Evaluation of an Advanced Automotive Restraint System using Human Subjects.
Final rept. on Phase 2,
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The Department of Transportation DOT, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA, sponsored a research program at the Naval Air Development Center NAVAIRDEVCEN, utilizing its Horizontal Accelerator facility to conduct dynamic tests on advanced passive seat belt restraint systems using both anthropometric dummies and human volunteers. During this phase, two subjects succeeded in tolerating exposures to simulated car crashes involving velocity changes of over 30 mph and peak accelerations of over 21 g, when using a conventionally configured restraint system of advanced design, and applying technics of body posturing and muscular tensing. When injuries caused by motions of the head and neck are avoided, a three-point belt restraint system of advanced design is capable of providing considerable protection to the wearer, up to car crash levels of practical significance.
- Surface Transportation and Equipment
- Safety Engineering