equipped with interlock systems that prevented the car from starting unless belts were extended or latched. More than three-fourths of drivers in pre- 1974 cars were not using any belts. The gains in belt use in 1974-76 models are extremely modest compared to gains in occupant crash protection that would result from a combination of automatic systems--such as air bags that inflate in severe frontal crashes--and mandatory belt use laws.

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  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 9 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00145101
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 30 1977 12:00AM