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Older Child Occupant Protection

Surveys designed to measure adult safety belt use typically only focus on occupants traveling in the front-outboard seating positions of vehicles. These surveys are also usually conducted at randomly selected roadway intersections. Because most children ride in the back seat of vehicles, and have different travel patterns than adults traveling alone, these surveys often miss this important demographic. Researchers at UMTRI have developed specialized surveys to specifically target these older child passengers and determine their occupant protection use rate.

Recent Publications

Development and validation of a parametric child anthropomorphic test device model representing 6-12-year-old children.
Jun Wu, Jingwen Hu, Matthew P. Reed, Kathleen D. Klinich, Libo Cao.

journal article IN: International Journal of Crashworthiness. Vol. 17, issue 6 (2012), p. 606-620.

Children from 6 to 12 year-old (YO) restrained in motor vehicles by seatbelts designed for adults often experience poor belt fit that...

Assessing child belt fit
Kathleen D. Klinich, Matthew P. Reed, Miriam A. Manary, Nichole L. Ritchie, Lawrence W. Schneider, Jonathan D. Rupp.

report UMTRI-2008-49-2
IN: Sponsored by: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

A total of 49 dynamic sled tests were performed with the Hybrid III 10YO to examine issues relating to child belt fit. The goals of...