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Rating child passenger safety laws relative to best practice recommendations for occupant protection
BACKGROUND: State laws regarding child passenger protection vary substantially. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to develop a scoring system to rate child passenger safety laws relative to best practice recommendations for each age of child. METHODS: State child passenger safety and...
Does Unbelted Safety Requirement Affect Protection For Belted Occupants?
Abstract OBJECTIVE: Federal regulations in the United States require vehicles to meet occupant performance requirements with unbelted test dummies. Removing the test requirements with unbelted occupants might encourage the deployment of seatbelt interlocks and allow restraint optimization to focus...
An automated method to morph finite element whole-body human models with a wide range of stature and body shape for both men and women
Abstract: Field data analyses have shown that small female, obese, and/or older occupants are at increased risks of death and serious injury in motor-vehicle crashes compared with mid-size young men. The current adult finite element (FE) human models represent occupants in the same three body sizes...
Optimizing Seat Belt and Airbag Designs for Rear Seat Occupant Protection in Frontal Crashes
[PDF] ABSTRACT – Recent field data have shown that the occupant protection in vehicle rear seats failed to keep pace with advances in the front seats likely due to the lack of advanced safety technologies. The objective of this study was to optimize advanced restraint systems for protecting rear...

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