The objectives of the study were to: (1) test the applicability in terms of comfort and convenience of recommended active belt changes to FMVSS no. 208 to passive belt systems; (2) modify and/or verify recommended changes; and (3) provide NHTSA with recommendations to provide front seat occupants with a passive belt system that is comfortable, convenient to use, and acceptable to the consumer while providing optimum protection in the event of a crash. The study approach involved: (a) a state-of-the-art survey to determine the nature of potentially viable belt systems likely to meet the new passive belt edict; (b) conduct of an evaluative experiment designed to arrive at a better understanding of the comfort and convenience implications of the various configurations; (c) translating results of the foregoing experiment into a preliminary set of passive belt system design/performance requirements; and (d) formulating a final set of recommendations for modifying FMVSS no. 208.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Man Factors, Incorporated

    4433 Convoy Street, Suite E
    San Diego, CA  United States  92111

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Woodson, W E
    • Black, T L
    • Selby, P H
    • Coburn, R
  • Publication Date: 1978-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: 232 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00191441
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-HS-803-809 Final Rpt., MFI-78-109(R)
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-7-01617
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 26 1979 12:00AM