SMALL FEMALE HEAD AND NECK INTERACTION WITH A DEPLOYING SIDE AIRBAG

The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the response of a Hybrid III 5th percentile female dummy and small female cadaver subject to loading by a deploying side airbag. The testing evaluated the 'worst case' position for the head and neck likely to be encountered with out-of-position small female and a typical thoracic side airbag. The results of the dummy testing indicated that complex loading will result in forces and monuments below injury threshold values. The results from the cadaver tests in the same test configuration agreed with this prediction in that no injuries were observed. This study demonstrates that for the set of side airbags tested, it is possible to remain below NHTSA neck injury criteria even in the worst case position.

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  • Authors:
    • Duma, S M
    • Crandall, J R
    • RUDD, R W
    • Kent, R W
  • Publication Date: 2003

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00962973
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 8 2003 12:00AM