Measured values obtained and the possibilities for improvements regarding safety comforts and the protection derived from restraining systems in accidents are discussed. Investigations with experimental anthropometric dummies have shown that the efficiency of safety belts can be raised by specific measures in the vehicle. Some of these measures are: optimisation of the anchor points; energy absorbing construction of the head restraints; utilization of pre-tensioned belts and force limiters. Further on in the investigation the presently applied criteria for testing the effect of protection are scrutinised, and the necessity of belting-up of adults and children in the back of the vehicle is discussed. With an increasing use of belts there is also an increase in accidents in which the injuries of the people in the front is increased due to the passengers in the back who do not wear safety belts, in spite of the fact that the people in the front wore belts with three point attachments. In this connection the question arises, whether there should be legislation also for rear seat passengers to use seat belts. Finally there is a more detailed consideration for two passive restraining systems, i.e. the VW automatic restrainer and the air-bag system. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    VID-Verlag GmbH

    Postfach 1139, Graf-Recke-Strasse 84
    Duesseldorf 1,   Germany 
  • Authors:
    • Seiffert, U
  • Publication Date: 1978-1


  • German

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  • Accession Number: 00194078
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 13 1979 12:00AM