Federal motor vehicle safety standards must be specified in minimum performance and not design terms. Consequently, different individual designs and approaches can be and frequently are chosen by the various manufacturers to satisfy the minimum performance requirements of a federal motor vehicle safety standard. Using example derived from present standards, basic rules for comprehensively evaluating these safety performance standards are developed. The first stage of an evaluation of a federal motor vehicle safety standard should be a statistical comparison indicating whether or not the performance requirements of the standard, however implemented, are reducing the target damage to people and other associated societal losses. The second stage should be a more clinical and in-depth measurement of the performance, in reducing the target losses, of the various design alternatives chosen by the manufacturers to meet the standard under scrutiny, to determine whether some designs have more payoff than others. There can be no justification for weakening or revoking an existing standard unless there has been a full, comprehensive two-stage evaluation. /Author/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Paper presented at the 4th International Congress on Automotive Safety, held on July 14-16, 1975.
  • Corporate Authors:

    International Congress on Automotive Safety

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  • Authors:
    • O'Neill, B
    • Kelley, A B
    • Wong, Jianhui
  • Publication Date: 1975-8

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  • Accession Number: 00142018
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 1977 12:00AM