A pilot study of three-dimensional child anthropometry for vehicle safety analysis
Authors: Matthew P. Reed.
The publicly available anthropometric data for U.S. children were published in 1977, lack body shape data, and do not include measurements in supported sitting postures that are needed for vehicle safety applications. A pilot study was conducted of methods using standard anthropometry, laser scanning, and three-dimensional coordinate measurement to develop the data needed to improve the sizes and shapes of crash dummies and other design tools used to develop and assess child restraints, belt-positioning boosters, and vehicle seat and belt restraint systems. A total of 15 children ages 4 to 11 were measured in this pilot study.