The automobile industry's unwillingness to put passive restraint systems into all their cars, safety standards making air bags coupled with the retaining lap belt standard equipment on all new cars, and the alternatives regarding this issue which face the Transportation Secretary are discussed. Auto manufacturers who want the secretary to allow them to provide only the active restraint system argue that with improved and more comfortable belts, usage will increase. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) however estimates that voluntary usage will never exceed about 40 percent. The requirement that passive restraint systems be offered as options could lead to discouragingly high costs. It is noted that no statistically significant comparison between the effectiveness of air bags and that of belts can be drawn from the present limited experience. Comments are also made on the relation between automobile safety regulation and health welfare services, and insurance.

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    American University

    Development Education and Training Research Institute
    Washington, DC  United States 
  • Authors:
    • CARTER, L J
  • Publication Date: 1976-9-24

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 1219-22
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00142988
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 22 1976 12:00AM